Kuala Lumpur is lovingly referred to as KL, or sometimes Koala Lumpur;) for those who are new to this city. It is the national capital and it is the largest city in Malaysia. The name Kuala Lampur means “muddy confluence”, and it likely refers to the joining together of the Gombak and Klang rivers directly within KL. The city’s success began as a tin mining locale, and as it was the northernmost spot that made for easy boat transportation on the Gombak River, it became a meeting place and soon flourished.
In 1957, Malaysia celebrated its independence after 151 years of British rule. That very year, Kuala Lumpur became the capital of the Independent Federation of Malaya. In 2007, KL celebrated its 50th year as the country’s capital! In this post, you will learn about Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, and the plethora of fantastic adventures to be had in Malaysia’s capital city.
Batu Caves and Rock Climbing Go Hand in Hand
Batu Caves is a stellar rock climbing location. There are a total of 3 walls at Batu Caves with varying routes and levels of difficulty. For example, Damai Wall has over 30 routes with up to 4 pitches. There are many routes tailored towards beginners, which makes this a perfect climbing spot for climbers wanting to get more experience on natural rock. This also means that Damai Wall is often very busy, so plan ahead! As for getting there, Damai Wall is slightly further away from Batu Caves than Nanyang Wall and Nyamuk Wall. The closest address is: Kampung Melayu Wira Damai Batu Caves, Selangor Malaysia.
Nanyang Wall is the second wall for rock climbing at Batu Caves. It stands directly in front of the shops at the main road of the caves. Most routes are shorter, below 30m long, and some routes also offer multiple pitches with varying levels of difficulty. The approach to the wall takes little effort as it is located directly next to an open-bay car park. Nanyang Wall, like all rock climbing at Batu Caves, offers great views!
Finally, Nyamuk Wall is an east facing wall and features spectacular scenery in the morning with the sun. The difficulty here ranges and features many advanced routes. There are 3 sections to the wall with multiple routes per section. Nyamuk Wall is of course free to access, and it is advised that you take care to properly dispose of any rubbish and take all of your belongings with you. Getting to Nyamuk Wall takes 10 minutes by car past the entrance of Batu Caves, to the Jalan TIB 3 road where you can approach the wall.
Culture and Accessibility to the Caves
In recent months, the Batu Caves in KL have undergone a face lift! In August of 2018, the Batu Caves opened again to the public and they now boast an extra addition. The exterior facade, as well as the 272 steps to Batu Caves, feature a new coat of color like never before! The renovation culminated in a Maha Kumbabishegam consecration ceremony that was held on August 31, 2018. This ceremony is very special; it only occurs either after renovations or every 12 years.
Getting to Batu Caves is quite simple. KL Sentral to Batu Caves is the route to take, as it transports you from the center of the city to Batu Caves and is the easiest and most straightforward way to get there. There is a KTM Komuter that runs from Sentral to Batu Caves. To travel by car, the best option is to follow Jalan Kuching/Route 1 all the way to Batu Caves.
Batu Caves and All That It Offers!
What else is there to do at Batu Caves? Try base jumping off of Gua Damai cliff! It’s located at Gua Damai Extreme Park and the height is 96 meters. Please be aware of all warnings and precautions before attempting, as base jumping can be dangerous.
Lord Murugan Statue is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia, and the third tallest in the world. At 42.7 meters in height, it is a towering structure that greets you as you walk into the Batu Caves region. The Dark Caves Conservation Site is a spectacle to behold. Tours traverse through limestone caves carved out over one million years ago. Enjoy a variety of biodiversity and shine your flashlights ahead as you walk the path with other sightseers and learn from the experts. Book an Adventure tour ahead of time for 3 hours of twists, turns, and spelunking!
And of course, the main cave, named Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave, is accessible by a 272-step trek featuring colors and the sights and scenes of Kuala Lampur. Do be careful, as it is a steep climb! The numbered steps and local wildlife will keep you entertained; be sure not to feed the monkeys and pay little attention to them, as they are known to bite and steal cameras and wallets!
Camp5 Kuala Lumpur Climbing Gym
Camp5 has been a member of the Climbing Wall Association since 2008, ensuring their operations meet or exceed international standards of practice. At the time of writing this post, 1,455 members at the Camp5 Kuala Lumpur Climbing Gym have logged 5,188 climbs on 1,801 routes! I have been here and it is one of my favorite climbing gyms.
The gym offers over 400 toprope, boulder, and lead routes that range from all levels of difficulty. What’s more, routes alter every 3-6 months, providing repeat visitors with constant new challenges.
The variety at Camp5 Kuala Lumpur Climbing Gym is vast and plentiful. Some examples include their boulder cave, located deep within the boulder area; The Pro Wall, which is a gigantic structure for anyone prepared to climb the most difficult routes available at Camp5; with the Sentinel Wall also set up at a height of 12-15m for those looking for a range of terrain.
Enjoy The Sights and Sounds of KL
Finally, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s sprawling capital, offers much more in the way of entertainment and leisure. From scenic views to fabulous eateries, KL has it all. For example, the Petronas Towers attract thousands of visitors per year who are keen to snap a photo and marvel at its enormity. It consists of two towers, and from 1998 to 2004 they were the tallest in the world. Spanning 88 stories, one of the most exciting features is the visitor sky bridge, which links the two buildings together.
Another gorgeous landmark is the Kuala Lumpur Tower. It is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world! The antennae at its peak stands at 421 meters. This tower is no joke! It offers unreal views, as well as a revolving restaurant! Atmosphere 360 is the name, and aside from fabulous lunch buffets and multi-course meals, the Observation Deck is just below the restaurant.
When you are ready for a cultural lesson, head over to the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. The vibrantly colorful front of the building depicts a range of Hindu deities. Above all, it is the oldest Hindu temple in all of Kuala Lumpur! Similarly, other features of KL include a Butterfly Park, foodie paradise at Alor Street, shopping at Suria KLCC’s 6-story metropolis, and 20 acres of over 3,000 birds at Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.
Kuala Lumpur is a Must-Visit
From a towering statue of a Hindu deity and the largest climbing gym in Asia, to spelunking, sky bridges, and sneaky wildlife, Batu Caves and Kuala Lumpur has something to offer for everyone. For this reason, whether you are a solo traveler or a family, you’re sure to enjoy yourself in the capital city of Malaysia. You can also take a look at other suggestions for my favorite Malaysian cruise and island!