April 14, 2021 1 min read 0 Comments

During our Asia trip, we visited Batu Caves Selangor Malaysia.  Even though it is surrounded by impressive limestone outcrops, unfortunately, we were thrown off by a very strong stench as soon as we got out of the car.  Do you know what is that smell?

Limestone Outcrop of Batu Caves

Limestone Outcrop at the Entrance to Batu Caves

Batu Caves Selangor Malaysia

This iconic destination is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan (one of Hindu's deity).  It is busiest during Thaipusam, Hindu festival in Malaysia.

Lord Murugan at Batu Caves

This popular tourist and Hindu worshiper destination can be reached after climbing a steep hill - 272 steps!  It consists of 3 main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines.
Lily Daily - Batu Caves 272 steps

After climbing what feels like thousands of steps (really there were ONLY 272..)

Going up 272 steps Batu Caves

and saw lots of macaque monkeys along the way:

Monkey at Batu Caves

Lily Daily - Batu Caves Macaque Monkey

We finally reached the top of the caves..  or so we thought...

Reached the top of Batu Caves

gift shop top of Batu Caves

Lily Daily - gift shop inside Batu Caves

Shrines and temples:

Shrine at Batu Caves

Shrine and temple at Batu Caves

What, more steps?  I thought we are already at the top!?

More Steps to reach another cave

Beautiful view from the highest cave in Batu Caves

On our steep descend:

Steep Descend down Batu Caves

I started to notice people brining "gifts" to worship and some walked up the steps barefooted:

Gifts for worship

And also carried bags full of sand to help with renovating parts of the caves at the top:

People helped carry bags of sand for Cave renovationSand for renovating the top of the Batu Caves

After what seemed like forever, we finally arrived at the street level.  All that hard workout in the hot Malaysian sun left us desperately seeking something to quench our thirst... we then spotted... COCONUTS

coconuts at Batu Caves

Lots and lots of it!

coconuts to quench thirst at Batu Caves

Opening the coconut...

Opening a coconut to drink

Mmmmmmmmm......  Niiiiiiiiice.....!!

Fresh Coconut water right out of a coconut

'Till next time,

xox Lily.