It was the time to visit the Genting Highlands on the third day.And as informed by our tourist guide, we were to visit Batu Caves and a steel factory, while on our way to Genting.
Having the same time table today as well, after our complementary breakfast we moved to the lobby but this time,with our luggage all packed coz we had to visit Singapore straight from Genting. The guide first drove us to outskirts of Kuala Lumpur (approx 1hour) to get another group
of Indian tourists who were to visit Batu Caves with us.We saw some similar faces.They were the same two ladies who had been with us for the city tour.
Picking them from their hotels, now our cab took some speed as we headed for Batu Caves.On our way, we got the last glance of the Petronas towers,KL tower,Mini India. Seeing them all the 2 days of fun and explorations flashed in front of my eyes.I knew its the last time I am
getting this treat…..and soon we would be missing KL like anything. A bit emotional.
After nearly 2 hours of driving, we were surrounded by white mountains on the right side of the roads.It gave a nice green and white look with clouds in the backdrop. Lovely!!!!
As i was busy taking the snaps of these green covered hills…..a golden figure caught my eyes…WoW i said.. it was the 140ft tall statue of Lord Murugan which was visible from kilometers away.
We were at Batu Caves….and the place was looking all devotional and huge. There were Ganesh and Shiva temples which hung an all Indian look.
The Lord Murugan statue was the main source of interest for all those visiting Batu Caves. From the entrance we could see the entrance shrine all golden in color and the steep staircase leading to Batu Malai Sri Subramaniar Temple inside the Batu Caves.
I and Dad decided to climb up the stairs to visit the temple, while Mom preferred staying back with the group and visit the Ganesha and Shiva temples.
Taking a few snaps, I and Dad started climbing up. It was really amazing, climbing the stairs and watching up the enormous Batu Caves above.Felt as if I was in the “Man vs Wild” show with Bear Grylls 😀 😀 . Anyways it was a tough steep walk above with a total of 272 steps.
While on our way up, we came across some notorious monkeys which were targetting the innocent tourists with snacks.Tired and sweaty we reached almost 3/4th of our way up. The view was amazing, the Batu Caves entrance in front and looking behind the Murugan statue with Kuala Lumpur at
We noticed a Black Cave on to our left which was home to some endagered Spiders.We went through only till the ticket counter and returned to Batu Malai Sri Subramaniar Temple as we just had 45mins to reach back to our cab.
Here comes the best part.As we entered the Batu Caves, we were greeted by devotional song “Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha” and some small shops selling flowers, fruits, photos and other souveniers.
We moved in the huge cave ….it was a first time experience for me. The caves was all big and dome shaped from inside.Cool fresh wind was circulating inside through an opening at the top. There were statues of various Gods and Goddesses spread all around us.We walked the pathway to reach the main temple which the Batu Caves was holding since years.
Words are not enough to describe what felt…..temple in front, an opening in the hill at top with the sun rays trying to tear into the cave.Cool breezee whispering on the face.What more would anyone expect !!!!!
As i walked down the stairs…..i felt overwhelmed.Another superb spot, THE BATU CAVES.
It was bright and sunny outside.It was somewhere around 12 and we were on our way to Genting Highlands (one of the greatest water parks). It was around 3 hours ride from Batu Caves. Off we went riding steep roads…..and we were surrounded by greenery and cooler winds.
It was all coniferous forest looking forest.The roads were superb and made me remind of Mumbai Pune expressway.”Malaysia is all suprising us”…i thought while watching out of the cab, the tall trees running past us.
On our way we found more greenery, more signboards, Chin Swee temple and superb cars 😉
Finally we came across a Flex banner which was big enough to tell that GEnting is here.And guess what we could still find skyscrapers @ such height.Genting is 2,000 metres above sea level. And we saw a hotel which read “Hotel THeme Park”. It had an amazing entrance, just like a fort. To add to this let me explain you more about the Hotels @ Genting.
Genting was too big (trust me too big) and spread in large width as well.There were two hotels situated @ Genting (interlinked by common pathways).One was Theme Park and the other was Last Word Hotel. The adventure sports which included water sports , riding sports , indoor and outdoor sports , were divided in these two hotels.Our Hotel were near the adventure sports. We entered the lobby where we were informed that the checkin time was 3pm. It was around 1pm then so we preferred going out to enjoy the adventure sports and then come back later to check in.
Couldnt believe my eyes as we went out.It was spread around in thousands of acres.The starting was with the joy rides.We covered most of them. The best of all was the heart stopping ride which raised you to feets above and throw you (freefall) straight down………it was thrilling and almost took our hearts out of us….near it was Jurassic Park with water ride and Go Karting as well. We moved to archery section where I tried some of my skills @ archery.Trust me , I hit one @ bulls eye. The trainer was happy with me…. 🙂
We tried a few roller coaster rides and then moved to Indoor adventure sports. We entered the Last World which was a treat to eyes. Roamed a lot there. We were a lot tired @ we planned to move back after enjoying some snacks and some window shopping.
Went back to hotel, where the view from the window was the best. The cloud covered hills and the greenery all in front of your window. Check out the pics. I tried my best to capture each of those moments in soms GBS 🙂
We had coffee and took power naps. It was around 8pm when we woke up and thought of moving out. It was really chilly that time.We had to take our jackets with strong cold winds freezing us.Reached to the Last World hotel to see some more of the spectacles and then had dinner. It was tough time searching for veg food for mom. After lot of scanning we got veg burger sections. Had dinner and walked back to hotel…….
Phew,,,,Day3 was really filled with some adventure and thrills……Loving Malaysia