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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.