The Penang Botanical Garden, also known as the Waterfall Garden, is a public park which is also the most favorite garden for the local. Situated about 3 kilometers (2 miles) due northeast from Penang Hill and 8 kilometers (5 miles)from the Penang city center is the Penang’s Botanical Garden, on the ground of which grow some of Malaysia’s most beautiful tropical plants. Monkeys inhabit the trees and delight visitors when they come down to the lawns to be fed, especially in the early mornings or late afternoons. Of course, visitors are not advised to feed those monkeys as they can look for their food in the forest.
The waterfall starts over a hundred meters above the garden and come tumbling down through the green, where there are footpaths and small wooden bridges, much like a Japanese garden. On holidays, families round up distant relatives for a picnic lunch by the stream while barefoot children romp on the rocks or catching some fish in the stream. Benches are scattered through the gardens and provide pleasant resting spots in the shades. And, like other similar places in the world, lovers come to take advantage of blissful nature. Joggers jog around the garden while parents carry their children visiting some features in the garden. Lily Pond, Perdana Plant House, Fern House and Cactus House are some favorite place of mine during young age. The garden also provides sales of plants to the public at a reasonable price. Penang’s Botanical Garden open daily from 5am to 8pm, don’t leave your picnic basket!