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Cape Rachado or <b>Tanjung Tuan</b> in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan <b>...</b>

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 12:08 AM PST

I found this place by chance when we had a family gathering at PNB Ilham Resort  in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. The entrance to the site is just a stone's throw away from the resort. The pillars at each side of the entrance are so big and tall that it's almost impossible not to notice.

Even though it's so near to the hotel, where the address is in Negeri Sembilan, Tanjung Tuan or Cape Rachado is actually belong to the neighboring state's territory – Melaka. A quick check on Google found out that it is actually an exclave of Melaka surrounded by Negeri Sembilan territory.

A little bit of history:
the coastal area off the cape is famous as the naval battle site of Cape Rachado in 1606. After Portugal conquered Melaka in 1511, the Portuguese wanted to build a lighthouse to guide its ships. The cape was chosen and it was named 'Cape Rachado. Subsequently, a lighthouse was built between 1528 and 1529. As Melaka switched hands to the Dutch and later to the British in 1641 and 1824 respectively, so too did the possession of the structure.

In the modern day, the area has been gazetted as a wildlife sanctuary. Even though the whole area is more than 70 hectares wide consisting the green forest reserve, the highlight of the place is of course the prominent structure of the lighthouse at the top of the hill. Tanjung Tuan or Cape Rachado is a strategic place for bird watching activities especially during the annual bird migrating season. It is well known among the bird watching fraternity as a stopover point for thousands of migratory birds from nothern to southern hemisphere especially Honey Buzzard species. Other bird species include Swifts, Hawks and Eagles. The migrating season is between September and March every year.

Here are some of the pictures taken during my short walk in the morning to Tanjung Tuan Recreational Park:

tanjung tuan entrance

The entrance. Entrance fee is only RM1

tanjung tuan trekking

Visitors walking up to the top of the hill

tanjung tuan trekking route

One of the trekking route to the bird watching spots

tanjung tuan stairs

A well-designed concrete steps to the top where the lighthouse is standing

tanjung tuan lighthouse

The lighthouse is gated with high concrete walls

Standing tall. A few centuries-old structure still intact and preserved

Standing tall. A centuries-old structure still intact and preserved. It's always amaze me to be standing at historical sites, knowing these are the same places where people from a few centuries ago were standing, walking or chatting

tanjung tuan

A narrow path around the concrete walls surrounding the lighthouse structure. There's no fences here. A lack of concentration can get you slip down the slope

tanjung tuan sea view

Straits of Malacca – A breathtaking sea view from the lighthouse structure

tanjung tuan wooden platform

One of the wooden platforms provided for bird watching activity

tanjung tuan rest area

Wooden benches and tables can be found along the trek for bird watchers to stop and relax amid the fresh air in the forest. The seasonal bird watching activity had turned this place into an abundant site during off-season. In fact, I was the only human being trekking down this path at the time

tanjung tuan fallen trees

Fallen and rotten trees on the forest floor, still wet from the previous night's rain

tanjung tuan collage

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