Taman Melawati is an affluent township within the subdistrict of Ulu Kelang, district of Gombak, Selangor state, Malaysia. It is located alongside Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 and linked to the city center via via Jalan Ampang, Ampang–Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway and Genting Klang–Pahang Highway. Previously the whole area was a rubber and oil palm plantation before being developed as the township it is currently. Taman Melawati together with Ulu Kelang is administered by Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, however what makes Taman Melawati unique is it is the only town in the Ulu Kelang area that has its postcode falling under Kuala Lumpur’s postcode. Taman Melawati is also one of the busiest towns in Ulu Kelang, being a trade center that houses a lot of companies. This is further proven by the opening of an upscale mall which is jointly developed by Sime Darby and CapitaLand. Named as Melawati Mall, it is an eight story shopping complex with a massive 620,000 square feet of retail space that has opened its doors to public since July 2017.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via the E9 and Middle Ring Road 2 for immediate access to Taman Melawati. The journey could take up around 20 minutes depending on the current traffic situation.
The train lines providing access to Taman Melawati are the Sentul Timur LRT line which stops at Titiwangsa station and Gombak LRT line which stops at Sri Rampai station. From the centralized KL Sentral station, take a train according to either one of these lines and make a stop at the mentioned stations before opting for bus, taxi or alternative transport services to go around the area.
Initially started off as a mini-zoo which was run by Malayan Agri-Horticultural Association (MAHA) in 1957, the idea of a proper zoo is accepted warmly. This leads to the national zoo being opened officially in 14th of November 1963 by the first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. Managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, the zoo is located on a 110 acres of land, being home to 5137 animals of 459 different species. The zoo was initially covered by thick vegetation till an economic boom in Kuala Lumpur triggered rapid development works to proceed in the area. In the early 2000s, there have been suggestions to move the zoo but it was received negatively by the public, causing an intervention by the state government to prevent the efforts. In present, it is an open concept zoo with 16 exhibits of the multitude of animals as well as acting a conservation center for endangered animals and education center for the public.
Another interesting place for go around when visitors are in Taman Melawati is definitely the Bukit Tabur Retreat, which can be seen from afar when one travels through the Middle Ring Road 2. Also known as Bukit Hangus among the locals, it is a part of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge. At a height less than 500 metres, the hill is divided into eastern and western section with reference to the dam and offers a panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur city from the top. While the western trail is much more familiar to hikers, visitors are advised to be careful with the eastern trail since some unfamiliarity and recklessness can be a fatal mishap.
Located 20 minutes away from Taman Melawati, Batu Caves is a limestone hill that houses a series of caves and cave temples. The caves in this hill houses some of the most popular Hindu temples that are located outside India. In addition to that, Batu Caves is also a center for rock climbing development in the country for 10 years with a total of 160 climbing routes. There are also other undeveloped caves around which would be good for sightseeing.