Top 9 Batu Gajah Attractions (2022)

Batu Gajah is a small town in Malaysia that has been the site of many battles and skirmishes between natives, European colonists and China. The original name for this place was Bengkulu Jaya, but it became known as Batulicin when James Brooke established his colony here following his capture from Governor General’s Palace by local Bugis warriors after he had lost an arm at their hands during the battle; they later renamed him “King” upon victory. Today, the remnants of what can be found around this town with its many historical sites where you can even see evidence of battle on these grounds with cannonballs still embedded in some walls.

1. Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5 (TT5)

TT5 is known locally as “Dredge 5” because it’s part of an old mining system used to extract tin from the 18th century until the 1990s when they started using modern techniques. The name “Tanjung Tual” comes from two words – meaning cliff and waterfall – near this area, making up for breathtaking views during sunrise or sunset.

Tanjung Tualang offers many activities such as mountain climbing, camping and hiking. It is also an ideal place for picnics and out-door activities with family and friends. If you visit here, don’t forget to bring your camera and take photos of the beautiful scenery that can be found here.

Also there are lots of bats flying around which attract tourists to see them at night-time because they look like tiny black clouds when they come together in one place. Each time we disturb the bats, there will be a vast space created as if something has been sucked from the air due to their flying away from us.

There are a number of other interesting sites to visit in the Tanjung Tualang area such as Bukit Jelutong, Kuala Dipang, Sungai Tinggi Beach and Seri Wendall.

2. Kellie’s Castle

Kellie’s Castle is a beautiful example of Irish architecture. The story goes that it was initially built as an inn back in 1698 by Mr Thomas Kearney to house travellers on their way through the bogland, but alas. Over time, this dream became tinged with sadness since he never lived long enough for its completion. It now serves only as of the inspiration behind many novels spanning generations about people who are doomed to die young due to not being able to survive “sans-courage” or lack thereof, I should say.

It continued on, and later on, in 1810, the castle had fallen into the hands of an English landowner by William Kellie Smith. He then renovated the place into a new castle with many Irish-style designs and architecture. More interestingly, legend has it that his ghost still haunts the site to this day, with sightings of a young man in military garb witnessed by many tourists who have visited there. Unfortunately, he died young at age 28 after he had contracted tuberculosis while serving in India, again dying before witnessing its completion.

The castle currently houses many artefacts and paintings acquired if not commissioned by William Kellie Smith during his time. Visitors are allowed free entrance once in a while when they decorate the place with fresh flowers during special occasions such as today’s Valentine’s day, which is said to be particularly romantic.

3. Batu Gajah Christian Cemetery

The Batu Gajah Christian Cemetery is a peaceful oasis in the bustling city. The neatly manicured graves are lined with white stones that stand out against lush green grass, each having its own story to tell about how people lived their lives before they passed away – from settling disputes through petitions and prayers for lost loved ones or finding forgiveness after committing sins so harsh even death wasn’t enough punishment anymore. It is a place of reflection and contemplation for one who wants to get away from the busy city where there used to be no such thing as privacy.

4. Lata Kinjang Waterfall

Another source of fun for visitors to this attraction is hiking up or down the slopes after taking a dip in the water below. The steepness of these hills make it challenging going without proper footwear, but it all comes off in time when the benefits are great enough.

5. Sungai Tinggi Beach

A mere 5 minutes away from Batu Gajah Waterfall is Sungai Tinggi Beach, popularly known as “Pantai Pasir Hitam” (literally means Black Sand Beach). Just like any other beach, it has its unique features. First of all, the sand isn’t black but dark brown; hence the name was derived from when the beach used to be covered with dark volcanic rocks instead before extensive excavation by locals in search of rocks and stones at low tide.

6. Taman Alam Flora Batu Gajah

This garden covers an area of about 5 acres and houses many species of animals, including deer, which visitors can feed with food bought from stalls located around the place or even bring their packed lunch to have a picnic next to these gentle creatures. Various plants are being cultivated here either for ornamental purposes or for agricultural ones, such as rubber trees, which are among the top 5 most planted trees in Malaysia. There is green everywhere you look, and visitors would have to watch their step not to stumble on green vines or leaves from nearby plants.

7. Batu Gajah Zoo

Located just slightly away from Taman Alam Flora, this zoo is home to many animals, including big cats like tigers and lions, primates like orangutans and chimpanzees and elephants with their baby ones (that are too cute for words). Birds of all kinds with the most noticeable colourful ones such as macaws and flamingos can also be found here, but only in the enclosure where they are kept can visitors get close enough to see these animals up-close.

8. Makam Mahsuri

If you’re into history stories, this is a must-visit place for you since the tomb has been there for over 400 years and has been built by the Sultan of Perak, Abdullah. The beauty of this attraction is that it’s one of its kind in Malaysia because such mausoleums are not usually seen here on any particular scale. A visit would bring out the inner historian in anyone who wants to know more about early Malaysian history.

9. Kek Lok Tong Temple

This temple is a place of worship for many local Buddhist people who want to pay their respects and have their prayers answered. It’s said that anyone who wishes to have an audience with the god here must be highly patient because it could take from a few minutes to a few hours just for you to think up your wish and consider it. Still, patience is a virtue needed when dealing with anything in life.

Batu Gajah may seem to have little for tourists to do or see but remains a historical site with many areas. With its ever-growing tourism plans, it will continue to grow and become one of Malaysia’s many attractions to visit.