KuaTour (Part 4): Batu Caves

The always-quiet Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station.
The rain poured KL just before we started the tour today. It did not delay what had been scheduled however. Equipped by umbrellas, all of us went through the rain heading to Pasar Seni LRT which was connected by covered walkway to KL Old Railway Station; from where we took KTM Komuter to Batu Caves. The old station itself was quite an attraction. At the moment we arrived there the train to Batu Caves had just closed its doors to depart soon after, insisting us to wait for the next train as well as giving us enough time to observe the well-preserved colonial era station which was once the main train hub in the capital city.

The four tour attendants inside KTM Komuter.
Batu Caves, the only out-of-town attraction to visit during the KuaTour, was located about 10 km north of KL. It took less than 30 minutes by the train to get there. Away from the city center, the air around Batu Caves was fresh and getting even more after the rain. I am quite an enviromental moody person so such temperature really helped in turning my mood on when travelling. There are many temples in Batu Caves. We stopped a while to observe how people having devotion at one of them near the Hanuman statue. Honestly, I could not explain much to the others at that time but then I promised to myself to study more about Hinduism after this tour.

A new huge statue was being built at Batu Caves.
The statue of Hanuman.

The Lord Murugan statue was the most prominent structure at the site. The 42,7 meter statue was believed to be the second highest Hindhu Deity statue in the world. It seemingly stunned the tour attendants as it had done to us back then. Still like last time, there were so plenty of birds around (I guess it's even much more than before). Visitors were also so many that it was hardly possible for us to take pictures without having some other people inside the frame.

Photo session with Lord Murugan statue in the background.
Feeding the Birds could be an alternative activity here.
Lord Murugan statue from behind.
Next to the statue, there were 272 stairs toward the main temple. We had to be very careful in every step we took when climbing up as they were a little bit slippery after raining. From afar, we took time to watch some fighting monkeys at the height. We had no idea what they were fighting for, but it seemed serious that a monkey we met later had an open wound on its tail. Our female tour attendant was afraid to these monkeys around the stairs and always trying to avoid them. In the contrary, some people got themselves closer and had good times in taking pictures with the monkeys.

A monkey at Batu Caves
Be amazed at the interior of the main temple cave!
Some rock formations were worth a shoot.
The next place to go was another religious site. But this time we could not even enter the place. Find out more in the next episode.

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