Putrajaya One-Day Trip (& Top Things To Do for Muslim Solo Travelers!)

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Putrajaya One-Day Trip (& Top Things To Do for Muslim Solo Travelers!)

Are you looking for ideas for your Putrajaya One-Day Trip?

You’ve come to the right place!

Putrajaya is no ordinary destination in Malaysia.

It is a testament to the country’s glory times as one of “Asia’s fastest-growing economies in the 90s”, thanks to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed’s grand vision of the capital—filled with majestic government structures, impressive bridges, wide boulevards, and green spaces!

However, unlike Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya still seems to be under the radar among visitors from overseas or within the country.

This guide will share the top attractions, inspirations on #MuslimSoloTravel-friendly things to do, and all you need to know about Putrajaya, Malaysia!


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About Putrajaya

Putrajaya is located just a 40-minute drive from the national capital Kuala Lumpur and a 20-min drive from KLIA 1 & 2.

For those who haven’t been to Malaysia, the usual question would be, “Is Putrajaya the capital of Malaysia?”

To be exact, Putrajaya is the federal administrative and judicial capital of Malaysia. Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur is still the national capital that acts as the commercial and financial hub of Malaysia.

Now, another reason why Putrajaya is famous is that it is a purpose-built city adorned with iconic architecture and lush biodiversity that is less crowded, idyllic, and spacious—the opposite of how Kuala Lumpur is.

Top Attractions To Visit in your Putrajaya One Day Trip

Here are some top things to do on your Putrajaya one day trip.

Go Birding at Putrajaya Wetlands Park

Photo by Chongkian, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Birds are fascinating creatures. They don’t usually flock to your neighborhood urban park.

Instead, they’re mostly perched between treetops amidst parks that have been “untouched by modernity” vibe. In fact, Putrajaya Wetlands Park is that very park!

Dubbed as the country’s “Urban Birding Capital”, it is said that Putrajaya alone has over 200 bird species!

Some birds in this park are woodpeckers, kingfishers, and sunbird!

If you love birding, the best time to come to Putrajaya is when the inaugural Bird Race takes place sometime in November.

Check out Fancy Government Buildings!

So, what is special about Putrajaya?

The majestic buildings!

As it is known for being the administrative capital of Malaysia, you’ll find buildings here looking immaculate and prestigious!

Palace of Justice Putrajaya
Photo by Mellernie Ching, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Palace of Justice is one elegant building that draws inspiration from Islamic, Neoclassicism, Moorish, and Palladian influences.

Did you know? Putrajaya is named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. Did you know that Putra means Prince in the Malay language?

Learn about Malaysia’s States at Putra Square (Dataran Putra)

Dataran Putra
Photo by QianCheng, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This square is particularly famous for the Malaysian flags.

Sometimes, this is the prime locations for most festivals like the Malaysian Independence Day Parade

At night, Dataran Putra is even better!

The trees alongside the Square are adorned with lighting, and there are various activities like playing with bubbles and even a horse carriage ride.

It gets very touristy here with crowds, but indeed a famous Putrajaya night activity.

This Square, is also surrounded by Perdana Putra, Putra Bridge and Putra Mosques.

Marvel at Millennium Monument

Millennium Monument Putrajaya

A reminiscent of the Washington Monument in Washington DC, the Millennium Monument is the first national monument built for Putrajaya.

It is a 68m high obelisk-shaped column designed with a distinctive hibiscus metal structure.

This monument has a time capsule concealed in the basement, containing a message from former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammed.

Photo spot tip: You can have an excellent background photo of this monument from the Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque.

Go Cycling at Putrajaya Botanical Garden

With over 750 flora and fauna species from around the globe, this is the place to be for nature lovers!

This place in itself is huge!

The park is divided into five sections, so if you’re considering walking, it will take hours!

A bicycle ride is much better, so you can see the overall beauty of the park!

This Garden was also awarded as Asia’s Most Amazing Garden by the Royal Chelsea Foundation in 2008.

Fees:

  • Admission: FREE
  • Astaka Morocco: added fee
  • Bicycle: RM10 – RM14 (depending on seats and add-ons like a baby carrier)
  • Tram ride: RM4 – RM 7 per pax (*depending on nationalities & individual age groups)

Visit Morocco at Moroccan Pavilion (Astaka Morocco) Putrajaya!

