Have you seen this ???
Of course many of you may have, but have you seen this???
I bet you may have, but not captured it! No? 😛 🙂 that’s how he looks from behind! 😉 you welcome!
Batu caves in KL is one of the major tourist attractions. Smiling face of the god Aiyappa or Shanmugha standing calm on a high raised platform amid the beauty of caves behind, the view is amazing. But what is not, is STORE no 10. I will come to that later.
It was late afternoon when we reached the place. Our cab driver was very kind and determined to write – in a reluctant , non- writing pen- a map to the nearest train station that would help us get back to our hotel. We thanked him and kept that small chit with invisible map on it. In front of us was a great view , trees in dark green spread over huge solid hills in the background almost like a back drop and the ceiling was dark grey , the beauty was of the yellow gold idol of God Aiyappa standing tall and graceful.
As you start to walk, there is an arch -as any other Indian temple- that invites you at the entrance; ahead of us were steep steps painted in red and white, the rails were in bright yellow that stood out from a distance. Half way through to the steps to the left lies ” Dark Caves” . I was all excited to know what might be inside the dark caves . We paid 30 ringgits (or so, I guess) each and we had to wait for the next batch to get in. There were 4 other people waiting just like us to get into the dark caves. We had a wait for about 10 min before a girl in an yellow safety helmet and big black framed glasses that looked huge to her small white face – came to us . She handed each of us a small torch and a helmet.
After a brief introduction we finally walked into the caves. It was dark alright. But you don’t believe what we saw there!
COCKROACHS (rolling eyes) yeah, I know ! Some 2 kinds of spiders, bats- lot of bats actually , centipede, and a bat eating species of snake which she claimed exists there but cannot be spotted. Anyway, she also showed the pictures of all those animals, every now and then she would show huge lime structures accumulated over hundreds of years . In between all this when we were almost in the middle of the cave-it was pitch dark without our torch lights – we were standing on a small bridge when she asked all of us to switch off our torches. She started to speak in the dark “this is what you paid for right? Dark caves. These animals live here with no light, can you imagine being in a place like this for years? How is the darkness?” she repeatedly stressed on “this is what you paid for” a couple of times. Which made total sense to me when we walked out of the dark caves.
Batu Caves got the name from the lime formations , Batu means Lime in the local language – Malay/Bahasa.
Once you come out from the dark caves there is another fleet of steps waiting for you. I did not count how many, but definitely enough to burn your calories. There are a couple of temples out of which 2 are big ones . We sat there near the temple for some time and soon were hungry.
We checked for a coffee shop, a guy from the souvenir shop told us we will get some coffee in store 10. There we were Store 10 ! Coffee looked like coffee, but I think they added coffee powder by mistake in a sugar syrup. Trust me when I say- It was the worse coffee ever.
No no wait.. I think second worst! The one that topped was at a place called “Pece LeLe LeLa” on the way to Port Dickson.
I don’t know what it means but it sounds very funny though. I’m not sure why they even had a shop in the first place. There was absolutely nothing but this most-pathetic-coffee-in-the-world and 2 fish items. Although the menu at the counter had at least 30 items all were marked in red. That is the no.1 Worst coffee in KL.
Next time you are in KL you know where NOT to try coffee. I’ll tell you where to have instead.
The best one was from a Coffee shop called Coffee Bean only next to this other place called Harvest. I am not sure if I have written about it. If I have not already,I know what I am writing next! 🙂
You can find some of my other experiences in KL here.
These are some random pics from Batu Caves.