Hidden cove of Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar

The road leading to the place is lined with white picket fences, colourful flowers, neat little kampung houses and friendly children.

It is almost an unknown place except for the locals. Located in Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar is a stretch of beach with white sandy beaches and casuarina trees. There are no road signs. We only knew about it because my husband is born and bred in Teluk Kumbar.

Before reaching the beach, one will pass by a huge, green lake. Lotuses grow in the pond. Beautiful!

The long stretch of sandy beach is, of course, not up to ‘tourist standard’ of white, powdery sands and blue, sparkling water. But still, it is pretty nice.

My kids love playing in the sand. This stretch of beach seems to have more sea shells than any other beaches around Penang. I am not sure why, though.

We had spent many weekends there. Kids playing with sands whilst we fish. No big fishes but then, the fishes are biting, so who can complain? We caught gelama, keli, small stingray and the likes. Most of the time, we threw them back into the sea because they are tiny.

How to go : On the way to Teluk Kumbar, there is a mosque on the left side. Turn in Jalan Sungai Batu and from there, grope your way around. You need to ask the villagers.

Warning : Bad stretch of road, sometimes muddy during rainy seasons. Be prepared to sweep and clean the surroundings first before settling down. Some locals may not be friendly as they do not welcome huge crowds. No toilets nor changing facilities.

This place was spared during the tsunami.

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