Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Bukit Malawati Hill in Kuala Selangor

Bukit Melawati Hill is located at the coastal town of Kuala Selangor in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. To get here, one can drive from the city of Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya and it takes about 45-60 minutes drive along a scenic route passing local towns, plantations and kampungs (villages).

This hill which some refer to as Bukit Selangor is well known as in the late 1700s, the second Sultan of Selangor state, had this fort built on top of the hill to protect the state from intruders. There were also cannons places along the Melawati Fort which main purpose was to defend Selangor from the invading Dutch.

The irony was that the Dutch did invade and take over the fort and reinforced it by placing better Dutch made cannons which you see there now. It was also once called Fortress Altingsburg when the Dutch were in power.

Bukit Melawati - Tram ride up

Getting up to the Malawati Hill can be done via booking the tractor-tram ride or walking on weekends. On weekdays, you can simply drive all the way up there. Well, I decided to walk up as it only took about 10-15 minutes to reach the top plus I needed the exercise.

Bukit Melawati - Traitors grave?

While walking up, I saw much much more than the tram ride. I came across a graveyard which I am still unsure if this is the 'Traitors Grave' as it is called. Back then, this was the site where traitors and enemies were captured and beheaded.

Bukit Melawati - Outdoor Amphitheatre

There was also an amphitheater there which was recently built in the last few years. Nothing special was happening so I moved on to the Poison Well. I think you can see from the picture on what the Poison Wells purpose was.

Bukit Melawati - The poison well

Bukit Melawati - Poison well information

On reaching the top of Bukit Melawati, you will be greeted by a beautiful lighthouse called Altingsburg Lighthouse and no one is allowed inside unless you apply for a special permit.

This beautiful lighthouse was built in 1907 and named after the then Dutch Governor. It is also surrounded by a fence and the lighthouse is still in use till today. There is also the lookout point where you are supposed to see the beautiful coastline of Selangor in the distance.

Bukit Melawati - Dutch Cannons wrapped in yellow cloth

When I was there in June 09, the current Sultan of Selangor was undergoing an operation in the United States of America, so it was instructed that all places in the state of Selangor would have to bear yellow cloth as a symbol of respect and well wishes for the Sultans speedy recovery. So all the Dutch cannons in Bukit Melawati were wrapped in yellow cloth which is the royal colour for 44 days.

Bukit Melawati - Guide map of the area

There is a map of the entire Malawati Hill at the lookout point and there are some vendors selling drinks and snacks on weekends too. It can get crowded on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bukit Melawati - Royal Mausoleum

There is also the Royal Mausoleum in Bukit Melawati where the 3 graves of the first 3 Sultans of Selangor are buried. I did not go in as they were closed for the day at 5pm.

Moseloum information

One last attraction up here at the Malawati Hill is the Kuala Selangor History Museum which I did not visit too. Not much of a museum fan.

Other than that, there is generally not much to do up here so many locals and some tourist will visit this place for about an hour or two. Mostly in the evenings you may see some locals walking or jogging there. The star attraction of the Melawati Hill is actually the Silver Leafed Monkeys that loiter around the area seeking food from the visitors.

Silverleaf Monkeys

So my next blog will be about this strange Silverleaf monkeys that make Bukit Melawati their home where hanging around at the right times will get them free food. What an easy life!

General Information

Driving to Bukit Malwati Hill
To Self Drive there - Head to Sri Damanara or Sungai Buloh road.

From KL city, head to Jalan Kuching, turn off at Jalan Ipoh/Kepong turning and keep left. Passing Jinjang, Kepong then Sri Damansara. Head towards Sungai Buloh and follow Kuala Selangor.

From PJ city, head on the LDP Highway to Sri Damansara passing 1Utama, Curve, Toll, keep left to Sungai Buloh and head to Kuala Selangor.

Alternate way would be from Klang head to Kapar and then to Kuala Selangor

Best is to self drive here unless you are a tourist, there are travel agents who have packages that visit here. Inquire with your tour agent.

This place is child friendly as I see many families here with children. Great place to expose your children to nature especially the monkeys. But keep an eye on them.

If you are going to see the Fireflies at Kuala Selangor, then it would be great to stop by here for a visit. Firefiles tours start at about 7pm only.

If you are coming all the way to see this, then make additional plans like going for a seafood dinner in Kuala Selangor or Kampung Penampang village. Also, make a stop to purchase some fresh seafood or dried seafood goods from Penampang Village.

There is no entrance charge to visit the Melawati Hill.

Tram Ride Tickets on weekends:
Adults: RM 2.00
Children: RM 1.00

Opening Times: 9am to 4.30pm
But you can stay there after 4.30pm to catch the sunset.

Map to Bukit Melawati Hill

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For those looking for an interesting weekend get away from the city or those heading to see the Fire Flies at Kuala Selangor, I would highly recommend you make a stop at the Bukit Melawati Hill.


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Borneo Falcon said...

I read stories that this place is haunted

Nicole said...

Haunted by a bunch of monkeys that will horde you when they see FOOD!!!

Hey, you make the place look so clean and beautiful..hahas

Mei Teng said...

Thanks for sharing this. Have never heard of this place. Another interesting place to check out in the future.

To get there one has to drive from KL/PJ towards Klang and on to Kuala Selangor?

David Jr said...

BF, really, I must have missed that. Usually I talk to the vendors selling stuff, no mention of it.

Nicole, LOL you make it sound like I cleaned it up before photographing the place. No lah, it was quite clean when I got there.

Mei, It is, but go to check out the FireFlies at Kampung Kuantan after this place.

Actually, you take the Sri Damansara-Sungai Buloh road, from there head to Kuala Selangor. Lots of road signs along the way. I should update this in the blog too. Thanks!


Cath J said...

Nice photo.. I visit this place twice but never covered all..lol..

Thanks for sharing ^_^

haan said...

first photo is very nice!!

louisebah said...

hi David! so glad i found your blog; am thinking of paying a visit to the lighthouse!

raja zahar said...

In 1950/60 I use to live in the house now converted to museum. I was 9 years old then but I can still remember...had no friend but a faithful Alsatian dog named 'baby'. The lighthouse, cannons,head chopping block, poison well and the beautiful garden surrounding the hill was our playground. In the day time we roam all corners of the hill and chasing the silver-leaf monkey (lotong) manacing my mother's kitchen. The place back then was a 'botanical garden' with colourful flowers all over. Varieties of butterfly can be seen at its natural state. At night it was no fun for me. I had to sleep alone in the end large room. Often I cried in my blanket, afraid of the sound of the night and shadows created by the passing light from the lighthouse. There were 'stories' about the house and that disturb my mind further. There use to be a track with 100 steps at the back of the hill leading to the town. I hike up and down this step with 'baby' to the bus and to school. At that time there was no bridge but a tug-boat ferry. The public had to wait and queue and this contribute to the 'happening' in town. Bukit Melawati then, was an attraction not only because of its fence less beautiful garden but also because of its Government Rest house that served delicious and quality Western and Chinese food. Service was then like 5 star rating because its customers were mostly VIPs. If the local authorities then can put Bkt Melawati as 'THE' attraction, why not now?

Durango said...

Its not all of the cannons is dutch.Some of them is Malay cannons including the Penggawa Cannon.

balqisfz said...

every time i go to my grandparent's house at kuala selangor, we will visit this place. again & again :)