Batu caves and Genting Highlands

Day 3 in Malaysia

We started our day by taking a cab to the Batu caves which is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia located at a distance of just 12 kms by road from our hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It took us less than 20 mins despite the traffic to reach the place by Uber cab. However, much cheaper but a bit time consuming way to reach Batu caves is to take KMUTER train from KL Sentral station to Batu Caves for just 3 Ringgit per person. KL Sentral is well connected by monorail from all major centers in the KL city. A 42.7-metre (140 ft) high statue of Lord Murugan marks the main attraction of this place.

There was nothing much to do at Batu caves temple from a tourist’s sightseeing perspective. So we made our way to the next stop, Genting highlands. In order to save time we again hired a taxi for around 58 Ringgits to Awana skyway terminal to reach Genting highlands. Alternatively, one could take Genting express bus from KL Sentral or Gombuk station to reach the place for just 4 Ringgits per person. But we didn’t have the time to go back to KL Sentral or Gombuk to catch that bus since we need to come back to KL the same day. It would be a better plan if one can go to Genting highlands early in the morning from KL in order to enjoy the place thoroughly or stay for a night up on the highlands since the place offers a lot of activities for the visitors. Cable car standard tickets from Awana terminal up to the Genting highlands is priced at 8 Ringgits per person one way. One can alternatively go by road to the top.

 

A MUST VISIT while in Malaysia, Genting Highlands are located just 55 kms or 1 hour away from the Kuala Lumpur and are perfect holiday option for a quick getaway in Malaysia. Boasting round-the-clock exciting entertainment, this hill station – perched approximately 1800 metres above sea level – is immensely popular for its Vegas-style casino and its indoor and outdoor theme parks. Genting also hosts ride South East Asia’s longest and the world’s fastest cable car system. Part of the Resorts World Genting shopping and entertainment resort, First World hotel is a massive budget hotel with over 6000 rooms. There are unlimited entertainment options indoors with concerts, live music restaurants, Malaysian street food court, games parlour and shopping stops. Sky symphony is one of the major attractions of the Resorts World at Genting.

I was amused at the sight of all the happenings at the Resorts World and particularly enjoyed the sky symphony show, theme restaurants, indoor games and just roaming around the luxurious and gigantic malls. All the resorts were inter connected and one can feel lost at times moving around the place. The weather outside was cool and breezy with clouds floating around the lush green highlands. On our way back by cable car we made a stop at Chin Swee station where an ancient chinese temple was located. It took us more than 10 long escalators and around 15 mins to climb down from the station to reach the temple complex. But it was a not to be missed sight.

We had already booked our return tickets from Awana bus terminal back to Kuala Lumpur since the buses run full in the evening. It was a comfortable ride back to the KL city in about an hour. It was my most enjoyable day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands.