Finally, a free day!!!!! Free day equals wash day. I don't think that I've ever been so excited about washing. Nicole and I headed out about 10 am. to the laundromat. To was two loads of clothes and dry one load was RM 30 (Ringgit), about $7 USD.
As we walked back to the hotel, Nicole and I along with four other cohort members, decided to go the the Batu Caves. Upon arrival to the caves, we were taken aback by the beauty of the statue Murugan, a Hindi deity. The statue in KL is the largest statue of Murugun in the world.
As we began walking toward the statue, we saw the hundreds of stairs leading to the opening of the cage. With the sun at its peak position, it was ridiculously hot. We tried to climb the stairs as quickly as possible to dodge the heat. However, we quickly noticed the monkeys casually running around. They even seemed to stop and pose for pictures. Nicole and I instantaneously reached for our cameras and began snapping photos. I think I got some pretty good photos.
As we entered the opening of the caves, it was much cooler. We saw many people praying to God. Many walked the stairs barefoot, wore traditional clothing, and lit candles at the alter. One man even lit a melon on fire prayed and threw it down on the ground.
Once he finished, our attention once again focused on the monkeys running around gathering food. People were feeding the monkeys peanuts, trail mix, anything that was edible, which of course brought them within arms reach of us. One monkey unexpectedly stole a bag of snacks from a man’s hand and ran off.
The sight of the cave was reminiscent of something from a Jurassic Park. As we ventured further into the caves, we were amazed at the beauty of the stone and the traditional Hindu artwork. The tiny speck of light that trickled down from a crack in the rock. As you peered further back in the caves, you could see trees that topped the top of the cave and the sun heavily beating in.
Once we finished exploring the caves, we went to the dark caves next door. Because they were so expensive, we weren’t able to go inside. We stood outside at the entrance and read the information signs. Once again, as we prepared to leave from the dark caves the monkeys came from hiding and stole the show.
We were so thirsty as we got to the end of the stairs that we decided to grab a coconut drink. It was really cool, we picked a coconut and the salesman at the booth cracked it open for us to drink the milk from. It was very refreshing on such a hot day.