Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Travel to Batu Caves and National Zoo

Travel to Batu Caves and National Zoo



Batu Caves and Temple
17th July 2011 – One fine day spending the time with little Deborah, ciccio bella (Chubby but pretty in Italian) was a blast. Deborah was on her summer break, and came to Malaysia for a month. I tried to talk to her in English; she tried to get my English term. Slowly, she learnt some basic English, and we used hand movement to express each thoughts within our own understanding yet in different culture, it was a funny moment.

We made some weekend trips together, and it was so fun. Moving our lazy bum bum on this Sunday, trying to get up from the comfortable bed was not easy, such a tough job! Haha, anyway, we still move around and we end up reaching Batu Caves.

So, i went to Batu Caves less than 6 times in my life, so at this time, I was happy seeing the stairs and the place has been renovated. Compared with the past years, Batu Caves seem quiet with more birds flying around and with the monkeys all along the stairs. Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and temples, 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. You can get more info at:

Within the popularity of tourism and spread of words, Batu Caves became one of the popular tourism destinations. You shall see many stalls selling tidbits, Henna (a nice temporary tattoo, mostly on hands), but less monkeys and birds can be seen move freely, maybe because of increasing number of people coming to visit Batu Caves.

   
To reach the top, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps. We did it within 15- 20 minutes, with few break and pause of walking. You will some monkeys trying to get some food from you, some are just nice, and some could probably just snatch whatever you have in your hand.

 
Finally, we reach the top, and we saw the master chanting and give each people blessing from the god. After checking around, we head back.



some gifts or souvenirs



In the middle of walking back down, we stop by Dark Cave, where you can explore around in the dark with seeing some bats mostly. There is entrance fee, so it is up to you as it is an option to go in.

 

After that, few monkeys came in the crowd. Some rest, some were eating coconut or peanuts, some was holding the adorable little baby monkeys around.

 

 






Then, we walked down and we passed by the big green pond, fishes were splashing themselves and swimming happily, and I believe across the pond was another art performances across the bridge. It was a new tourism place to be introduced.

 

 


 


At 230pm, we head over the national zoo, and this time, I would say it was quite good maintained , compared with last time, where lack of information and less animals were one of the reason why national zoo was not that popular. At this point of time, we still see many people coming in and support the national zoo. I saw some beautiful flamingo by the lake, squirrels, hyenas, and many more.

flamingo!

flamingo line up for fishes

  
Squirrel

cute racoons




At 530pm, it was a call off of the day. Tiring but beautiful beautiful day, everything in my mind during childhood times do refresh back again and again. As we said, there are some places we do not mind going back and revisit again.

More info of national zoo at:-

Have a nice day!





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