Circa 1800s, a British Resident attended a trial in Parit Buntar. On his way back, he took a boat to Pulau Pangkor. During the journey he said the word “KIRIAN” (from the word ‘kiri’ i.e. left) when he referred to the left side of the land that was under the rule of Sultan Perak.
During the journey he said the word “KIRIAN” (from the word ‘kiri’ i.e. left) when he referred to the left side of the land that was under the rule of Sultan Perak.
The word “KIRIAN” became popular and was used in jest by the public at that time.
When the ruler wanted to name the district, “KIRIAN” was chosen and was changed to “KERIAN”.
Kerian District is located at the north of Perak where it borders with Penang (South Seberang Perai district border) and Kedah (Bandar Baharu district border). At the east and south, Kerian borders with Larut, Matang and Selama districts; and in the west is the Strait of Malacca. The uniqueness of this district is that it borders with the three states where the Kerian River is the borderline of Penang, Kedah and Perak. Kerian River upstream is in Selama, whilst its estuary is in Kampung Acheh, at South Seberang Perai district.
To reach Kerian District, visitors should exit PLUS highway at North Taiping Toll Plaza (to go to Gunung Semanggol and Kuala Selinsing) or Bandar Baharu Toll Plaza (to go to Parit Buntar town or Bagan Serai town).
Kerian District is near the Strait of Malacca. It has a coastline of 32 km long, and covers an area of 918.83 sq km. It is flat with a moss peat land near the coast and an elevation of less than 50 metres from the sea level.
Gunong Semanggol village and Beriah are hilly areas with Gunong Semanggol reaching the height of 150 metres from the sea level. There are 2 important rivers in this district that is Kerian River and Kurau River. Sungai Kurau, Kuala Kurau, Tanjung Piandang, Bagan Tiang and Kampung Gula were once swamp areas but were reclaimed to be cultivated as paddy fields and settlement areas.