Eco-Tourism

Although Melaka is a small state, it still has a range of nature adventures to offer. Choose from rainforest recreation parks to beautiful beaches that have some of the scenic sunsets facing the Straits of Melaka.



Jasin Hot Spring

Located 20 km from Malacca city, Jasin Hot Springs is a hot spring originally established by Singaporean businessman, Tan Kim Tean. Established in 1884, it was originally functioning as a public bathing house. The hot spring sourcing from three natural alkaline hot spring wells, the initial hot spring water at 69 degree Celsius is collected before being channelled to different pools and added with water for proper temperature. The pools are named as Ashi-yu (foot bath), Ofuro (bathhouse) and Kolam Renang Mineral (open pool) as they are managed according to the Japanese onsen concept.

Gadek Hot Spring Alor Gajah

Known as ‘Air Panas Gadek’ in Malay, Gadek Hot Spring is one out of three hot spring spots in Melaka. It is located at Gadek, Alor Gajah, only 5 km from Alor Gajah town. It is said that the Gadek’s hot spring was discovered by English soldiers during the British rule in Malaysia. Locals did not know about the existence of the place, but rumours have it that there’s a place where the British soldiers used to treat disease. The locals were curious as there were many British officers and soldiers who lived near the hot spring. It was a well-kept secret and only after the British left, the villagers found out about it.


Ayer Keroh Lake

This is another spot to note, especially for those who enjoy water sports. Set amidst a splendid green environment about 11km from town, one can view rich, untouched tropical forest. There you can indulge in refreshing activities like trekking, camping, picnicking, staying in houses on tree-tops and also take advantage of the available barbeque facilities. Huts and cabins are available for rentals-truly a must for all nature lovers.


Beaches



Pantai Puteri

Puteri Beach is located about 12 km from Melaka town, heading towards Tanjung Kling. It is one of the idyllic beaches in Melaka. The white sandy beach fringed with coconut palms swaying in the cool sea breeze is a favourite spot for family picnics. Another main attraction here is a fishing village with ‘kelongs’, huts raised on stilts over the water to enable fishermen to catch fish.

Pengkalan Balak Beach

A haven of sun, sea and sand, Pengkalan Balak Beach is a paradise to beach lovers. The cool, clean and inviting waters make swimming a favourite of visitors. This is an ideal place for those seeking a quiet and pristine place to relax. It has a fishing village and is known for Ikan Bakar (grilled fish). Near the beach is a turtle hatchery. This place offers a closer look into the hawksbill turtles’ breeding habit.

Pantai Klebang

A hidden attraction in Melaka, Pantai Klebang is located in the southern shoreline of Melaka and is facing directly to the Straits of Malacca. Pantai Klebang is a popular stretch of Melaka beach, known for its delicious coconut shakes and food truck businesses. It is also the site of some extensive, albeit photogenic, land reclamation. It is recommended to visit Pantai Klebang early in the morning or late evening.

Pulau Besar

As the name suggests, it is a big island (168 hectares) and it is said to be shaped like a pregnant woman lying on her back. It is situated about 15 km southeast of the city of Melaka and can be reached by ferry or speedboat. It is well known for its ancient Islamic graves, tombs and mausoleums scattered across the island. Among these is the tomb of Sultan Al Ariffin Syeikh Ismail.