Formed out of 400 million year limestone, the caves are also a Hindu religious site dedicated to the Hindu Lord Murugan. The largest cave is accessed via a flight of 272 stairs besides a 42m golden statute of Lord Murugan at the entrance.
Be sure to catch the silver-leaf monkeys and their bright orange babies, or hike around the Melawati fort and count the cannons partially overgrown by bushes, or visit the Royal Mausoleum (Makam Diraja). A hidden gem with lots to see, make sure you take a firefly boat ride in the evening to cap a beautiful day out!
One of the best places to hike up for a sunrise, this grassy hill is a short 400m upward climb that will take around an hour, but leave you panting from exertion. Climb up the hill and marvel at the rolling hills surrounding Bukit Broga.
Jugra Hill (Bukit Jugra)
In the end of the 19th Century, Bukit Jugra was the royal capital of the state of Selangor. With its well-preserved buildings, get a glimpse of the grandeur of times past. Indulge in outdoor activities here such as paragliding and drift triking or hike around the reserved forest to see the Straits of Malacca.
Surrounded by lush green paddy fields, this is a great place to go to get away from it all. Visit the fishing village and eat their catch fresh when they return! Or make a wish at the Sekinchan wishing tree where thousands of red ribbons hang with the dreams of others before. Does the wishing tree work? Go and try it out for yourself!
Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Explore the brackish lake system which attracts all sorts of birds, the secondary forest where macaques and silver leaf monkeys can be found, or the mangrove forest where the mud teems with crabs and mud creepers. If you are lucky, you might even spot otters and leopards!
Shah Alam Botanical Garden
The Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam is a popular agrotourism spot, presenting the Malaysian agrarian lifestyle in a natural setting. With an animal park where you can see porcupines, the Air Kuning Dam where you can try out fly-fishing, paddy fields you can roam around, and even kayak down the lake, this is a place to relax and learn about the nature that surrounds us.
A great place to get your nature fix, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia has several trekking routes and campsites for you to fully immerse in the wild! If you’re not that adventurous, take a stroll down the Botanic Gardens and learn about botany, horticulture, and landscaping. Alternatively, watch up to 182 different species of birds fly by in a natural habitat.
Shah Alam Lake Gardens
The Taman Tasik Shah Alam serves as a green lung for the city. Rent a kayak or boat and paddle around the lake, while chirping birds drown out the sounds of the city. Don’t miss the floating seafood restaurant at the central lake to satisfy your craving for local food!
Klang Gates Quartz Ridge
Also known by locals as the Dragon Back Ridge, the Klang Gates Quartz ridge is the largest dike of pure quartz in the world. Enjoy looking at it from afar, or enjoy nature as you trek up to the top. Don’t forget to soak in and experience the views of the city from the top.
Bagan Lalang Coastal Beach
Possibly the best beach in Selangor, surround yourself with tiny crabs on the muddy flats at the Bagan Lalang Beach, situated along the Southwestern coastline of Malaysia. If you like, you can stay in a luxurious sea villa built on stilts, over the Straits of Malacca.
Carey Island / Mah Meri Cultural Village
Located on Pulau Carey island, the Mah Meri Cultural Village packs a whole day of activities for you to learn about their unique culture. From leaf origami to wood-carving, you can even try on Mah Meri traditional costumes to get a feel of how the indiginous people lived, and even participate in a traditional wedding ceremony!
Sungai Chiling (Chiling Waterfall)
Branded as Selangor’s most impressive waterfall, wade across the Chiling River 5 times before you see the series of 3 falls pour into the pool below. Stop for a picnic there to enjoy the view, and don’t forget to look out for the Raja Brooke Birdwing butterflies and other interesting flora and fauna.
Sepang International Circuit
Speed fanatics will want to stop by here to get on the racetrack. Learn how Formula 1 races are managed, and get your picture taken where race legends celebrate their victories! If you have a feel for all things vintage, visit the automobile museum and see collections of cars that date all the way back to 1904.