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Fascinating Cycling Alor Gajah
Just about 24km from the city center of the Melaka State, Alor Gajah is one of the main entrances to the historical state via the North-South Expressway (PLUS) from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The district is an area of 66,302 hectares comprising 31 sub-districts. The greater part of population in this district is engaged in industrial businesses.
Pulau Sebang Railway Station
Alor Gajah is rich in various little known tourist attractions. Foreseeing it to be a thrilling ride, we traveled to Alor Gajah and began our cycling tour at 1) Pulau Sebang Railway Station with excitement. Formerly known as Tampin Railway Station, it is a Malaysian train station on the West Coast Line located near and named after the border towns of Pulau Sebang, Melaka and Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. Passengers traveling from other places can opt for the convenience of KTM Komuter train service to reach here.
We were first led to Mydin Pulau Sebang, the second largest wholesale hypermarket in Melaka. The hypermarket cum mall has 58 shop lots and 24 bazaar lots. In a common mall, there was an uncommon food, 2) Mee Tarik Warisan Asli. Originated from Lanzhou, China, with combined recipes from Chinese and Muslim, chefs demonstrate the making of noodles before the eyes of diners. The 5 year-old eatery is designed to offer a unique insight into Chinese Muslim culture and distinctive Malaysian cuisines. Try a bowl of “Pull Noodles” (Mee Tarik) before you leave.
Two kilometers into our ride to Kuala Ina, we were introduced to the well-known 3) Kuih Bakar Mastura Talip. The “baked cake” does not look special on the outlook but its aromatic flavor rises your taste buds. Consisting of duck eggs, flour, milk and sugar, the mixture is prepared a night before baking. This 3-generation business has been running for 20 years and still uses the traditional method of burning fire woods to bake fresh and palatable cakes every morning. Poured into flower-shaped molds, the flour mixture is baked in a two-layer oven, with fire on the top and bottom of the oven sandwiching the molds, for 10 minutes. The cake is priced at RM1.90 each and RM1.60 for customers who purchase in larger quantity for wedding parties. The traditional bakery is opened from 11am to 6pm daily.
Cendol Pulau Sebang
After devouring some delectable cakes, we headed to 4) Cendol Pulau Sebang for some refreshing sweet course. The founder was retired from military back in 1998 and decided to start a cendol stall. Cendol is derived from the Indonesian word jendol, meaning bump or bulge. Based on its appearance, the worm-shaped noodles are the main ingredient in the dessert. Homemade from rice flour, served with coconut milk, coconut palm sugar with shaved ice, how grateful we were to have savored a bowl of pandan-flavored cendol after a long ride!
Freeport A’Famosa Outlet
Powered up and climbed some hills. What’s next? It’s shopping time! We, especially the female riders were lifted with anticipation. 5) Freeport A’Famosa Outlet strategically located between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. It is located adjacent to the main entrance of the popular landmark, A’Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah. The Dutch heritage structure was designed by leading Australian architects. This branded outlet centre offers over 100 international brands to shoppers. We were only allowed to stroll around for about 30 minutes. “Another visit, maybe?” We thought.
The cycling course was mainly flat with some easy climbs. It was a pleasant ride, despite the scotching hot weather. As we were craving for more cold refreshments, the tour guide brought us to 6) Cendol Bakar (roasted cendol) at Kampung Kemus Simpang Empat. Originated from Kuala Selangor, Cendol Bakar spreads its wings to Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Kota Bahru. The cendol is not roasted as in “bakar” but the palm sugar is roasted to bring up the aroma of the syrup. That’s not all. The community restaurant serves a variety of cendol desserts from Cendol biasa, Cendol VIP, Cendol VVIP, Cendol Durian, Cendol Durian Pulut, Cendol Tapai to Cendol Tapai Pulut. It was certainly a thirst-quenching fix!
