While in Kedah, do ask around where are the best places to visit. Here, we compiled a few places that are significant to Kedah.
Alor Setar Tower
Standing at 165.5 meters tall, the Alor Setar Tower is the 19th tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It also caters as a tourist destination in the heart of Alor Setar apart from serving as a telecommunication tower. There’s an observation deck at the tower to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Muslim months. The deck is at the height of 88 meters.
His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Kedah officiated the Archeology Museum Bujang Valley on 23rd January 1980 at Batu Pahat Hill. It was the first archaeology museum built in Malaysia. Bujang Valley served as an old centre of international and entreport trade for Malaysia in ancient times. There are numerous artefacts that were found in the valley. These include celadon, porcelain, stoneware, clay, pottery, fragments of glass, beads and Persian ceramics.
Kilim River Cruise
The Kilim Nature Park spreads over an area of 100sq. km that features a mixture of protected green mangrove forests, isolated white beaches and blue lagoons. Through this river cruise, you will be able to witness the wonders of the park’s marine ecosystem, flora and fauna and its natural habitats. You’ll get to see eagles here, in a great number too. The eagles include white-bellied fish eagle, brahminy kite and the gigantic sea eagles. You might even get the chance to feed them. Birdwatchers would love this place as it is a great place to do so during the migratory seasons in September and March.
The cruise will come to the Andaman Sea, located in the northern coast as it exits the Kilim River through The Hole in the Wall. It is named after a narrow opening between walls of limestone cliffs that connect the river to the open sea. It is at this narrow gap which provides a sheltered area for a fish farm. Visitors could hand feed the various marine life – groupers, bat fish, blue spotted stingrays, lobsters, mantis prawns and snappers. It also has a floating restaurant where visitors could choose their seafood selection from the fish farm and have the restaurant cooked the way they desired.
Dayang Bunting Lake
This lake has its own legend. It is said that the lake was a favourite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari. A prince named Mat Teja, fell for her and tricked her into marrying him. They had a child together and on the seventh day, the child died from a mysterious illness. Saddened and distraught, Mambang Sari left the child’s body in the lake and returned to her heavenly home.
To this day, there’s a belief that barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child. That is how the lake got its name – lake of the pregnant maiden. Many have claimed to be successful after bathing in the lake.