Posted: 23 Aug 2011 05:59 PM PDT
One of the Kuala Lumpur attraction that you should put on the "Must-go" list for one day trip in Kuala Lumpur especially if you are staying in Kuala Lumpur for more than 2 days, Batu caves. Located 13km north of the capital, short distance from Ipoh road.
Batu caves is always packed with people. Tourist who wants to speculate the distinctive Hindu culture, Local who climb the stairs for exercise.
How to go Batu Caves ?
Entrance fee is free, however if you are driving you will need to pay a small amount of fee for the parking slot.
Thing that you should consider to do when you plan a trip to Batu caves:
Once you are at Batu Caves, you will see a main square with stalls setup by indian vendors. Batu Caves is made up by three main caves and some small ones. The Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is the best known and biggest of the Batu caves. To reach the temple cave, you must make your way upward 272 rock stairway.
The cave is about 100m tall above the ground. The natural light shine through the hole in the cave ceiling. In the cave you can see hindu goddess statue, like the Lord Subramaniam placed in the centre stage. You can see bats hanging on top of the ceiling and monkeys running around.
There is also a Dark caves for some adventurous activity. The Dark caves is about 2km long packed with endemic caves animals. You will need to do advance booking with the tour guide to enter the cave. Paying an amount of fee for the tour that will includes the clothes and safety shoes. One day trip in Kuala Lumpur to batu caves is well worth your time!
Posted: 27 Aug 2011 10:25 AM PDT
July 29, 2011
Our first morning at KL. We woke up as early as 5AM so we're ready for our breakfast by 7AM. At the Kitchenette/breakfast area, we're the only people there. Wow we're the early birds!
We arrived in Batu Cave Station at 10:47AM. From the station we walk few more steps to the entrance going to Batu Caves. Along the way is some more statues and temples. My bad, I forgot to note down the names due to my amusement on the sights.
FYI: One of the highlights of a visit in Selangor City is the Batu Caves. Situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindu's in Malaysia. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high.
Tips: If you wanna see hundreds of pigeons coming over you… feed them! You could buy bird's food in a nearby stall for 2RM.
Tips: Want an epic captured moments with the pigeons? Candid shots are very entertaining to see so setup your camera with timer and just let it take it's shots. And don't forget to setup your videocam to document your breath taking experience. Then just take video stills for your photo collections.
For our video with these pigeons, sorry unable to post here. You may visit this link and have fun watching: http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=10150275236243463&comments
Another highlights of a visit here is climbing the 272 steps leading up to the temple. Put your stamina to the test! Let's go!
Tips: As steps leading up the Batu Caves are not covered, it would be good idea to visit it in the morning or later part of the afternoon when it's not so hot.
Next stop is Dataran Merdeka. It's past 1PM and we're back to KTM Komuter for a train ride back to KL Sentral for our lunch before heading to Merdeka, around 20-30 minutes travel time. Instead of trying out some Malaysian native foods at the eateries around Batu Caves, we preferred to have our lunch in KFC. I don't know, it's just that we're not into Malaysian foods.
FYI: Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) is a good starting point to explore the city's heritage sites. At the north end of the square you will find the lovely St. Mary's Cathedral designed by AC Norman and dating from 1894. Museum Negara, Government Office, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Restoran Warisan, and the City Library, as well as the Malaysian Natinal flagpole and Victoria Fountain all right next to each other.
From Dataran Merdeka you could see a light blue building which is the Central Market. It is a one stop shopping centre for Malaysian products. We walk through the street and dropby at the Kasturi Walk. A lane running alongside Central Market. Kasturi Walk is an exciting covered walkway, here you will also find an array of traditional garments and souvenirs.
And after a jampack tiring day, back to our comfy Guest House to compile our photos and watch our videos. It's 1AM and we're up at the 3rd Floor, TV lounge area.
That's it. End of Day 2. We had fun all day, from breakfast to dinner, from dusk till dawn. Hope you had fun reading and viewing our travel story for today. More to come ^^;
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