Batu Pintu

batupintu.jpgApproached on a steep track over Sila village, these rock "gateways" lead to several caves.
Locals say the Dutch Baron resident on the island fled up here when the Japanese invaded during WW II. He lived in the caves, and shreds of pottery on a rock shelf are supposed to be his food-containers. Eventually, his servants from the coast stopped coming up with food for him, so he died up there, and turned into stone! The stone in question is still there.A short distance further uphill is the old site of Sila village. There is nothing left to see there, but it’s interesting to ponder over how different life on the island must have been when the locals were still warlike "savages" living in the interior!

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