Batu Caves is a an iconic and popular tourist attraction here in KL. It’s the site of a Hindu temple and shrine and attracts worshipers and tourists alike. There’s three main caves, featuring temples and Hindu shrines, and at the time of our visit, there’s major restoration and restorative work being done.
“Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city center.” I quote this part from a local tourist info site. The statue is absolutely amazing. And yes, there is a very steep climb of 272 steps up to the top. What they neglect to tell you is that you’ll likely be climbing the stairs in +34 degrees and by the time you reach the top, you will be sweating like a pig.
There’s also another cave – the dark cave, which Rohan and I ventured into, on a guided tour. Inside the cave are over 200,000 bats. We didn’t see them all, as it’s a dark cave, but we did hear quite a few at the very start of our tour. It would have been freaky and super cool to see thousands of them. We did see a super creepy centipede (my least fav type of critter) and a blind spider that builds, large messy webs, to catch flies for eating. She can’t see them but can feel the vibration when they get caught and can smell them. At one point on the tour, we turned all lights off and it was so dark you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. Creepy cool.
After the dark cave tour, we watched the monkey’s steal people’s stuff, and took our time heading down the steps.
Then, ice cream was in order.