In the district of Yan, Kedah.
Coordinates of the park are N 5.77616 E 100.39994
You can access the Google Map here.
Natural Heritage Status:
The park is famous for its waterfall. Sungai Raga flows through the forest park. The park is situated within Gunung Jerai Forest Reserve consisting of lowland dipterocarp forest. Huge century old trees belonging to the genus Shorea spp. are one of the attractions. The crystal clear Sungai Raga and its cascades and waterfalls are the other main natural heritage of the park.
Situated in compartment 19 of Gunung Jerai Forest Reserve and gazetted as Batu Hampar Recreational Forest. Present status as recreational forest under the care of Sungai Petani Forestry Department.
Accessibility in the park is convenient with bridges and paved paths. The upper waterfalls are along the fencing of the royal cottage. Parking lots are available and police was seen making rounds as the park is beside the royal cottage.
Entrance to the park is free. No parking fee. Need permission to camp overnight. No chalet facilities in the park. However, for accommodation near the park please refer to the section on accommodation below.
Level of Development:
At the furthest point of the park is the Royal Cottage of the Sultan of Kedah. The recreational forest offers numerous facilities including gazebos, washrooms, bridges, surau and halls for recreational activities. Campsite facilities available. There are several villages from Yan Besar to the recreational forest with Kampong Acheh Yan being the nearest to the park having a college and community park. Agricultural development can be seen along the route to the recreational forest.
Suitable activities are swimming, camping, picnic, trekking and jogging. The park was popular among the locals during the 1990s. Restriction to enter the upper falls due to security reason beside the royal cottage. According to locals, there are not many foreign tourists visiting the park. The number of visitors has dwindled during the dry seasons making it not conducive for swimming. Rubbish can be seen everywhere within the park which could be another possible reason that visitors are not coming in flock.
The nearest accommodation is Salak Denai Chalet – chalet ranges from RM60-RM220 with private wading pool. Homestay accommodation is available at Kampung Raga (Contact below).
Campsite available at the park but needs permission from Forestry Department.
Garbage is the biggest threat of the park. Rubbish can be seen everywhere in the park. The Sungai Raga flows has receded considerably and the poor flow has driven away visitors to other waterfalls nearby Yan.
Enforcement by the park authority and provide more rubbish bins at strategic areas.
The forest park is home to a large spectrum of fauna and flora. Huge trees are the fascination of the park. A day in the park reveals at least 6 species of reptile and five species of amphibian. The park is also rich in herbs and has many diverse trees.
Benefits to Local Communities:
The recreational forest provides a recreational outlet for the local community.
How to Get There
Using the North-South Expressway (E1) and exit at Gurun. Head north using the old trunk road (1) until Gua Cempadak. Turn eastward towards Yan. Gunung Jerai should be on your left. At Yan Kecil, heads south for Yan Besar. At Yan Besar you should see a signboard turning left into Batu Hampar Recreational Forest. Follow the sign to the waterfall. Batu Hampar Recreational Forest is located at the end of road. It is 40 km from Alor Star and 3 km from Yan Besar. You can use your own transport or hire a taxi at Yan to reach the park.
Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Kedah
Bangunan Sultan Abdul Halim
Jalan Sultan Badlishah
05000 Alor Setar
Tel : 04-7333844
Pegawai Hutan Daerah
Pejabat Hutan Daerah Kedah Tengah,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Tel. : 04-4212835
Salak Denai Chalet
Tel: 012-5376151 / 04-4471351
Kampung Raga, Yan
Homestay Kampung Raga,
No 409F Kampung Raga
06900 Yan, Kedah
Tel : 012-419 8730, 017-508 2160