Bukit Malawati Hill in Kuala Selangor

Kula Selangor Malawati Hill
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.

Tram at Malawati Hill
Tram ride up the hill on weekends
Bukit Malawati Hill in Kuala Selangor

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, for my visit here, I decided to walk up as it only took about 10-15 minutes to reach the top plus I needed the exercise. It would be much better to walk up as there is much to see along the way. 

Malawati Hill Traitors Graveyard
Traitors grave at Bukit Malawati Hill
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 in the Sultanate era. However, there is little information on this here. 

Bukit Malawati Outdoor Amphitheater
Outdoor Amphitheater at Bukit Malawati
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 Malawati Poison Well
The poison well at Bukit Melawati
Bukit Malawati 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.

Dutch Cannons wrapped in yellow cloth
When I was there in June 2009, the current Sultan of Selangor was undergoing an operation in the United States of America.

And because of this, 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.

Map of Bukit Malawati
Bukit Melawati map
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.


Royal Mausoleum Kuala Selangor
Bukit Malawati 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 5.00 pm.

Royal Mausoleum 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.

Bukit Melawati Silver Leaf Monkeys
Silverleaf Monkeys at Bukit Malawati
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!

Bukit Malawati General Information

Driving to Bukit Malwati Hill

  • To Self Drive there - Head to Sri Damanara or Sungai Buloh road.
  • Use Waze or Google Maps or any other GPS system.
  • There are sign boards along the main route to Kuala Selangor.
  • 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 to Bukit Malawati

  • Alternate way would be from to drive 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.
  • Use Waze or Google Maps to find Bukit Malawati.
  • 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 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.
Bukit Malawati Ticket Information
  • 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

This place is great to visit on the weekends, as a day tip before heading to see the Kuala Selangor Fireflies. Around the main area here, you can also visit the fishing village of Kuala Selangor. 

For visitors to Malaysia, the best option is to take a day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Bukit Melawati Hill in Kuala Selangor. There are many tour companies that offer this package.

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