We had a day trek to this peak. It was very exciting and interesting. The challenge and its flora and fauna make us appreciate nature more.
Formerly known as "Kedah Peak", this forest-clad Gunung Jerai is a massive limestone outcrop that rises 1200m above sea level. As the highest peak in the state, it adds a touch of variety to the scenic flat plains seen throughout the area. It's located near Sungei Petani, not far from the island of Penang. When you've been on Penang you must have seen the Gunung Jerai (across the sea) on the mainland.
From the historical viewpoint, Gunung Jerai plays an important part in the history of Kedah. Even before the Malacca Sultanate became famous, Indian and Arab merchants were already making a beeline for the Merbok estuary at the foothills.
Today, Gunung Jerai is Kedah's premier hill resort and recreational park. On a clear day atop the peak, the cool, refreshing mountain offers spectacular views of the rolling paddy fields of Kedah stretching up to Perlis, and the islands of Penang in the south and Langkawi in the north-west.
The mountain also offers a unique selection of plants, which make it even more intriguing for the botanist. The Sungai Teroi Forest Recreation Park houses an endless variety of herbs, ferns, flowering plants, and climbers. Picnic sites are scattered all over the park, offering sweeping views of lowland plains and padi fields. Hiking trails that are interspersed with flowerbeds of vivid hues provide opportunities for leisurely strolls. Trees along the path are labelled for easy identification. Part of the mountain stream has even been dammed to provide cool clear pools for swimming. For the more adventurous, overnight shelters have also been provided.
The main vegetation is the dipterocarp forest which consist of hardwoods such as keruing, cengal and meranti. Going up the landscape changes dramatically from lowland to montane conifer forest. Typical species of the conifers include Agathis dammara and Podocarpus imbricatus. Several rare orchids are found on Gunung Jerai including the Bulbophyllum longiflorum. Pitcher plants of the Nepenthes species are also quite common.
At the peak of the mountain, the Museum of Forestry houses a wealth of information and artefacts on Malaysian forestry. The museum is housed in a beautiful traditional Malaysian house. It's located on a short distance from the Peranginan Gunung Jerai Resort. At the museum visitors can derive useful information on Malaysian forests and learn among other things, the commercial and medicinal uses of different indigenous plants
GETTING THERE - Road close temporarily for rennovation ( 25 Oct 2008)
By road: On the North-South Expressway, take the Gurun exit. From Gurun town, turn towards Alor Star.
Access to Gunung Jerai is two km from town and five from exit.
From foot of Mount Jerai to Peranginan Gunung Jerai resort. Vans drive the 13 km route to the resort. Van service can also be used by those not staying at the resort.
By air to Alor Star: Malaysia Airlines flies daily to the Kedah capital. Airport transfers available from Sultan Abdul Halim Airport to Peranginan Gunung Jerai. Other nearest airport is the Penang International Airport.
ACCOMMODATION - Temporarily closed for rennovation
Peranginan Gunung Jerai, Jalan Kaki Bukit, Lebuhraya Gurun, 08300 Gurun, Kedah. Open all year round.
Campers must bring own tent.
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bisok (948) 2008-10-27 16:00
Your another a beautiful photograph. Amazing landscape. Great composition. Well done Foozi.
phwall (6785) 2008-10-27 16:23
Good shot, the landscape looks wonderful. The light and shade on the foreground trees looks really interesting. Was this moving clouds or did you do a little post??
Lovely capture my friend. Just a tiny point, did you sharpen after you reduced to TE size, the shot looks a little soft.
Nice shot though.
trekks (14348) 2008-10-27 17:44
This is the 1st picture I see from this spot and it is a great view up here. I hardly believe it is 1200m because that is a good height for a day trip. Lovely landscape.
I agree about the sharpness, perhaps can do +10 sharpening?
jusninasirun (17162) 2008-10-27 20:40
Assalamualaikum. I can feel the freshness and tranquility of the view. The lush green foreground foliage adds interest to the stunning image. The hazy horizon making it rather dreamy and maybe you can get the clearer view on your next climb. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni
litiancai (1048) 2008-10-27 20:53
So green! Lovely landscape. I like the trees to the right, the make the composition nice. Some good detailed notes!
all the best
gracious (20025) 2008-10-28 1:24
Thank you for sharing this beautiful view from the top of Gunung Jerai!
very good pov with great fg perspective and a wonderful view on the padi fields down below!
I loved the good colour contrast between the greens and the lovely blue sky!
thank for the notes as well
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-10-28 1:59
Hello Foozi! Nice POV, very good perspective. Nice landscape. Beautiful colours. Good work. Good effect. Well done!
pablominto (53744) 2008-10-30 3:31
This elevated point of view gives a fine impression of the farmland!
Good foreground interest creates a fine feeling of depth, and the colour palette is attractive with the fresh shades of green...
A fertile landscape indeed!
mydrjoe (1240) 2008-10-30 7:37
Very nice place to take lovely pictures like this one here, that you framed pretty well by means of the the lush vegetation that can be seen in the foreground. Good shot!
Stepan (27210) 2008-10-30 12:54
A trek mood and compo... We can imagine the walk, the sensations...
The pov is ok and the place looks cool.
yedirenk (11244) 2008-10-30 16:24
Great landscape with tones of blue and green.light,colours and details are superb.also nicely frame.very well done.TFS
Waylim (25368) 2008-10-31 11:22
Such a beautiful and natural image of the lush and green landscape, which I miss very much and it reminded me of my childhood day, so carefree and roaming around in the village and farm within nature. I like the POV from up top showing the vastness of the landscape and beautiful blue sky. Very pleasant and beautiful. Thank you.
jimkilgallon (0) 2008-10-31 12:32
How's the craic in Malaysia? I want to visit your homeland soon, looks like paradise. Lovely composition, we can see the blanket of fields amongst the haze which is a strong feature here. Love the natural greens and blues which is always a great colour combination. Perfect sharpness thrown in for good measure, well done Foozi, see you around.
kpav (5031) 2008-11-04 11:44
Hello Foozi, the view is excellent and you are offering it with your photo in a great way. Superb greens and blues and very good light management. Thanks for sharing.
Miha2ou7 (5048) 2008-11-09 3:24
Amazing scenery! The jungle and paddy fields. Essentially this is how I picture your country. A bit washed out in the background, probably due to the humidity or some PP work. It`s still pretty nice.
jmcl (14535) 2008-11-14 16:40
I love the combination of the greens ... the vastness .. the infinite horizon .. great point of view .. the way the greens interact with the blues is very nice. take care, John
paura (47166) 2008-12-02 5:43
A very beautiful endless landscape. The composition, with those elements in the fg, are very nice. well done!
jmdias (58149) 2008-12-04 6:03
very beautiful landscape. I liked the way yuou framed it, with the trees in a side, the rocks in the lower area and the far landscape in the background. Good light and colors.
- Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) (7101)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-26
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor AF18-135mm
- Exposure: f/22, 1/20 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 15:49