Thursday, October 14, 2010

Batu Caves

The Batu Caves were one of the coolest sites I saw in Kuala Lumpur. The site is basically a series of caves and cave shrines inside a 400 million year old limestone cave formation. It is one of the most popular Hindu Shrines outside of India and dedicated to Murugan.

I took a bus from Chinatown to the caves. Since my trip there was almost two years ago (and my lazy ass is just getting around to blogging about it) I don't remember the details anymore. I believe the bus fare was really cheap and admission to the caves is free. The bus doesn't leave at a certain time, it leaves once enough people have boarded so be patient.

Once inside you'll see that the ceiling of the caves are more than 100 meters tall. You'll also see various shrines inside with people participating in Hindu rituals. If you're lucky monkeys will be around. These monkeys are really used to humans, they have no fear of us. Hang on to your food if monkeys are around, they will snatch food directly from your hands. This happened to one little boy that got his chips stolen right out of his hands.

I got off the bus and started walking towards the caves.

My first glimps of the caves... pretty cool.

Entrance to the caves
A little information about the caves from Malaysia for tourists.

A huge statue of Murugan.

Murugan again

You have to walk up this flight of stairs to get into the caves.

Batu Cave prayer times.

There are 272 stairs to the cave entrance.

A closer view of the top of the limestone cave.

A view of the inside of the cave. Once you walk in the entrance after the 272 steps this is what you will see.


The top of that is over 100 meters tall.

More prayer at a different shrine inside the caves.

The view from the bottom of the 100 meter high cave walls.

Looking towards the cave entrance.

A monkey! I found a monkey on the cave walls. There were more but none of them would sit still long enough for me to get a clear shot.

A monkey with a banana peel. The monkeys in the caves are not shy at all. They are really used to be people due to the ceremonies / festivals that happen here from time to time. Hords of people come during these special occasions and that's when the monkeys are sure to be active, begging for food. I was lucky to see them because there was no festival or ceremony going on when I was at the caves.

Monkey stole a bag of chips right out of the hands of a little boy, then ran up here to eat it.

Monkey in the trash can.

Remember this guy? Still there enjoying his potato chips.

Monkey with trash.

Monkey walking around with a banana peel.

View of the city from the caves.

What the hell is that? It looks demonic to me.

Just outside the base of the caves is this...

feeding coy

There's a chicken loose!

Shooting a Bollywood action movie.

In this scene the asian guy has to kneel down, take the hand of the indian guy and kiss it. ha, it was totally cheesy.

Some of the sites and sounds of the prayer in the caves.

This is the monkey that stole the chips, you can see the little boy that had his food stolen walk away.

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