By train the journey from Arau to Batu Gajah is scheduled to take just under 3 hours.
Train Times from Arau to Batu Gajah
There are 5 direct train services a day from Arau to Ipoh.
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Location of Batu Gajah Railway Station
About Travel to Batu Gajah
Batu Gajah is the sixth largest city in Perak State in Malaysia. Batu Gajah City has around 46,000 permanent residents compared to over 670,000 in Ipoh, the capital city of Perak State, and over 200,000 in Taiping, the state’s second city.
Tourism in Batu Gajah
Batu Gajah has many of the distinctive features associated with other more visited destinations in Perak State such as Ipoh and Taiping. All three cities share a common history of having prospered in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century from the abundant tin ore in the hills of Perak State. The tin mining industry attracted large number of immigrant from China and India, as well as substantial investment by the British colonial government in public building and infrastructure. All of these things have made as visible an impact on Batu Gajah as they have on Ipoh and Taiping, just on a smaller scale.
The most visited and best known tourist attraction in Batu Gajah is Kellie’s Castle. As well as being a interesting building, mixing European, North African and Indian, architectural style, Kellie’s Castle is an evocative reminder of early 20th Century history and the life colonialists who came to Malaysia during that period.
Kellie’s Castle was constructed between 1915 and 1926 by a Scottish settler, William Kellie-Smith, who has made a fortune through a number of successful business ventures. The castle was, according to local legend, built to keep the settler’s Scotttish wife happy. The building was never entirely finished as William Kellie-Smith died in 1926, although enough of the structure has been completed to make it worth visiting. As is the nearby Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, which is Indian style temple the construction of which was partly sponsored by William Kellie-Smith, and a statue of William Kellie-Smith still stands at the temple amongst statues of Hindu deities.
Other Attraction in Batu Gajah
Batu Gajah has a number of colonial era attractions in the city centre which you can visit by following the Batu Gajah Heritage Trail, which is a walking route similar to the Ipoh Heritage Trail. Amongst the most interesting of the 24 sites on the walking trail are:
- God’s Little Acre, which is a Christian cemetery
- Sri Subramaniyar Swami Kovil Hindu temple.
- The colonial era Government Rest House.
- The Royal English School building.
- The old Railway Staff Quarters.