Covering a total area of 335
hectares, the wetland environment comprises Taman
Wetland (138 hectares) and the wetland areas (197
hectares). One of the more popular tourist attractions
in Putrajaya, the wetlands consist of 24 wetland cells
built along the arms of the Chua and Bisa rivers.
Marshes and swamps were developed in these cells by
transplanting more than 70 species of wetland plants
from the Putrajaya Wetland Nursery. Twenty-four species
of indigenous fish were later introduced into the
wetland cells to enhance their biological diversity and
the list keeps on increasing.
A good starting point to
explore Putrajaya Wetlands is to visit Taman Wetland. As
the gateway to the wetlands area, Taman Wetland houses a
Nature Interpretation Centre and a 25 meters high look-out
tower which offers a bird's eye view of Putrajaya and
the view is simply breathtaking.
Within this place of interest in Putrajaya, there are two marked trails with
interpretative boards, a flamingo pond, picnic areas and
other public amenities to be fully enjoyed by visitors.
Taman Wetland is also a
wildlife sanctuary, attracting a wide variety of animals
to the combined terrestrial-aquatic wetland environment.
Several species of local marshland birds and water birds
including the Little Egret, the Little Green Heron and
Cinnamon Bittern and migratory birds from Northern
Hemisphere have been spotted here. A pair of binoculars
will come in handy for bird watching and bird-watchers
should not miss the opportunity to visit here. Visitors to the
park can also enjoy a leisurely walk, jog or cycle along
its bicycle track and the atmosphere here is one full of
In the Nature Interpretation
Centre, there is a souvenir shop, a wetland diorama,
wetlands handicraft displays, an AV room and the Wetland
Cafe. The Centre, being the focal point for public
education on ecotourism, provides information about the
wetland plant bed filtration system, conservation of
wetland habitats and also focuses on the uses of wetland
products and this is the best place to buy souvenirs in
Putrajaya. Your travel to Malaysia will not be complete
if do not pay a visit to some of the most remarkable
attractions seen here at Putrajaya.
Putrajaya Wetlands, believed
to be the largest constructed freshwater wetlands in the
tropics, is the first one of its kind in Malaysia. Where
geology, hydrology and biology have created natural
wetlands, the Putrajaya Wetlands carved out from rubber
and oil palm plantations is the result of human
ingenuity and technology and the short period of time
taken to built this is definitely remarkable and an
achievement in itself. The opening
hours of Putrajaya Wetlands to the public
are from 9.00 am - 6.00 am daily.