Overland Touring from KL ~ Touring North to Penang
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Your Overland Touring to Penang will enable you to visit some
fascinating places that are on the way.

These include famous Batu Caves, the quaint city of Ipoh with its colonial buildings, the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar to visit the old place of the Sultan and one if the country’s most beautiful mosque and an Orang-utan Sanctuary before crossing the scenic Penang bridge to arrive at Penang Island.

On your Overland trip to Penang, which is about 4 hours drive away, the journey provides for a leisurely drive where you can visit a number of fascinating places that are on the way.

Batu Caves
Batu Caves is the first stop you should make. Located 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, the famous cave Temple built within a limestone hill, is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.

Visitors on reaching the cave area, will be awed by the sight of the 42.7m high gold coloured statue of the Hindu god Murugan.

To reach the main Temple Cave, you would have to climb the 272 steps leading to it.

You might even get to see the macaque monkeys that reside in the hills nearby.


Getting on the North-South highway, you next stop should be in Ipoh which is the capital for the state of Perak.

It is approximately 200 km (125 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur and 130 km (81 miles) south of Penang.

The state capital of Perak. This would be good place to have lunch and a try at some local cuisine, especially its famous Ipoh Chicken Rice.

You will also see the uniquely colonial style Ipoh Railway Station built in 1917, as you drive through this quaint city.

Kellie’s Castle
Kellie’s Castle was built by a Scottish planter his name called William Kellie Smith who came to Malaya at age 20 in 1890. Starting out as a civil engineer, he dabbled in various business before securing himself a rubber tree plantation and homely estate in Batu Gajah.

He married a wealthy woman named Agnes, and with the birth of the second child ( son), he decide to construct Kellie's Castle. Building materials along with 70 70 Indian workers were were imported from India. But with the outbreak of the Spanish Flu pandemic, many of workers died.

A the suggestion of the Hindu workers, a temple be built to honour the deity Mariamman in order to stop the sickness, which eventually did. In gratitude, the workers built an effigy of a white man in colonial attire representing Kellie Smith on the roof of the temple alongside statues of deities. This effigy can still be seen today.

In 1926, Smith took a short trip to Britain making a detour to Lisbon, Portugal where he contracted pneumonia and died at age of 56. Agnes later packed up and left Malaysia with her children back to Scotland having sold the estate and the unfinished castle to a British company called Harrisons and Crossfield.

All that remained was the covered walkway, an open courtyard and parts of a crumbling walls. Kellie's Castle has been refurbished now and it appears as it was when Kellie left it, making all who visit to wonder how it might have looked if he had completed it. The locals here though believe that the place is haunted.

Kuala Kangsar
Moving on about about 40 minutes away is the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, as it is the town where the Sultan of Perak officially resides. Here you can visit the Ubudiah Mosque, which is considered one of Malaysia's most beautiful mosques Also built in 1917 and designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, the same architect who is notably credited for the design of the Ipoh railway station.

Also here is the Old Royal Palace called Istana Kenangan. Made out of solid wood, the palace was previously known as the Valley Palace due to its location.

Oldest Rubber tree

Rubber was one of the two (the other being tin) main exports, that gave a start to a growing economy to a fledgling new country then called Malaya. This rubber tree that stands by the roadside (just outside the office of the Department of Lands And Mines) in Kuala Kangsar, is the one of the two oldest oldest rubber tree in existence in Malaysia. an offshoot from one of the nine seedlings smuggled over from Brazil by the 'crazy' English botanist, H.N. Ridley n 1877.

The botanist earned his "crazy" reputation because he was always stuffing rubber seeds into the pockets of everyone he meets, hoping they will plant the seeds. It was from these trees seedlings, that gave rise to the massive rubber plantations in the late 19th and early 20th Century, making Malaysia the world's largest producer of rubber at one time. It would seem that the man was not so crazy after all.

Orang-Utan Island
Going north another 40 km is Bukir Merah Laketown Resort that has the only Orang Utan sanctuary in Peninsular Malaysia that is home to 11 Borneo Orang Utans of different ages.

These Orang Utans live and breed on the island as part of a rehabilitation and preservation programme in the forest on the island.

From the resort jetty, visitors take a relaxing 10-minutes boat ride on the calm and scenic 7,000 acre lake to Orang Utan Island.

However The Orang Utan Island may be closed to visitors at certain periods of the year due to the low water level in the lake caused by the release of the water for irrigation to the nearby paddy fields. During this time, they would be unable to ferry passengers to the Orang Utan Island. Best to check the operation status of the island prior to your visit to avoid disappointment - 05-890 8888

From Bukit Merah, it is just a short40 minutes leisurely drive to cross over the 13.5 Km Penang Bridge to the culturally diverse Penang Island.

Note -
Touring North to Penang ~ Other scenic destinations that you can stopover and stay would be Pulau Pankor (Pangkor Island and Cameron Highlands).

Best Way to Visit - 2 to 3 Days to Penang Overland Tours

Overland Tours from K. Lumpur that takes in some leisurely sights along the way and tour around Penang Island.



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