Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands

Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands is not a typical farm or garden in Cameron Highlands!

Just 1km from Tanah Rata town, the huge agro technology park serves as both a research and information center. It welcomes visitors to explore the various zones (including an English garden) in the park!

Want to know more about this interesting place in Cameron Highlands? Keep on reading!

Table of contents:

History Of Agro Technology Park MARDI

Agro Technology Park MARDI was originally a research station for the British back in 1926 under the name, Federal Experimental Station. They first started growing tea right here!

Decorative Windmill At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Decorative Windmill At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to p_d_x_x (Instagram)

When it was passed on to the Malaysian Research and Development Institute (MARDI):

An agro technology park was introduced within the property and it was open to the public in June, 2003.

Today, the park sees thousands of visitors every year!

What To Expect At Agro Technology Park MARDI

All sorts of plants are grown in the park including:

  • 40 species of roses
  • 10 types of strawberries
  • 100 different citrus fruit
  • 6 species of anthuriums
  • Apples, pears and even persimmon!
Tomatoes Growing At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Tomatoes Growing At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to umiemaisara.na (Instagram)

To make the park easier for visitors to explore, the park is divided into several zones:

  1. Research Centre
  2. English Garden
  3. Information Centre
  4. Orchid Garden
  5. Rose Garden
  6. Herb Garden

There’s much more listed on their signboards throughout the park!

Taman Agroteknologi MARDI Cameron Highlands
Taman Agroteknologi MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to salina_baharuddin (Instagram)

Agro Technology Park MARDI Location

Agro Technology Park Mardi lies on the east side of Tanah Rata, past the schools and before the hospital.

Getting to the park involves use of a slip road behind the Tanah Rata bus station. You just follow the road until you reach a signboard for MARDI on your left.

Location: JKR266, Jalan Persiaran Endah, Tanah Rata, Pahang, 39000 Tanah Rata

Opening Hours:

  • On most days: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am to 12:30pm, and again from 2:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Closed on Tuesdays

Contact: +605-491 1255

Website: http://tatmch.mardi.gov.my/

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Agro Technology Park MARDI Entrance Fee

You don’t really have an excuse not to bring your family here as far as costs are concerned! The entrance fees are pretty low!

Entrance Fees:

  • RM6.50 (Adult)
  • RM3 (Child)
  • RM3 (Student)
  • RM2 (Seniors above 60 years old)
  • RM10 (international visitor)

Note: Children under 6 years old get to go in for free!

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What To Do At Agro Technology Park MARDI & Facilities

So what is there to do at Agro Technology Park MARDI?

Windmill In The Gardens Of Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Windmill In The Gardens Of Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to puppyfly_ (Instagram)

1. See Exhibits On The Latest Technologies By MARDI At The Information Centre

There are publications available for sale too. Anyways, all visitors have to come by this building to purchase tickets to enter the park!

2. Visit Their Flower Gardens

MARDI Agro Technology Park has more than one garden up its sleeve!

  • English Garden
  • Pitcher Plant Garden
  • Herb Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • Orchid Garden
Rose Garden Of Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Rose Garden Of Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands

Local and exotic flowers and plants thrive in the well-maintained gardens!

There are places to sit and just take in all the sights if you need a break from the walking!

3. Have A Cup Of Locally Produced Tea At The Cafeteria

To boost your energy levels, there are refreshing beverages and snacks for sale at the park!

Note: There are 3 eateries at the park but they don’t always open on the same day!

You can get tea, juice and a range of snacks. Try the strawberry juice and tea!

Refreshments At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Refreshments At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to cikredtabby (Instagram)

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4. Buy MARDI And Other Local Products From Their Sales Centre And Nursery

The sales center and nursery on the property sell:

  • Potted plants
  • Vegetables and other local produce
  • Freshly-cut flowers
  • Dried fruit
  • Cameron Highlands souvenirs

Browse and admire rows upon rows of attractive colorful flowers. And other plants like cacti and succulents.

Succulents At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Succulents At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to p_d_x_x (Instagram)

Some of which are up for sale!

