Cape Rachado, Port Dickson

The Cape Rachado Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Tanjung Tuan, also known as Cape Rachado, in Alor Gajah District, Melaka, Malaysia. The lighthouse is believed to be the oldest in the country, its history allegedly dating back to Portuguese rule of Malacca during the 16th century.HistoryThe early history of the lighthouse remains largely unverified, with unofficial accounts by locals tracing the lighthouse's history back to a period following the conquest of Malacca by Portugal in 1511. The Portuguese government in Malacca vested interest in the construction of a lighthouse to guide its ships through the narrow Straits of Malacca, completing the first iteration of the structure on Cape Rachado (a name given by the Portuguese, meaning "Broken Cape") in the 16th century. Possession of the lighthouse was handed over to the Dutch VOC, alongside Malacca in entirety in 1641, and a second version of the building was claimed to have been built in 1817, during temporary rule by the British under William Farquhar, seven years before Malacca's total changeover to the British in 1824.The present lighthouse was constructed in 1863, during Malacca's status as a British-ruled Straits Settlement, and remains active, as of 2008. In 1990, a second concrete tower was built next to the original lighthouse to house a MEASAT radar.
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  • Located on top of cape Rachado lies s lighthouse. Awesome view of the sea behind it. Also nearby is another summit, called Batu Putih. There is a trail under full shades of tropical forest to this sum...  more »
  • My siblings and I decided to spend a few hours of our free time to visit this place as it was the first lighthouse we could see for ourselves in Malaysia. We drove to the place which was 5 minutes fro...  more »
  • Went there in the morning, takes 15-20 min walk up to the Light House. The view up there is really worth the walk !! We did manage to see quite a numbers of eagle up there ! And my kids are really enj...  more »
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  • A good place to go hiking with your kids. You can choose either the tarmac road or a jungle track to reach the peak.
  • Postcards beautiful beach bordered by mangroves and palms. Must visit spot if you are near Port Dickson.
  • Just pay RM1 to enter the park, then spend less than 15 mins to reach the stairs to walk up to Cape Rashado Light House. The walk was moderate, suitable for kids and even elderly. The views are spectacular. Suggest to head there before sunset for a great view.
  • Amazing place for a sunset shot. A small hike is required before reaching the lighthouse. Beware of the monkeys😜
  • Nice place to spend a quite day. Get down from d hill and explore the beach. The water and beach is clean bt can be nessy sometimes after hightide throwing out algea on the shore
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