"Historic sites and nature of Bukit Melawati" Malaysia Things to Do Tip by Faiza-Ifrah

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The tourist attractions on the west coast of the state of Selangor are the town of Kuala Selangor and the hill of Bukit Melawati. Since it is located about 100 kms from Kuala Lumpur, it could not have escaped our attention. The drive itself was very pleasant on a winding road through palm oil plantations with many roadside Indian localities.

Once at Bukit Melawati, the most recognizable of all its landmarks was the elegant lighthouse with a history that spans more than 100 years (picture). Standing at the roadside or on a specially constructed corner platform, one can take pleasure in the panoramic view of the Straits of Malacca and over 250 hectare of mangrove swamp lands. The roadside vendors would craft wooden artifacts for you on site and we had several carved out in a jiffy.

Bukit Melawati is a favourite natural habitat of the silver-leaf monkeys, the cutest and most friendliest of monkeys we have ever seen in our lives. Soon a pack of Silver-Leaf Monkeys gathered around us expecting goodies. They were not disappointed. A mother with a reddish baby gained our special attention, but she was quite wary.

Shady hundred-year old trees and curiously shaped stones adorn Bukit Melawati. Two historic 18th century fortresses are located on the hill top from where the ancient Sultans of Malay might have put up fierce resistance to invading armadas of sea-faring nations. But the history tells that finally their resistance was broken. The larger of the two fortresses is now the royal mausoleum, where three previous Sultans of Selangor were buried.

Reportedly, at the foot of the hill, behind the Kuala Selangor Post Office, lies a well. A source of water for the residents Kuala Selangor. There used to be 7 wells here, giving the name Tujuh Telaga (Seven Wells). Unfortunately, we were tired and did not visit that site.

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  • Updated May 16, 2004
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