A bright early morning start to the day. We hit the road at 8:45 AM for The Jurong Bird Park. Lusciously spanning over several hectares, this is an ultimate bird afficando’s paradise. We first viewed the Eagle show, amazingly trained vultures, eagles, owls and hornbills, amongst others, entering gracefully upon being called, having a few morsels of food as instructed by the trainer, then making a distinguished exit. We then took the tram ride to survey the entire periphery of the park, shortlisting a few other places to visit.
After paying a short visit to the High Flying birds show, we quickly re-boarded the tram to go to the Lori Loft section. This place, recommended by our cousins, allow visitors to feed the birds. We purchased a bowl of nectar and set foot into the open, hoping to attract our avian friends. We held the bowl and in a jiffy, a few feathered friends were literally eating out of our hands. After our initial fears were allayed, it was an incredibly satisfying feeling to feed the birds from close quarters. It provided us an opportunity to see nature's painting of multi-colours across the anatomy of the bird. If ever, we tried to get too close to the bird’s comfort zone, it gently pecked us and put us in our place!
After a quick siesta, back at the hotel, we visited the Gardens By The Bay, a huge, colorful, futuristic park in the bay area of Singapore. We visited the Flower Dome and The Cloud Forest. The Flower Dome, has on display, exotic plants from five different continents, showcased across nine different gardens, portraying a world of perpetual spring! It is the largest glass green house in the world, as listed in The Guinness Book of World Record, with temperatures maintained between 23℃ to 25℃ to support plants and flowers from the Mediterranean and semi-arid regions.
We then visited the Cloud Forest. the tropical highlands amidst orchids, pitcher plants and ferns from the cool-moist Tropical Montane region. We stood amazed encountering the world's tallest indoor waterfall at 30 metres. It was incredible recalling some school Biology – pitcher and flytrap plants.
We descended through the surreal mist-filled Cloud Walk and Treetop Walk.