Batu Gajah (population 34,000) is a town in the state of Perak in Malaysia
, about 24 km from Ipoh
, the Perak state capital.
The attractions here include two golf courses, Kinta Golf Club and Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Course, and nearby pre-independence castle built by a Scottish rubber plantation owner, Sir William Kellie Smith: Kellie's Castle.
There are many hawker stalls and restaurants serving food such as noodles, laksa, and Indian-Muslim mee goreng and mee rebus. Youths spend time at cybercafés and around the local supermarket. In recent years, Western style food franchises such as 7-Eleven, KFC, Marry Brown and Pizza Hut opened branches in the town. A supermarket named TF has opened and is in business.
Some heritage buildings and landmarks in Batu Gajah that are famous throughout Perak:
Kellie's Castle (an old unfinished castle built by a Scottish rubber tycoon)
Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple of Kinta Kellas Estate
An old tin mining dredge (resembling a large 'boat')
Sultan Yussuf School or SMK Sultan Yussuf, the oldest school in Batu Gajah, established in 1907
Batu Gajah Prison, the second oldest in Malaysia after the Taiping
Batu Gajah old courthouse established in 1892
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Kinta Golf Course
Batu Gajah Hospital
God's Little Acre: A cemetery for the British pioneers, military servicemen, policemen, tin miners, planters and civilians named after the memorial cross erected by the Perak Planter's Association and others to commemorate their lives in fighting the Communist Insurgency 1949-1960.