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 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.
The 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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  • Entrance fees to the forest reserve is RM1. Long trekked up to the Cape Rachoda light house. Can't go in to the lighthouse because it is a restricted area. But can enjoyed the view from there. If...  more »
  • The lighthouse is in the Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest. Cost to enter is 1 MYR per person. The walk is quite steep but it bitumen so thongs/flips flops are not a problem. Entrance to the...  more »
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  • Place is nice. Have to do a short small hike up. Do stop by the watch tower, and walk by the side of it, there is a great view there. Do be careful when you do go into the waters at the beach. Lots of sharp rocks that you can't see.
  • A cool hiking spot, isn't too far from parking lot to the beach. Roughly a one hour's hike or less. With the towering lighthouse and that whiny radar above, to the pristine clean beaches below. Nice place to relax and chill, a great place too if you have a group to bring along. Just can't swim too far out, there's alot of reefs underneath.
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