Travelogue

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.

Clearwater Sanctuary

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.

Goodbye Tin-Mining sculpture 1997

One can play golf or fishing at Clearwater.

Court House at Batu Gajah

When we started circulating the town, we saw some interesting heritage buildings.

Royal English School at Batu Gajah

There are easily over 20 buildings that are over century old, and still occupied by local residence.

Station Master's Quarters at Batu Gajah

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.

Old Town at Batu Gajah

You can see a new mosque replacing the old Masjid bandar/daerah (erected on 2011).

Mosque at Batu Gajah

Further down the road, you can see few temples (there are Chinese and Indian temples).

KuanTayTemple关帝古庙 at Batu Gajah (1)

It was an old local temple.

KuanTayTemple关帝古庙 at Batu Gajah (6)

One the same day, there was a celebration of the god’s birthday.

KuanTayTemple关帝古庙 at Batu Gajah (4)

I saw plenty of offerings prepared by the devotees.

KuanTayTemple关帝古庙 at Batu Gajah (3)

I was lucky to see the colourful offerings.

KuanTayTemple关帝古庙 at Batu Gajah (2)

It made me feeling hungry and rushing to next town (Bidor) to have lunch.

KuanTayTemple关帝古庙 at Batu Gajah (5)

It did a quick search on the Internet, and I found a local website has a nice heritage trail for Batu Gajah town.

Nurses Residence at Batu Gajah (2)

One can download the map and follow the trail to visit the local heritage sites and architecture.

St Joseph's Church at Batu Gajah

I would revisit Batu Gajah again in the future to visit the rest of the sites.

Nurses Residence at Batu Gajah

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.

Old Town at Batu Gajah (2)

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.

Elephant Stone at Batu Gajah

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.

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