Melaka, Malaysia

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Ayer Keroh

Ayer Keroh is located about 12 km from Melaka's old city centre, along the main road from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza (the main entry-exit point on the North-South Expressway to Melaka). It is about two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, one hour from Seremban and about 3 hours from Singapore. Ayer Keroh is another tourist spot besides the old city centre with several attractions located here but has less to do about Melaka's history.

 
 
 
 
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Melaka Zoo
Melaka Zoo is located just after the Ayer Keroh toll plaza from the North-South Expressway and is the second largest zoo in Malaysia after the National Zoo near Kuala Lumpur. The zoo opened to the public in 1963 but its role is primarily as a rescue centre, sanctuary and breeding centre for wild animals. More than 1,200 wild animals from 300 species make their home here including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The zoo is situated in a reserved forest and the animal enclosures resemble the animals' natural habitats. There is a tram taking visitors around the zoo as well as elephant and horse rides. The zoo opens from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and admission is MYR5 for adults and MYR2 for children.

Melaka Zoo by Horiuchi

Mini Malaysia and Mini ASEAN Park
The Mini Malaysia and Mini ASEAN Park is located between Melaka Zoo and the toll plaza. This is a large park with full-scale reconstructions of traditional houses from Malaysia's 13 states and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In each house, you will see various handicrafts and mannequins dressed in traditional Malay attire of the states. There are also the cultural performances held during the weekends. The park opens from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and admission is MYR10 for adults and MYR5 for children.

Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest
The Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest opened in 1984 and covers an area of 359 hectares (887 acres) offers. The recreational forest features a children's playgrounds, orang asli (aborigine) park, deer park, picnic spots, suspension bridges and observation towers for a bird's eye of the surrounding forest. There is also a camping spot with basic facilities like water, electricity, barbeque pits and a campfire area. Campers are charged MYR10 per day for a group of 10 and MYR5 for a group of less than 10.

Crocodile Farm
The Crocodile Farm in Ayer Keroh opened in 1987 and is the largest in Malaysia occupying an area of 3.2 hectares (7.9 acres). More than 200 species of crocodile from around the world are bred here including the African Dwarf, Indian Mugger, Humpback and Tailless displayed in enclosures and tanks. The Crocodile Farm opens daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and admission is MYR5 for adults and MYR3 for children.

Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary
The Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is located nearby the Melaka Zoo and the Ayer Keroh Recreational Forest. The park first opened in 1991 when it was initially just a butterfly park and later expanded to include reptiles. There are more than 20 species of butterflies here including the Black and White Helen, Malayan Birdwing and the Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing. Reptiles include pythons, cobras and vipers.

 
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