The Climb at Batu Caves


We ventured our last day in Kuala Lumpur by acquiring a privately organized trip around the city. Taking the cabs and the train can be cheaper but considering again the kids, it's more convenient to have a private van. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the road trip!

At 9am our driver (which was also our tour guide) picked us up at the hotel and we went straight to the district of Gombak (which was claimed to be part of Selangor) to visit Batu Caves which is 8 miles north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From the main city, it took us about 25-30 minutes to reach the place.

Batu Caves is an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Malaysia. A Hindu temple and shrine outside of India which is dedicated to the Lord Murugan. Inside the caves are the biggest blast of limestone formations which is said to be around 400 million years old. Upon arriving at the gates of Batu Caves we were greeted by flocks of birds hovering around, some of which are being fed by tourists with bird feeds that are (I think) sold just around the area.

Behind us is the most picturesque statue of Lord Murugan standing at a remarkable height of 42.7m (140ft) and was recognized as the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world.

Ofcourse, the statue itself is not the only highlight of this tour. It's the limestone formations inside the cave that made it one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city. But you will not be able to see it without experiencing the climb!

The cave is reachable by a cardiac stress test of 272 steps. It is also a place of worship for Hindu people so expect a lot of devotees coming here every now and then. 

Near the entrance, I noticed a sign (which i forgot to take picture) about the implementation of dress codes and other rules before starting the hike. Wearing of shorts and mini skirts are prohibited inside the temple as a respect to the worship place and the religious rituals held inside the cave. However, there is a booth at the entry to provide shawls or sarees for visitors and tourists to use if they are planning to enter the temple. 

After the climb you will be welcomed by several Hindu temples filled with religious people worshipping their gods. We came here pretty early and most of the rituals happen in the morning and in the evening. We were able to witness the dedication of the Hindu people when it comes to worship and religion. An interesting place to experience their culture and stare at the shrines in every corners of the cave.

The cave is also the limelight of the Thaipusam Festival held in the month of January/February. A Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamil Community in the full moon of the Tamil Month of Thai. 

We climbed another set of stairs as we walked further inside the cave and there we saw more of the limestone formations and a lot of monkeys. We were warned by our driver to be careful with the monkeys around who can be very aggressive and viscious in some cases. But thanks God during our visit they were well-behaved.

I noticed another cave at the right before heading down which was the Dark Cave, but I didn't bother to ask nor was I interested to get in because the early climb was enough to make me feel tired and thirsty most specially the kids. A certain fee is collected and a registration is required for some spelunking gears if you wish to visit the Dark Cave. While at the mid-peak, before heading down is a breathtaking view, overlooking the whole city.

The climb at Batu Caves was an awesome experience. The little kids may not be able to appreciate it but definitely a must visit. It was an enlightening tour where you can learn much about Hinduism and how they are committed to their faith. There are also a lot of good finds that you might want to check around the areas of Batu Caves. There are cheaper iconic towers and country souvenirs available. Surely, this is one destination that you should never miss when visiting Kuala Lumpur!

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