Cactus Section At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Cactus Section At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to p_d_x_x (Instagram)

5. Host An Event At Their Meeting Facility

There is an on-site theater that can fit up to 100 people. It can be rented out for seminars or workshops with approval from the management of the park.

6. See How They Grow Fruit And Vegetables

Do not waste the opportunity to see so many fruit and vegetables growing all in one place!

Like:

  • Grapes
  • Apples
Apple Trees In Agro Technology Park MARDI In Cameron Highlands
Apple Trees In Agro Technology Park MARDI In Cameron Highlands
  • Corn
Corn In Agro Tecnhology Park MARDI In Cameron Highlands
Corn In Agro Tecnhology Park MARDI In Cameron Highlands
  • Eggplants
Eggplants (aubergine) At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Eggplants (aubergine) At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
  • Tomatoes
Tomatoes Growing At MARDI Agrotechnology Park In Cameron Highlands
Tomatoes Growing At MARDI Agrotechnology Park In Cameron Highlands
  • Strawberries
Strawberries In Agro Technology Park MARD In Cameron Highlands
Strawberries In Agro Technology Park MARD In Cameron Highlands

And more including a seedling nursery and a compost area!

They have a section for organic vegetables too!

7. Take On A Jungle Trail

2 jungle trails run through the park, Trail #3 and Trail #7. These both lead to the foot of Gunung Berembun nearby.

Details are covered further down this post.

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8. Admire The Tea Plantation

Unless you climb the stairs up to the Viewing Platform (Wakaf Tinjau):

Mini Tea Plantation At MARDI Agro Technology Park In Cameron Highlands
Mini Tea Plantation At MARDI Agro Technology Park In Cameron Highlands

The small tea plantation does not need much climbing to get closer to the tea bushes! Compared to the bigger tea plantations in Cameron Highlands!

Note: The view from the viewing platform is not impressive. It is good if you want a little exercise during your visit!

9. Pet Rabbits

It costs ~RM2 to enter the rabbit enclosure and pet the rabbits.

Rabbit Enclosure At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Rabbit Enclosure At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands

10. Make A Stop At The Butterfly Garden

Although tiny, the butterfly enclosure at MARDI is stunning! One of the newest additions is a manuka honey flower bush so be sure to check that out!

Butterfly On A Flower At Agro Technology Park Cameron Highlands
Butterfly On A Flower At Agro Technology Park Cameron Highlands

There is even a display of the various stages a caterpillar goes through to change to a butterfly!

Agro Technology Park MARDI Review

This review section will assist you on whether you should include the agro technology park into your Cameron Highlands trip!

To summarize, it has a bit of everything that Cameron Highlands has to offer!

Grapes Growing At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Grapes Growing At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands

What You’ll Like:

  • Abundant photo opportunities
  • Excellent British cream tea set at their garden cafe
  • Satisfying variety of plants and flowers
  • You can buy potted plants for good prices
  • Many vegetables and fruit trees to see – they even have grapes!
  • Botanical garden and herb gardens are well-maintained
  • Inexpensive entry fees
  • Strawberry ice cream is one of the best at RM4 each
  • You can try locally produced tea here
  • Ample parking slots
Rows Of Succulents At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Rows Of Succulents At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to p_d_x_x (Instagram)

What You Won’t Like:

  • More expensive for international visitors
  • Lab experiment section is not particularly attractive or interesting
  • Rabbit paddock and butterfly enclosure are in poor condition
  • No guided tours available
  • Mismatched and faded signage
  • Tired facilities
  • Not OKU-friendly (e.g., no wheelchair accessibility)
  • Lack of information displays
Signage At Agrotechnology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Signage At Agrotechnology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands

Good To Know:

  • Usually full of people on weekends and public holidays
  • Dried fruit products are available for sale
  • Takes around an hour (or more) to explore
  • Hill to climb behind the garden
  • Possible to walk here from Tanah Rata

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Accommodation At Agro Technology Park MARDI

Accommodation is limited to two types:

  1. English cottage (2 units, one with 2 bedrooms and the other with 3 bedrooms)
Tudor Building At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands
Tudor Building At Agro Technology Park MARDI Cameron Highlands – photo credits to mizimj (Instagram)
  1. Apartments (6 units with 3 rooms each)
Camelia Apartments at MARDI Agrotechnology Park In Cameron Highlands
Camelia Apartments at MARDI Agrotechnology Park In Cameron Highlands

For reservations, you can call +605-491 1255 or +605-491 5945.

