Friday, June 5, 2009

Batu Caves

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia resides in the outskirts of the city. You may have to take a taxi cab on this one to go there. The bigger problem is in getting back to the city. Be prepared for corrupt taxi cab drivers to charge you a whopping 40RM fare going back to, say, KLCC. Anyway, you will know when you have reached the area because of a tall and large gold colored Hindu shrine deity of Murugan, which is said to be the tallest in the world. Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district and 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.

Going up to the caves is no easy task, especially during hot weather. You need to walk up to almost 300 steps before you reach the top. I did not expect this one so I was pretty soaked once I got up there and I did not even bring a hanky with me. I also almost got a flu because of the hot weather outside the Batu Caves and the cold temperature in my hotel room when we went back. Make sure you bring extra clothes, handkerchiefs, towels and umbrellas because even though the weather will not be hot, you will still perspire because of the numerous number of steps going up to the caves.

Along the way, you will find a lot of Cynomolgus Monkeys, sometimes eating things given by tourists (not a good idea to feed them directly, you can leave the food on the ground and normally they pick it up). Be careful though. Just because the monkeys are not on a leash does not mean they are safe. If you plan to have photos with them, just do not get too near with any of them to be safe.

Batu Caves is a good place to visit. You can find cave temples within the caves once you reach the top and the ground is pretty much cemented for tourists to walk along with ease. I recommend this tourist attraction for would be goers to Malaysia. You can view more photos of our time in Batu Caves here.

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