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We got back from Teluk Bahang full of encouragement. Knowing the well-known beautiful beach, shady recesses and lush greenery are naturally there to protect this part of Penang Island. We feel so connected and the presence of rejuvenation is evident from the mangroves, the refreshing forest, the wildlife and not forgetting birth. The careful sanctuary of turtle conservation. So we got more the just sun and sand.

Digging kepah in Sungai Tukun

I enjoyed the boatride, the shorelines simply thrills me to no end. It is indeed heavenly to be there.

The beach aside, Teluk Bahang is also home to a recreational forest where visitors will have the chance to check out the many different and unique species of Penang’s flora and fauna. This 100ha stretch also has a Forestry Museum. Muka Head or Monkey beach as it is also known is historically important as the lighthouse is are one of the three beacon of light to sea faring man.

The turtle station or hatchery passionately looked after by the USM student is commendable. I was impressed by the replies they gave as I observed full dedication and loving hands as they helped in the hatchery. There is hope for this baby turtles.

There are a few interesting spots worth your time to check it out. The Teluk Bahang Butterfly Farm, where you will find yourself surrounded by more than 3,000 butterflies.

The waters from the Teluk Bahang Hills provide water for the Teluk Bahang Dam. The Kuala Sungai Pinang mangrove is impressive. Local resident, migratory birds, wildlife, crabs prawns are good reason to explore these lush green vegetation.

Sungai Tukun has good recreational ground for camping and fun. Pantai Keranchut with the meromictic lake looks meaningful if water lever is high enough to observe the Meromixts.

Mutiara Hotel or Resort is no longer in use. The seafood restaurant has shifted near to the roundabout. In its place is the Penang National Park.

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The Sri Singamuga Kaliamman Floating Procession is the only unique Indian festival in Penang. Why, well the main highlights is a floating chariot procession where the lady deity with a lion as her companion or what the Indians called her vehicle take a ride to the sea.

Teluk Bahang Floating Chariot Procession

Strong men shoulders her to a specially prepared, heavily decorated floating chariot for a sea ride around the sea of Teluk Bahang.

The usual festivals commences a week before the main festival day. Days before the locals communities of Teluk Bahang heads each day to offer prayers or free food to the devotees coming to pay homage to “Ammah”, known to us as Sri Singamuga Kaliamman. Rather long right, so we addressed her as “Ammah”. As she is their protector and many villages or fisherman there have tales to share with you.Some will tell you how they were guided to safety whenever big storm are about to come. Some remembers the Tsunami that were turned away miraculously. No ones lives were lost or in trouble in the Teluk Bahang sea.

Such were her powers that yearly thousands of devotees form all over Malaysia and Singapore never failed to make their journey home to offer homage for their success in life.

Beautiful styrofoam dishes of light floated in the dusk of the Teluk Bahang sea. But this year, she circles the sea early and return to land as before the total lunar eclipse starts to dazzle us.

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