After a full day of shopping yesterday, today we decided to finally visit some of the sights of Kuala Lumpur. One of these sights are the Batu Temple Caves, and another one is the Menara KL, a TV Tower with a fantastic observation deck in the middle of the city. More details below.
Located around 15 km north of the city center, the Batu Caves are advertised as one of the top attractions of Malaysia. Under a big lime stone rock, there is a network of caves that contains several historic hindu temples. Being a fan of caves and temples, for me it was a must to go there.
Once arrived, we were greeted by an impressive golden Buddha statue and some long, steep stairs up to the cave. In the tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur, we climbed the 272 steps up to the cave and arrived quite exhausted at the top. Along the stairs and also inside the caves, we were welcomed by curious and hungry monkeys, which however were not aggressive at all.
The cave itself was very impressive from the dimensions, however, the place was poorly maintained and there was no spiritual ambience at all in or around the temples. Noisy groups of tourists and garbage made the place much less attractive. Around and also inside the caves were tourist shops selling useless stuff. All-in-all it was still worth going out there, but for a top sight a bit disappointing.
Menara KL / KL Tower
After returning to Kuala Lumpur and a short snack, we were heading for the KL Tower. The view from the Sky Deck, located around 400m above the city, was fantastic. Also, due to the higher elevation, the climate was a bit better up there than down in the streets, and the wind also helped feeling more comfortable. As we went up in the early evening, we could view at Kuala Lumpur and the surroundings before, during and after sunset.
Gourmet Dinner at Manja Restaurant
In the evening we tried TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. For around $80 we had three excellent dishes and drinks. Not cheap for Kuala Lumpur, but back in Zurich you would maybe get two pizzas with salads and drinks for the same price.