The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a fast past city set amidst a modern metropolis offering a truly unique holiday adventure. This city pulses with life and amidst its vibrant setting you can find mega malls, colourful markets and cultural attractions that provide a unique insight into the capital. While this urban jungle may not be the kind of destination that avid bird watchers would think of for seeing birds, they would be wrong for at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park one can view an exotic range of avifauna from around the world!
Located only around 10 minutes by car, this well known attraction can be found at the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. Home to a massive free-flight aviary, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world, this expansive site features over 3,000 birds of both local and foreign varieties in various themed sections.
The biggest attraction here is the free flight aviary which encompasses Zone 1, 2 and 3. In this huge space, birds can fly to their hearts content in natural settings. This tropical rainforest environment also encourages breeding which helps in the conservation process too. The magnificent Indian blue peacock, crowned pigeons, the yellow-billed storks, egrets, ibises and doves can all be seen here. It is easy to imagine yourself in the midst of a forest as you explore the area, with the call of birds calling you further on your journey of discovery.
Among the different sites of interest here are Brahminy Land where you can view Brahminy kites, Hornbill Park where you can find the endemic rhinoceros hornbill, the Waterfall Aviary which is home to protected milky storks and Flightless Bird where one can see emus, ostriches and southern cassowaries. Not to be missed is a visit to Zone 4 where at the Amphitheatre you can be amazed by the truly enthralling KL Bird Park Bird Show.
Families and bird enthusiasts heading to the city and looking for a Kuala Lumpur hotel that is within easy reach of this attraction can stay at Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur. Located only around 3 kms from the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, this hotel in Bukit Bintang is ideally placed in the city’s lively Golden Triangle area.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.