All info that’s not mine came from http://www.malaysiasite.nl/batucaveseng.htm
“The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindus in Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a number of
smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters (1300 feet) long and 100 meters (330 feet) high.”
“You have to climb 272 steps, which will lead you to the religious and magnificent Batu Caves.”
My goodness 272 steps is a lot and did I work up a sweat! I was afraid to stop though because I didn’t want a monkey to steal my camera or jump on my head.
“At your arrival you will be greeted by lots of monkeys. They are going for your peanuts and bananas, which you can buy in several shops before you climb up to the caves. If you climb up the stairs, you can meet a lot of long tailed-macaque monkeys and if you have peanuts with you, they’ll climb to you.”
These guys are fearless and pretty damn rude. I saw one monkey sneak up behind a guy and steal the map out of his back pocket and another monkey run up and rip a bag open that a lady was carrying. It looked like the ashes of a dead relative fell out but the lady didn’t freak out and the monkey started eating it so I think (and hope) it may have been some sort of food product.
This douche was teasing the monkey and I was half hoping he would catch monkey pox. I was tempted to tell the guy he probably shouldn’t wave the bottle at the monkey and then pull it away, but I don’t speak stoopid. Monkeys attack the balls and eyes first, so I backed away because I would like to keep all four of mine.
If you want people to obey the sign then you probably shouldn’t sell monkey food to them before they walk up the stairs!!!!
“Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is the best known and biggest of the caves. The ceiling is 100 m above the ground and this huge
chamber is lighted by daylight from several holes in the ceiling.”
There are about a dozen different shrines in this cave, and at least that many chickens.
“At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. This complex was renovated and opened as the Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan’s victory over the demon Soorapadam.”
“The Ramayana Cave is situated to the extreme left as one faces the sheer wall of the hill. On the way to the Ramayana Cave, there is a 15 meter (50 feet) tall statue of Hanuman and a temple dedicated to Hanuman, the noble monkey devotee and aide of Lord Rama.”
“The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people, a tribe of Orang Asli.”
Go into a pitch dark cave filled with giant spiders that live underneath trap doors? I’d rather fight three of those monkeys for a can of Fanta (which I actually saw, minus my involvement).
Batu Caves is a gorgeous and spiritual place, and I very much enjoyed my few hours here. Unfortunately, there is garbage everywhere inside and outside the caves and it smells like an old hobo’s infected toe.
At first I couldn’t understand why people would treat this shrine like a garbage dump, but then I saw a bunch of monkeys tearing open garbage bags and throwing the contents all over. I guess they run the place.
I lived like a local and took the city bus out here. It cost $1 and took about an hour. I lived like a tourist for the ride back though and took a cab. That cost $12 and took 15 minutes.
And that was Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur.