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The Habitat Ginger Garden

Ginger Garden, is the home of the beautiful ginger rhizome, which has many used as a fragrant spice. Ginger is also traditionally used to treat stomach problems and pain relief. Planted to delight our senses, we are invited to touch, smell, see and hear the wonders of jungle completely undisturbed. Educational signs are positioned unobtrusively along the way in such a way to educate us on the flora, fauna, and history of the pathway, but not in such a way as to spoil our experience.

The Habitat Themed Gardens

This enchanting realm allows us to experience Penang Hill’s rainforest at its very best. Several themed gardens charmingly line the way and include the Fern Garden, Butterfly Bank, Fragrant Garden, and Ginger and Palm Grove. The trails are wheelchair and stroller friendly. Educational signs are positioned unobtrusively along the way in such a way to educate us on the flora, fauna, and history of the pathway. Complimentary nature guided tours are provided to every visitor of The Habitat Penang Hill.

The Habitat Virgin Jungle

The Penang Hill virgin jungle reserve area, on the fringe of which The Habitat sits, is believed to be part of Malaysia’s treasure trove of prehistoric rainforests dating back 130-million years old. Besides its rich biodiversity, it plays an important role as a primary water catchment area for Penang island. Our rainforests also provide essential ecosystem services for the sustenance of life including climate regulation, water & nutrient recycling, air purification, carbon storage, and soil stability.

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.

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