Batu Caves – The Limestone Caves
This best well known attraction is located near Kuala Lumpur, just 13km north of the capital. It’s a sacred place for the Hindu‘s in Malaysia. These caves are made of limestone and there are three main caves and a number of smaller caves.
I was once here for more than 10 years ago. The most that I remembered was its staircase. I have to climb 272 stairs, which will lead me to the magnificent view inside the Batu Caves. Admission is FREE.
Upon my arrival, I was greeted by lots of monkeys. They’re going for some peanuts and bananas which you can buy from a few shops there. I saw the main square with few simple stalls. I went around for the nature and culture observation.
Main entrance before one started to climb up.
You may consider it as training ground for marathon competition. Run up and down for 10 times … what do you think?
It’s seems to be endless stair when you see upward. Scary or not?
I knew that I’m going to continue it for 272 steps with my first step ON. Remember to bring drinking water, as the climb up the 272 stairs might be a challenge at hot weather.
As I looked back … WOW
People started to look around in kind of manner for the view … LOL.
Monkeys are easily spotted wandering around. Some of them are fierce and attack people for food especially towards children. Be careful.
The ceiling of this cave is more than 100 m above ground and the area are illuminated by daylight through holes in the ceiling.
After this, there was another short staircase to climb, to another side of the caves.
When I descend down, I saw the Dark Cave. It’s below Temple cave and is not a show cave. This 2km long cave contains a large number of endemic cave animals.
To visit, permission from the Malaysian Nature Society is necessary, and they make two different spelunking tours, which are held daily after advance booking. The short tour requires good shoes and physical fitness. The long tour is a real spelunking tour and requires a change of clothes and shoes.
Entrance fees is not cheap; spanking RM35 for adult and RM25 for child.
I decided on my next visit then, be an education trip or challenging, it’s just a matter of cost. I don’t think I’m up for it yet.
However, this nature escape gave me an experience and back-to-back training ground advantage. For such an hour trip like this is considered fulfilling for me to write about it here.
In fact, I should about this kind of trip in future. Tata.