BATU CAVES WORTH THE STEEP CLIMB

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - TRAVEL - Ju­lian Wright

ANY­ONE who strug­gles with heights and hu­mid­ity may feel a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated stand­ing at the base of Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves on a hot day.

Star­ing up at those steep 272 steps that dis­ap­pear into the lime­stone hill, with the gold Mu­ru­gan statue tow­er­ing over you, it feels like you have quite a task ahead of you, par­tic­u­larly if you haven’t done any car­dio for a while.

But it is worth it. Maybe just don’t look down un­til you get to the top.

The frol­ick­ing mon­keys are a great dis­trac­tion from the burn in the thigh mus­cles as you get higher and higher up the stair­case.

It is an op­por­tu­nity to get some great shots of the an­i­mals with the city in the back­ground – but be warned, they move quick as light­ning.

If there are a few of them in a group, they like to play around for the tourists, putting on a bit of an en­ter­tain­ment show.

If you do man­age to keep your back to the view on the way up the stairs, fi­nally see­ing it when you reach the peak makes it feel even more spe­cial, as if you have saved the best for last af­ter work­ing hard to earn it.

De­spite there be­ing hun­dreds of tourists who pass through ev­ery day, the in­side of the cave is sur­pris­ingly serene.

Look up and the view is amaz­ing, the sun stream­ing through the open­ing above which is sur­rounded by tree canopies, rem­i­nis­cent of the caves in Mar­garet River.

The main at­trac­tion for wor­ship­pers and tourists is the Hindu shrine in­side, which is one of the most pop­u­lar ones out­side In­dia.

Af­ter this sight­see­ing stop which dou­bles as a work­out, one could fol­low up with a the di­chotomy of ar­chi­tec­ture in the mod­ern, iconic Petronas Twin Towers or the Royal King’s Palace, built in 1928 and the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the King of Malaysia.

AirAsia flies daily to Kuala Lumpur from Perth with 14 flights per week. From Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia has up to 11 flights daily to Bangkok in Thai­land.

The jour­nal­ist was a guest of AirAsia.

The King’s Palace.

The Hindu shrine is one of the most pop­u­lar out­side of In­dia.

So much eas­ier when you’re com­ing down.

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