Cape Rachado, Port Dickson

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The Cape Rachado Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Tanjung Tuan, also known as Cape Rachado, in Alor Gajah, Malacca, 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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  • August 15, 2017
    we went on a hiking trip just before sunset to try and catch that. the trails were partially tarred road and partly trekking through the jungle. The forest was gorgeous and very cool. There is a small...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Cape Rachado is a nice day/half-day trip where you get to mix a bit of hiking, beaches and views. You can reach the entrance by car or public transport then you will have to take a small hike up to th...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Tanjung Tuan is a famous spot for birders but not in January so it was a nice and quiet hike up to the Light House.lovely view but sad that the light house itself was off limits. It would be a real tr...  more »
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  • August 28, 2017
    At first I was in doubt to go to Cape Rachado because of how long the distance felt according to reviewers. It took me just 14 minutes from the RM1 entrance to the lighthouse. There are many elders walking up the lighthouse. It is hence, a very basic trek. The lighthouse is closed from entry. Difficulty level: 1.5/5 If you are thirsty, there's a lady selling drinks. To go to Batu Putih: 1. Before you reach the lighthouse, see your right side for signboard "PERHATIAN". 2. Yeah, that mud. Just climb it up. 3. Follow the track that makes sense to you. 4. For about 10 minutes, you will reach big wall of stones. 5. Climb the stones. Becareful. 6. You will reach the peak - the Malaysian flag. You may now take your yoga photo shots and post on your instagram. Beautiful sea to see. No whirlpool seen as claimed though. Difficulty level: 1/5 To go to Pulau Intan: 1. Climb the stairs heading to the lighthouse. 2. Walk straight till you see a path on your left (it is a bit secluded). 3. Follow the track. You will see migratory bird signage, rotten benches and small signage to Pulau Intan along the path. 4. The trekking will take you 20 tiring minutes and 297 stairs. 5. When you hear the beach sound, you are near. 6. Enjoy the green beach. Difficulty level: 4/5
  • February 20, 2017
    The walk is like a km from the main entrance. The view from here is quite nice. But I guess the trek down to the beach might be the best part, which unfortunately I didn't do to comment on.
  • February 21, 2017
    Really great panoramic view if you manage to get all the way to the end. There's a beautiful beach in the middle, it will be nice to pack some swim shorts and bikinis and have a great swim with clear water
  • April 21, 2017
    There is a beautiful view of sea is there.All u need is to climb a mountain.Entrance ticket is rm 1
  • April 22, 2017
    Nice and secluded. There is a secluded beach, a beautiful one

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