Named after an influx of turtles took refuge in the town after a particularly heavy flood, the Town of Kulai was once known as Gu Lai circa 1920’s, for the Chinese words that mean ‘the turtles are coming’.It is also the name of the district in which Kulai Town serves as the capital.Kulai is a haven for those who wants to experience nature at its recreational areas like Gunung Pulai and Hutan Bukit Putra and it boasts both an aquarium and a zoo.Kulai also houses the Johor Premium Outlets, which is the first luxury premium brand outlet in Southeast Asia.The Kulai District covers Bandar Kulai, Ayer Bemban, Bukit Batu, Kangkar Pulai, Kelapa Sawit, Saleng, Sedenak, Seelong, Senai and Sengkang.Administered by the Kulai District Office and formerly known as the Kulaijaya sub-district, it was upgraded to a full-fledged district on 1 January 2008 and renamed as Kulai District, making it the state’s ninth district.
The local authorities of Kulai are Kulai Municipal Council and Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council.
Places to go
Kampung Sri Paya was founded in year 1959 by the late Hj Roslan Bin Haji Abu Nahar and Ujang Yusof. Located about 20 Km from Johor Bahru city close to oil palm plantations SimeDarby.
The Legends Golf & Country Club is located in beautiful Sedenak, Johor just a 40-minute drive away from the Second Causeway via the North-South Highway.
The first luxury premium brand outlet in Southeast Asia providing 130 premium stores and services on its two floors, the Johor Premium Outlets of Kulaijaya District is one of the major attractions in Johor.
Part of a 20-acre development by IOI in conjunction with the Kulaijaya Municipal Council, the Hutan Bandar Putra recreational park is located near Senai Airport.
A haven for sports lovers, Genting Indahpura Sports City is located at Taman Indapura, in Kulaijaya District.
Nasi Lemak Bandar Putra is of two famous stalls that is said to offer the best nasi lemak Malay rice dish in Kulai, the other being Nasi Lemak Wak Kentut.
Serves largely a signature dish of Penang, you do not need to leave the south just to have Nasi Kandar.
Nasi Lemak Wak Kentut which literally translates into “flatulent uncle coconut rice” is a famous stall in Kulai that serves what is said to one of the best nasi lemak with fried crispy chicken and sambal in the district.
A local lunch crowd favourite Muha Tomyam is known for its variety, serving over 20 sumptuous dishes at midday meal.
Dealing in imported, classic and rare species of different kinds of fish, the Nanyang Aquarium Centre is both an aqua-farming treasure trove and one-stop centre for fish aficionado.