Just outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia you can visit the Batu Caves, which is where we went on our second day. The limestone that forms the caves is approximately 400 million years old. K. Thamboosamy Pillay (born in 1850), an Indian trader, thought the impressive entrance to the central cave would be an ideal place of worship. He dedicated a temple to Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of war and victory, inside the caves. In 1920, wooden steps were erected. Now there are 272 concrete steps. The hike up wasn’t too difficult. Be careful, though, the monkeys hanging out there will steal your food if you aren’t careful. We saw a few tourists lose their snacks, but they had a good laugh about it.
After visiting the caves we headed to the canopy walkway outside of Kuala Lumpur, which is part of the Forest Research Institute. Unfortunately it was closed for the day. However, we did go on a small hike since the group thought it would be good for me to get some exercise before heading to Mount Kinabalu for the big climb. It was a wonderful stroll, with some tough bits, but not too strenuous. We had a fantastic day and it was a nice close to our time in KL. The next day we had a flight to Sabah, one of the 13 member states of Malaysia, which is located on the northern part of the island of Borneo. After two great days with our friends, we said farewell, but only for a short time. We had plans to meet up for the last week of our trip.
Looks an amazing place.
It really is!
What incredible photos. Those caves! Even the steps are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing.
I’m glad you are enjoying the photos. It was amazing to see the caves firsthand. Just watch out for the monkeys!
What a beautiful world we live in. Thanks for sharing beauty.
You’re welcome. This world amazes me all of the time. So much to see and to appreciate.
Quite a place! Thanks for taking me along :-).
I’m glad you liked it.
Cool pics!!! Doesn’t one of those staircases come with an escalator? Wow!
Trust me, I looked but didn’t find one.
hahaha … i have friends who have been there and they said the same thing!
Glad to know I’m not alone 🙂
Amazing photos!!! Beware of monkeys!!
Yes! They will get you.
Amazing place… Photographs are amazing too. Thanks and Love, nia
Wow, love the caves!! I would definitely go there :). Natural wonders like that are a must see as far as I’m concerned.
It was amazing to see this cave and to imagine all of the years it took to make it. Nature astounds me each day.
Had to laugh at the monkeys stealing the snacks. It looks like an amazing place.
The monkeys are fast and slightly intimidating.
Wow, it looks like an amazing place! How cool to experience this! That first shot of the cave is awesome.
I’m not sure I would be able to make it up those steps, though…272 seems like an awful lot, but I would certainly give it a try and take it slow!
Looking forward to reading about the “big climb.”
I’m the type that always takes things slow when I’m walking, climbing stairs, or whatever. Gives me more time to look and appreciate–and to catch my breath. With these stairs you can stop as much as you like and not get bored. The monkeys will keep you entertained.
This looks stunning. The caves and the steps. Wow.
It was wonderful to see. And the steps, while there were a lot, led up into a cave, which made it much easier to me. Lately I’ve been climbing steps in cathedrals and I hate the twisting, narrow staircases. This one is much more manageable and doesn’t make me dizzy.
Do oyu know why those trees don’t touch? Whenever I travel, I can be just as or even more fascinated by the plant and animal life as by the humans, culture, and structures.
I’ll have to email my friend and ask for the name of the trees. She did tell me that the trees can sense the other tree and their leaves will never touch. When I learn the name, I’ll do a bit more research. Nature never ceases to amaze me.
what a huge statue!!
The stair is a bit scary to climb 😉 I have had the experience of climbibg such stair .. so tiring.
Great shots, TBM
It’s best not to run of these stairs. My friend, however, goes there once a week and climbs the stairs seven times. That must be a great workout
Dude these caves are amazing. I love this whole adventure of yours. I’d like to think I’m traveling along with you through the posts and the pics. I love the first picture of the cave and the one where the trees aren’t touching. Very cool!
This country is full of natural wonders. And i know I only scratched the surface.
Yeah but I bet it was a good scratch 🙂
I hope so. The problem with my goal is that it doesn’t give me much time to go back to places I loved visiting.