The Lake Gardens (Taman TasikPerdana), are a 92-hectare expanse of landscaped hills, gardens, and lawns where the British elite built their fine homes to escape the multicultural chaos of the city. The former residence of the British governor of the Malay States is now the luxury hotel Carcosa Seri Negara. The most exclusive hotel in KL, the Carcosa is a popular, if not expensive, place to have English high tea complete with cucumber sandwiches and miniature cakes. Walking around its many porches sends you back to the time when the home was truly meant to be a retreat from the city jungle.
The Butterfly Park (Taman Rama Rama) is a pleasant experience as 6,000 colorful butterflies flutter around your head, some with 15cm wingspans! But the garden's highlight is the Bird Park, which claims to be the largest covered bird park in the world. This massive walk-in aviary is home to 160 species of birds including hornbills, brahminy kite and hawk eagle, and the Argus pheasant,the largest in the world. There are more colorful birds like parrots, toucans, and flamingos as well. Nearby are the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens (Taman Orkid and Taman Bunga Raya), as well as the National Planetarium.