A global city-state in Southeast Asia, the Republic of Singapore is often called The Garden City, owing to its abundant natural beauty. The main territory of the city consists of a diamond-shaped island, popularly called Singapore Island, and many smaller islets. Parks and nature reserves constitute nearly 10 per cent of its land area. Its people have been successful in improving their urban lifestyle, without damaging the natural surroundings. These parks and nature reserves can be included in the itinerary, when planning Singapore holidays. Three amazing naturalistic sites in the city-state are Pulau Ubin, the city zoo and the botanical gardens.
Travellers can catch a bumboat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal to reach the peaceful shores of Pulau Ubin. The stroll through this island village takes them back to the Singapore of the 60s, owing to its slow pace and simple pleasures of life. A day trip to this place is often included in Singapore tour packages, available with different online travel agencies (OTAs). Visitors can choose to either walk or pedal down the serene roads, lined with swaying coconut palms. They can explore the shady trails in its rubber plantations, mangroves and secluded beaches. With fresh air, delicious cuisine, and soothing sounds and sights, this place calms mind and soul.
Singapore tours may seem incomplete without a visit to the city zoo. Established in the year 1973, this zoological park is famous for its wildlife settings, where animals can roam freely in their natural habitats. Elevated platforms have been installed to allow visitors to see giraffes. Different underwater galleries provide tourists a glimpse of marine life with otters, giant estuarine crocodiles and pygmy hippos swimming around. Predatory cheetahs and lions can be witnessed safely from special glass observation panels.
Encompassing different wildlife habitats of the world, the zoo has exhibits like savannah grasslands of Africa and rough canyons of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Fragile Forest has pathways, where people can walk to do incredibly intimate interactions with animals. The Elephants at Work and Play Show features the animals, carrying massive logs and spraying water from their trunks. With goals of preserving the biodiversity, this zoo not only educates travellers about appreciating the animals, but also teaches to respect them in their natural surroundings.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Fostering agricultural development, the 74-hectare Singapore Botanic Gardens holds a significant place in the hearts of nature lovers. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, these gardens attract casual visitors, horticulture experts, biologists and photographers. Its landscape consisting of greenery, along with the serene surroundings of Swan Lake, provides a tranquil environment. The gardens house more than 1000 species and 2000 hybrids of orchids. People can also visit Ginger Garden, home to around 250 members of the Zingiberaceae species of plants. The primeval rainforest in these gardens contains over 300 types of plants, with some that are rare in Singapore.
These are the three informative naturalistic places to explore during Singapore holidays.