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Melawati Hill (Bukit Melawati)    

  MY :, 45000, Kuala Selangor, Selangor |   03-3289 1439
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A beautiful area with numerous attractions, Bukit Melawati, or Melawati Hill, is an important historical site that offers interesting insights into Kuala Selangor’s fascinating history.

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Tags: Historical Hiking

What to Expect?

Bukit Melawati (Melawati Hill) is a popular weekend destination for local residents of Selangor, and with good reason.

Much like fireflies and seafood, Bukit Malawati is one of the few notable tourist draws in the sleepy district of Kuala Selangor in the Klang Valley. The historic hill is about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.

It is also just a stone’s throw away from Pasir Penambang, which is known to be a hub for dried sea products and affordable seafood. So if you ever need a stroll after a hearty lunch on a weekend, consider making the journey here.

The uphill walk is a great way to burn calories. However, unless you’re athletically inclined or wouldn’t mind being drenched in sweat, we honestly wouldn’t recommend the steep climb. Instead the tram is a good option to go uphill.

Things to do

Tram ride

A ride on the tram will bring you straight to the top, where you get panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the sea.

The tram runs from 8.00am to 7.00pm on weekends and public holidays. Visitors may choose to get to the hilltop by hiking or taking a short tram ride, where panoramic views await.

Tram tickets during weekends: ~RM 5 Adults, ~RM 3 Children (3-12 years).

Kota Melawati

At the top of the hill, with great views of the coastline as its backdrop, lies Kota Melawati, an ancient fort built by the Malacca Sultanate during the early 16th century.

In 1784, Kuala Selangor eventually fell to the Dutch, who reinforced the fort with cannons and renamed it Fort Altingburg after Willem Arnold Alting, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1780 to 1797.

Today, visitors can still see the fort’s ruins with its cannons, legendary 100-step stairway, Royal Mausoleum, Virgin’s Tomb, fabled execution slab and observatory tower (baitulhilal) built for sighting the new moon.

There's also a clock tower as one of the key landmarks.

Kuala Selangor lighthouse

After you have taken all your photos, make your way to the nearby lighthouse. Although it’s over a century old, the lighthouse is still in use today to guide ships that cross the Straits of Malacca.

Also known as Altingburg Lighthouse, this towering structure was built in 1907 to replace the original one constructed by the Dutch some two centuries earlier when they occupied the area.

Used extensively during the British colonial period, the lighthouse’s beacon continues to shine and function as a guide for vessels navigating the Straits of Malacca till this day.

Silvered Leaf Monkeys

The endangered Silvered Leaf Monkey (Silvery Lutung) can be found in abundance around the hill. While most are relatively tame, do be mindful of your personal belongings.

Kuala Selangor Historical Museum

The museum is located near the lighthouse and contains displays of weapons, dioramas, specimens of old currencies and other relics and artifacts. Admission to the museum is free, open daily from 9.30am – 5.30pm.

Covering history and natural sights, Bukit Malawati is a great place for families and weekend holidaygoers.

Kids, on the other hand, might get a kick from being surrounded by monkeys. If you’re looking for some nice aerial views of Kuala Selangor, the hill offers a respite with plenty of breeze and fresh air.

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 Address:   MY :, 45000, Kuala Selangor, Selangor

03-3289 1439

Everyday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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    Liam MS.

    2 weeks ago

    A historical location located on the hillside. There are tramps for tourists to take in order to go uphill. Unfortunately, most of the attractions are closed during public holidays which basically brings no reason for tourists to visit the hill. This is something the local council to improved.

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    Kelvin Wee

    3 weeks ago

    Historic site with lighthouse, canons, poison well, stone where people sued to be beheaded, and a small air-conditioned museum. Max 1 hour for entire trip.

    Bumped rating up a bit due to the friendly monkeys from the foot of the hill to the top. No feeding sign but you can purchase some food from a motor shop to feed them and the monkeys are all still rather well behaved!

    Return tram up the hill costs RM10 / pax.

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    Roland Schwarzl

    a month ago

    Great experience. Amazing place from the 18th century, with great views and sunsets. Fort walls, a 100-step ladder, and the (high)lighthouse on top. Cannons can be found on the way uphill too. Have fun!

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    kkumar pc

    a month ago

    Use to see a lot of monkeys before 12 years back, this period you can count the monkey. Nice place to chill on history.

    Just careful with your belongings.

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    Khairul Ashraf

    4 months ago

    This place is an old fort. If your are up the hill in the 'right' weather, you will have a very pleasant refreshing climate with very beautiful view.

    If you love history, spend some time up there and stroll around the area. Mind you it is a large area.

    Start with the museum so when you walk around you'll know what you see an the significance of it.

    Grounds are well kept, monkeys are well behaved. You're allowed to feed them, but please, please don't feed them junk food! Spent RM2 to buy proper food from the stall owners there. Take care of our wildlife and support our local business.

    Fee is RM5 (for adult AND Malaysian) different fees for noncitizens. With that fee, you'll enjoy a tram ride up and down the hill and all the facilities up hill.

    Just a tip, if you're not a marathon runner, not an endurance swimmer, my advice is try not to walk up the hill.

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