near Sungai Itik, Gopeng,
for a back-to-nature weekend with a
difference why not try Rumah Rehat Adeline (Adeline's Rest House) at
Kampung Geruntum near Sungai ltik, just 6 Km from the Perak town of
However, if you like your creature comforts then this may not be for
you, but If you enjoy outdoor hobbies and, have an adventurous spirit,
then read on.
The Rest House is
set in a spacious plot of five acres containing a number of well
established Durian trees.
Within walking distance from
the Rest House a sparkling waterfall tumbles its way down an obstacle course of
boulders through shady forest. This is also the haunt of White crowned
Forktail. Eventually the turbulent river levels off to a more meandering
route to create some quieter pools that are safe for bathing.
For those with a keen
interest in nature there are some excellent opportunities for pastimes such as
photography, bird and butterfly watching, as well as more active outdoor
Rehat Adeline (Adeline?s Resthouse) wins Awards for "Most
Exclusive Accommodations" at Perak Tourism
Appreciation Awards 2007.
Birdwatchers, for instance, can expect to find species such as Blyth's
Hawk-Eagle, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Red-crowned Barbet, Black headed and
Stripe-throated Bulbuls, and Rufous tailed Tailorbird, Barn Owl in the nearby oil palm
plantation, Great Hornbills and, more recently, a small group of White-crowned
Hornbills, judging by his apt description of this species' "punky white
Butterfly enthusiasts will
not be disappointed either. A small hot-spring bubbling to the surface in the
plantation just a short drive from the Rest House created a perfect habitat for
a colourful gathering of male Rajah Brooke's Birdwing, with a number of
other species observed in the plantation and many more near the waterfall.
The experienced botanist, as
well as those who simply have a layman interest in tropical flora, will find
that the nearby forest has plenty to offer, not least of all being the fact that
one of the famous Rafflesia species grows here. Obviously, if you are keen to
see and photograph one, it will be worth checking with Adeline prior to booking
to find out whether there are any in bud or even flowering at that time. She can
also organise for a guide to take you to the exact location.
More strenuous activities
such as jungle-trekking, white-water rafting on the Kampar River,
exploration of the nearby Gua Kandu caves are also available.
A qualified guide can be
hired for any of these activities at a reasonable fee. Transport can also be
organised through Adeline for those wishing to visit the caves.