The Penang Botanic Gardens share the same function as Central Park in New York as a place for locals and tourists to visit and relax in Mother Nature. Located approximately 8km from Georgetown, Botanic Gardens is accessible either via public transport or personal vehicles.
The garden has another name given by locals, Waterfall Gardens which caught on from the nearby cascading waterfall which never cease to amaze visitors. The garden itself is historical and was setup in 1884 by Charles Curtis of the Gardens & Forests Departments of the Straits Settlements of the time.
We see many locals visiting the gardens on weekdays for their morning exercise as well as a leisurely jog in the evenings. On weekends, it is especially crowded with exercise aficionados and visitors who go there to see the famous cannonball tree, sengkuang tree, collections of fabulous orchids and other exotic tropical flora and fauna.
The Quarry area which is nearby the garden entrance was used to host the famous World Music Festival and other festivities. There’s also the popular Moon Gate situated about 2km from the garden entrance which visitors can use to hike up the hilly route to the iconic Penang Hill.
In short, Botanic Gardens has all it needs to amaze visitors, be it the nature seeker, or exercise junkies, there’s something for everyone here.