Formerly known as Kedah Peak, Gunung Jerai is a massive limestone
outcrop rising 1200 m above sea level, south of Alor Setar in Kedah.
The cool, fresh mountain air is matched by the quiet serenity of
its natural surroundings. On clear days, different vantage points
on the mountain offer spectacular views of the rolling rice fields
of Kedah stretching up to Perlis in the North; the emerald seas
surround Penang in the South-West and the legendary islands of Langkawi
in the North-West.
This magnificent mountain is has its own share of history and fascinating
legends.The discovery of the ruins of Hindu and Buddhist temples
at the foot of the hills established its importance as an ancient
centre of Hindu civilisation within the region. Varied tales also
abound about the famous 'Raja Bersiong' ( the king with fangs )
who once held sway over an ancient kingdom within the Bujang Valley
at the foot of the mountains. Recent archeological findings reveal
the existence of the Temple on the Ninth Water pool ( Chandi Telaga
Sembilan ) - many believe this pool to be the private pool of Raja
Bersiong. Indeed , amidst such majestic surrounding, its would be
difficult to separate fact from fiction.