I do not like caves at all. If I have my way, I would not visit them. Dark, dingy places are not for me. Not only me, my cameras also don’t like them.
But have you ever noticed that caves are not always dark & dingy? Sometimes they open a horizon in front of you.
Having said that, as a traveller I have been to some awesome caves around the world. Australia, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia to name a few countries. And of course India !
When it comes to the ultimate caving experience, spelunkers are spoilt for choice in Malaysia. The country has many firsts & tops when it comes to caves. Here are my top 5 caves from Malaysia.
Batu caves :
The first and foremost is my favourite Batu caves. When I saw it first four years back, I was awestruck by the gigantic size of this statue in front of the caves. You can see the steep steps going to the caves.
If you are visiting Malaysia, I recommend you these famous caves. No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a stop at the Batu Caves. Batu Caves is a limestone hill consisting of a series of caves and cave temples. It is one of the most popular Hindu temples outside of India and is the main venue of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.
The giant statue from the ground at Batu caves, Malaysia.
Perak caves :
For people who are willing to climb 450 steps to Perak cave, a panoramic view of Ipoh City awaits. Perak Tong, as it is known locally, is a temple built by a Buddhist priest from China in 1926. It has Buddha statues that are strategically installed between stalagmites and stalactites that are thousands of years old. The main attraction is a 12 meter golden Buddha surrounded by wondrous murals.
There is another cave in Ipoh called Sam Poh Tong. Discovered by a Chinese monk, it is the biggest cave temple in Malaysia. Interesting part of this temple is that it has a large pond full of tortoises. 😀
Gomantong Cave :
The cave system is famous for its valuable edible swiftlet nests which can be made into bird’s nest soup, a delicacy throughout Asia. Since it comes with a pricy tag, many people here practice the ancient tradition of harvesting and trading swiftlet nests.
I have not been to this cave but would like to visit it one day.
Good Luck caves :
Good Luck cave houses the world’s largest enclosed space in the world. Known as Sarawak Chamber, it is 3 times the size of the Big Room in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico if you have heard about it. It is so big that it is commonly described as capable of holding up to 10 jumbo jets nose-to-tail within its walls !
Deer caves :
Deer Cave (Gua Rusa in Malay) at Mulu National Park in Sarawak is one of the places which you must visit if you are sightseeing in Malaysia and love cave explorations. What sets the Deer Cave apart from the others is its magnificent cave passage, the largest in the world. This cave used to be frequented by a lot of deer, and that’s how it got its name. And now it’s home to thousands of bats ! 😛 You can see them flying low making interesting patterns over the mouth of the cave.
Towards the other side of the cave opening, there is a beautiful Garden of Eden. At the southern entrance of the cave, you will be able to see a rock formation which looks like the famous Abraham Lincoln.
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