It is a town that is located in the district capital of Perak Tengah, in Perak Malaysia, 40 kilometres away from Ipoh. This town is now known as the Universities town as it housed several universities such as the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, a branch campus of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and also a MARA Professional College. With these several universities having their campuses buildings there, and several other higher learning institutes, the town of Seri Iskandar has built its reputation as Bandar Ilmu or the Town of Knowledge. The town of Seri Iskandar was named after a Perak ruler from the year 1918 until 1938, Paduka Seri Sultan Iskandar Shah.
Driving to Seri Iskandar from Kuala Lumpur will take two and half hour via the North-South Highway.
The easiest mode of transportation to Seri Iskandar is by taking an ETS train from KL Central to Ipoh. The journey will take around three to four hours depending on the trains and also the stops they take. The train will stop at the Ipoh station and from there, either take a bus or a taxi to reach Seri Iskandar.
From Ipoh, the bus journey will take about one and half hour with a ticket price starting from RM 6 per person, If taking a bus from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Kuala Lumpur, the price will be starting from RM22.40 per person per trip.
Located outside the Seri Iskandar, about half an hour away, this is one of the most famous places for tourists in the vicinity of the town. Kellie’s Castle is an incomplete, ruined mansion, built by a Scottish planter. The unfinished mansion was believed to be built for his wife or son but the construction was never completed as the owner died because of pneumonia when he had a trip to Portugal. Devastated by the lost, his wife had decided to go back to Scotland, their country, and the building was sold to a British company in Malaya. It has now been turned into a tourist attraction and back in the turning of 21st century, a couple of movies were shot there. The place is now under the Malaysia Tourism department. The entrance fee is RM 4 per person. A quick trivia: some believe that the place is haunted.
Appropriate to its name, the place was once a tin mining dredge in the district of Batu Gajah, just twenty kilometres away from Seri Iskandar. Some of the locals call it as a floating factory, as its most obvious part, the floating dock, has a length of 75 metres. This huge house of machines used to work for 44 years, mining tins from the soils, before the rapid declining of the demand, the high cost of operating, finally halt its functions. Today, this place has turned into a dredge museum and open to public with a ticket starting from RM 5 for adults for first package that includes a quick visit to the dredge museum, and a tour outside of the dredge, while a second package, with a price for an adult is RM15 and this will include a tour inside the dredge. This place is opened daily from 8.30 am to 6.00pm.
A gazetted park in Perak, and the state’s natural treasures, this park is located just twenty six kilometres away from Seri Iskandar. It is one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in Malaysia, with an area that covers more than 300 hectares. There are more than 150 species of birds there and definitely a must-go place for bird watchers. Due to an effort in preserving the park’s pristine condition, the visitors to the park is limited to maximum of 100 people per day, and no overnight camping is allowed.