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.
What to Expect?
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
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).
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.
Jogging track for parents too
Tamil Selvi Samugam Sundram2 months ago
Beautiful view at the top of the hill. Visited the museum and got to know about Selangor more. Unable to enter the light house. Light house only open to public once a year and that too on world Light House day.
zachhatta Kuala Lumpur & Beyond2 months ago
A great escape from city hustle and bustle to be in a small countryside yet historical small town of Kuala Selangor. Malawati Hill is an excellent place to observe nature and a scenic landscape of the mangrove forest and the busiest maritime route of the Melaka Straits. For parents who have kids, a good place to expose the childrens to unique species of primate- the silvered leaf langur/monkeys and the crabs eating macaques. Occasionally we could also see eagles fly over the area.
e-fu2 months ago
There are a lot of monkeys around, and they can get hungry for food! Please remember to keep your food safe and secure, or the monkeys may try to grab it. Aside from that, it's a great place to hang out with family and enjoy the view of Kuala Selangor.
Arif Aizat4 months ago
A nice place to just relax and enjoy the company of Lutung Monkey friends. There are other things to see here as well, like animals and a small museum. For the current price of RM5 per person, it is very worth it, in my opinion. You can also take some nice pictures and enjoy the view from top of the hill. Parking is plenty, traffic is okay, and just a nice place to chill out. I love it here.
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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