Sungai Palas Tea Plantation
Sungai Palas tea plantation is owned by BOH Tea Estates and it is located further up north from the town centre of Tanah Rata, in the very heart of the hillstation. Located on a hilltop, amidst rows of tea bushes and close to Gunung Brinchang, it offers the best possible introduction to BOH teas in a truly spectacular setting. A definite must on the list of things to do in Cameron Highlands, one will enjoy touring the new Sungei Palas Tea Centre and wandering amongst the sweet smelling tea bushes before settling down with a cup of hot BOH tea and a plate of scones with a magnificent view of the tea plantation as far as the eye can see.
Located amidst the Titiwangsa Range, high above the sweltering plains of Peninsular Malaysia, Cameron Highlands offers a salubrious climate with daily temperatures averaging between 17 to 23 degrees Celsius. Due to its wonderfully temperate climate, Cameron Highlands was the perfect getaway for English officers and their familes during the British colonisation period in then Malaya. Today it has evolved into a bustling tourist destination and agricultural centre.
Flowers, places to stay and eateries aside, the unique montane forest in Cameron Highlands is a major attraction in itself, whereby mysterious trails often lure tourists into some very invigorating and adventurous treks. Listed below are some of the best things to see and do in Cameron Highlands.
Opened in 2013, Lavender Garden is Cameron Highland’s newest attraction and is located just before the town of Tringkap when travelling from Simpang Pulai. It is a floral themed park with cemented terraced hill slopes where one may look upon rows and rows of flowers ascending up to the very top, offering a dazzle of colours for visitors to admire and photograph.
One should not have too high expectations because the lavender flowers aren’t as plentiful as one may expect with artificial lavender scent permeating the air at the entrance but a few live lavender plants can be seen planted in a large plot at the centre of this park.
There are also many other species of flowers grown here such as gerberas, camellias, roses, peonies and yellow daisies.
The Mossy Forest
Cameron Highlands is blessed with the most amazing natural surroundings in the form of its mossy forests. This should actually be the main reason for its touristic appeal and top on the natural attraction list. Other names for these forests are Cloud Forests, Elfin Forests, or Upper Montane Forests because of the fact that they sit in the middle of the clouds at a height of more than 1500m above sea level. The Mossy Forest of Cameron Highlands is located at the ridge of the 2032 metre-high Mount Brinchang, the highest mountain in Cameron Highlands where it is constantly shrouded by mist and lower clouds with temperatures ranging between 10 to 18 degrees Celsius. Here, the view of the hills and valleys below and the plains at the distance are magnificent and sunrises and sunsets are amazing.
Blueberry Earth House
Blueberry Earthouse is a farm in Kea Farm growing strawberries, blueberries and a limited selection of vegetables. Located off the main road at Kea Farm (along the access route to Sungai Palas Tea Plantation and Mossy Forest), it can be reached from a left junction shortly after passing Butterfly Garden towards Tringkap. While blueberries are a novel attraction at the farm, its most strinking feature is a large mud house that houses a cafe serving Penang Peranakan cuisine, with striking views of the valley from an adjoining balcony deck. The mud house also has a 'living' roof draped with grass and small flowering shrubs. Open daily, strawberry picking is also available for visitors.
Cactus Valley is a botanical garden nestled on a hill slope overlooking Brinchang town centre, featuring a large collection of cacti, flowers and ornamental plants of various shapes, colours and sizes. The park can be reached quicky on foot from anywhere in Brinchang town. If following the main road, turn left immediately after Star Regency Hotel (the Brinchang night market site will be opposite the hotel). Follow the road until you see the signboard on the right pointing to Cactus Valley and the Big Red Strawberry Farm; after a quick but steep uphill climb the entrance will pops into view.