Thursday, February 7, 2013

Batu Caves

Lord Murugan and 272 Steps to the top!
                                    Green Monkey God (Hanuman)
                                       Entrance Shrine
           Inside the caves. Each corner is a shrine filled with colorful Hindu deities
                                    It's a long way down....
                     Cynomolgus Monkey. Almost got attacked by this one!
                                        Puja Ritual
            Train back. Make sure you get in the right train cart. No men in this one.

Only 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a cluster of limestone caves and Hindu temples. Hidden in the caves are colorful Hindu deities and ornate shrines (Mandir). It's a steep 272 steps to the top, but so worth it when you get there. The golden Lord Murugan stands 140 ft tall and Hanuman (Green Monkey God) stands 50ft tall. The caves are surrounded by lush foliage, native Malay fauna, and various monkey species. The site is also where the annual Thaipusam festival is held (full moon in Jan/Feb) Glad I wasn't there for that...the festival has attracted close to a million people in the past.

Travel deets: Take the KTM Komuter rail from KL Sentral to Batu Caves (last stop). Should only take 20-30 minutes.

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