Batu Caves Malaysia

This entry is a continuation of my trip to Malaysia last summer of 2014. You can check out my Travel page for more Malaysian Adventure. Please bear with me as I am trying my best to update this series. I admit I have been busy posting other stuff on my blog that I neglected to finish this series. For now, let me share with you what happened during my trip to Batu Caves with my friends.

behind me is the 272 steps to Batu Caves

Some facts about Lord Murugan- the tall statue behind me

The construction of the statue took 3 years to construct and it was unveiled last 2006. Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world's tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves, near the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The statue, which cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighbouring Thailand. -Wikipedia

Batu Caves (Tamil: பத்து மலை) (Chinese: 黑風洞)is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres (8 mi) 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, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.- Wikipedia

I look happy in the first photo but honestly speaking, I was really terrified just thinking about going up those steps. I have fear of heights so you can just imagine my fear of climbing a steep flight of 272 steps just to see the view on the mountain top. I decided against going up on top even if the view of the city centre was said to be stunning.

With nothing else to do, I took some photos of my surroundings instead while waiting for my friends. I think my photo with the birds deserved a space in my blog, don't you think so? I love it ; )

I saw a mother and her daughter washing their feet before entering Batu Caves temple complex. I am inspired by the clothes they were wearing so before we left Malaysia, I made sure that I bought two traditional dresses like that.

The architecture is grand and majestic in Batu Caves' surrounding area. My friends took an hour going up and down the caves so I walk around and spotted a flea market found at the foot of the cave.

A lot of the stands were selling flowers and bottled water. It was really hot and you can get really thirsty especially when you walk up those steps. I think the vendor's business is booming ; )

I bought 3 anklets with bell from this vendor who was situated near the washroom. I tried one first and liked the sound of the bell. I bought 2 more and gave them to my friends.

Batu Caves Operational Hours: 6:00 am -9:00 pm DAILY
Batu Caves is located at Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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