Kota Kinabalu: Exciting mix of beaches, jungles, mountains in Malaysia

Malaysia is a land of great history & culture,evergreen rainforests, exotic beaches and magnificent highlands, exhibited in it’s various towns and cities, small or big. One such city is Kota Kinabalu or KK, the capital of the state of Sabah, on Borneo Island. The state of Sabah treasures the beauty of natural environment, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. And the best way to experience this scenic beauty, calls for a vacation in Kota Kinabalu.

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Earlier known as ‘Jesseltown’ Kota Kinabalu is known for its sandy beaches, paradise Islands, virgin coral reefs, tropical rainforests and the mighty MountKinabalu.  Also known as the ‘revered abode of the dead’ Mt. Kinabalu is situatedat a height of 4095m in the Kinabalu National Park. It is one of the tallest mountains in South Asia attracting mountain climbers or adventure enthusiasts from all over the globe.

This October, Malaysia called fortourists and adventure enthusiasts to Kota Kinabalu for the much awaited Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon. It was held on October 19, 2014, Mt.Kinabalu International Climbathon-Adventure Series is a challenging 23km route event, taking competitors up the summit trail to Layang-Layang (2,072m) before descending down to Mesilou and onwards to the finish line in Kundasang Town. This challenging route offers breath-taking views of Kinabalu Park’s tropical and sub-tropical mountain forest with landscapes of the summit peaks and river valleys.

Earlier known as ‘Jesseltown’ Kota Kinabalu is known for its sandy beaches, paradise Islands, virgin coral reefs, tropical rainforests and the mighty MountKinabalu.  Also known as the ‘revered abode of the dead’ Mt. Kinabalu is situatedat a height of 4095m in the Kinabalu National Park. It is one of the tallest mountains in South Asia attracting mountain climbers or adventure enthusiasts from all over the globe.

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“Kota Kinabalu is one of the most upcoming tourist destinations in Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu holds lot of significance with its historical and geographical backgrounds. The place also offers a favorable mix of beaches, jungles and mountains, thus catering to a varied interest of visitors to Malaysia.” Says Mr.ManoharanPeriasamy, Director-Tourism Malaysia, India.

Besides the majestic Mt. Kinabalu, the place also offers an opportunity to combine adventure-based activities such as trekking, wildlife watching and scuba diving amidst the beautiful picturesque of the island.  Some of the popular diving sites include Usukan Bay and The Gaya.

While adventure sports and activities are a must in Kinabalu, the city also offers various other tourist attractions of historical and environmental importance, like the Atkinson Clock Tower, Tunku Abdul Rehman Marine Park, Gaya Street, Jesselton Point Waterfront, Manukan Island, LokKawi Wildlife Park and many more. A stroll down the lanes of Kota Kinabalu will let one discover the historical and cultural significance of the monuments and places, some of which even date back to the pre-war and post-war era.From the Sultanate of Sulu to the British and Americans, to the Japanese and the Filipinos, to the Indonesians and the Australians, to Malaya and Malaysia, KK has seen it all.

Kota Kinabalu also offers luxurious holiday resorts with world class sailing marina and championship golf courses, making it an ideal vacation for tourists from all over the globe. So this year, treat yourself with a truly Asian holiday in Kota Kinabalu.

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, popularly known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind tourist destination showcasing Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Tourism Malaysia’s objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination and make the tourism industry a major contributor to the socio-economic development of the nation. In India, Tourism Malaysia offices are conveniently located in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.

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In 2014, Malaysia celebrates its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year-long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.

 

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