10 places to visit in Singapore for a natural retreat

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10 places to visit in Singapore for a natural retreat

When it comes to the charming architecture and gorgeous skylines, Singapore scores top marks all around. However, the island also holds a world of tropical biodiversity and magnificent natural landmarks. You don’t have to dig deeper, because we’ve got them covered for you. So, the next time you need a getaway from the urban hustle, escape to one of these locations to feel at one with nature.

1. Gardens by the Bay 

Singapore’s largest man-made structure. Spreading across 101 hectares, the Gardens by the Bay is home to more than 2,17,000 colourful flora and fauna. You will be stunned by the serenity of this place. Explore the famous supertrees, chilly mountains, walk across the sky gardens and the world’s highest indoor waterfall here. A visit to these gardens should definitely top your list and sure enough, you’ll be back carrying the fragrance and calmness of the beauty around.

Pro tip: Plan your visit to Gardens by the bay sometime during the nightfall and experience the incredible light show which happens between 7:45 pm & 8:45 pm daily with admissions absolutely free. 

2. Palawan Beach

Relax, surf and rejuvenate on this white sand beach of the Sentosa island. You can choose to laze around the shores, indulge in some happening beachside parties or maybe slide into the waters. Though many beaches in Singapore are poorly rated due to high seating rents, the entry to the Palawan beach is absolutely free. You can keep the costs down by bringing along a towel to sit and stock up some packed sandwiches. One of the few beaches in Singapore that won’t disappoint you!

3. Pulau Ubin

Located on the northeast of the mainland, Pulau Ubin is one of the two remaining kampongs (A Malay village) in Singapore. A paradise for nature lovers and thrill-seekers. Paddle through the mangroves, take up a kayak tour or walk through the beautiful wetland while capturing the spectacular natural landscapes. To add some adventure, you can also hike up the 75 metres trail on the Puaka Hill for a breathtaking view and amazing clicks! 

4. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

The Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is renowned worldwide for its rich and diverse ecosystem. Located along the Bukit Timah Road, this rain forest is just half an hour ride away from the city centre. With home to hundreds of animal and insect species, it holds more tree species than the whole of North America. The reverse not only attracts tourists but also is a weekend gateway for many locals, so make sure you plan your visit sometime during the weekdays. 

5. Singapore Night Safari

A world-class creation and an experience that attracts visitors irrespective of their age. Sit on a tram that will lead you through the jungles. Get a chance to see the wilds in their natural habitat including the Malayan Tiger, Asian elephants, lions and whatnot. For the lion-hearted, there are four walking trails created into the forest where you can get an eye on animals which might not be visible on the trams. So get ready for the Safari!

6. East Coast Park

The East Coast Park is one of the most favourite hangout spots of the Singaporeans. From an adventurous morning till a relaxed evening, the park has it all covered to spend a day close to nature. It offers various activities from water sports, cycling, bowling, tandem bikes, to barbecue pits and more. Moreover, you can choose from the range of its lip-smacking delicacies from the food stalls lined up across the shores. The East Coast Park makes for a perfect gateway between the hustle and bustle of the city. 

7. Kusu Island

A tiny, yet beautiful island located around 5.6 kilometres to the south of Singapore. The name Kusu suggests “Tortoise” or “Turtle” in Chinese, hence is also called the Tortoise island. While there are several things to you can do on this island, the Kusu Island tortoise sanctuary and the Kusu Island temple are the main attractions here. From just having two tiny outcrops on a reef, at a present date the island has been converted into a top holiday destination.

8. MacRitchie Reservoir

MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore’s oldest reservoir. It is famous for its treetop walks, a walk along the 4.5 kilometres bridge that offers remarkable views of the forest canopies. The best part is, it’s just located at a 10-minute ride from the Orchard street. 

9. Jurong Bird park

One of the most celebrated spots of Singapore and Asia’s largest Bird Park. It features more than 5000 birds including the Great Hornbill, King Penguin, Great Blue Turaco and the Black-winged Myna. The park is known for the exciting shows and events it hosts for its visitors including wildlife tours, birds interaction sessions, birds feeding, and kids play section. If you’re here, you should definitely have lunch with the birds, where you can lick your favourite food while having an Avian species display their natural skills and talents.

10. Lazarus Island

A haven for people who would like to enjoy nature in its quietude. The Lazarus island is perhaps, the only place where you would not find any shops, while you can literally get to its pristine beaches and call it your own. Its calm waters and beautiful beaches can make you feel that you’re chilling on a deserted island.

Besides beautiful architecture and impressive skylines, its time you explore some spectacular natural landmarks on your next visit to the Lion city. So, if a trip to this beautiful city is on your cards, do check out some amazing customisable Singapore trip by travel companies like Yatra.com and Pickyourtrail. Well, its time you pack your bags and get ready for an experience of a lifetime. Hurry, pick a date and book yours today!

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