Malawati Hill is a popular weekend destination for local residents of Selangor, and with good reason.
Malawati 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 (±6km away).
Private vehicles are not allowed up the hill 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.
Kuala Selangor eventually fell to the Dutch in 1784, who reinforced the fort with cannons and renamed it Fort Altingburg after Willem Arnold Alting, the 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.
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 took over 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.
The endangered Silvered Leaf Monkey (Silvery Lutung) can be found in abundance around the hill. While most are relatively tame and will feed out of your hand, do be mindful of your personal belongings.
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 (closed on Mondays).