|One of the fascinating creatures just along the path|
Rising up from the hillside in the Air Itam district, the Kek Lok Si Temple and its giant statue of the Goddess of Mercy, tower over the area. Most tourists and locals, follow the narrow road a few hundred meters up to the temples entrance. But driving up the steep road for another few minutes will lead you to one of the hidden gems of Penang – Air Itam Dam.
Air Itam Dam sits about halfway up the hill with great views of the island, including George Town, 7km away. The man-made lake is surrounded by jungle hills and a paved walkway to lead you around it (“paved” doesn’t sound ideal, but anyone who has been jungle trekking knows that it is hard to spot anything other than your feet when you are tripping your way over tree roots, mud holes, and rocks).
The walk usually takes about 40 minutes, but we wandered slowly trying to spot any interesting flora or fauna.
|The carnivorous pitcher plant|
To reach Air Itam Dam, you will need your own transport. Otherwise, a bicycle or your own feet will work if you are in good shape and have sufficient time (at least half a day).