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Parks and Recreation: Putrajaya
Enjoy the great outdoors in this scenic city
If you don’t live nearby, most Malaysians may only see Putrajaya as the home of government offices and fancy lampposts, a place too far removed from the Klang Valley’s more happening areas to be considered hip.
But Putrajaya is so much more than just the country’s administrative capital; it’s a getaway for runners, cyclists, nature lovers and water sport enthusiasts of all ages to have fun, a city dotted with picturesque landscapes that it’s become a popular destination for wedding photography. If you want to go out and get active, check out these five outdoor attractions in Putrajaya.
Putrajaya Botanical Garden
Not too far away from the iconic Putra Mosque is the Putrajaya Botanical Garden. Also known as Taman Botani Putrajaya, the stunning park covers a vast area of 230 acres of land formerly used for agricultural purposes, with five different sections to check out: Explorer’s Trail, Floral Gardens, Lakeside, Palm Hill and Sun Garden.
You’ll get some exercise just by exploring the park, and the footpaths make it ideal for cycling and jogging – or you could just hop on a tram to get around. Meanwhile, naturalists can head to the research and taxonomy centre to check out over 700 species of plants.
Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya (03 8887 7770). Open Wed-Mon, 7am -7pm. Free entry, fees apply for certain areas starting from RM1.
Putrajaya Challenge Park
As the name suggests, Putrajaya Challenge Park is where you can get your adrenaline levels up. The park’s indoor climbing gym is great for both aspiring climbers and professional mountaineers with several walls catering to varying levels of difficulty.
Skateboarding, mountain biking and aggressive inline skating facilities are also available, as well as a BMX trail. General admission is free but entry to the wall-climbing gym is RM6 (RM3 for students). Bikers, skateboarders and skaters are advised to bring their own equipment as they’re not available on-site.
Address: Jalan P5, Taman Cabaran, Presint 5, 62200 Putrajaya (03 8800 8443). Skate Park, open Mon-Thu, 10am–7pm, Fri-Sun, 10am–11pm. Wall-Climbing Gym, Wed, Fri, Sat, 10am-10pm, other days, 10am-8pm. MTB Tracks & Fun Park open daily, 10am-7pm.
Putrajaya Wetland Park
Created to treat pollutants flowing downstream, the artificial wetland is a haven for nearly 2,000 water birds. Clear waters surrounded by banyan and fig trees ease the clearing process, making it feasible for birds to nest in the areas.
You’ll find them wading the waters, foraging and hunting fish; you might even spot some building their nests. Since 2015, several migratory birds have been spotted in the area including the green-backed flycatcher, Germain’s swiftlet and osprey, which can be found by the Swan Lake and Flamingo Pond. If you’re not keen on ornithology (the study of birds), rent a bicycle (starting from RM4) or visit the Nature Interpretive Centre, where you can learn more about the park and its flora and fauna.
Address: Presint 13, 62000 Putrajaya (03 8887 7774). Open daily, 7am-7pm. Free entry.
Skyrides Festivals Park
If you like getting high on heights, try riding Skyrides Festivals Park’s ginormous helium balloon. Though it remains tethered to the ground, it can lift riders 150m into the sky, giving you a panoramic view of the entire city and its famous landmarks, including the Seri Wawasan bridge.
Though the park's main attraction is its giant balloon, there are many other attractions for individuals of different ages and preferences. One source of thrills for the adventure seeker is the SkyWarrior Rainforest Challenge, an obstacle course that draws out your hidden ninja reflexes through eight stages with varying levels of difficulty (remember to keep your balance or fall into a pool of icy water). For the non-adventurous, rent a quad cycle and other novelty cycles to ride around the park.
Address: Jalan P2M, Presint 2, 62100 Putrajaya (03 8893 0185). Open Sun-Thu, 10am–10pm; Fri-Sat and public holidays, 10am–12midnight. General admission is free, but fees apply for rides and obstacle courses. Skyrides Helium Balloon ride, from RM45 per adult; SkyWarrior Rainforest Challenge, RM35.
Water sport enthusiasts may head over to Marina Putrajaya, which connects the picturesque Putrajaya Lake. From common water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing to heart-pumping activities such as wakeboarding and flyboarding, individuals of all ages can partake in water sports activities here.
You'll also want to bookmark this spot as it's a popular venue for water sport competitions such as the Putrajaya WaterSki Cup and dragon boat racing competitions. We also recommend the miniature beach (complete with palm trees) for a picnic. Head indoors for a round of snooker or squash, or check out the indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Address: 1 Jalan P5/5, Presint 5, 62200 Putrajaya (03 8888 0217/03 8888 0317). Open daily, 9am-9.45pm. Fees for various facilities start from RM3.
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