About 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, there is a place of worship for Hindu believers and has been a place of visit of most tourists. When in Kuala Lumpur, you might not want to miss visiting the Batu Caves, where there is a rich manifestation of culture, tradition, nature and art.
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Located at the Gombak, Selangor is a hill known historically to be a source of guano (bat feces) used as fertilizers by earlier Chinese settlers. Later on, discovered to be rich limestone by American naturalists.
Until discovered by an Indian trader to be an ideal place of worship for their Hindu deity. It was then dedicated to one of their gods, Murugan.
Batu Caves sports of the tallest standing monument of Hindu deity, Murugan, at 140 feet. The structure is located at the foothill or entrance going to the stairs leading to the caves.
Going up the caves, you have to walk up 272 steps just to get to the top where the caves are.
Just a word of caution, if you have bigger feet (say size 8 for male and above) you might find it hard to walk up and down. Since aside from being steep, each step of the stairs is a bit narrow, making it hard to make your regular steps on stairs.
Another thing, our guide, Marie of Tina Travel, told us that the monkeys roaming around Batu Cave may look cute and friendly, but she warned that sometimes some of the monkeys are aggressive nabbing bags, things from visitors as the monkeys might mistaken your things for food. So better get a good hold of your personal belongings.
Like the photo below, where I witnessed a monkey trying to get the plastic bag of one of the visitors of Batu Caves.
Once your up the mouth of the cave, you will have to go down a bit and walk up the stairs again to see the innermost part of the caves.
Malaysian Indian and Indian Singaporean usually come here to offer their prayers. Most often, you will see Hindus to be barefooted going up and down the Batu Caves. Most of them flock once every year during Thaipusam festival.
There are other caves inside Batu. Another inner cave wherein there is a smaller Murugan statue, where Hindus go to.
One thing to look forward to while inside the caves are the stalagmite and stalactite formations making odd shapes. Another thing is the cave openings that you see around the caves.
And of course, the monkeys which are just around every corner of the caves.
Once finished, you can to go down. Again, be careful to go down since the steps are both steep and narrow to walk at.
Personally, I find hard to go down fast, as of the momentum is pushing forward. It is quite hard to do that due to limited space to step on. That is why, you also have to take caution in walking up and down the Batu Caves stairs.
I personally think that there are two reasons why the steps going to the Batu Caves are a bit small. One could be that the earlier people have smaller feet, or Two, which I think more logical, is that it is part of their rituals as penance on their journey going to the Batu Caves in respect to Murugan.
When going out, it is actually a nice site. Because what will greet you is a good view of the other side of the district.
And so, I saw, I came, I walked, I conquered – the 272 steps going up, and 272 steps again, going down, the Batu Caves.
To finish off, you can try local Indian food just around the foot of the cave.
HOW TO GO TO BATU CAVES?
If you are planning to visit Batu Caves, it just minutes away from Kuala Lumpur via train.
From the KL Sentral Station there is a ride going to Batu Caves. The station itself is Batu Caves. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes of train ride and a 10 minute walk.FOLLOW MY ADVENTURES ON:
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