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The Batu Caves, located just a few kilometers from the center of bustling Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most sacred Hindu temple complexes in the entire world outside of India. It’s hard to believe you’re so close to Kuala Lumpur giant skyrise buildings when you’re surrounded by nature and lush trees at the temple and caves. The Batu Caves is a series of caves carved into the limestone cliffs in the region. The caves and rock formations are blanketed in green trees and shrubs. There are a numer of different caves, some with significant religious purpose and others that now are preserved for their rich ecosystems.
To start things off at the Batu Caves you’ll have to begin by climbing 272 steps to get the mouth of the complex. The steps sound a lot more intimidating than the climb really is, it only takes about 5 minutes and isn’t too challenging, and it’s worth every step. Once you reach the top of the stairs you’ll enter what’s known as Temple Cave, a huge cavern that includes a ceiling that measure 100 meters in height. Continue walking through Temple Cave and you’ll reach another small flight of step that leads to the Lord Murugan temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site. Minimal design and lit naturally from a hole in the high rock above, the cave and temple is a spectacular site to see. There are Hindu shrine, rock paintings, and interesting cave formations to check out.
After browsing around the Batu Caves for about an hour I got quite hungry so I decided to climb down and head to one of the South Indian food vegetarian restaurants waiting at the base. So before heading back to Kuala Lumpur on the train, I had lunch. The meal was served on a banana leaf and included a heaping pile of rice topped with a variety of different curries and vegetarian sides. They were all good and the meal allowed me to regain al the energy I had lost from the climb. Full and after a good experience, I walked back to the Batu Caves train station and took the train back to KL Sentral station in Kuala Lumpur.
If you visit Kuala Lumpur, going to the Batu Caves is a must see attraction. It’s just short train ride away, is a free activities, and there’s some great vegetarian lunch waiting for you at the bottom!
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