Monday, October 7, 2013

Day 80 Kuala Lumpur

Sailing into to Kelang we were racking our brains trying to remember what the port looked like....   Looking at the lights it looked so close we thought we would be in early, but the we were moving at a snail’s pace.

As we got closer it was all starting to come back to us and as that big white building became clearer and clearer we thought yes that is right.

It was once the Star Terminal but it is now known as the Glenn Terminal.  How could we forget that really long walkway from the ship to the building.

We were going to do the KL on your own, but decided we would hire a taxi which took us to the Batu Caves, KL tower and then dropped us around the Butik Bintang area before taking us back to the ship..

The drive towards KL was just as expected... slow as we were driving in peak hour traffic.  The Batu Caves are only about 15km out of the city.  We seem to be driving in a big circle and then CK our driver explained that it would be faster to drive around KL than it would have been to drive through it.

Princess use to have tours to Batu but on our last 2 trips they have not been an option. 

Batu Caves is one of the most renowned Hindi shrines located outside of India which is dedicated to the Lord Murugan. It is said that the limestone which forms the Batu Caves are as old as 400 million years old. The steps up to Batu Caves were made of wood. They were soon replaced by 272 concrete ones. Among all the cave temples which make up the site, the most famous and the largest of them all is the Cathedral Cave and in every corner you will find a different shrine underneath its 100-meter vaulted ceiling.

The statue of Lord Murugan stands proud at 42.7 meters right outside of Batu Caves. It is painted the brightest of golds that has been brought in from Thailand. I took a photo from behind to give you some perspective as to how big is actually is.  On the way up the many steps you will find the little monkeys and their babies racing around looking for someone who might have some food for them...  You have to be careful as they are known to be aggressive and can bite... But they look so cute!!!

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