Attractions Near To Agro Technology Park MARDI

Those who feel up to a short hike may want to consider these trails close to the agro technology park!

Do not hike alone! There are accounts of people getting robbed while hiking!

1. Robinson Falls (Trail #9)

While the waterfall isn’t spectacular, it is still nice. There is unfortunately, a lot of trash around the area.

Robinson Falls At Cameron Highlands
Robinson Falls At Cameron Highlands – photo credits to partridge_jess (Instagram)

Directions:

  1. Head in the direction of Cameron Highlands Hospital. 500m before the hospital, is a road on the right with a big billboard and a small sign for the Robinson Waterfall.
  2. Walk this road for 100m to another billboard and a concrete bridge made with colorful tires.
  3. Follow the bridge all the way to the waterfall
  4. If you continue the walk past the waterfall, you will end up at the power station (Trail 9b – steep walk uphill)

Difficulty: Easy to moderate for the most part except the first 5 minutes, where the ground is slippery pavement!

Duration: <1 hour (round trip) – More if you do Trail 9b!

Note: Trail 9a is overgrown with partial landslides. Best to avoid.

Further reading:

2. Parit Falls (Trail #4)

This is by far the easiest trail to accomplish in Cameron Highlands!

Many visitors take the relatively flat and short trail in a recreational park that passes by Parit Falls – which also goes by the name, Thompson Falls.

Parit Falls at Cameron Highlands
Parit Falls – photo credits to afar_dde (Instagram)

Parit Falls are smaller than the Robinson Falls. More like a mini waterfall or cascades but still scenic. If not for the litter that plagues the trail!

Starting Point: Tanah Rata after the bus station, right side of the park

Duration: ~20 minutes (round trip)

Difficulty: Easy

3. Cameron Highlands Trails #3, 5 & 7

These small jungle trails all connect to one another eventually so you can combine a few into a moderate hike.

You won’t see any landmarks but there is plenty of greenery (i.e. jungle flora).

Rafflesia At Cameron Highlands
Rafflesia At Cameron Highlands – photo credits to davidkmcheng (Instagram)

These are the suggested combinations:

  • Trail #7 > Trail #5
  • Trail #5 > Trail #3
  • Trail #3 > Trail #7

Trail #3 takes you up Gunung Berembun.

Starting Point: Use Maps.Me app to find the starting points for the respective trails!

Duration: 2 hours or more for at least two trails. 3-4 hours for Trail #3 to Trail #7.

Difficulty: Easy-moderate but gets steep at the ending for Trail #3; Best done on a clear day when the ground isn’t muddy.

Tip: Bring a lot of water! Bug repellent is necessary!

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Getting To Agro Technology Park MARDI From Ipoh

Agro Technology Park MARDI can be part of your custom-made Cameron Highlands itinerary for a private tour from Ipoh with RayTheTour!

Tours include:

  • ~10% discount if you book multi-day tours in Ipoh and other neighboring districts like Sitiawan, Taiping, Gopeng, Kuala Kangsar, etc
  • Local experienced guides
  • Comfortable transport
  • Flexible itinerary
  • Pick up service anywhere in Ipoh
  • Drop off service is free (on the same day of your tour)

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Conclusion

Agro Technology Park MARDI resembles a mini Cameron Highlands with a nursery, tea plantation and factory, multiple gardens, a small petting zoo and an information center.

Some parts look a little rundown but it’s still worth stopping for if you happen to be passing by the area. Especially if you love seeing many different plants!

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