Notes by traveldiary007 on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 under Malaysia
The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindu’s in Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. They were discovered in 1892. The public buses can be boarded at the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
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). (Source: Wikipedia)
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 shop before you climb up to the caves. You have to climb 272 steps, which will lead you to the religious and magnificent Batu Caves. (Source: Malaysia site).
When you want to go to Batu Cave from your hotel and you don’t want to take a bus, negotiate with the taxi drivers. Do not board in a taxi which the driver don’t use the taxi meter. Fare in Malaysia is quite cheap, so beware of the shark drivers. Don’t forget to bring a cap or scarf or umbrella because it is a hot place. You can also buy peanuts outside the cave to feed the monkeys and don’t worry, they have restaurant just in case you get hungry. But for those spicy hater, prepare to change your face, hehehe.
Do not feed monkeys that can be found in the railings of the stairs. It’s quiet dangerous if they will jump on you as you climb through the stairs. You can only feed when you are already inside the cave. If you are afraid to climb into a 272 steeps, just take a picture downstairs and wait for your friends downstairs. Remember, if you have a heart problem or phobia on height, please do not attempt. There is no elevator or escalator on that area. Be contented in seeing the steeps.