Not everyone’s holiday is about big cities, blinding lights, and busy streets. Instead, some use the holiday for hiking, retreating, and getting in touch with nature. Whether you are a newbie or a pro, there are enough hiking trails in Johor to explore.
More than 30 Johor hiking trails have different difficulty levels based on distance, elevation, and terrain. Considering that you are traveling to Malaysia not entirely for extreme sports or outdoor activities, we have sourced 3 beginner-friendly hiking trails in Johor.
These hiking spots in Johor will be easy. Other than hiking, you can consider other options to exercise, like jogging or running, and any activities conducted individually or in a group with your travel companions. Sometimes, a little morning hike can also spark some motivation in life.
Beginner-friendly hiking trails in Johor:
- Tasik Indah Pura (in Bukit Gemilang) in Kulai
- Tasik Biru, Kangkar Pulai
- Seri Alam Jungle Park in Masai
Tasik Indah Pura (in Bukit Gemilang) in Kulai
(Alt text: Clear reflection of the blue sky on the water surface of Tasik Indah Pura (in Bukit Gemilang) in Kulai | 1 of 3 Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Johor (Beginners Friendly))
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Tasik Indah Pura is a nature’s beauty hiding in plain sight. Many hikers would come to this hiking trail in Johor at least once to take photos of this beautiful blue lake! This hiking spot in Johor was once a stone quarry. But, it has been abandoned and revamped by nature into a quarry lake.
This is a roughly 3 KM trail and is considered an easy route. You will take an average of 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes or less to finish depending on your starting point. This trail is excellent for hiking, mount biking, walking, and trail running, and it’s unlikely that you will encounter many people during your exploration.
If you are a keen explorer, you might want to consider hiking the lake’s surrounding area for exciting exploration. On the other hand, if you are here just for the pictures, you can complete this Johor hiking trail in less than an hour without much hiking.
If you are driving, we recommend parking your car around Testing KK (on Google Maps), a local hardware shop. Once you are there, start walking on foot into the forest and towards Gemilang Hill (Bukit Gemilang). The trail should take around 40 to 60 minutes until you reach the quarry lake.
Much of the trails are safe for walking, so that you can bring your family and kids here together for its beautiful scenery and cleaner air.
(Alt text: Bird-eye view of Tasik Indah Pura (in Bukit Gemilang) in Kulai | 1 of 3 Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Johor (Beginners Friendly))
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Location: 81750 Masai, Johor.
Starting point (Testing KK): 311, Jln Gemilang 12, Taman Industri Kulai, 81000 Kulai, Johor.
Tasik Biru, Kangkar Pulai
(Alt text: Higher view of Tasik Biru, Kangkar Pulai | 2 of 3 Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Johor (Beginners Friendly))
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Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest (Hutan Lipur Gunung Pulai) is a treasure for hikers and explorers because there are so many attractions inside it. You can find a waterfall, treehouse, lakes, and wild flora and fauna here.
Depending on the explorers’ purpose, the difficulty levels can vary depending on the path taken. However, it has a beginner-friendly trail, which brings you to Tasik Biru – a turquoise lake near a local quarry site. You can come here for a hike, trail running, and walking with family and kids if you take this beginner-friendly trail.
The closest starting point to this lake is less known to the public, but we have pointed it out below. Paste it into Google Maps, and you are good to go! You will only take about 30 minutes to 60 minutes from the starting point to reach the lake if you only want to take a glamorous picture of this lake.
Most people came here for the photos. But, say you only want to capture the blue lake for memory’s sake, you might want to come here after 10 am so it appears with a richer turquoise. If you are interested in hiking, the moderate level hiking trail could take up to 5 KM and takes an average of 2 hours to finish.
The moderate level trail towards Tasik Biru is a little off-road, and you might see some small animals and monkeys around. You can see this lake from higher views and angles for the perfect “I was here” picture if you take the hiking trail!
The trails from this starting point do not have clear paths, so you need to know your surroundings and whereabouts. If possible, turn on your Google Maps during your hike to know where you are heading.
(Alt text: Two people sitting on the edge of Tasik Biru, Kangkar Pulai | 2 of 3 Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Johor (Beginners Friendly))
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Location: Kangkar Pulai, Johor.
Starting point: 1.569711, 103.579492
Seri Alam Jungle Park in Masai
(Alt text: Sunset view and Pasir Gudang Highway from Seri Alam Jungle Park in Masai | 3 of 3 Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Johor (Beginners Friendly))
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Seri Alam Jungle Park is a popular hiking spot in Johor, especially among the Masai residents. You can also enjoy the scenic view while running, jogging, or walking. Due to its fame, you will likely encounter other people while exploring.
This is a 4.8 KM loop trail near Lake Garden Taman Seri Alam (teratak) and Asia Metropolitan University. This is considered an easy route, which takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete the entire route, depending on your speed.
Part of the route is the Seri Alam Tunnel, a signature attraction of this trail. It is a path covered by the shade of trees, forming a cave-like tunnel for a relaxing jungle trekking. You will find explorers taking selfies with the beautiful tunnel as a backdrop!
If you prefer more hiking and fewer human sighting, there is a jungle hiking trail inside Seri Alam Jungle Park. Depending on how far you want to hike, the entire route may extend to about 10 KM, with a steeper incline and greater difficulty.
There is a blue lake in the South of Seri Alam Jungle Park, but it is not part of the trail. On Google Maps, search “Tasik 3 Beradik” or “Blue Lagoon Seri Alam” if you are interested in a breathtaking lake view.
Take your time to explore this hiking spot in Johor, as it hides several gems from the usual hiking trails. Of course, this goes without saying that always remember to be extra careful.
(Alt text: Famous Seri Alam Tunnel in Seri Alam Jungle Park in Masai | 3 of 3 Breathtaking Hiking Trails in Johor (Beginners Friendly))
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Location: 81750 Masai, Johor.
Starting point: Jln Persiaran Seri Alam, Bandar Baru Seri Alam, 81750 Masai, Johor.
Traversing into these beginner-level hiking trails in Johor will require some preparations – mosquito repellant, water bottles, a fully charged phone, hiking shoes, caps, towels, and many more.
Prepare ahead, and you will be able to enjoy your hike and the captivating sceneries in awe without trouble.
There is always something fun and exciting to discover in Johor. Check out some hidden cafes in Johor that you should visit, or check out some family-friendly places recommended by the locals!
It is always better to get around because you don’t have to worry about hailing a taxi and paying an unreasonable price (especially during holiday seasons).
You should rent a car from Gem Car Rental for their affordable price and because they also provide customized customer services to their clients! So reach out now for customized car rental services, and have a worry-less trip in Johor!