Broga

Just past Nottingham University’s modern Malaysia campus at Semenyih  sits the small town of Broga on the Selangor – Negeri Sembilan border. Broga has a predominantly Chinese population who work mostly in agriculture, especially rubber tapping and fruit farming.

Si Na Tok, Broga

The town’s  Si Na Tok temple is located on a low hill overlooking the attractive countryside. The temple is apparently famous among gamblers who go there to seek lucky numbers for their next punt. The area is developing into quite a tourist attraction. The temple itself has a number of statues in its grounds of Chinese zodiac signs, goddesses, bowls of fruit and so on.

Year of the Monkey.

On the crest of a neighbouring hill they have nearly completed construction of a giant Monkey King statue.

Which way is west?

Linking the statue to the temple is an impressive new suspension bridge, for pedestrians only.

Suspension bridge, Broga

From here there is a good view of the fish farms where they produce the main ingredient for many of the popular restaurants nearby.

Fish farms at Broga.

A few kilometers down the road is RabbitFunLand where children get the opportunity to pet and feed rabbits, ponies and goats. Families are then invited to have lunch in their restaurant where the main item on the menu is – you guessed it – rabbit!

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We passed on the rabbit satay and had chicken claypot and ikan bakar (spicy grilled fish) instead. It was pretty good.

Immediately opposite RabbitFunLand is the path which leads up to Broga Hill.

Bukit Broga

This hill is unusual for this part of the world in that it is covered with grass but no trees which means you can get a good view. It is only about 400m high but, at a leisurely pace, it takes about an hour of sweaty climbing to reach the highest of its 3 levels.

Bukit Broga with the town of Broga in the background.

It is quite a popular walk and the path is well defined. Most people go up at the crack of dawn to enjoy the sunrise, the clearer visibility and lower temperatures. Our family went up in the middle of the day – for the extra challenge (mad dogs and Englishmen)!  I enjoyed the walk and might try to continue on to Gunung Tok Wan next time (since attempted – read about it here.)

Nearly at the top -Bukit Broga.

Batu Caves

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.

Batu Caves

Cave Villa contains paintings of scenes from Indian folklore,  statues of Hindu gods, verses from their scriptures and so on.

Cave Villa, Batu Caves

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.

272 steps up to the cave.

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.

Route of former funicular railway.

The scale of the main cave, known as Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave, never ceases to impress.

Batu Caves - Temple Cave

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).

Veggie spread at Batu Caves.

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.

KTM Komuter train to Batu Caves

There  are even female only carriages on this line.

Ladies' only carriage.

Batu Caves railway station is located right next to the statue of Hanuman at the entrance to the caves complex.

The Green Monkey (good name for a pub?)

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