I have only been to Batu Caves once and that was during my primary school trip. I barely remember the experience except it was really dark. I can’t recall if I climbed the steps too.. If I did I must be quite a kid lol, there are 272 steps which I took around 15 minutes to complete. I don’t know if that’s considered slow.. I was carrying a rather heavy backpack (yeah it’s an excuse :P)
It was quite hazy and cloudy the entire day. That explains the almost non-existent sky in all the photos I took. It’s a real pity.. Given a fine clear weather, a lot of nice photos can be taken.
January last year (2006) a statue of Lord Murugan was unveiled in Batu Caves. The 42.7 metres high golden statue took 3 years to complete. It is so big that you can already spot it kilometres away on the highway. Actually I have no idea who is Lord Murugan other than he is a Hindu deity. If you are interested, this article in Wikipedia about Lord Murugan is an interesting read.
The steps leading to the top of the hill. They are not so easy to walk on due to its small size. Each step is indicated with its number in yellow.
And I must take this photo, one I already had in mind before even coming here. 168 the lucky number :D I also took 88 but no need to show la.
A lot of monkeys roam around Batu Caves. Don’t mess with them though, they can be fierce and retaliate. I saw a couple of foreigners teasing them and ended up being harassed.
Top of the hill is a magnificient opening. There’s also a small temple with lots of monkeys around. The opening is the only light source in the caves.
Nothing much to show already.. Most of the photos taken aren’t that nice due to the weather. If you haven’t visited Batu Caves in the past 3-5 years, it’s probably a good choice to make a return visit. It’s Visit Malaysia Year 2007 anyway, lets help keep the campaign to go strong :)