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The Habitat Nature Trail

The original nature trail built by the British to maintain the drain that runs the entire length of the trail. The drain was built to control water flowing down from the ridge above and prevent soil erosion. A few minutes away from the top station of Penang Hill funicular railway marks the starting point of the 1.6km long nature trail, a trail that meanders below three of the hill’s oldest historic bungalows, and through the entire stretch of The Habitat themed park. Framed lookouts have been carefully created to bring back the forgotten views of the rolling hills and the Andaman Sea beyond. These framed views conjure the romance and magnificent spectacle of Penang Hill.

The Habitat

The Habitat on Penang Hill is a world-class eco-tourism facility located on the fringes of a 130-million-year-old virgin rainforest on Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia. 820 meters above sea-level, it is easily accessible via a 7-minute ride on the Penang Hill funicular train from Air Itam or the Botanical Gardens. With world-class facilities, dramatic natural beauty, and a commitment to conservation and environmental awareness, The Habitat Penang Hill is the place to visit for the most complete, exciting and educational Malaysian rain forest experience.

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Hindu Temple, also known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. This temple started as a small sanctuary dedicated to the Hindu deity Murugan in the 1800s. Murugan, also known as Karthikeya, Subramanya and Skanda, is the Hindu god of war. The devotees installed a Murugan Vel or trident on the place of the shrine. As years passed, the temple was rebuilt and enlarged with the help of its devotees.

Penang Hill Car Park

The Penang Hill Car Park has 310 parking bays, including five for the physically challenged and 182 lots for motorcycles. There is also a commercial area on the ground floor that includes 11 stalls, a food court, and a bus lay-by. The car park is also built with disabled-friendly ramps with direct access to a passenger lift.

Love Lock

The Love Lock, the world’s legacy of love, located at 823 meters above sea level on the observation deck of the Penang Hill. Launched on Valentine’s Day of 2014, the lover’s promenade hosts the promises of eternal love for couples to symbolically seal their affection with creatively-decorated padlocks. There is no place more suited to profess our love than at Love Lock Penang Hill.

British War Canon

The British War Canon, a 32 cylinder cannon is rich in historical value. It is made of bronze, an alloy of copper and tin commonly used in 18th and 19th-century artillery. Weighing 2.75 tons, the cannon was capable of firing a 32-pound cannonball at a velocity of 1600 feet per second. This cannon was probably transported from town to hill as an ornament or to warn the presence of pirates.

Penang Hill First Funicular Train

Penang Hill's first funicular trains were wooden with defined first and second class compartments in each one. The four funicular trains were in use on the railway for over 50 years, from 1923 until they were retired in 1977 and replaced with the red funicular trains which had fans and automatic sliding doors. Each of the red Swiss-made funicular trains can hold up to 80 people, mostly standing. They were in use for over 30 years until 2010.

Bel Retiro Gate House

Bel Retiro is a government bungalow on Penang Hill. It was built in 1789 for the Governor of Penang and remains within the exclusive use of the government. It is the most prestigious property on Penang Hill, built in the 1800s as a resort for high government officials and visiting dignitaries. Although the bungalow itself is out-of-bounds to the general public, one can hike up to its gate, a beautiful brick structure with an arch entranceway called the Bel Retiro Gate House, for a nice photo opportunity.

Bungalows on Penang Hill

There are a total of 52 hill bungalows located on Penang Hill, owned by private and Penang state government. Most of them are more than 100 years old. With the oldest Convalescent Bungalow dated to 1803, Penang Hill is a good repository of bungalows featuring a fusion of architecture from British colonial to Asian and modern architecture.

Magnificent Panoramic View

Penang Hill features the best lookouts in Penang, offering panoramic views of the island and mainland. Rise early and catch the first train up the Hill, we will be rewarded with a magnificent glimpse of the sunrise on clear days or feel the cotton-like mist floating in the air on colder days. As dusk sets in, watch George Town light up, providing a magical backdrop against the evening sky. At Penang Hill, it is always an unforgettable, refreshing and enriching experience. The last train down is at 11 pm.


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