Kenyir Lake, Kuala Berang

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Tasik Kenyir or Kenyir Lake is an artificial lake located in Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia created in 1985 by the damming of the Kenyir River. The lake provides water to the Sultan Mahmud Power Station. It is the largest man-made lake in South East Asia with an area of 260,000 hectares.GeographyThe lake borders Kelantan in the west and Pahang in the south. This immense lake also serves as another gateway to Taman Negara. The lake has a surface area of 260 km² and contains 340 small islands, which were previously hilltops prior to the creation of the lake, more than 14 waterfalls and numerous rivers and rapids. Because the lake is a reservoir, the water level can vary depending on the month. The water level is highest (and the lake consequently the most beautiful) in March and April.Flora and faunaKenyir Lake is also home to numerous species of freshwater fishes and exotic wildlife. With a water catchment area of 38,000 hectares, the lake is naturally a haven for freshwater fish. A recent study revealed that there are some 300 species of freshwater fish dwelling in the lake. The presence of dead trees around the lake serves as a perfect breeding ground for these fishes. Algae growing on dead trees and branches serve as the main form of sustenance for the fishes. From studies and observations conducted by the Department of Fisheries, species such as the big Lampam Sungai (barboides), Kelah (Malayan mahseer or Tor tambroides), Toman (snakehead), Kawan (Friendly Barb), Kalui (Giant Gouramy) and Kelisa (green arowana) are found in waters and around dead trees.
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  • September 25, 2017
    A must go with family. My kids enjoy feeding the fish and seeing the fishes swimming under our feet...is a very great experience.  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    My sister booked a government 2 rooms bungalow house (Rumah Peranginan Persekutuan) at Pulau Sah. This bungalow provided with a basic kitchen necessity things. We have to cook own self because there i...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Visited this place after we got to know from the hotel staff were we stayed @ Terangannu. Surprised about the lake size when we read from wiki. The services were off as it was Hariraya. Managed to fin...  more »

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