Masjid Tanah is a sub-district in the district of Alor Gajah, Melaka. It is about fifty minutes away from the Melaka city. This place got its name from a very old mosque that was built in the year 1800s, a mosque that was made up of tanah, or soil in English. The mosque was built by a Sheikh, that came from Gujerat. The mosque had become the focus of Muslims around the area, especially from people from the village of Kampung Tengah, Kampung Durian Daun dan several other villages. The old mosque has become a stopover for people when the new mosque that goes by the same name was built. The sub-district of Masjid Tanah is located just beside Negeri Sembilan thus most of the residents there are from Negeri Sembilan, with their unique culture of adat pepatih and also their equally distinctive accent more integrated in the daily life together compare to the Melaka’s way of life and talk.
Driving from the city centre of Melaka will take somewhere around forty minutes to reach Masjid Tanah via Lebuh AMJ.
From Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, or more commonly known as TBS, in Kuala Lumpur, there are several bus companies that have daily trips to Melaka. The busses will drop their passengers at Melaka Sentral and from there, there are busses that go to Masjid Tanah every 45 minutes from 8 in the morning, and the last bus leave at 9.30 at night. The trip from Melaka Sentral to Masjid Tanah will take an approximately two hours, with multiple stops on the way.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) has trips to Melaka, that stops at the Pulau Sebang/Tampin Railway station, just half an hour away from Masjid Tanah.
This planetarium in Melaka is located just about nine kilometres from Masjid Tanah, and by the complex is by the beach. It is built in stages, from the year 2002 with only an observatory, before followed by the planetarium in 2005 and finally, the training centre is erected three years after. The astronomy complex is filled with varieties of exciting activities especially in the Observatory and the Planetarium. The entrance fee is only RM 1 per person, such a low price despite the astronomical cost of building and maintaining the complex. The visitors can experience the Night Sky Observation; watching the dark sky, looking for stars with telescopes they have. In the planetarium, there are 3D movies being shown to visitors which will require an additional payment of RM 1 to RM3 per ticket.
Sungai Udang Recreational Forest is located in Sungai Udang, just ten minutes away from Masjid Tanah inside the Sungai Udang Forest Reserve which has a size of 335 hectares. The recreational forest is established back in June 2005, from the idea of Melaka Chief Minister at that time. The recreational forest is open to public to kick back and relax, surrounded by lush greenery and small birds, with fresh air. The park is equipped with an exercise area, a camping ground, a multipurpose hall and of course, a small surau. This place is perfect to have your daily exercise routines, camping and definitely, jungle trekking while enjoying the flora and faunas that can be found there.
It is a budget hotel located less than thirty kilometres away from Masjid Tanah, near the Melaka International Trade Centre. It is one of the cheapest hotels you can find in the state of Melaka and despite its low-priced, this hotel does not disappoint in terms of services, comfort and cleanliness. It has received great reviews from previous patrons, all loving the place. The inn is also close to some attractions in Melaka such as the Melaka Zoo, and Bukit China. The room there starts at RM 67 a night for a standard room that comes with a complimentary Wi-Fi connection.