Kota Tinggi, Malaysia · 4 hotels available
Kota Tinggi is a township located in district of Kota Tinggi, state of Johor, Malaysia. It is the district capital, located 42 kilometres away from the more developed Johor Bahru. Nonetheless, Kota Tinggi still owns up to its own charms, mainly due to the historical value which is exclusive to this place. This is due to the fact that Kota Tinggi is the place where the Sultanate of Johor established, as such, a lot of historical figures of the Sultanate was buried here, among them Sultan Mahmud and Bendahara Tun Habib Abdul Majid, each has their own mausoleum dedicated specifically for them.
Another point of interest for Kota Tinggi is the abundance of beaches – due to its close proximity to the sea, a lot of beaches are available along the coastal part of Kota Tinggi, among them being Tanjung Balau, Teluk Ramunia, Batu Layar and the more famously known Desaru. In the past, the district relies heavily on agriculture as their main economic activity, with products such as rubber and palm oil. In addition to that, fishery and mining are also the top economic drivers. However in recent years, the district as a whole has seen a surge in tourism and oil and gas industries as its main economic drivers. This is due to an influx of people flocking from all over the country into the newly developed Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) which consists of oil refineries, petrochemical factories, storage terminals and deep sea jetties.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive through the North-South Highway / E2 for a direct access to Kota Tinggi. The journey could take up around three hours and forty minutes depending on the current traffic situation.
The express bus terminal is located at Kota Tinggi Trade Centre which is located inside the Kota Tinggi town. Take the trip directly to Kota Tinggi from Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) terminal using express bus services such as Transnasional Express or Mayang Sari Express.
Firefly Valley Leisure Park is located 3.6 kilometres away from the Kota Tinggi town, so it is definitely worth checking out while in Kota Tinggi. Visitors will be brought to a ride on the boat across the Johor River far deep into the wilds in order to witness the beauty of the swarm of fireflies. A guide will unfold stories about the river and also lead the way to the fireflies. Upon entering the park, one needs to pay a fee of twenty ringgit for an adult and twelve ringgit for children.
Another place that should be included in the list is the Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Di Julang Mausoleum. Located just a stone’s throw away from the firefly park, this mausoleum recounts the history of the Johor Sultanate and features the tomb of Sultan Mahmud Shah II, which is the last Sultan of Johor which descended from Melaka Sultanate.
Kota Tinggi Waterfalls is another place of attraction in Kota Tinggi which is very well-known among tourists. Located 14.3 kilometres away from the town, it is situated in Lombong at the foot of Muntahak Mountain. The waterfalls has an astounding height of 36 metres and there are series of shallow pools which are ideal for swimming. Nonetheless there are certain areas which are off limits due to the high risk imposed such as the plunge pool area. Adventurers looking to conquer Muntahak Mountain can look forward to drop by this waterfall for refreshments and rest before going for the hike. Entry rate is ten ringgit for adults and five ringgit for children. Tube rentals are provided and there are also restaurants nearby.
A decent hotel situated in Jalan Tun Habab. A clean and minimalistic hotel with basic facilities such as shower and WiFi.