Paya Indah Wetlands is located at Kuala Langat, Selangor which is 30 km from KL and 15 km from KLIA. The total area of the park is 3100 hectares. Paya Indah Wetlands has been officiated by Tun Mahathir, former Prime Minister in 2001.
Paya Indah Wetlands was initially an abandoned land which had been heavily degraded by tin mining and sand dredging activities started since 1983. The tin mining activity stopped in 1997 as the dredger was broken down which resulted in forming of 14 man-made lakes. Nevertheless, these man-made lakes were polluted with the usage of the chemical during the tin mining activity. The level of heavy metal, mercury and etc was detected high during that time. Hence, the Prime Minister department decided to take measure to conserve and restore the various biodiversity at Paya Indah Wetlands.
The restoration began with the plantation of Salvinia molesta, an aquatic plant from Salviniaceae family. Salvinia has short root and able to float at the surface of the lake. Due to fast growth rate, the plant dominated almost all the lakes compared with other aquatic plants. As it blocks the sunlight and oxygen getting to the bottom of the lake,it causes the growth of the aquatic plant, insect, microorganisms and fish died. The plant is not suitable as food for wildlife and fish. With the cleaning work of Salvinia, it gives chances to other useful plants to grow around Paya Indah Wetlands.
About 220 species of trees were suggested to plant in this area. Not only to beautify the place, the re-plantation also intended to attract the wildlife which staying there once upon a time. The increasing number of aquatic plants also works as filtration which the dregs and dirt filtered before getting into the lake. The plants are also crucial serving as a shelter, food and materials to make nests.
The entrance to Paya Indah Wetlands is free. One of the highlights in the park is the hippo feeding at 10am every morning. We spotted two that day.
The dark skinned hippos are originated from Botswana. They graze and eat grass only.
The crocodiles are also one of the protected wildlife in the park. It looks like floating wood from far.
When the Perhilitan staff threw the dead chicken into the water, the crocodiles swam swiftly towards their meal. Without any hesitance, they grabbed and swallowed within a few seconds.
While most of the crocs staying in the water, there is one lying on the grass silently and watching us from far.
The crocs feeding time starts at 11am. However, there was no crowd when we were there.
Recreation activities that you can do at the park:
Feeding fish, crocodile and hippo
Exploring the lake by boat
Guided Nature Walk
Cultural activities at Malay House
The wild mushroom grows at the side of the pond.
The types of birds which have been spotted here are:
- purple swamp hen
- white breasted water hen
- white breasted water hen
- olive backed sunbird
- brown shrike
- red wattled lapwing
- Swinhoe's snipe
- yellow vented bulbul
The black and white fur ducks beside the lotus pond. They are just too shy and running away when I tried to approach them. A lot more things to discover in Paya Indah Wetlands but due to time limitation, we had not explored yet. I hope to come here again with family especially kids as it is a great place for leisure and educate them.
Paya Indah Wetlands,
Jabatan Perlindungan Hidupan Liar dan Taman Negara (PERHILITAN)
KM4, Jalan Dengkil-Banting,
43800 Dengkil, Selangor
Operation hour: 7.30am - 7pm
Fishing time: Close on Friday
Tel: 03-8768 7616 / 03-8768 8726
Faks: 03-8768 8424