Temerloh is a town in Central Pahang, Malaysia
in Temerloh district. Located about 130 kilometres (81 mi) from Kuala Lumpur along the Kuantan
-Kuala Lumpur trunk road2, Temerloh is the second largest town in Pahang after Kuantan. It is situated at the junction of the Pahang River and the Semantan River. The district consists of two areas, the 1,442-square-kilometre (557 sq mi) Municipal Council Area (64.08%) and the 808-square-kilometre (312 sq mi) outer Municipal Council Area (35.92%). Today, "Temerloh" usually refers to the territory under the administration of Temerloh Municipal Council or Majlis Perbandaran Temerloh, which includes the smaller towns adjacent to the city such as Mentakab, Lanchang, Kuala Krau and Kerdau. Temerloh district is bordered by Maran
district on the east, Bentong
on the west, Jerantut
on the north, and Bera on the south.
An old town with some colonial buildings and shop houses, the town has prospered in recent years as a transportation hub and new industrial center. There have been many new commercial and industrial hub built in Temerloh in recent years. Cutting travel time in half, the newly completed East Coast Expressway links the town to Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan and adds to the growth of Temerloh.
Temerloh has been rebranded as "Bandar Ikan Patin", which literally means "Patin Fish Town". Patin ( Pangasius sp.), a type of freshwater catfish is a local delicacy highly sought after in the country. Patin fish is famous for its juicy taste and can be considered one of the best freshwater fish in Malaysia and World
Temerloh town sits at the confluence of the Pahang and Semantan Rivers, which is why it is rich with freshwater fish such as Patin (silver catfish), Jelawat, Baung, Tenggalan, Lampam, Belida, Tilapia and Kerai. As the home of the Patin fish, the Temerloh folks have special dishes that bring out the best taste of the fish. Besides, a visit to the Sunday Bazaar Pekan
Sehari is not to be missed. Located along the town's riverside, Pekan Sehari is a place where all kinds of goods and commodities can be found and sold at a reasonable price. In fact this Pekan Sehari is said to be the longest and biggest in the whole of Pahang. The sellers normally come by riverboat early in the morning, and take their place before the customers arrive about 7:00 in the morning. Sunday mornings are busy when boats come and go ferrying passengers and goods to the Pekan Sehari.
Apart from its variety of fish, the town of Temerloh also offers a variety of jungle and wild-life experiences. The Kuala Krau Wildlife Reserve
, a virgin forest reserve with untouched flora and fauna, is also where you can find the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre and the Seladang Breeding Center. Gunung Senyum Recreational Forest, a paradise for nature and cave lovers is just about 20 kilometres (12 mi) away. Located at Bukit Rengit, Lanchang, the Deerland Park is where you can learn not only about deer, feed and touch them, but also other animals such as ostrich, peacock, tuna deer, nilga deer (India
) and wood-duck (Canada
). Home to the albino monkey, porcupine, black leopard, civet, the Malayan gharial crocodile and alligators, the town's mini zoo covers over 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of land, and is located at Jalan Bahagia, near Kampung Sungai Rabit. There's also a recreational park located right in the middle of Temerloh town, behind the Courthouse, called Taman Bandar (Town Park). Among the facilities provided here are skate-board track, playground, jogging trails and a mini stadium.
Temerloh is accessible by road transportation as it has a good connection to other cities. The East Coast Expressway connects Temerloh with Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur as well as other small towns in Pahang. This highway will soon link Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. Alternatively, the old trunk road also connects Temerloh with other small towns in Pahang such as Jengka, Jerantut, Karak and Maran. It is also possible to travel to Temerloh by bus as there are plenty of bus services that depart from Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan daily.
The nearest train station to Temerloh is Mentakab train station apart from other minor stations which are situated at Sungai Belengu, Kerdau and Kuala Krau. The train service is provided by the KTMB.
The water transportation among the locals still exists especially for those who live on the banks of the Pahang River. Water transportation is a necessity especially for the farmers to transport their crops as there is no bridge to connect both sides of the river.