Kuala Selangor – Melawati Hill and Firefly

Kuala Selangor – Bukit Malawati and Firefly Jetty

6th January 2007

I had this short trip back to last month, first trip in year 2k7.

Started at 3.15pm from Cyberjaya after work to Sg. Buloh to meet the rest at 4pm.

Kuala Selangor is an only place in this region where you can witness the sight of millions of fireflies flashing in synchrony, often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the world”.

If you comes from far, you can look for an accommodation here, Selangor Hotels.

We had five cars with 15 peoples in this trip.

Since firefly sight can be only seen at night, we visit Bukit Malawati first. It takes us 1 hour plus to reach there using old road from Kepong.

I followed J1ann Hue1 whom driving Sentra. He is very funny one, talking with him is always end of laughter. Haha.

A direction board tell us how big is the Malawati Hill is. It’s just a big round before you reach back where you entered. At the moment, nobody around there except us. Look scary. LOL.

The train ride is only RM2.

A nice landscape when we’re at the entrance.

Walk around, don’t know what to say.

Perigi Beracun (Poisoned Well).

Big cannon on display. It’s real one but long time no use, so used for display only. Don’t think it’s workable. Ha.

A short history about the Hill.

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 intruders.

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.

Today, there is a tram car service that takes you to the top. In the vicinity is a royal mausoleum where past Selangor sultans were buried. Other attractions here are a lighthouse, a royal mausoleum and a quaint rest house.

Golden monkey.

Entrance to Firefly Nature Park.

You will be taken on a boat ride along the Selangor River where the fireflies inhibit around the branches of the “Berembang” trees along the riverbank.

Here, up to thousands of fireflies may group together on a tree, these fireflies begin flashing something akin to what glowworms do but at a rate of three flashes per second. In doing so, a fascinating spectacle similar to Christmas tree lights is created.

The fee is RM10 per person.

During 30 minutes ride, we’re not allowed to use camera flash, but in fact, we failed to snap any pix there. The light of firefly only visible to our eyes but not to camera lens. Haiz.

A group picture has been snapped for memory… 🙂

Finally, we’re having a very nice and cheap seafood dinner; only RM27 per person.