Searching for the legendary Elephant Stone (Batu Gajah)
I know the existing of a place called Batu Gajah, literally means Elephant Stone. You can see the signboard turning to this town from the North-South Highway (E1) in Peninsular Malaysia.
On my way back to Kuala Lumpur, I decided to clear the doubt once for all. What is this stone anyway? We passed by the famous Kellie Castle and dropped by Clearwater Sanctuary.
One can play golf or fishing at Clearwater.
When we started circulating the town, we saw some interesting heritage buildings.
There are easily over 20 buildings that are over century old, and still occupied by local residence.
The 2 traditional Malay houses are actually residence of the railway station master, still in used and owned by railway company.
Want to see the elephant stone? Read on …
The old town is more interesting than new town.
You can see a new mosque replacing the old Masjid bandar/daerah (erected on 2011).
Further down the road, you can see few temples (there are Chinese and Indian temples).
It was an old local temple.
One the same day, there was a celebration of the god’s birthday.
I saw plenty of offerings prepared by the devotees.
I was lucky to see the colourful offerings.
It made me feeling hungry and rushing to next town (Bidor) to have lunch.
It did a quick search on the Internet, and I found a local website has a nice heritage trail for Batu Gajah town.
One can download the map and follow the trail to visit the local heritage sites and architecture.
I would revisit Batu Gajah again in the future to visit the rest of the sites.
When I took picture of the hospital (nurses residence), the security asked me why am I taking picture. I think I am the only tourist that day in Batu Gajah.
If you are on the North-South Expressway and see the BATU GAJAH signboard, hope you will be curious to hunt for this legendary elephant stone. It is a good idea to slow down our pace. Take the small trunk road instead of highway when you have extra 2 hours. You may be rewarded with some forgotten sights.
I was walking the river bank and was trying to find an angle that the stone resemble any part of an elephant. It still looks like a normal rock to me.