Sungai Kinta is a major tributary of Sungai Perak. The confluence of Kinta River is located to the south of Kampung Gajah. Sungai Kinta, incidentally, played a pivotal role in the development of Kinta Valley. Tin mined in the interior was transported in boats and droughts to Teluk Intan for shipment to Penang and Singapore where the metal was smelted for exportation.
Its historical importance assured, the stretch of Sungai Kinta near Tanjung Tualang has long been noted for something more palatable – freshwater fish and prawns. The preponderance of seafood restaurants in Tanjung Tualang bears testimony to this statement. It is a fact that Tanjung Tualang has some of the best eateries in the country. The most remarkable dish being the succulent freshwater prawns cooked Chinese-style.
If you are a nature buff a brief stop at the Kinta Nature Park south of Batu Gajah is recommended. The park is a noted for bird watching, especially migratory birds that come as far away as Russia and Mongolia.