Gunung Pulai, which is also known as Mount Pulai, is one of the more famous hiking spots in Johor. It’s about 90 km from Singapore and is approximately 700 meters above sea level, so it is an easy visit from Singapore. A heavily guarded base located at the summit of this mount houses 2 telecommunication towers, while another tower lies slightly lower, just off the summit. The rainforest and waterfall, coupled with the wildlife one gets to spot here, attracts adventurous hikers to this trail.
6.30am Meet at pick up location, north of Singapore
7.00am Set off to Gunung Pulai
9.00am Start Trek via Jungle trail, Descent via tarmac
1.30pm Pulai Waterfall
2.30pm Food trail and Shopping around Kulai Centrepoint
5.00pm Shopping at Johor Premium Outlet (JPO)
7.00pm Dinner at seafood restaurant
8.30pm Back to SG
10.30pm Reach Woodlands MRT
Dri-fit sports attire (long sleeves and long pants)
Water bladder or bottle (min 1L)
Isotonic drinks (500ml)
Sun screen / Lip balm
Hiking hat / cap
Plastic bags for rubbish disposal
A spare set of clean clothes for quick wash up after hike
- Excess load can be put in the coach, only carry your day bag during hiking.
Read our blog entry about the trails up Gunung Pulai
Reasons why everyone in Singapore should visit Gunung Pulai at least once:
#1. There’s a historic connection.
Gunung Pulai is part of the Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest which reservoir serves as a water catchment area that runs to the Johore River. It’s part of an entire reservoir complex that allows Singapore to get most of its water supply every day until 2061, according to terms under the 1962 Water Treaty that was signed between the Singapore and Malaysian governments.
#2. It’s a nature playground there.
With the enhancement being carried out at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve until 2016, there is limited access to Singapore’s highest hill, which stands at 164m, and the nation’s primary forest, which is 1.64 square kilometre and 400 acres. Compare this to Gunung Pulai, which stands at 654m and covers an area of 80 square kilometres, and it’s easy to see how adventure awaits.
Take the jungle trail up and you will be engulfed by the loud noises of cicadas and crickets while shaded by the canopies of the tall trees. Get up close and personal with the Southern Pig-tailed Macaque as it swings freely in search of the fruits provided by the forest. The call of the gibbons is out there as well. Listen to their communication across the forest and its vibrancy is the perfect finishing touch on a beautiful day in nature.
#3. Take a food trail.
What better way to reward yourself for a hard morning’s workout then by going on a food trail at the nearby town of Kulai? It’s less than a 30-minute drive away from Gunung Pulai. Well known for its rusticity and old world charms, stopovers in Kulai after a morning adventure on Gunung Pulai seems to be a normal itinerary for most hikers.