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Skyhigh Stairs of Batu Cave

  

I had my 79 years old Mom and friends Dave and Karen with me and don't want to discomfort them with DIY type of travel. So we took a taxi from our hotel and asked the driver to bring us to Batu Cave and later to Genting Highlands Resort. After more than an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur a yellow giant statue was already visible from afar.


Batu Caves is a sacred place for the Hindu in Malaysia. This limestone hill of 400 meter long and 100 meter high was discovered in 1892. It has 3 main caves and a number of smaller ones where the temples were located. Standing at the foot of Batu Caves is the statue of Lord Murugan, the tallest statue of Hindu deity in Malaysia We had to endure the 272 steps climb to reached the religious and magnificent Batu Cave. We had to make several stops while going up to catch our breath and sip some water. I was also checking my Mom who was down with Karen slowly making the climb. Good thing Karen was a nursing graduate and was using what she learned from school in monitoring my Mom. The climb feels endless and has made us panting when we reached the top. My mom too in her old age has brave the climb and finished it.

Reaching the top we had a magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur. We took a little rest and some photos of the cave mouth known as the Cathedral. We did not explore the cave farther because it was already mid-afternoon and we were already starving. Besides we could not bear the humidity that time and I was worried my Mom will have high blood pressure because on this. We liked a cooler place so we decided to go down after our panting was gone to proceed to Genting Highlands.






Though we were not able to see the inner caves still I would say Batu Caves is a must place visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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34 comments:

  1. I've been here and yeah the place is great! But what a climb! BUt nah, the climb here is still better than Mr Tapyas.. hehe ;) I just can't imagine how the Hindus are carrying their offerings to their gods every Thaipusam. Not an easy task to climb those stairs with a heavy load.

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    1. Yes it was really a tiring climb and it could be a shame if I haven't done it while my Mom did he he he he. Batu caves awed me really =)

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  2. I saw first this place in Amazing Race Asia and I agree it is a place to visit, Malaysia truly Asia, melting pot for Indian, Chinese, Malay and other Asian culture...

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  3. First saw this place in The Amazing Race Asia show and agree it is a place of must- visit in Malaysia, Malaysia truly Asia, melting pot for Indian, Chinese, Malay and other Asian culture...

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    1. And there's so much more to see in Malaysia aside from Batu Caves. KL is an amazing place to visit =)

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  4. Bro, nahuli ka lang mag-post . Sana yung mga photos mo nalang ang ginamit ko when I did an article about Batu Cave. Nice shots and sure you enjoy yourtrip there.

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    1. Yes I did Sir much more because my Mom was traveling with me. Thanks for the compliments Sir =)

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  5. I never explored Malaysia when I was there, except a half day tour at KL which was included in the travel package, and all the remaining time was for the training. If ever makabalik ako sa Malaysia, I'll surely include this on the list.

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    1. Go Myk, KL have a lot of beautiful places to be subject for photo shoot =)

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  6. 272 steps, that's a high stair to climb! I think what the Hindus build this is to test how faithful you are to give your offering.

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    1. I thought so too, it's not easy to climb that stairs, it going to be a great sacrifice bringing their offerings above and ample time to pray on the way up =)

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  7. I'm sure you've already tried Coron's Mt. Tapyas and its 700 steps! :) I'll surely be able to conquer 272 steps when I finally visit the Batu Caves (I agree with you on the must-see since I too want to go there). :) And glad your mom could still travel with you let alone climb all 200+ steps. Such a strong woman! :)

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    1. Yes Mai I did and so far Mt Tapyas is the 2nd hardest climb I ever had, the first was Mt. Apo where you will literally kiss your knees during the climb. 272 steps could be nothing if I am younger he he he he =)

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  8. The statue is really massive and impressive. I've seen some have climbs going up a statue but this one, the statue is about as high as the climb.

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    1. Indeed Franc it is known to be the tallest Lord Muruga statue in the world according to wikipedia =)

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  9. Batu Caves has been featured a lot of times already in Amazing Race and Amazing Race Asia. I wanna go there soon!

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  10. 272 steps!!! oh wow and views are great from the top... very strong for your mom to be able to conquer it at her age...

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  11. Stunning shots! Looking forward to more of your adventure! ;)

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  12. You missed the splendid view of limestone hills in the inner cave :)

    Even we visited the batu cabes 4 times, still it doesn't cease to amaze us ^_^

    Next time visit it during Thaipusam Festival :)

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  13. 272 steps..oh my God, I don't think I can do that. But it's nice to know that despite the fact that this area is a holy place for malaysian, they still open it up to public and allowed tourist to experience the sacredness of the place. I will put this on my bucket list. I will visit this place too once I get the chance to visit Malaysia. I am glad you had fun there.

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  14. This is my second time to read a post about Bato Cave of Malaysia.I got curious the first time I saw the photos of Gold statue and the stairs going up to the cave. Amazing place!

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  15. For sure it's one of the most memorable experience and travel for you. The cave looks enchanting.

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  16. Oh no I can't do this kind of CLIMB. Atakihin aq ng asthma ko sa taas ng hagdan baka di ako makahinga. Hahahaha. But you have good time their with your mom, that's good.

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  17. Naku kung totoong gold toh kukuha ako ng maliit!

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  18. Definitely going on my list to visit when I get to Malaysia.

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  19. cool trip. nice view from the top. i think my parents went on a group trip to many asian countries, and malaysia was of the places they stopped at.

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  20. I have to take note of this cave so that when times comes I decide to go to Malaysia, I will visit this place. Thanks... I have not read about this or saw pictures about this in facebook and in other photos online.

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  21. Great place to visit! A few years ago, the Caves had certain areas inside which were off-limits to many visitors due to damage from guests. It was really sad. I'm not sure if these spaces are still closed but I hope they've been restored already. I hope you didn't lose anything to the monkeys! I lost an entire bag of peanuts :(

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  22. With 272 steps, I could have been tired as dog climbing up to Batu Cave and back down. I'll add this to my list of places to visit when I have a chance to go to Malaysia. ^_^

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  23. Knowing that your mother is already 79 years old and was able to climb up those stairs to the Batu cave is amazing and inspiring as well. She still has the power and strength like no other her age. The place is awesome and your mother, too.

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  24. Oh my gosh!! Looks really tiring but I'm sure, the view from the top is awesome!!

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  25. Now I am wondering when will I conquer Malaysia just like you did. Looking forward to that moment..hopefully with my family.

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  26. I will definitely include Malaysia on my list of "to visit someday" and Batu Cave really looks beautiful.

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  27. Bow ako sa Mom mo...Bravo! I would not make that climb even if you pay me...hahaha

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