Batu Caves is a limestone hill situated 13kms north of Kuala Lumpur. This cave is known to be one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Murugan.
To enter these beautiful caves you must climb 272 steps. Climbing up those steps is more of an enlightening experience rather than a work out.
However, along the way BEWARE of the Macaque monkeys. They are wild animals and are known to be quite territorial. So I suggest you keep your valuables close to you because they can grab it off you in a split second. It is recommended that tourists do not feed the monkeys.
When I went up there there was a massive monkey brawl. I am being serious. They were hissing and screaming at each other over what it seemed to be a packet of food.
You know the monkeys are really in their natural habitat when you see them mating right before your eyes. It was a rather interesting encounter. Forget about Discovery Channel, visit the Batu Caves!
Batu Caves is also a home to the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. Thaipusam is a celebration for the son of Shiva and the becoming “one” of Pusan and Birhaspati stars.
These photos were taken during my visit to the Batu Caves in July 2011.
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