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Batu Caves, Gombak district Selangor state - Malaysia
Batu Cavesis a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.
How do I get there: it is easily accessible now via KTM Komuter a railway system in Malaysia that offers a direct ride from the KL Sentral terminal to the hills of Batu Caves, the government funded around 515 million ringgit to extend the Sentul station to Batu Caves for easier accession of the tourists. From the station itself you just need to walk a couple of minutes till you reach the west gates of the caves.
What is there to see: Series of caves made from limestone which has been turned into a religious site by Hindu people lots of statues, monkeys and pigeons flocking everywhere.
What should I not miss: experiencing the strong religious vibe of the place which plays a very important to most of the Indian-Malaysian descent that goes to the caves to say their prayers.
It has been our third day in Kuala Lumpur and the city still doesn’t give me chills at all yes it has a magnificent skyline, lots of culture, cheap finds, and all but really it lacks something that triggers my attention to finally put an awesome stamp on it. So I decided why not visit Batu Caves my friend from Czech Republic recommended it to me, she said that when I get so frustrated and bored with the busy Kuala Lumpur try to get a scent of relief from this site and just sink in on its very rich culture. Entrance to the main cave is free-of-charge but you would be welcomed by huge tanks of donation boxes so carry on any amount will do. :)
We woke up around 7 and made our way from the KLCC mrt terminal to the grand KL Sentral terminal which is the hub of all railway transportation lines in Kuala Lumpur, we then transferred to the KTM Komuter line which will directly bring you to Batu Caves, which is the last station of the said terminal. It would cost your around 3.50 RM (two-way) as you are obliged to pay more coming back from you visit. The train ride also gives you a great hindsight of the suburbs of the city on your way to the Selangor district where the caves are located, pretty much you will see the still under construction sites of housing and some depressed areas of Kuala Lumpur.
The site would welcome you with its famous golden statue and colorful Hindu statues of its temples, going down from the train you could easily sense the richness of history and culture the people brought into it when building it there is so much passion and hard work involved that walking over it is already a privilege and can be listed in your once-in-a-lifetime opportunities granted. I am really happy to take my friend’s advice it was really a sigh of relief from everything, well…. not until I started climbing up the stairs behind me.
Aside from the statues the Fauna will also come in your way (which is just composed mainly of pigeons, monkeys, and bats haha) it is a good thing to play with the birds if you have some handy biscuits over your bag but to the point of not playing with the monkeys as they may steal your stuffs away like what happened to the Korean lady in front of us, her shades and scarf has been stolen. Even the authorities could not do anything since harming the monkeys to forcefully get the items is a criminal offense.
Chasing the birds was a good prelude on whats going to happen next, a grueling 272 steps as far as my mathematics are right, that would lead you the the main entrance of the caves. I still cannot stop smiling when i was ready to pass out because of the tough climb when I saw an old Chinese lady on her 60’s making her way up like a pro. I instantly held my head up high look at my friend, smile, and continue on stepping up the stairs of course I would not let her pass me on this hahahaha I am so youthful I had almost died, eaten away by my pride the view that will welcome you is priceless :)
Nothing much to say, just see over the pictures, and by the way! look! more stairs. Hell yeah! :)))
Pay a visit over the Lord Murungan Temple located at the far-end of the cave, donate 10 ringgits and you will be handed down with candles, flowers, and incense plus good facepaint and a prayers for your wishes to come true. So here is how its goes, You will pay over the RM 10 to the man at the desk on which he will hand you over the three things I mentioned he will now direct you over the man in the thmple who will do some king of ritual after you say over your prayers and wishes paints you with the ash and red paint over your forehead and leads on on your way down to the temple where you have to burn over the incense, sound pretty simple right? I m really hoping though the the Hindu Gods will come and conspire to give me my wish :)
Calling the cave caretakers please address this very underwhelming issue of Garbage control, yes the site is truly magnificent but proper wastes disposal is also key to its sustainability, and to all the visitors let us help the cave as well take nothing but pictures, and memories and leave nothing but footprints, so we can all go forth harmoniously.
They also offer some kind of tour where in you will be taken to a different cave perspective the more natural on without the cemented floors and Hindu statues, too bad we have a limited time and the doors are still not open that time of the day.
Much has been done for a short period of time, I highly recommend paying a visit at Batu Caves when your feet lands you to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, if you are a wandering soul and appreciates simple things I am sure it would exceed your expectations, a breath of fresh air over the striving cityscape it is truly one of Malaysia’s cultural gems.