Rediscovering Cameron Highlands: A sanctuary where nature’s beauty thrives

My last visit to Cameron Highlands was back in 1984. I would often seek refuge from city life either in Frasers Hill or Cameron Highlands. Back then, tranquillity defined these hill resorts, despite the winding roads and sharp bends which we navigated effortlessly.

Fast forward 40 years, Cameron Highlands has transformed into a bustling tourist destination situated 1,830 metres above sea level. The allure of its cool climate and myriad of attractions draws a multitude of visitors. To accommodate the influx, new hotels and apartments are sprouting up rapidly.

Comprising Ringlet, Tanah Rata, and Brinchang, Cameron Highlands faces challenges like heavy weekend traffic and frequent landslides due to its steep terrain. The narrow, windy roads leading to attractions such as the Boh Plantations often require personnel to manage traffic at sharp bends.

This congestion is exacerbated by the preference of most visitors to drive, leading to unmanageable traffic volumes in urban centres like Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Parking shortages further complicate matters, especially when tourists stop to patronise restaurants and souvenir shops.

Yet, amidst these hurdles, Cameron Highlands remains a refreshing retreat for families. The appeal lies not just in the cool weather, but in the plethora of activities awaiting visitors. Nature enthusiasts revel in the vibrant flora, from cactus farms to strawberry fields where you can pluck your own. No visit is complete without a stop at Kea Farm, renowned for its fresh produce.

Boasting several tea estates, my siblings, their spouses and I opted for Boh Plantations. The journey, albeit slow, was rewarded with breathtaking vistas and a rich tea-tasting experience. A visit to the tea factory provided an insight into the meticulous process, from leaf to cup.

Pola Singh (far left) together with his siblings and their spouses in Cameron Highlands.

Despite the commercialisation, Cameron Highlands retains pockets of tranquillity that underscore its natural beauty. Dining options abound, offering everything from steamboat meals to traditional banana leaf feasts. Local eateries serve up delicious fare amidst the cool mountain air, creating a memorable culinary experience.

We were so engaged in sightseeing that we had no time to explore outdoor activities like hiking and birdwatching. That will be our priority the next time we visit.

To fully appreciate Cameron Highlands, plan your visit during the weekdays to avoid crowds and enjoy a more relaxed pace. Be prepared for the winding roads and occasional traffic delays, which are a small price to pay for the natural wonders that await.

Despite its transformation into a tourist hub, Cameron Highlands remains a sanctuary where nature’s beauty thrives. It’s a place where families can bond over fresh strawberries, scenic hikes, and the tranquillity of tea estates.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a food lover, or a culture seeker, Cameron Highlands promises an enriching experience amidst its serene landscapes.

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