The Mirror Lake – Past the Little Purple Dot

It looks as if 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 usually regarded as a spot for retirees.

Fortuitously, 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 relatively 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 relatively uncooked and present process growth work.

The brand new attraction is known as the Mirror Lake or Tasik Cermin in Malay.
You will discover Mirror Lake on Google Maps and navigating right here by automotive is fairly easy. However the final couple of hundred meters of street is thru an unpaved sand street which results in this huge carpark.
Beside the carpark you will notice 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 an extended line of individuals ready for his or her flip to get a desk.
Strolling previous the coffeeshop and thru the steep cliffs will carry you to this very rugged wanting space. It’s a useless finish gorge the place you’ll be able to stroll round and take images.
There aren’t any security obstacles and regardless of the warning indicators, guests would nonetheless attempt climbing over the rocks.
I did observed that many guests left cash pressed into the edges of the cliff and wedged into the rock. I’m wondering what’s the importance of this?

You may suppose 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. In fact 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 out there.
The lake is definitely on the opposite aspect 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 images from and boat rides are additionally out there. It’s important to purchase tickets for the boat experience and ready instances may be fairly lengthy because of the crowds.

If you happen to observed 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 move it on the best way into the massive carpark.

So that is the doorway and ticketing middle for the second Mirror Lake. You possibly can stroll from the massive carpark or you can drive the brief distance, however there’s very restricted parking area in entrance.
The one approach to see the second Mirror Lake is to purchase a ship ticket and enter via the flooded tunnel.
The flooded tunnel is a couple of 200m lengthy, however it 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 fuel powered engines would have spoiled the silence and polluted the fantastic thing about this place.

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

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