Kota Tinggi is a small town in the state
of Johor of Malaysia, located around 42 kilometers north-east
of Johor Bahru, on the road to Mersing. Kota Tinggi can also
be reached by ferry from Changi terminal in Singapore where
tourists need to pass through the immigration check point
at Tanjung Belungkur ferry terminal before their arrival.
Kota Tinggi is also the name of the district where the town
Kuala Sedili, a small fishing town located
37 km north-east of Kota Tinggi town is the second largest
fishing port in east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Kota Tinggi is also known as a historical
town because the Sultanate of Johor was established here.
Many historical tombs are found here including the famous
Makam Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Dijulang (the tomb of the last
sultan of the Malaccan Sultanate line) and Makam Tauhid in
Kampung Makam. Makam Laksamana Bentan and Makam Bendahara
Tun Habib Abdul Majid are located in Kampung Kelantan.
The town itself is of little interest, but the waterfalls
at Lombong, located 15 kilometers north-west of town are popular
The waterfalls are 36 meters high, and are
located at the base of the 634 meter high Gunung Muntahak
mountain. The cool river water drains through a series of
shallow pools ideal for swimming. The natural beauty of some
parts of the location has somewhat been spoiled by resort
development with artificial landscaping.
There are also many beaches along the coastal
part of Kota Tinggi. The most popular beaches are Tanjung
Balau, Desaru and Batu Layar ('sail rock'), which are 58 km,
55 km, and 62 km from Kota Tinggi town respectively. Chalets
and hotels offering reasonable rates can easily be found along
Teluk Sengat, located 25 km east of Kota
Tinggi town is the popular seafood village among tourists,
especially those from Singapore.