Malacca is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its city centre. Other than been historically known, the state has lots of kids friendly places too. If you are visiting Malacca with children who love animals and being the wild, do visit these five places. From themed parks to beautiful zoos, Malacca has much to offer. They would not only meet rare and exotic animals, they would get to interact and understand their habitat too.
The Melaka Zoo
The Melaka Zoo in Ayeh Keroh is the nation’s second largest zoo. It is a 54 acre zoological park having more than 1200 animals of 215 species. It houses local animals as well as they have a collection of animals overseas. The settings are natural. The main attractions include mini safari. multi animal show, elephant and horse rides and night zoo. Children have a chance to watch the night life of animals, if they wish to, from 8pm to 11pm. It also maintains a healthy greenery with rare and exotic plants.
Coral Wonderland, Melaka
Coral Wonderland is located in the city of Malacca inside the Dataran Pahlawan Megamall. It exhibits over 1,000 different types of marine life creatures and corals. You can discover fascinating underwater animals like clownfish, starfish, sea urchin, horseshoe crab, bamboo shark, blacktip reek shark and many more. It has the longest touch pool in Asia and you can have a close interaction and feel of the star fish, sea cucumber, sea urchin and even the bamboo shark. There is a detailed description of each marine species which help kids learn while they see. Though the aquarium is not very big, you can admire some rare species in it, especially the Nautilus.
The crocodile farm or Taman Buaya Melaka is a tourist attraction in Ayer Keroh. This is definitely a place to drop by. There’s around 100 species of crocodiles in this 3.2 hectare park. You might get to feed the crocodile.
Ayer Keroh has other attractions too like Aviary Bird Park, Malaysia in Miniature, Reptile House, Mamalia House and Water Recreation Park. If you are looking for a place to stay in Ayer Keroh, you can visit Groupon to look for deals available currently.
Pulau Upeh Island in Melaka is home to the rare species of Hawksbill Turtles. These are a medium size marine turtles with a sharp carving beak and a shell which slightly change color depending on water temperatures. These turtles are brown and slightly striped. The island of Upeh is the home to the second largest nesting population of these turtles. The egg laying season is from March to June but visitors can have a glimpse of these turtles every night throughout the year. Water sports are also available at this island.
Melaka butterfly and reptile sanctuary
A beautiful garden surrounded by hundreds of colourful butterflies, the Melaka butterfly and reptile sanctuary should not be missed if you are visiting Malacca with kids. Not only you can see some of the rare species of butterflies like Black and White Helen (Papilio nephelus), Malayan Birdwing (Troides), and the Malaysian National Butterfly, you also feel relaxed with the serene atmosphere and the butterflies freely fluttering around. The farm also has over 400 specimens of insects to their collection.
The reptiles in the sanctuary are also worth watching. This place is the home to lizards, amphibians, mammals, birds and also to Koi. This sanctuary is for snake lovers too. There are pythons, bias, vipers and cobras. Enjoy watching the long-nose whip snakes which easily camouflage in the foliage with their slender twig-like body and green scales.
So if you are travelling with children to Malacca, Malaysia, you would also be interested in hotels, especially kids friendly one. At CouponBelanja you can check deals and offers on hotels. You can get some of the best hotels at affordable prices. The weather in Malacca is hot, so carry your sunscreens and sun hats with you. It also experiences heavy rainfall. You can carry insect repellants when you visit the zoos or the sanctuary.