A beautiful area with numerous attractions, Bukit Melawati, or Melawati Hill, is also an important historical site that offers interesting insights into Kuala Selangor’s fascinating history.
45000, Kuala Selangor
Bukit Melawati (Melawati Hill) is a popular weekend destination for local residents of Selangor, and with good reason.
Melawati Hill is usually visited together with:
- Kuala Selangor Nature Park and Taman Ikan Air Tawar Kuala Selangor (both about 500m away); and
- Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park (±8km away).
Things to do
Private vehicles are not allowed up the hill compound 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.
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.
Kuala Selangor lighthouse
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, which is open daily from 9.30am – 5.30pm.
Tram tickets during weekends: ~RM 5 Adults, ~RM 3 Children (3-12 years).
Tram tickets may be purchased on location and includes free entry to the nearby Kuala Selangor Freshwater Fish Park.
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How to get to Bukit Melawati
Driving is the best way to get here. Make your way towards the Sungai Buloh exit from the North-South Expressway and follow the road signs towards Kuala Selangor. If you’re leaving from Klang, drive towards Kapar and head from there to Kuala Selangor. For both routes, the journey should take less than 80 minutes.
Board Selangor Omnibus number 100 from Medan Pasar bus stop (opposite HSBC) in downtown Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor. A one-way ticket costs RM9.00. Buses depart every 30 minutes from 6.30am to 7.30pm, and the journey takes about 2 hours. The last bus for the return trip from Kuala Selangor to Kuala Lumpur is at 7.00pm.
Alternatively, board the Cityliner bus from Klang Sentral for the ±49km journey to Kuala Selangor. Buses leave every 30 minutes from 6.30am to 7.30pm. A one-way ticket costs RM4.30.
The hill is approximately 1.6 kilometers from the bus station.