Kuala Selangor is a district in the state of Selangor. A small town that was once conquered by the Dutch in the year 1784, during their invasion of the state. Kuala Selangor was the old royal capital of Selangor before it moved to Klang, just an hour away. The district still keeps its traditional vibes and the ‘kampung’ atmosphere, giving the tourists to the place somewhat authentic feel to this small fishing village. Some of the areas in the district have already turned into an agriculture forests, palm oil farms and also paddy fields.
Kuala Selangor is just one hour away from Kuala Lumpur, and it is accessible via the North-South highway and take the exit to Sungai Buloh. From there, just follow the signboards towards Kuala Selangor, which is only about 16 kilometres away.
Go to Medan Pasar Bus Hub, just 100 meters from the Central Market in Kuala Lumpur to catch a bus to go to Kuala Selangor. The trip will take approximately two hours to reach the bus station in Bandar Melawati, Kuala Selangor. The fare for one way will cost RM9.00
Though it is possible to take a taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor, the trip will cost a bit high as the taxi most probably cannot take any passengers to go back to Kuala Lumpur. On average, the trip will cost somewhere around RM80 but negotiate is possible.
One of the major attractions in Kuala Selangor is definitely the fireflies and in Kampung Kuantan, that is the best place to enjoy it. Kampung Kuantan is just twelve minutes away for about eight kilometres from the town centre of Kuala Selangor. At Kampung Kuantan, there is no entry fee however, the visitors are required to pay for a boat ride to cross the river, which is about RM50 per boat that can fit four people. The first boat will leave the jetty at 7.30 pm, and the last one at 10.30pm. In the view, it is advised not to use flashlights to take any pictures. A long queue is expected during public holidays and weekend; thus it is recommended to come early to secure a parking space. There is a gift shop and a great information centre in Kampung Kuantan for the visitors to get more on the fireflies.
Bukit Melawati is one of the historical places in Kuala Selangor. Back in the late 18th century to the early 19th century, the place was the administrative centre for the Selangor Sultanate. There was once a heavily fortified fort on the summit, built during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim in the year 1782 to 1826 to fight against the Dutch. Here in Bukit Melawati, relics and artefacts of the past are abundant, including parts of the protective walls of the fort, the palace ground, some of the royal graves, a flat stone that was used to behead offenders and several canons that were used back in those days. Bukit Melawati has been designated as a historical monument and site in the year 1977.
Located just eleven minutes away from the centre of Kuala Selangor, this is one of the famous temples in the country. It is built on Bukit Rotan, with complex architectural details and also intricate designs covering almost the whole temple. It is also the only temple in the world that has all the manifestations of the 51 Shaktis are installed. The Sri Shakti Temple in Kuala Selangor is definitely one of the best Hindu and Indian architectural excellence in Malaysia. There is no entrance fee for visitors and the place is open every single day. In the evening, the daily prayers start at 7 pm.