The Mirror Lake – Past the Little Purple Dot

It looks like I get to go to Ipoh very often due to household dwelling there. And each journey again there I attempt to discover one thing new to do on this sleepy small city which is commonly considered a spot for retirees.

Luckily, there’s a new attraction on the town and it’s a part of the native authorities’s effort to advertise eco-tourism. There’s a moderately new Geopark which is positioned within the midst of a number of limestone mountains. The principle attraction is a small lake which has flooded a few previous quarries. The attraction was solely open within the final 2 years so it’s nonetheless moderately uncooked and present process improvement work.

The brand new attraction is called the Mirror Lake or Tasik Cermin in Malay.
You could find Mirror Lake on Google Maps and navigating right here by automobile is fairly easy. However the final couple of hundred meters of street is thru an unpaved sand street which results in this massive carpark.
Beside the carpark you will note this scene. Though crass commercialism doesn’t appear to slot in with a Geopark, I’m glad to see that native companies have the chance to setup right here. It might have been a Starbucks brand up there.
Being the one coffeeshop within the space, there was a protracted line of individuals ready for his or her flip to get a desk.
Strolling previous the coffeeshop and thru the steep cliffs will convey you to this very rugged trying space. It’s a useless finish gorge the place you’ll be able to stroll round and take pictures.
There aren’t any security limitations and regardless of the warning indicators, guests would nonetheless attempt climbing over the rocks.
I did seen that many guests left cash pressed into the perimeters of the cliff and wedged into the rock. I’m wondering what’s the importance of this?

You would possibly assume proper now, so the place is the lake? It truly lies throughout the carpark from this gorge. So strolling again throughout the carpark, I discovered myself on the entrance to Mirror Lake.

That is the doorway to the Mirror Lake. After all there’s a ticketing counter now. I suppose somebody has to pay for public amenities just like the carpark and there’s even a newly constructed and respectable public rest room accessible.
The lake is definitely on the opposite facet of the limestone mountain and previous the ticketing counter is that this previous mining tunnel which you would need to stroll via.
Its truly very serene and peaceable on the lake. The tunnel opens up on to a small wood platform the place you’ll be able to take pictures from and boat rides are additionally accessible. You must purchase tickets for the boat experience and ready occasions will be fairly lengthy because of the crowds.

In the event you seen within the image of the doorway constructing, the phrases on the constructing says “TASIK CERMIN 1”. So there’s a second Mirror Lake, and you’ll truly go it on the way in which into the big carpark.

So that is the doorway and ticketing heart for the second Mirror Lake. You’ll be able to stroll from the big carpark or you may drive the brief distance, however there’s very restricted parking area in entrance.
The one technique to see the second Mirror Lake is to purchase a ship ticket and enter via the flooded tunnel.
The flooded tunnel is a few 200m lengthy, but it surely undoubtedly felt like a very long time going via it.
As soon as we exited the tunnel, it was like we had entered a hidden world. The silence was deafening with the occasional sound of birds chirping. The surroundings was very uncooked and had a Jurassic Park really feel to it.
The boats had been powered by silent electrical motors. A good selection as gasoline powered engines would have spoiled the silence and polluted the fantastic thing about this place.

I might say this can be a very fascinating place to spend roughly 2 hours to discover and revel in its pure magnificence. With wise and sustainable improvement, this may very well be a good way to redevelop previous quarries into an eco-themed attraction.

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