Mount Pulai (Malay: Gunung Pulai) is a mountain in Johor, Malaysia which is located about 19 km from Johor Bahru city.
Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest is a protected forest area in southern Johor. It is located to the north of Pulai. The recreational forest is 45 km from Johor Bahru. It is an important water catchment area for Johor Bahru and Singapore.
In the middle of Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest is the 700-meter tall Gunung Pulai. There is also a cascading waterfall, Gunung Pulai Waterfall, which is quite popular. The wildlife of the forest includes deer, monkeys and several species of birds. The forest is open to the public from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily, and admission is free.
Unplanned and we are there. 🙂 Perhaps its all fated. We heard thunder roared as we climbed up. Luckily, there was no rain till we started descending.
Gunung Pulai is a beautiful place to hike. It is a very good site for nature photographers. If you love cycling, this is a very good place for training too. Not easy!!!!
Terrain is quite steep with almost 45 degrees steepness (the last 2km) as we hiked up to the summit. Took us about 2hrs return. And we make it ! Hi5 !!! Yeah!!!
The top which apparently had no waterfalls, drinks, or views…..unless you count a sole fat guard with a machine gun. There is just a military installation at the summit.
How to get there?
Gunung Pulai recreational forest located about 10KM from Plaza Tol Kulai. The intersection to Gunung Pulai just 100 meter from Plaza Tol Kulai, (be careful, its very easy to miss this sign) drive along the Jalan Sawah until you see the sign board “Kem Bina Negara” then turn in, end of the road is the Gunung Pulai entry gate. The gate is locked and we have to cross over by the small muddy path on the left-hand side of the main gate.
What should you bring?
- Minimum 500ml of water
- Rain Gear
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