This week on Get QiRanger Out There! we’re headed to Malaysia. Located a short distance north of Kuala Lumpur’s city center is the renowned Batu Caves. It’s one of the most popular Hindu shrines in the world and key to the Malaysian Thaipusam festival.
Admission to the Batu Caves is free, but getting there might not be. To get the Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur, ride the Batu Caves-Port Klang KTM Komuter train leaving KL Sentral station. Round trip is only 4RM ($1.22US), making this an incredibly cheap outing. The trip each way takes less than an hour and the train is rather comfortable.
The Batu Caves are formed from limestone and date back some 400 million years. The local Temuan people used a few of the cave’s entrances as shelters. Many of the Hindu shrines inside depict Lord Murugan’s victory over a demon.
While at the base of the caves you’ll find a convenience store, souvenir shops and tons of local delicacies.