Cape Rachado Lighthouse|Melaka|Malaysia

Interesting Places In Malaysia

The Cape Rachado Lighthouse (Malay: Rumah Api Tanjung Tuan) is a lighthouse located in Tanjung Tuan, also known as Cape Rachado, in Melaka, Malaysia. The lighthouse is believed to be the oldest in the country, its history allegedly dating back to Portuguese rule of Melaka during the 16th century.But the lighthouse is no longer just a vantage point to view trade or enemy ships sailing close to the coast. It now houses a revolving MEASAT Radar used for transmissions and communications.

To get to the top of the lighthouse, you must ascend a beautiful but narrow, spiral staircase with 72 steps. A stone staircase behind the lighthouse also makes access to the lighthouse easier. Once on top, you can enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree view of the coastline as well as the woodlands of the mainland.

Less than 40km away across the Straits of Melaka lies Sumatera. So on a clear day, you will be able to see the outline of the Sumatran coast in the distance, from the top of the lighthouse. Cape Rachado is also a strategic place for birdwatching, especially during the annual migration season which takes place roughly around September through October and March through April. Permit to enter the lighthouse can be acquired from the Harbour Master's Office in Melaka.

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