I have visited Batu Caves a number of times but the other day I thought I would take a look at the Cave Villa which is a recently refurbished section containing two show caves at the foot of the giant limestone hill housing the main Batu Cave.
Although it was a Saturday afternoon there were not that many people about – perhaps they were put off by the entrance fee.
Cave Villa contains paintings of scenes from Indian folklore, statues of Hindu gods, verses from their scriptures and so on.
There was also a reptile section where a couple of guys were feeding dead mice to snakes which kept trying to escape from their glass cages. I’ll spare you from the photos.
Of course I had to visit the main cave while I was there which involved climbing quite a long flight of steps.
Once upon a time there was a funicular railway to help people get to the top. You can still make out where the tracks were.
The scale of the main cave, known as Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave, never ceases to impress.
It was time for a snack after all these stairs. Being in the grounds of a Hindu temple only veggie is available but I enjoyed my curry and fresh coconut juice (for just RM9).
The KTM Komuter train service from KL was extended to Batu Caves last year and I tried it out this time. It was OK although a bit late departing in both directions. Still, for only RM2 each way it is the cheapest and easiest way to get there.
There are even female only carriages on this line.
Batu Caves railway station is located right next to the statue of Hanuman at the entrance to the caves complex.