Tanah Rata is the largest township of Cameron Highlands, located 10km north of Ringlet or 2km before Brinchang along the main road. The administrative center of this highland resort destination, Tanah Rata features the most infrastructure and facilities while serving as the main hub receiving public transport from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Penang, Ipoh and Taman Negara. Consequently, there are many hotels, resorts and apartments providing accommodation at town and surrounding countryside, including backpacker inns and lodges. Tanah Rata translates to 'Flat Land' in local language - a reference to its broad and relatively level terrain meandering between the valley.
This has allowed the proliferation of modern structures and buildings - heavy development, but not as dense as Brinchang due to the wide landscape. At Tanah Rata, visitors can enjoy the convenience of banks, bars, money changers, sundry shops, cyber cafes, tour counters, restaurants, fast food outlets and even a Starbucks. To explore the surrounding rainforest, jungle walks can be conveniently accessed from town that lead to nature attractions such as Parit Falls and mountain peaks that include Gunung Beremban (1,812m), Gunung Mentigi (1,535m), Gunung Perdah (1,551m) and Gunung Jasar (1,670m). All jungle walks are numbered and can be easily referenced from tourist maps available from shops, cafes and hotels around town.