Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur
We arrived at KL late evening by flight from Siem Reap and stayed at Sunway Putra near PWTC. Nice hotel it was..plus one to it and we got a free upgrade too..another plus one. KL has an efficient rail public transport consisting of Metro, commuter trains (KTM Komuter) and Mono Rail and our location in Putra had an advantage that there were both Metro and KTM stations here.
We started off next morning towards Batu caves, by KTM train. Batu Caves is the terminal stop on Batu Caves - Port Klang route of KTM, train schedule is good and the station is just a few steps from the caves.
Batu Caves is a hill with caves and gets it's name from the Batu river that flows nearby. It is today a popular Hindu shrine dedicated to the deity Murugan , there are couple of temples at the base and the main temple is inside the cave, reached by a 272 step climb. I heard Batu caves is the focal point for devotees during the Thaipusam festival. This is understandable given that Malaysia has a sizable Tamil speaking populace, many of whose ancestors arrived from Tamil Nadu state of India to work here during the British days and later settled down.
The caves could be hundreds of millions of years old, but the temple itself is quite recent, built around late 19th century. In front of the shrine, there is an imposing golden colored Murugan statue, unveiled about 8 years back.
Entrance fee: None. No camera fee. However, do protect your camera and other stuff from the smart monkeys around here. And keep the footwear outside the temples.
The main shrine inside the cave...
View of KL from the top, with Petronas twins in the backdrop...
The climb can be tiring...
Batu Caves KTM station..