1. right to Telaga Gergasi, left to Sungai Atas Sungai

1. right to Telaga Gergasi, left to Sungai Atas Sungai

Just 2km from Sungai Atas Sungai, driving along the bank of the river, is Telaga Gergasi. This Gigantic Well is located in Kampung Bagan Baharu.

2. drive along the river bank from Sungai Atas Sungai to Telaga Gergasi

2. drive along the river bank from Sungai Atas Sungai to Telaga Gergasi

Similar to Sungai Atas Sungai, Telaga Gergasi is very descriptive, as it was named literally, too. But why does the community need a gigantic well? Believed to be built by the British, also in 1936, this well is part of the Sungai Atas Sungai structure.

3. Telaga Gergasi (image credit: Majlis Daerah Selama)

3. Telaga Gergasi (image credit: Majlis Daerah Selama)

4. the stairs descending to the exit

4. the stairs descending to the exit

Still being used today to divert water from Sungai Ijok to Tasik Bukit Merah (Bukit Merah Lake), the well is 18 metres deep, primarily to avert erosion to the river bed and also to filter debris before the water flows out to the lake, via an underground channel.

 5. the water flows out from this exit to Tasik Bukit Merah (Bukit Merah Lake)

5. the water flows out from this exit to Tasik Bukit Merah (Bukit Merah Lake)

Why would travellers want to visit Telaga Gergasi? Besides learning British engineering, on a good day when the water level is high, multiple rainbows are formed when sunlight shines onto water sprays created from the steep drop of the blanket of water.

6. a beautiful flower is spotted

6. a beautiful flower is spotted

During my visit, I did not have such luck to witness the rainbows as the water level was rather low. It just means that I have to go for another trip!

For more information about Selama, contact Selama District Council directly.

Majlis Daerah Selama (Selama District Council)
Add: 34100 Selama, Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Tel: +605 8394 201
Fax: +605 8394 377
Email: webmaster@mdselama.gov.my

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