When people mention about Putrajaya, what came to my mind last time used to be just another federal government territory full of government buildings and nothing more. However, the recent Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia (KCC1M) Putrajaya programme held last December 2012 totally changed my perspective towards this city, which I found to be green and offer a wonderful city-in-a-garden escapade for all visitors.
For those who seek a weekend getaway from all the hustle and bustle, Putrajaya offers such a retreat. From parks to eateries to museum, Gaya Travel and the participants of the KCC1M Putrajaya programme were amazed to find that Putrajaya is remarkably green, well planned and has now become a destination in its own right.
We therefore recommend travellers to simply come to Putrajaya during their spare time and enjoy the city’s green surroundings. This is Gaya Travel’s take on 48 hours in Putrajaya based on what we discovered during the KCC1M Putrajaya programme.
Putrajaya Lake Cruise
One of the ‘must-dos’ when in Putrajaya is to take time exploring Putrajaya’s 650-hectare man-made lake via cruise.
This cruise takes about one hour and cruises around the much touted Putrajaya lake, affording us views of the city’s main structures located along the main boulevard and its surroundings, besides allowing the passengers to take in the breeze from the man-made lake.
Passengers get to view notable buildings such as Putra Mosque, Darul Ehsan Palace, Ministry of Finance, Seri Wawasan Bridge, Millennium Monument, Palace of Justice, Seri Saujana Bridge, Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Seri Gemilang Bridge, Perdana Putra (Prime Minister’s office) and Putra Bridge from the deck.
If you are keen to know how a Prime Minister’s home looks like, then drop by at Seri Perdana, the official residence for the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Built on a 42.5- acre land, this property is now opened for public viewing 15 years after its completion. Visitors interested to visit Seri Perdana can come on designated days for guided tours. When the KCC1M Putrajaya participants were there, we were in awe of its opulent interior.
Travellers who want to satisfy the growling tummies can head to Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant for a finger-licking seafood fiesta. This floating restaurant is located at the heart of Putrajaya Botanical Garden, overlooking the scenic Putrajaya Lake and able to accommodate up to 250 people at one time. Patrons are given the chance either to go al fresco at the patio whilst admiring the view or dine inside.
Enticed by the countless reviews we read online, The Gaya Travel’s team headed down to experience it ourselves. The lunch was a lovely spread of gastronomic delights prepared in Chinese-style. When visiting Putrajaya, do not forget to have lunch at Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant for lipsmackin dining experience.
Why not take a refreshing break from routine by riding horses at the Putrajaya Equestrian Park? This park offers a riding school that is open to the public at reasonable rates for beginners, intermediate and advanced packages. Learn how to gain confidence and relax while riding, understand basic horse sense, knowing the safety aspects of riding and handling horses. Prices for private lessons and classes range from as low as RM70 up to RM500.
Located in the office of Tun Abdullah Badawi who was Malaysia’s fifth Prime Minister, this gallery showcases Tun Abdullah’s contributions and achievements during his years in politics, including his personal life and upbringing. The space showcases the gifts and awards Tun Abdullah received during his time as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Audience who are interested in Malaysia’s modern history and accomplished personalities will surely find Galeri Tun Abdullah inspiring.
“Breath in and breath out everyone!” exclaimed one of Gaya Travel’s team members as we entered this oxygen-laden man-made wetland, which functions as Putrajaya’s kidney since it filters the water coming into Putrajaya Lake.
Replete with flora and fauna, this 138-hectare land clearly shows how crucial nature is to us humans in providing clean potable water. Visitors should let themselves lost in the greenery whilst enjoying the scenery and observing wildlife. Activities such as stargazing, cycling, kayaking and night-trekking are available in this park.
For visitors who come in groups, prearranged dinner and activities are available. Besides appreciating nature at its best, do head down to the Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) to understand better about Putrajaya Wetland’s eco-system.
Offering interactive and interesting information, NIC is definitely educational. From digital interpretation of nature to theatrical performances, NIC embodies a well thought out information centre. For eco-enthusiasts, remember to hold activities at Putrajaya Wetlands!
If not, then it is probably the time for you to head down to Nature and Heritage Museum in Putrajaya. This museum offers interesting display of specimens after specimens of Malaysian wildlife, making it a centre worthwhile to be visited by families with school-going children in order to learn more about the animals and its habitats. Various taxidermied animals are on display here. Located in Presint 15 Putrajaya, this museum opens daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
To those who love jogging and strolling in the park, Saujana Hijau Park is one such ideal location. With the influences of an English landscape, the well-kept pathway invites strollers, runners and cyclists to meander through its landscape, bringing them to its various pavilions and facilities along the way. Located in Presint 11, Putrajaya visitors can choose to ride bicycle or jog around its undulating terrain. Be mesmerised by the picturesque views of the area when you reach the top of one of the two hills located within the park.
The lush landscape welcomes the KCC1M 2012 Putrajaya delegates to this luxurious hotel. Putrajaya Shangri-La’s natural setting made us felt like we were miles away from the bustle of the city, even though it is actually located at the very heart of Putrajaya, which is in Presint 1, the same area where Istana Melawati (the official residence of Malaysia’s King, The Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong) is located.
The rooms of this property are wellappointed and accentuated with Malaysian design elements, including private terraces for guests to take in the property’s delightful surroundings. The property also comes with a spa and infinity pool. A stay at this hotel will leave guests well rested and refreshed.
Gaya Travel magazine conveys our heartfelt gratitude to Perbadanan Putrajaya and Tourism Malaysia for working closely with us to make the Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Putrajaya 2012 programme a success. It was also a great pleasure to have walked together with the President of Perbadanan Putrajaya, The Honourable Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat, during his routine walk that he conducts together with his staff every week as his way to promote healthy living while at the same time making ground checks. The KCC1M Putrajaya 2012 programme prove successful in bringing some of Putrajaya’s best characteristics to the fore, making it more appealing to visitors and residents.