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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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