Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, and Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital, lie within the bounds of the state, further enhancing the touristic appeal of Selangor.
The magnificent Kota Darul Ehsan Arch along the Federal Highway welcomes visitors driving into the state. This Moorish-styled arch is the state's most distinguishing landmark, erected to mark the ceding of Kuala Lumpur to the Federal Government in 1974.
Selangor dazzles with a fascinating variety of attractions. Its flourishing urban centres, such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Sunway and the royal town of Klang abound with modern facilities, from excellent healthcare institutions, international colleges to huge shopping malls and recreational centres.
Shah Alam, Selangor's capital, has the distinction of being a well-planned township which harmonizes nature with modernity. Here, residential areas and commercial centres are set amidst lush landscapes and a sprawling lake.
Away from the urban centres, refreshing scenes of rural villages and serene coastlines begin to unfurl. This exciting state is also the venue of world-class sporting events such as the Formula One Grand Prix and F1 Powerboat World Championship.
History-lovers will be enchanted by Selangor's colourful past, rich with the glorious days of its tin mining industry and the splendour of its royal household.
Showcasing a wealth of attractions such as diverse cultures, unique places of interest, historical landmarks and sumptuous culinary delights, Selangor is indeed a never-ending discovery.
Agricultural Park (Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya)
Malaysian Agricultural Park , the only agro-forestry park around, is located in Shah Alam and the rain forest spans up to 1290 hectre. The park is unique because
People come here to either explore, or for recreation. One of the many reasons to why the park is visited by many is because of the many activities that is in store for the visitors. Services provided are live demonstrations, cultural exhibits, accomodation, permanent displays and descriptions, and activities for educational purposes.
Families and friends come her to relax, or to enjoy a picnic.
How to get there
Own Transport : From Kuala Lumpur or Klang, take the exit on the Federal Highway to Shah Alam town and follow the road signs to the park.
Operating hours :
Tues thru Sun : 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
( Closed on Mondays, except on public and school holidays)
Taman Pertanian Malaysia
Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam,
40000 Shah Alam,
Tel : (603) - 5510 6922 / 5510 6923
Fax: (603) - 5510 0922
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.
Other attractions here are a lighthouse, a royal mausoleum and a quaint rest house.
Located in a limestone outcropping 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Selangor.
This famous destination draws people from all over the world during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. It consists of three big caves, including the main temple-cave which features ornate Hindu shrines.
Northwest of Morib, across the sea from Port Klang, is Pulau Carey (Carey Island). Comprised largely of oil palm estates owned by Golden Hope Plantation, the island is also home to the Mah Meri, an aboriginal tribe renowned for their traditional woodcarvings, depicting their ancestral spirits or 'moyang'.
The tribe has kept the legends of their ancestors alive through these figurines and stories told to any willing listeners.
Visitors wishing to tour the vast oil palm estates on the island must obtain prior permission from the relevant authorities.
Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Teluk Panglima Garang on the Kelang-Banting road. From Teluk Panglima Garang, a narrow road takes you past rustic Malay villages to Pulau Carey. A bridge links the mainland to the island. The entire drive takes approximately 11/2 hours