Penang Hill Walking Tour (Self Guided), George Town

The Penang Hill area is a wonderful place to visit if you are seeking to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors. You can go hiking in the beautiful fresh air, see the amazing plant and animal life or ride the funicular railway. Every visitor will want to see the spectacular waterfall too. Take our Penang Hill Tour to see the top sights of the area.
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Penang Hill Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Penang Hill Walking Tour
Guide Location: Malaysia » George Town (See other walking tours in George Town)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
Author: Maia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Youth Park
  • Botanical Gardens
  • The Waterfall of Penang
  • Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple
  • Penang Hill Mosque
  • Penang Hill Railway
Youth Park

1) Youth Park

The Penang Youth Park, also known as the Municipal Park, is a giant open space located at the edge of George Town. It's a great place to go if you are in town with your family. Founded in the 1970s, it has all kinds of facilities to keep young people entertained, such as a skating rink, an outdoor auditorium, hiking trails and a famous water park with many fountains and a cascade of pools.
Botanical Gardens

2) Botanical Gardens (must see)

The Penang Botanical Gardens, also known as the "Waterfall Gardens" because of the nearby waterfall, are one of George Town’s top nature sights. First established in 1884 on the site of a former quarry, the gardens took their lead from the chief of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Today visitors can learn about the historical and cultural heritage of the gardens while they see all the amazing plants and animals spread around this 29-hectare site. The area where the gardens are located is covered with lush tropical rain-forests, making it a favorite with both locals and tourists.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Waterfall of Penang

3) The Waterfall of Penang

This beautiful waterfall, today a natural place of beauty, was once also an important source of water for the island of Penang. In 1804, the first water treatment plant in Malaysia was set up here to serve the needs of 10,000 people in Penang. A year later, an aqueduct was built to channel water to a reservoir near the port. The quality of the water, which was naturally filtered through the aged rocks of Penang Hill, was very high. Today, only a small proportion of the Penang water supply comes from the waterfall reservoir. The waterfall is only open to visitors by official request, but that won’t prevent you from seeing it and admiring its beauty.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple

4) Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple (must see)

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, also known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the most ancient temples on Penang island. Founded in the 1800s, it is dedicated to the Hindu deity Murugant. Situated at Gun Hill peak, this beautiful, colorful edifice has a Dravidian style with many decorative features, such as different Indian gods, flowers and dragons.
Penang Hill Mosque

5) Penang Hill Mosque (must see)

Situated near the Penang Hill Temple, the Penang Hill Mosque is the only Muslim place of worship in the area. This large, beautiful building boasts four golden domes. It is frequented by many of the workers at the nearby railway station.
Penang Hill Railway

6) Penang Hill Railway (must see)

The Penang Hill Railway is a two-section funicular railway which runs up Penang Hill from Air Itam, near George Town. The total journey takes about half an hour, with passengers changing cars at the mid-point station. Built over the course of almost 20 years at a cost of 1.5 million Straits dollars, the railway was opened to the public in 1923. It was enhanced with new cars in the late 1970s.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in George Town, Malaysia

Create Your Own Walk in George Town

Create Your Own Walk in George Town

Creating your own self-guided walk in George Town is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
George Town Shopping Tour

George Town Shopping Tour

George Town is a great spot for shopping – the city is blessed with many different colorful and interesting markets, plus there are loads of places where you can pick up an unusual souvenir to take home. Be sure to try some of the delicious snacks native to the island, while you browse the various stalls and stores on our George Town Shopping Tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Farquhar Street Walking Tour

Farquhar Street Walking Tour

The Farquhar Street area is home to a number of interesting historic buildings and other heritage sites. In fact, it has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site since 2008. Here you can see the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the St. Xavier school and the Protestant Cemetery, where Francis Light's tomb is located. While you’re here you can also admire the architecture of other old buildings...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Penang's Top Religious Sites

Penang's Top Religious Sites

Penang is home to a number of beautiful churches rich in history and religious heritage. They are all situated close to one another so if you take our Penang Churches Walking Tour you can see them all in one trip. Highlights include the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows and the well-known St George's Anglican Church, which are both a significant part of the city’s architectural heritage.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Penang Upper Beach Street Walking Tour

Penang Upper Beach Street Walking Tour

The Penang Upper Beach Street area is a great district for visitors to explore in George Town. This area has many beautiful buildings, each with their own individual architectural style, plus a number of other interesting spots. Check out all the best sights of the district with our walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
George Town's Top Religious Sites

George Town's Top Religious Sites

George Town has much to be proud of when it comes to religious heritage, as the city has a host of wonderful churches, temples, mosques and other religious centers. Each is beautifully decorated and has its own unique story to tell. Check out the most interesting religious edifices in the city with our Places of Worship walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
George Town Introduction Walking Tour

George Town Introduction Walking Tour

Georgetown is the capital city of the island and state of Penang and was listed by UNESCO in 2008 as a 'World Heritage Site''. Touted as the food capital of Malaysia, Georgetown is a favorite spot for tourists. It has many attractive pre-Second World War houses and shophouses, as well as 19th century churches, temples and mosques. One of the top attractions of George Town is its...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles