Visiting the Batu Caves
On our last full day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia we set out to visit the Batu Caves as it was very close to Kuala Lumpur. To get to the Batu Caves, we used the KTM Komuter train from the central station as it brings us there directly to Batu Caves station. This was a cheap, convenient and easy to use to.
The Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples said to be around 400 million years old and is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.
The journey started with taking the on 272 concrete steps leading up to the Temple Cave. On the way to the top we encountered loads of monkeys. Once we reached the top was the entrance to the main cave we had to walk to the rear of the cave which involved more steps and monkeys.
Once we got to the Hindu shrine in the Temple Cave, which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The entire place felt very spiritual especially with the light effect of the cave. There were some Indians worshiping on the site.
Next we entered the dark cave which was an interesting experience to be able to go to whole Dark Cave. There a entrance fee to enter the Dark Cave which was a 40 minute tour for 35 rm. We were given a torch as there is no light in the cave and a hard hat to wear on the tour. We were told not to flash the torch to the floor as its affects the bats, with the hard hat anything that falls from the floor like bat poo. Our guide was lovely and she talked us through the ecosystem in the cave including rock formations. We saw several of the different insects that the inhabit the cave.
All in all is was a good experience to be able to go to the Batu Caves including the Dark caves. It was nice to see a Hindu temple with the elaborate designs of the place and the thought of having a religious site inside a cave. It’s one of those places not to be missed when you’re around Kuala Lumpur.