BATU CAVES - KUALA LUMPUR

May 19, 2015

Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer

Malaysia is cultural mixing pot with a population made up mainly of Malaysians, Indians and Chinese; which means that it has a diverse selection of religious sights.  Located a short train journey north of Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves - one of the most sacred Hindu sites outside of India.  The enchanted limestone caves attract in crowds of worshippers and tourists alike, making it one of Malaysia's top attractions.

Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Hindu shrine.

The vast cave is illuminated with dim, golden light.  It's a truly spectacular sight.   

Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The WayfarerSome guys from India who randomly asked me to take their photo. 
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer

As the Batu Caves are a sacred Hindu site, visitors are asked to cover up before entering.  If your clothing happens to expose your arms or legs, shawls and sarongs (like the one that I am wearing above) can be loaned from the local vendors for a couple of ringlets.  

Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer

The 272 step ascent to the mouth of the cave really isn't as strenuous as it sounds and you are rewarded with a spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur from the top.  There are also lots of street food vendors within the vicinity, so you can grab a well deserved bite to eat afterwards.  

Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer

Beware of the monkeys roaming around the area!  I would suggest keeping and eye on your camera, sunglasses or anything shiny or expensive as they have a bit of a reputation for pinching things.  I would also avoid walking around with food as they will have that too! 

Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer




Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer
Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer

Outside the Batu Caves is the iconic 40 metre high statue of Indian god, Lord Muragan.  If you compare it to the steps behind, you can get some sort of perspective as to how large it is.  It's very impressive indeed. 

Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - The Wayfarer

The Batu Caves are easily accessible from  Kuala Lumpur city centre via the regular train service which drops off just outside the caves (Kuala Lumpur Central Station to Batu Caves Station).  The train will set you back just a couple of ringgits and there are even 'ladies only' carriages, which I often chose to use.  A visit to the Batu Caves makes for a wonderful cultural excursion for anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur.  I highly recommend checking out this enchanted attraction. 

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