Jan 27, 2014
State-Of Melaka (Malacca) is among the smaller states in Malaysia that has no high hills or the very best beaches. But, it significantly compensates for all this by its rich history and wealth of tourist attractions.
Here is a quick summary of the top 5 attractions of Melaka that you shouldn’t miss
1. Melaka Zoo
Melaka Zoo is found in Ayer Keroh which is about 13 miles from Melaka. It’s the 2nd largest zoo in Malaysia. The zoo ‘s total area is about 54 hectares. It has in its possession more than 1,200 animals from over 200 varieties. Melaka Zoo opened its doors to the general public in 1963. The main attractions in Melaka Zoo ‘s are Malayan Gaur, Serow and the Malayan Tiger. This is an open zoo that maintains its natural green surroundings on its own. Apart from being a major tourist attraction, Melaka Zoo is also a center for wildlife research and conservation. (image by different countries, differen needs).
2. Taman Mini Malaysia & Mini ASEAN, Ayer Keroh
Taman Mini Malaysia national park is situated at a distance of few kilometres from Melaka, near Ayer Keroh. If classic architecture and life-style interests you, then this can be a great spot for you to explore. Each of the houses present here feature the architectural style of the 13 states of Malaysia and its products of arts and crafts. Lifestyle of each state is also depicted. Inside each home, you’ll find a variety of traditional items from each state or region. Life- like figures dressed in traditional costumes are also present to represent the costumes and culture of specific states. Other attractions in the park include classic activities and shows that happen on regular basis. A visit to this park will certainly help you discover all Malaysian architecture and history. And it is a pleasant break from the hustle and bustle of nearby cities of Melaka.
3. Melaka River Cruise
Water from Melaka river was the lifeline for the city of Melaka in days when people from all over the world came to Melaka for trade. Some of the construction of that time still stands gracefully by the water. Old villages mixed with modern day buildings can also be seen. The 45 – minute cruise is also accompanied by an informative and interesting commentary.
4. Cheng Ho National Museum, Melaka Tengah
This museum was made in the memory of a Chinese admiral of the Ming Dynasty named Cheng Ho or Zheng He. This well-known figure made seven voyages of discovery, making its mark in the Africa, Middle East and Southeast-Asia between 1405 and 1433. Five of these trips took him through Melaka. These visits played a role in making Melaka an important part of the region. Cheng Ho is also responsible for the friendly relations Malaysia has with China today.
5. Porta de Santiago
Porta de Santiago or A’Famosa was made by admiral Alfonso d’ Albuquerque in 1511. But, this castle was severely damaged when Dutch invaded the place in 1641. Luckily, a British official named Sir Stamford Raffles, got himself involved in 1808 and saved the remains of the building. This famous building is also situated close to St. Paul’s Church.(image by Andrew Pearson).
Malacca Town is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. To improve the region’s appeal, the state government and private organizations have made several new tourist attractions in the state of Melaka. There’s so much to see and do in Melaka that you will need to stay here for more than a day. The town definitely has something to offer to everyone.
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Feature image by Juan Ignacio Incardona