Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tasik Kenyir , Terengganu

Tasik Kenyir is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia, spanning 260,000 hectares. It is also Malaysia's largest rock filled hydroelectric dam. When the area was flooded, most of the hills were above the water level, thus creating about 340 man-made islands.

The rainforest that cradles the area bestows the lake with an incredible assortment of flora and fauna including rare ferns, exotic orchids, hornbills, elephants, and panthers. It is believed that the area is the home for more than 8,000 species of flowers, 2,500 species of plants and trees, 800 species of orchids, and 300 species of fungus.

Tasik Kenyir is located about 55 km inland of Kuala Terengganu and is the largest man-made lake in the world. Spanning over 260,000 hectares, it is a popular destination for nature lovers as it is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Upon the completion of hydroelectric dam, the water level rises creating 340 islands, more than 14 lovely waterfalls and a few rapids and rivers. Pengkalan Gawi jetty has boat services for island trips and resort transfers.

Tasik Kenyir is also a gateway to Taman Negara through Tanjung Mentong. It is also an angler’s haven as the lake is home to hundreds of species of freshwater fish like Baung, Toman, Kelisa, Lampam and Kelah. Accommodation varies from a 3 star resort, chalets on the islands, floating resort or houseboats where rooms and meals are provided. The houseboat travels to waterfalls and fishing sites proving an exhilarating adventure for nature lovers.

To find out where the fish are biting, have a chat with the locals at the jetty. They might even let you in on some of the best spots that have previously been closely-guarded local secrets, so you will feel like the first person to have ever fished in these waters. Other waterholes are frequented by locals and visitors alike, giving you the opportunity to meet with like-minded fishing folk. But all of them are guaranteed to give you a great Outback fishing experience.


Kenyir Lake is approximately 55 km from Kuala Terengganu. Gawi Jetty is the main gateway to the lake beside Pengkalan Utama. It is completed with Tourist Information Centre and Wildlife Department and a parking place for most of the houseboats.

By Car
There are several alternatives to access to Kenyir Lake. If you travel in car from Kuala Lumpur, head to Ajil through Karak Highway to Jerengau-Jabor Highway then onwards to Kenyir. Another alternative will be taking the coastal road through Kemaman, Dungun, Kuala Terengganu and then Kenyir Lake.

By Bus
There is one direct bus Kenyir Express departs daily from Kuala Lumpur to Gawi Jetty. Bus leaves Hentian Putra at 8.00pm and fare costs RM 25.00.

By Taxi
Taxi services are available from the airport in Kuala Terengganu direct to Gawi Jetty. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes.

By Air
Choose and Takes whatever that suit your pocket by going with the Malaysian Airline or the Air Asia. Both operates regulars flights to Sultan Mahmud Airports in Kuala Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

Then from Sultan Mahmud Airport go take a Taxi straight to Tasik Kenyir which is only RM 60.00 while to Kuala Berang will cost you about RM30.00

By Boat
It is close to not possible to enjoy the tranquil scenery and atmosphere of the lake without a boat. There are a number of boat operators parking their fibre glass boats as well as double decks houseboat at Gawi Jetty. Prior booking is advisable. Some travel agencies offer package tours inclusive of activities arrangement. Call and check for more call : 012-974 7995