Kota Damansara is a township within the subdistrict of Petaling Jaya, district of Petaling, Selangor state, Malaysia. At the same time, it is also a state seat constituency that is sandwiched in between Petaling Jaya as well as Subang. Previously the whole area was a forest reserve, with Sungai Buloh Industrial Park at west, Tropicana Golf and Country Club in the south and Bandar Utama Damansara on the south-east part. Development works begin in 1992 and it was solely undertaken by the Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS), which is a development arm of the state government. At that time, the area was known as Sungai Buloh City Center. Later on, PKNS continued to develop the area jointly with private organizations or by privatisation as a whole.
By 2000, due to the rapid development as well as to play catch up with the times, the area is then renamed as Kota Damansara which is known till this day. Comprising a total size of four thousand acres of land divided into twelve sections, some 1, 500 acres out of this have been spared for housing purposes while another 1, 000 acres are used up to make a botanical garden. Kota Damansara has been a strategic location since it is close to a lot of affluent townships such as Mutiara Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Bandar Sri Damansara and much more.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via the North-South highway / E1 for immediate access to Kota Damansara. The journey could take up around 20 minutes depending on the traffic situation.
The only train providing access to Kota Damansara is the MRT Sungai Buloh line. From the centralized KL Sentral station, take a train to Pasar Seni station before swapping to the MRT coach heading to Sungai Buloh.
Opened in 1873 by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple that can be found in Kuala Lumpur area, being situated at the edge of the Chinatown. Initially used as a private shrine for the Pillai family, it began opening doors to the public in the late 1920s and eventually handed control of the temple to a board of trustees. During its inception and early days, it became an important place of worship for the early Indian settlers, while at present, it stands proud as an important cultural and national heritage. Built in South Indian style, the most prominent feature is its five-tiered gopuram or tower, being the tallest and relatively newer structure in the temple, finishing its construction in 1972.
Another interesting place to go around when visitors are in Kota Damansara is definitely the Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve, the oldest of its kind in Peninsular Malaysia. It was a part of the dysfunctional Sungai Buloh Forest which was reserved in 1898 consisting of 3, 900 acres of primary forest. Nonetheless, a subsequent development that happened afterwards has caused the forest to be rescinded of its forest reserve protection status multiple times. This and logging activities together contributed to the current state of 857 acres of secondary forest. The main attraction of the area in addition to the lush forest is the artificial lake. It was created back in 2000 due to a road building that blocked a small stream flowing through the park. This in return has introduced new species flora and fauna to accommodate to a newly created ecosystem.
Kota Darul Ehsan is a row of arches located on the Federal Route. It signifies the border between Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory and Selangor state. The construction works began from back in 1974 due to the orders of the ruler back then, Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah which intended the arch as a symbol of the Selangor state sacrifice to the federal government. The design reeks of Moorish architecture, which is similar to the Kuala Lumpur railway station.