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.

 

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.