Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor 19 September 2010

Sunday 9am
It was an impromptu trip when I stumbled upon a blog on Sunday 1am, where it mentioned about Silver Leaf monkeys at this hill top which are friendly towards human. En has been asking where and when she can pat monkey, after being stopped numerous times from touching the long tail macaques which can be aggresive and violent.

Approx 50 mins drive to Bukit Melawati from Sg Buloh. At Kuala Selangor, look for Bukit Melawati /Taman Alam signage.
On weekends, you can't drive your vehicle up the hill. Going up the hill can be done by taking the tram ride (RM3 for adult & RM1 for child above 4) or walking. The tram ticket booth is located at the foot hill, right beside the "Selamat Datang Ke Bukit Malawati" arch.
We walked and it took 15-20minues to reach the top. There are lots of long tail macaques roaming around the area after the Royal Mausoleum.
Left - Lots of angsana fruits. We bought some long beans to feed the monkeys from this uncle, where he shared his experience and knowlege on the Silver Leaf monkey. One bunch of long beans is RM1. And when we bought the second time, he gave us three bunches for RM1. Uncle said "The lion and cobra statues will keep away the monkeys from snatching his beans"

There she is, finally got up close with the langurs. :)

Hui observed for a while on daddy's shoulder. When she deemed it's safe, she joined in.  
Hui and the langur. :) 
Left -The infant is orange in colour, being held tightly by dear mom :)  Right- The monkeys would keep taking the long beans despite that its hand is full!  There are two groups of Silver Leaf monkeys and they are territorial among themselves.

Altingsburg lighthouse. You will find two museums on the hill top, Kuala Selangor District Historical Museum and Traditional Art and Games Museum.

When we asked a tram passenger, where we can purchase a ticket to go downhill, she said " It is the same ticket she bought when she came up". As we walked uphill, we didn't have any tickets. We hopped on board anyway. The tram went down and it went on to Galeri Ikan Air Tawar which is about 500m from the foot hill. We hopped out. This gallery displays variety of fresh water fishes, birds, porcupine and an iguana. There is also a gallery on traditional and modern fish traps. Taman Alam is situated next to this place.

On board the outgoing-tram, I saw a placard at the gallery main gate, with the entrance fees info where adult is charged at RM2 and child RM1. No one on board pay for the fees as the tram would just zoomed past the entrance in and out! The tram stopped at the foot hill and we drove to the nearby Pasir Penambang fishing village. 

Right photo- enhui with their so-called flying dragon (toilet paper).

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