Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur travel Blog – A Hindu heritage site
Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur travel Blog – How to get to Batu Caves from KL Sentral?
Malaysia is referred to as truly Asia. The country with people from China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and many other nations living in perfect harmony, gives you a feel of Asian culture and tradition at one place. Today’s post is about the Hindu heritage site in Kualalumpur, Batu Caves.
Just 13Kms from the center of the KL city Batu caves stands as a living testimony to the Hindu culture and tradition rooted in the Malaysian soil. My journey started from KL Sentral, Batu is best reached by KTM Kommuter with a fare of just 2RM Ringgit. The Kommuter hardly takes 15-20minutes to reach Batu Caves from KL Sentral and this to me is the cheapest way to Batu Caves. The route map of KTM Kommuter will help you in this regard.
Batu Caves is the last stop of KTM Kommuter line and is adjacent to the actual cave site. 100m from the KTM station one can easily walk his way across the car parking area to reach Batu Caves base. A tall statue of Lord Hanuman welcomes you, which stands with a backdrop of huge hills. Going a bit further one can find beautiful man made pond with a number of fishes.
Next comes 272 steps to Batu Caves, yes, that’s right!!! You should climb 272 steps to reach the top where you can find the actual cave with Hindu deities being worshiped. Standing at the base of the cave one can get a nice view of huge statue of Hindu god(Subramanya) which overlooks the city. I started my ascent towards the temple cave site.
Climbing 272 steps is not a daunting task, I found people from all age groups making it to the top easily. I enjoyed this climb with fellow travelers to accompany me. I could find people from Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Europe and US here which was again an amazing feeling to be surrounded by people of so many nationalities. It was an ascent which took me good 20mins at leisure.
There are 2 stages of steps leading to cave site. Once the first stage is completed one has to climb down few stairs to again climb up. Small shops run by Indian families offers few souvenirs and also flowers for pooja. Even as I started climbing up, I looked back to catch the view of beautiful city and this view only got better with the height.
Once I completed the ascent, I got to witness an amazing enclosed cave structure with lighting provided where ever required. The roof of cave had varied gradients and perfect texture of a cave to go with the temples where prayers were performed. Spent quality time at the top where it felt like I’m India for a moment and then I started my way back to explore the KL city.
At the base of the cave be careful of tricky taxi drivers who will mislead you and may even dupe you for money. It is always economical to take KTM back to KL Sentral . However I had other plans. I wanted to try out all the possible public transport system in Malaysia. I chose to take bus from Batu Caves. At the base of the Batu Caves there are many Indian restaurants which offer Indian food at a reasonable price. Batu caves to me is a must visit destination if you are visiting to KL. The weather can be humid and make sure you are wearing cushioned footwear to avoid foot stress.
My further travel across Malaysia will be posted soon.