While you’re in Putrajaya Botanical Gardens, why not stop over at Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya?

A prominent and Insta-worthy attraction in Putrajaya, this place is inspired by Moroccan heritage—particularly towns like Fez, Marrakech, Rabat, and Meknes!

Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya
Photo by Tourism Malaysia

While entrance to the Botanical Garden is free, separate and additional charges apply when you enter Astaka Morrocco.

  • Entrance Fee to Astaka Morocco: RM 3 – RM 4 per pax.
  • Opening hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Note: Tickets to Astaka Morocco are sold at the main entrance of the botanical park.

Check out other Parks in Putrajaya!

By now, you’ll get the gist that Putrajaya has plenty of parks!

Depending on what you’re in the mood for, here are some other parks that might interest you.

Putrajaya Equestrian Park

This is the park to be for horse riding tours & easy joy ride. It is open to public.

Taman Saujana Hijau

A hidden gem in Putrajaya that’s great for a picnic time in a park with a European countryside setting.

Sunflower beds are plenty by the entrance!

Closes by 7pm. 

China-Malaysia Friendship Garden in Anjung Floria

Peaceful Chinese-style garden with a pagoda, courtyard, and sceneries that evoke cliffs and mountains from China’s Guangdong Province.

Putrajaya Challenge Park 

An excellent park for skateboarding, rock climbing, and extreme cycling

Perdana Putra (Prime Minister’s Office)

A visit to the administrative capital is incomplete without paying a stop to Perdana Putra!

One Day Trip to Putrajaya
Photo by pratantiCC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Right across Putra Square is the Prime Minister’s Office, located on top of Putrajaya’s main hill.

One can easily recognize it from the neoclassical design with a striking mint green Islamic dome!

Visitors can view the building from the outside complex, but a trip inside for visitors is not permitted.

Visit Putrajaya’s Iconic Pink Putra Mosque.

Putrajaya’s distinctive landmark besides Perdana Putra is none other than the rose-tinted Putra Mosque!

The prayer hall can host more than 10,000 worshippers at a time!

What’s unique about Putra Mosque is that besides being one of the few Pink Mosques in this world, the architecture shows a beautiful architectural marriage between traditional Malay and Middle Eastern cultures.

Non-muslims are also allowed to enter this mosque outside of praying times, with strict dress codes leaning towards modestly covered (for both males and females).

Operating hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Another mosque to check out in Putrajaya is the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque (Iron Mosque)

Learn about Malaysia’s Islamic Roles at Nasyrul Quran Complex

Nasyrul Quran Putrajaya

Nasyrul Quran in Putrajaya is the world’s second-largest Quran production center, after King Fahd Quran Complex in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

This grand white building in Precinct 14 has exhibition galleries for visitors, the Mushaf production process, and research departments that focus on Islamic architecture.

  • Entry: FREE, but advanced booking via their official Whatsapp is required.
  • Expected tour duration: About 2 hours.

See Putrajaya’s Magnificent Bridges!

Putrajaya has so many bridges that should be on everyone’s list!

Because Putrajaya was designed to be a walking and cycling-friendly city, its beautiful bridges are some of the best places for you to bike or walk!

Some bridges that you should check out are:

  • Putra Bridge – The main and longest bridge in Putrajaya, resembling Isfahan’s Khaju Bridge.
  • Seri Wawasan Bridge – A futuristic-looking bridge that resembles a sailing ship.
  • Seri Gemilang Bridge – A grand, traditional-looking bridge with decorative marble and gold towers within the shadow of Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

Try Outdoor Water Adventures at Lake Recreation Centre

Thinking of what are the best outdoor activities in Putrajaya?

Flyboarding, stand-up paddle board, boating, kayaking, fishing, canoeing are just a few of them!

You can even rent a BBQ spot here.

Flyboarding Putrajaya
Photo by Flyboard Malaysia via Facebook

And when it comes to some recreation time in the city, the Lake’s a beautiful and calming spot!

Water Sports in putrajaya
Photo by Kelab Tasik Putrajaya via Facebook

Operating hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

See Putrajaya’s Best Attractions Via Cruise on the Lake – Cruise Tasik Putrajaya

The best way to see a little bit of everything on your Putrajaya 1 Day Trip is to hop on the Cruise at Putrajaya Lake!

