PutraJaya, the political capital of Malaysia, is not only all serious but there can be a fun tourist spot as well. A very well-planned city, around 30 km from where we stay. While the politicians work hard on the weekdays, it is all fun in the sun during weekends. Many an Indian movie has been shot here, mostly for the song dance sequence. Especially in front of the PM’s office. There is also a huge bridge that welcomes you to this place – Seri Wawasan Bridge, a very elegant but futuristic looking bridge I thought. This bridge is lit up at night and it is truly a treat to the eyes.
Now, the lake has been made a tourist spot – how? Boat rides/cruises all through the day! It is called the Cruise Tasik Putrajaya. We chose the Perahu Dondang Sayang. It costs around RM 40 for tourists and half that rate for locals AND this can be claimed by expats who are living here. All you need to do is carry your iKad or iPass or the dependant visa (your passport basically). Special days such as Federal Day or Merdeka might have special offers so do check that out. The ride lasts for about 30 minutes, you can collect the tickets at the counter, choose the type of boat you want to ride in.
The boat goes from the station to near the Mosque, then towards the PM’s office and then turns around to show you the PM’s residence and then straight on till the bridge.
You can see a lot of government office buildings during the course of your ride. Soak it all up mates! It is a wonderful ride…
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Now, after we finished the boat ride, we headed towards the mosque because the last time we were at Putrajaya, we had a whale of a time with the activities that were available – cycling, battery operated car driving, scooters, skating and what not! But this time, we visited during the Chinese New yr holiday and all this was not available, so sad!
This is how the Seri Wawasan bridge looks like, well into the night.
Well, we did have the chance to have a good look at everything there. And to top it all, a cinema shooting unit had arrived. No prizes for guessing – it was an Indian film unit, and to top it all it was a tamil movie that was being filmed, we went up to the unit and also chatted with the “hero” of the movie.
Apparently, he was Actor Jayaram’s son Kalidas and was shooting for the movie – “Meenkuzhambum Mannpanaiyum” He spoke to us very well and we wished him good luck, he even obliged for a photo opportunity.
Ah! i forget – you can have some refreshments a level below the ground, you have a wide variety of cuisines to choose from.
Now, apart from the activities on the “ground”, at the area where we bought tickets for the cruise/boat ride, you have a few more things going on. I am not sure what to call it but those were activities both kids and adults would enjoy. Weekends and holidays mean lots of activities at PutraJaya, it varies each time so do not hesitate to explore and enjoy! Have fun!
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