The Melaka River has featured prominently throughout the history of the state when it was a top trading post in the world around the 15th to 16th century. Today the Melaka River is remembered for the Melaka River Cruise boat ride which offers a visitors a different glimpse of Melaka.
But there are many hidden information , though trivial, may help add to your knowledge of the Melaka River.
Here we go with the Melaka River trivia.
- The length of the Melaka River is 40km extending from the river mouth in the Straits of Melaka right up to Kampung Gadek.
- In 1933, a fisherman who was washing his net in the Melaka River caught a Siakap fish weighing 16kg. He sold it for a princely sum of $2.30.
- On December 10, 1931, a motor launch, Julie, sank in the Melaka River
- It was a local belief that the Melaka River would claim at least one life a year.
- No fishing is allowed 10 kilometres from the river mouth as the portion of the river is used for the river cruise and other tourism-related activities.
- In November 2016, thousands of dead talapia was found floating on the Melaka River. It was believed that the rush of seawater could have killed the freshwater fish which couldn’t survive the high salinity in the water.
- In 2016 parts of a Hindu temple and a structure resembling a fort believed to date back to the 13th century Majapahit empire were found along submerged in the Melaka River. Archaeologists believe it could be evidence of a submerged kingdom which existed even before Parameswara founded Melaka.
- A 450-year old crocodile stone figure, 16 feet long and 2 feet wide carved from red laterite is believed to be submerged in the Melaka River. Some people had claimed to have seen it. There are two versions of the origin of the crocodile figure.
There once was a Portuguese settlement close to the river where the villagers were often attacked by crocodiles.
One day when the king of the crocodiles climbed up the bank, the local priest blessed it and turned it into a stone. SInce then the crocodiles fled that part of the river and didn’t trouble the villagers again.
The second version is claimed to have happened during the reign of Sultan Mansor Shah. The king of the crocodiles was on the wayt to kill the chieftain of Kuala Sungai Putat when another chieftain intercepted it and killed it with his sword. The dead crocodile then turned into stone.
- The Melaka River has once enjoyed the notriety as among the dirtiest rivers in the country. Today shops, exclusive restaurants and star hotels line the banks of the river.
- A total of RM320 million has been spent to transform the Melaka River into an attractive tourism product, including beautifying the important bridges in the city,
This list will be updated from time to time, as and when new information is discovered.