Gunung Pulai or Mount Pulai is a 654-meter high hill, near the city of Johor Bahru in Malaysia. Technically this is not high enough to be regarded a mountain but it is the only major high point in this region and is referred to as a mountain. If you plan to trek to Gunung Pulai the best option is to stay at a hotel in Johor Bahru City Centre that’s located closer to the location.
A short drive from Berjaya Waterfront Hotel-Johor Bahru will take you to Gunung Pulai. To reach the top of the hill is a straightforward climb up a tarred road, which will take close to 2 hours according to your trekking speed. Many hikers stop half way, but once you reach the summit the view below is mind blowing so it’s well worth the effort. Apart from the greenery, another attraction of Gunung Pulai is its magnificent waterfall.
Even though most people enjoy walking up the hill, if you are into mountain biking, that’s a great option too. The main waterfall is a twenty-minute walk from the entrance gate. You can stop at the cold fresh water pool and take a swim. If you bring prepared meals it’s the ideal place to enjoy a nice picnic. It’s a good idea to bring a snack or meal since the climb can make you tired and to find a decent eatery you need to travel back to the Johor Bahru city, so why not take advantage of the natural ambience! One thing you need to remember though is to clean up after you eat. Make sure not to leave behind any polyethene, plastic or any type of litter that will harm this beautiful environment.
Gunung Pulai is also ideal for nature photography so if you reach the location early you can capture the sun rays shining through the tree leaves and the white splashes of the waterfall.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+