Perak takes its name from the silvery color of rich tin deposits, for which it is renowned. This mineral is featured prominently in the history and economy of the state. As you leave the busy hub of Selangor and head north towards Perak, the character of the land changes from an urban profile to a scenic undulating landscape. Here and there you will spot pleasant farmland and rustic plantations set against a background of green jungle and rugged limestone hills.
Places of Interest
A British entrepreneur built the castle as a testament of love during the Colonial era. However, the construction was halted after the man learned that his wife was lost at sea on her journey to be with him. Now, with the broken parapets, the half-completed castle stands as a symbol Mr. Kellie's shattered heart.
|Getting there: Located at Batu Gajah, 7.45 miles south of Ipoh, you can reach the castle using inter-town buses from Ipoh.|
During the nation's infancy, the Communist Party of Malaya used Tempurung Cave as a hideout and as a base of operations to strike against the local defense force. Now, visitors can still view the battle plans drawn on the walls and ceilings of the cave. Some of the passages lead right through the complex to a beautiful and scenic view of the Perak Jungle.
Getting there: Get a bus to Gopeng, 15.53 miles South of Ipoh and then a taxi.
Across the Manjung Straits, opposite Lumut, is the bustling fishing village of Pulau Pangkor, the largest of nine islands in a small group of islands. Pangkor, with its quaint mix of fishing settlements and resorts, is a fascinating holiday venue. It presents visitors the rare chance to reside near fisher folk and observe their lifestyle or to simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities.
The golden domes and minarets of the mosque are the most impressive features of this Moorish style structure. Situated right next to the mosque is the Royal Mausoleum where generations of Perak rulers have been buried.
Getting there: Also situated in Kuala Kangsar, you can board buses from Ipoh and nearby towns.
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