Kolam Air Panas Cherana Putih
Riding onwards for another 3km, 7) Kolam Air Panas Cherana Putih awaited us. Just 3km away from Simpang Ampat toll plaza, the White Hot Springs Cherana is popular among local villagers. The hot spring is a source of underground hot water with mineral elements at an average temperature of 40 to 55 degree Celsius. It is proven to reduce stress, rid toxin, improve blood circulation, relieve muscle tension, stimulate metabolism and cure skin disease.
Mengalith of Datuk Tua
We attempted to rinse our faces, hands and legs with this amazing spring water and recommenced our ride to the next destination to 8) Mengalith of Datuk Tua in Kampung Cherana Puteh. Little that we know, there are about 100 megaliths found within the areas of Alor Gajah and Tampin. The sizes of these “standing stones” varied and they were usually built, in pairs, as tombstones in Islamic burial grounds. According to the locals, the megaliths of Datuk Tua is believed to be the tombstone of his ancestors. It is also said to be a living structure because its size increases from year to year and it glows at night when shone on with a torch.
Kampung Orang Asli Taboh Naning
Datuk Tua’s history sounded like a fantasy! Moving ahead, local snacks and delicacies stalls lined along our path crossing 9) Kampung Orang Asli Taboh Naning! We, the gluttonous cyclists, picked some local nibbles such as 10) Dodol, a sweet confection made from coconut milk, palm sugar and rice flour with sticky and thick texture, resembling to mochi and rice cake, next, 11) Keropok Ubi (root plant chips). A crunch of it rewarded to our taste buds! Lastly, 12) Kuih Rengginang, also known as kuih inang-inang definitely caught our sight! It has been consumed as a snack and even main meal. Generally made from rice, it is fried and edible colorings is added for attractiveness. Traditional snacks are captivating!
Masjid Dato Dol Said
We had not felt a sense of exhaustion, yet. Despite the quiet traffic, we were reminded to watch out to trucks passing occasionally. Pedaling onwards, 13) Masjid Dato Dol Said appeared before us. Also known as Masjid Taboh Naning (Taboh Naning Mosque), the historic mosque was built in 1954 and completed in 1955 through public donations. Dol Said or Dato Abdul Said was a 19th-century Malay leader of an area called Naning. His 14) Tomb was sited at the back of the mosque.
Ayam Percik Simpang Empat
Indeed, Melaka is a historical landmark. Meanwhile, it was about time for lunch. We pedaled another few kilometers to settle in 15) Ayam Percik Simpang Empat for lunch before carrying on one more bygone structure. Located in a residential area, this humble but popular business of grilled chicken was initially operated in a night market in 2012. The business flourished when relocated here selling between 400 and 700 pieces of homemade marinated grilled chickens a week on top of other grills. This is a must try!
Kubur Askar Inggeris
The Traditional Custom Museum Alor Gajah
Sometimes, we need these ancient structures to remind us of the glorious old times. Sited in a primary school, 16) Kubur Askar Inggeris is a grave of George Holford Walker, a British soldier who killed in a war against Dato Dol Said of Naning during the 19th century. His horse as well as dog were buried next to his grave. It was a short stay before riding to 17) The Traditional Custom Museum Alor Gajah. It is located at the Alor Gajah Square, next to the Alor Gajah District Council Keris Monument. This museum reflects the architecture of traditional Malay house, and offers an insight into the traditional Malay communities such as Malay wedding ceremonial events and practices.
Before we ended our ride, we took another few steps to 18) Tugu Kemerdekaan, the Independence Monument on an open stage at Dataran Keris. It marks the site of the ritual reading of Federation of Malaya Independence.
Cycling Route - Fascinating Cycling Alor Gajah
This Fascinating Cycling Alor Gajah tour covers a total distance of 28km. Most of the people living in this district are still maintaining their identities as a community of Melaka which can be seen through the characteristics of house architecture, language and way of life. Surely, we recommend family and kids taking up this fascinating cycling excursion!
This cycling tour package is provided by: Marli Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
No. 21-1, Jalan KNMP 2A Kompleks Niaga Melaka Perdana, Jalan Tun Hamzahm 75450, Melaka. Tel: +6019-6553446