Melawati Hill / Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor
Melawati Hill is located in the coastal town of Kuala Selangor, a 30-minute
drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the late 18th Century, the second Sultan of Selangor
had a fortress constructed on Melawati Hill to protect the state from
The hill provided a vantage point to monitor ships in the Straits of Malacca. Even with a strategic hold, the Melawati Fort yielded to the Dutch cannons.
It was again destroyed during the Selangor Civil War, when warring factions
fought for tin-rich lands. All that remains of the fort now are its cannons, its
original foundation stones and fabled execution block. The landscaped hill
offers a panoramic view of the Selangor coastline.
Visitors will be delighted to watch the free-roaming Silverleaf Monkeys in the area. The adults are dark-haired with a tinge of silver, while the young ones are a bright orange. Gentle and adorable, they graciously wait for bread or fruits from visitors, unlike the mischievous Long Tail Macaques.
Other attractions here are a lighthouse, a royal mausoleum and a quaint rest house.