You can opt for the Sightseeing Cruise, a typical cruise boat; or Perahu Dondang Sayang for a nostalgic, traditional cruising experience.

Private charters are also available.

Pro-tip: Join the sunset tour for the best cruising experience!

Experience the thrill of climbing At District 21

Looking for some adrenaline rush in your Putrajaya One Day Trip? Then, head on to District 21!

District 21 Putrajaya
Photo by District 21 via Facebook

There are 8 adventure attractions inside this theme park, where you can try multiple courses from climbing, jumping, sliding, free-falling, and even flying!

Pro-tip: Come during the weekday as it is less crowded and the tickets are cheaper.

Staycation at Putrajaya’s Hotels – With views of Putrajaya Lake!

If you have time to stretch beyond your Putrajaya Day Trip Itinerary, an overnight staycation at any of Putrajaya’s Hotels would be the cherry on top!

Shop at Alamanda Shopping Centre Putrajaya

Thinking of doing some shopping for your Putrajaya One Day Trip?

Then stop by at Alamanda Mall! The best shopping center in Putrajaya, Alamanda, has lots of retail stores, Halal-certified eateries and a colorful outdoor fountain for you to enjoy during sunset!

Shopping in Putrajaya

Photo by Alamanda Shopping Centre via Facebook

Visit the National Heroes Square (Dataran Pahlawan Negara)

The best place to learn about Malaysian heroes is at this war memorial located in Precinct 1!

This square is full of information on the fallen heroes of Malaysia and events about the history, war, and the country.

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Putrajaya Itinerary — Plan Your #MuslimSoloTravel Putrajaya One Day Trip!

With all the activities in mind, here is a recommended Putrajaya Itinerary. Feel free to move them around as what deems fit in your schedule.

Morning: Do all your sightseeing at the capital’s top attractions like Putra Square, Putra Mosque, Perdana Putra, National Heroes Square

Afternoon: Lunch and shopping at Alamanda Shopping Mall

2:00 pm onwards: Activities of your liking at any of the Putrajaya Parks, or District 21, Nashrul Quran

Late Afternoon – Sunset: Cruise/watersports activity by Putrajaya Lake

Sunset / Night: End the day with a stroll at any of Putrajaya’s bridges, or Putra Square.

The Best Time to Visit Putrajaya?

What to do in Putrajaya

The best time to visit Putrajaya is anytime, all year long.

During the weekends, Putrajaya is even more happening, as it draws visitors to relax at Putra Square at night.

Besides that, Putrajaya is also a great place to visit when festivals like Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Independence Day, or Bird Race take place!

Getting To and Around Putrajaya

KLIA Transit to Putrajaya

The best way to get to Putrajaya is:

  • by car transportation; or
  • by KLIA Transit ERL (from KLIA / KL Sentral) to Putrajaya Sentral; or
  • by Public transport like Grab or Taxi; or
  • by Car Rental
  • by tour from Kuala Lumpur
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When getting around Putrajaya, having a car will be the best option.

Some other public transportation available are taxi (although prior arrangement is recommended as they’re not that much in Putrajaya), Grab (e-hailing), or car rental.

NadiPutra public bus service runs every hour. Free for Malaysians and RM1.50 per ride for non-Malaysians. Last ride at 8:30 pm except on weekends and public holidays.

Tips for Visiting Putrajaya for Muslim Solo Travelers

Dress accordingly to your planned activity. As Malaysia is a tropical country, it can get pretty hot, especially in the afternoon

If you are a Muslim Solo Traveler who plans on staying without a car rental, staying around Putrajaya Lake near Presint 2 – 5 is recommended as the promenade makes walking easy to the capital’s top attractions.

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Halal Food are found in abundance around Putrajaya. Malay-owned eateries are Halal, as Malays are Muslims by law. Retail restaurants will most likely have Halal certificates on display at the counter. But this doesn’t mean that everything is Halal, as Malaysia is a multicultural country. If you’re hesitant, do ask about the Halal status.

Muslim Solo Travel Takeaway

And there you have it! Ideas for your Putrajaya One Day Trip!

Depending on what it is you’re after… Sightseeing, Exploring, or doing some activities, you’ll find that 1 day is more than enough for you to experience the charm of Putrajaya.

Got extra time for a bit more exploration? Extend your Putrajaya trip to its neighboring city, Cyberjaya!

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