Friday, 7 March 2014

Paranormal Night Tour @ Kellie's Castle

Mention Kellie's Castle to most Malaysians, and first thing that comes to their minds will be the mystery that surrounds it.

If you crave for a new “out of this world” experience other than your normal outdoor, nature and adventure activities during your vacation, if you are a thrill seeker, one who is adventurous, bold and brave, than you might want to seriously consider taking up the challenge to experience a paranormal adventure with the recently launched “Paranormal Night Tour at Kellie’s Castle” by Tourism Malaysia and Tourism Perak.

Launched on the 28th February 2014, the Paranormal Night Tour Kellie’s Castle aims to be one of the top tourism products in Perak and hopefully in Malaysia for its uniqueness and one level of a whole new tourism experience.

We were lucky to be invited to attend the launch and also to experience first-hand of this paranormal adventure. Kellie’s Castle or also known as Kellie’s Folly surrounding by the river is located near Batu Gajah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. The unfinished, ruined mansion was built by a Scottish planter called William Kellie Smith. It is said that the mansion was either a gift for his wife Agnes or a home for his son. Either way, the mansion was never completed due to the Spanish flu that was spread to his construction workers. In 1926, William Kellie Smith himself died of pneumonia during a short trip to Portugal. His heartbroken wife decided to move back to Scotland and sold the estate and Kellie’s Castle to a British company called Harrisons and Crossfield.

It has been rumored that during certain time of the day especially from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and around 2am to 3am, the paranormal entities would come out and wonders around the castle.  Kellie’s Castle has been recognized as the top 5 providing the most “haunted” paranormal experience in Malaysia by Expedia and the Paranormal Investigators from the US. Impressive isn’t it?
En. Zamari Hj Muhyi, the General Manager of Kellie’s Castle Malaysia also shared his spooky experience when he came across the infamous “Mr Gopal” believed to be one of the workers at the mansion managing the Linen Room.
By now we were having goose bumps all over our body.

The launch of the event was held at the newly renovated Kellie’s Castle Tourism Complex at about 10pm. It was launched by the representative of the Batu Gajah Perak’s Municipal Council.

As soon as the launch was over, it was time for us, the media, to experience this Paranormal Night Tour for the first time in history. We will be the first in Malaysia and in the world to experience the Paranormal Adventure in Kellie’s Castle.

We were informed by En. Zamuri, that there were 4 locations in the mansion believed to be the main area where these paranormal entities love to wonder and “play”; the linen room, the Wine Cellar, Helen; the daughter of William Kellie Smith’s bedroom and the balcony of William Kellie Smith’s room. Some claimed to see William standing on his balcony. Some said they could here very slow and eerie chanting of rhythms by the workers. “Mr. Gopal” was said to have “cried in anguish”. Not to mention hearing the eerie female laughter near the horses’ stables. Helen has been reported to be haunting her bedroom in her white blouse and curly hair. If that do not give you the goose bumps, I don’t know what will.
By now all of us were having mixed thoughts and emotions. A mixture of fear, anticipation, excitement and thrilled to see what’s going to happen next. Some of us even decided not to go due to the possibility of encountering these paranormal entities.
But honestly there were nothing to worry about as various safety measures and strict precautions were taken during the tour.

We were formed into 3 groups of 8 to 10 persons per group. The first group will have the short 15 to 20 minutes tour around the mansion. The other 2 groups will have the full blown 35 to 45 minutes to an hour experience whereby they will eventually be separated into twos and placed at various “haunted” locations in the mansion for 10 to 15 minutes depending on their request.
I opted for the first group as I was more interested in touring around the castle. Briefed by the experienced tourist guide, Eurish, we were then given small headlights and torch lights each and some safety instructions. We will always be supervised by two experienced tour guides to ensure our safety throughout the tour.
The Paranormal Night Tour journey begins. We began walking through the bridge heading towards the mansion. It was pitching black as the mansion’s lights were switched off to provide us the real “spooky” environment of the castle.  

The only thought I had was to capture as much photos of everything and anything of the castle.   I was mesmerized by the beauty of the architecture and landscape of the castle having some Indian influence to it. The bricks used to build the Castle were imported from India. No paranormal entities could stop me to savor this wonderful building in front of me :-P

If you’re looking for a real spooky encounter with the paranormal entities, Kellie’s Castle is the place you should go to. Crazy it may seem but it is an adventure you should experience at least once in your lifetime.
The tour is available to you 4 days in a month. The first 2 days would be held on the first week of each month and the other 2 days on the fourth week. This was to ensure the exclusivity of the tour and not exceeding 40 pax per night.

You may contact Kellie’s Castle Malaysia (Kellie’s Castle Tourism Complex) at +605 – 365 3381 or email them at for further information and reservations.
We would like to thank Kellie’s Castle Malaysia and Tourism Perak for their kind hospitality and hopefully the Paranormal Night Tour at Kellie’s Castle will be one of the top tourist spots in Malaysia. 


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