Batu Caves: A Mix of Culture, Nature and Adventure

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 Kms from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from Batu River, which flows past the hill. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.

Entrance shrine at Batu caves..

Entrance shrine at Batu caves..

History:

This place has became famous only after the limestone hills were recorded by colonial authorities including Daly and Syers as well as American Naturalist, William Hornaday in 1878. Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the ‘vel’-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Murugan within the caves.

In 1890, Pillai, who also founded the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur, installed the murti (consecrated statue) of Sri Murugan Swami in what is today known as the Temple Cave. Since 1892, the Thaipusam festival in the Tamil month of Thai (which falls in late January/early February) has been celebrated there. Wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920 and have since been replaced by 272 concrete steps.

The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old.

The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old.

'Lord Murugan Statue' is the tallest statue of Hindu deity in Malaysia and second tallest statue of Hindu deity in world, only second place to the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal. It also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 42.7 metres (140 ft) in height.

‘Lord Murugan Statue’ is the tallest statue of Hindu deity in Malaysia and second tallest statue of Hindu deity in world, only second place to the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal. It also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 42.7 metres (140 ft) in height.

Closeup view of Lord Murugan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Closeup view of Lord Murugan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A view from the top of the Batu caves. Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. 

A view from the top of the Batu caves. Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines.

Tips from my perspective:

1. To reach it’s better to take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market or the City liner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get to Batu Caves. Taxis are also available anywhere around city.

2. Be careful while carrying food because the monkeys may snatch it out of your hands.

3. Trust me you won’t regret climbing up the stairs, though it looks a lot to climb. Once you reach the top you can learn a lot about Hinduism. Paintings and scenes of Hindu Gods can also be seen in the Ramayana Cave.

A great place to add to your itinerary when you visit Malaysia. 🙂 🙂

Petronas-twin towers

Petronas twin towers had became the landmark of kualalumpur,malaysia.

They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004
until surpassed by Taipei 101.

Designed by Argentine architects Cesar pelli(architect of Las vegas
city central). It took seven long years for the completion
of these beautiful buildings.

Kualalumpur bird park – A walk amongst the beautiful birds

In the heart of the concrete metropolis of Kuala Lumpur is the oasis of the KL Bird Park, the worlds largest walk-through aviary. This is a  perfect place in Kuala Lumpur, just walking in a lovely place among beautiful birds flying around us! 

This park is located in the serene and scenic lake gardens which form the greenbelt zone of Kualalumpur.This Bird Park houses more than 3,000 birds and 200 species from all over the world. This is the worlds largest-walkway aviary comprises of 20.9 acres.

I loved this shot of a Pelican

I loved this shot of a Pelican

The entrance price is 48Rm. We got that price down to 24RM with the use of our Student card.  After buying the tickets we got wristlets on our wrists. We stepped inside and was confronted by free roaming birds.

Pelicans are large water birds

Pelicans are large water birds it was twisting its head like anything..

The park is covered by net at the top so that the birds dont fly away. This place is very clean and they brought a natural atmosphere inside the park. Absolutely great environment I say. Lush vegetation provided adequate shade for birds and patrons.

Egret

Egret

We missed the bird show which was disappointing. 😦 The birds seemed happy and the ones in cages were kept in large cages. There is plenty of shade to protect you from the sun but carry water bottles,sunscreen and an umbrella with you.

 Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)

Lesser Flamingo mostly found in India and sub Saharan region

For every 100-150mts,there were Pools Bridges and miniature gardens which surprised us on the walkway, and the bird feeding stations, actually turned into a show. Those stations really helps  the people who are anxious to know about how birds will eat? and what they eat?

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Artificial Water falls,Kl bird park

Children will love this park and itseems that school children from allover the world come there for  educational tours. It was lovely to see hornbill flying from one tree to another.

Sun was burning on the top it was scorching day. I was kind of irritated with the heat but the beauty of Flamingos, Pelicans, Hornbills, Parrots, Pigeons made me to forget the pain.

I relaxed myself by spending some time in air conditioned rooms. I spent more than 30mins in amphitheatres and birds egg research centers which has no interesting things in it. but the AC itself turned as something .:))

Planning of the park was quite good there were several lock gates in order to prevent birds getting together and I was wondered with concept, all birds are free in the aviary with this type of free flight concept they breed naturally itseems.

With the opened  Peacock

The Peacocks opened up fully which offered us tremendous photographs..

The extinction of birds will be put to be an end, if the bird parks like this are encouraged well enough.When you go there, you will get to admire the beautiful nature in Malaysia. This was a brilliant three hours of enjoyment. Don’t miss this opportunity if you are in KL or planning to visit Kualalumpur…

Melaka~The venice of the East~

Melaka is located  148kms south east of Kualalumpur, a 2hr drive from KL

we hired a car to reach there..Suresh(taxi driver) who introduced us the history,culture and lifestyle of melaka on the way ..History of malaysia is nothing but the history of melaka.

Melaka’s long procession of traders, visitors, conquerors and colonisers have all left their unique and fascinating marks on the city, and many remain to this day to terms of cuisine, architecture, religions and people.

we spent some valuable time there ..we bagged lifetime memories in this beautiful place.

weather was good lot of humidity we were perspiring alot..boating on malacca river made us to utilise our time perfectly

Melaka is a multiracial city.we can find somany ethnic groups like pure Malays, Java, Chitty, Baba Nyonya, Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, Banjar and some indigenous people.

They live together over centuries with harmony and respect..infact they lead a pleasant life

we had a funny interaction with an icecream vendor who belongs to chitty ethnicity..we can find these  people in all over the city

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we were there for only some hours ..i cant imagine malacca without boating. we just utilised our limited time

TANG BENG SWEE CLOCK TOWER

 decorated trishaws_the local transport 

st.xaviers church

cannon on the portuguese wall

An Antique Warplane

hope to see you again Malacca ..!