Kota Marudu

Kota Marudu Town
Pekan Kota Marudu
District Capital
Kota Marudu town centre.
Coordinates: 6°29′23″N 116°44′10″E / 6.48972°N 116.73611°E / 6.48972; 116.73611Coordinates: 6°29′23″N 116°44′10″E / 6.48972°N 116.73611°E / 6.48972; 116.73611
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah
Division Kudat
District Kota Marudu
Population (2010)
  Total 8,716

Kota Marudu (Malay: Pekan Kota Marudu) is the capital of the Kota Marudu District in the Kudat Division of Sabah, Malaysia. Its population was estimated to be around 8,716 in 2010.[1] It is located 130 kilometres north of the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, along the federal highway linking Kota Kinabalu with the town of Kudat, near the northern tip of Borneo.

Places of interest in Kota Marudu include Sorinsim Waterfall, located 40 kilometres from the main town, and Sagabon Park, an agriculture research station on Buyut Lake. Kota Marudu also boasts Southeast Asia's largest solar power station. The town celebrates an annual Maize Festival in honour of the agricultural product's contribution to the district's socio-economic development. The line-up of activities includes a variety of exhibitions, competitions, traditional sports and a beauty pageant.


Kota Marudu is appeared on map of borneo by Johannes Cloppenburgh (circa 1632)[2] with name of "Marudo". It also referred as "Malloodoo" in others old maps.


In some other old map it also refer as Bandau. According to the legend, Bandau is a derivative of the word 'Mondou' from the Rungus dialect which means "the head (leader) of all the beasts". Mondou was once believed to have been found by Aki Rungsud in the area along the Bandau River. The town was renamed 'Kota Marudu' after a fort (kota) built by local warrior named Sharif Usman at Marudu Bay to protect the area from the British North Borneo colonial authorities, where he was considered by the latter as a pirate.[3]


  1. "Population by ethnic group, Local Authority area and state, Malaysia" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. "Antique Map of Borneo".
  3. "Latar Belakang Daerah" (in Malay). Kota Marudu District Office. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.

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