Given its multiracial society, Malaysia is one of the countries in the world with the richest culture and traditions to showcase to the world. It also has plenty of tourist destinations, making it one of the most visited countries in Asia.
The iconic Batu Caves is located not far from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves is home to a Hindu Temple where thousands of Hindu worshippers from around the world come to visit. It has also become a major tourist destination. It is busiest during the Thaipusam, a huge Hindu festival. Worshippers flock the place to praise the gods during the festival.
Batu Caves’ main attraction is the huge Hindu shrine that can be seen even from afar. The golden statue of the Hindu god welcomes visitors at the entrance. Many other deity figures are placed around the area. Most tourists climb the 272-step stairs and view the beautiful city skyline upon reaching the end. There is a cave at the end where some worshippers come to pray. There are also paintings and small deity statues that can be found inside. The cave is dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Tamil god.
More reasons to visit
Monkeys are free to roam the area and they are fun to watch. Some of them even interact with people. However, be careful when bringing food in areas where there are plenty of monkeys, as they won’t have second thoughts taking the food away from you. You might also appreciate Hindu related books and magazines that are sold around the area. Art galleries and museums are found at the base of the hill. They provide information about the story of Lord Murugan. Audio tours are also offered for visitors. The other cave located on the extreme left is called the Ramayana Cave. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This statue stands at an astonishing height of 50 feet/15 meters. Consecration ceremonies are usually held in that cave.
Once you are done roaming around the area, you can take a rest at some restaurants offering authentic Indian cuisines. Malay foods can be found next to Indian restaurants. A train connected to KL Sentral heads to Batu Caves directly. Buses and taxis are also other options.