Gunung Jerai, located in the northern state of Kedah
is 1200 meters above sea-level. In the olden days, Kedah
Perak as it was then known played an important role
as a navigating point for sailors from as far as the
Middle East and Europe. 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.
Like all other mountains, Gunung Jerai has its fair
share of history and fascinating tales. Legend has it
that Raja Bersiong, the 'king of fangs' once had his
ancient kingdom within the Bujang Valley, at the foot
of the mountain. Relics uncovered in the area provide
evidence of a Hindu-Buddhist civilization dating back
to the fourth century A-D.
Isolated from the other mountain ranges of Peninsular
Malaysia, Gunung Jerai has a unique range of medicinal
plants and herbs not found in other mountains.
Teroi Forest Recreational Park
A haven for a variety of unique mountain flora and fauna.
Orchids, rhododendrons, pitcher plants grow abundantly
within the park.
Hiking Trails along wooded areas leading to the picnic
site provide opportunities for nature lovers to enjoy
leisurely strolls. The beauty of Gunung Jerai is best
experienced while jungle trekking through the natural
splendour of this rainforest treasure. For the move
adventurous, camping sites, are provided along the trails.
Basic camping facilities are available at a nominal
fee of RM3 per person.
For a cool refreshing retreat, 30 minutes of brisk jungle
trekking from the Gunung Jerai Resort leads one to the
breathtaking sight of a clear mountain stream cascading
down the hilly slopes.
A visit to the Foresty Museum which is located halfway
up the hill will provide a wealth of information on
various species of wood collected from Malaysian highland
Located 1.083 meters up the mountain is the 39-room
Gunug Jerai Resort. Built in the 1920's, the original
rest house is reminiscent of similar buildings in the
English countryside. There are 6 family chalets, with
a choice of either 3 bedrooms or 2 bedrooms, set amidst
beautiful natural greenery and flowering plants. Each
chalet has a dining and living room and is well equipped
with cooking facilitiues.
To Get There
Gunung Jerai is easily accessible by road from the town
of Gurun which is approximately 33km south of Alor Setar
via the trunk road or the North-South Expressway. Alor
Setar is served by Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur,
Penang and Kota Bharu. Express buses, outstation taxis
and Keretapi Tanah Melayu trains offer regular services
from Butterworth to Alor Setar. Public buses ply from
Alor Setar to the foothill of Gunung Jerai every 45
minutes or from Sungai Petani every 30 minutes. Private
taxis charge a fare of RM6 for a round trip from the
foothills to the resort and back.