"Kellie's Castle-the Taj Mahal of Perak" Pulau Pangkor Things to Do Tip by Wild_Orchid

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  Kellie's Castle or Folly?
by Wild_Orchid
 
 

If you are driving from KL to Pangkor/Lumut, you might want to drop by the historical site of Kellie's Castle which is near the town of Batu Gajah in Perak. There is a small entrance fee, cheaper for children.

This castle has very romantic beginnings and was built by William Kellie Smith as a home for his beloved wife. Unfortunately tragedy struck, and the building was never completed. It remained hidden for many years as the jungle claimed it for its own. Some years ago, the state government took up the project to clear the site and restore this castle to its former splendour.

The trunk road that takes you from Gopeng or Simpang Pulai/Ipoh to Batu Gajah now leads directly to this site and was newly tarred (my last visit was in May 2004).

Situated next to a river, Kellie's Castle is also a popular picnic site for local families and young couples. There is a small cafe next to the car park.

Address: Near the town of Batu Gajah, on the way to Lumut
Directions: On NKVE, exit at Gopeng toll, turn right & follow road signs to Batu Gajah and Kellie's Castle (signs are white with green words). Soon after a row of shop-houses, take second left turn. (if you are not careful, you might miss this turn!)

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2004
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