Elephant No. 17: Batu Caves, Malaysia


After my two solo weeks in Indonesia, I met up with Alex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Though we enjoyed visiting the sites of the city, especially the stunning Islamic Arts Museum, we found the city hard to get around on foot, with a distinct lack of pavements and crossings, and there frequently wasn’t a public transport option for where we were trying to get to. Also, the city was smothered in a thick smog, so we were keen to try and get out a bit to some greenery and fresh air. With this in mind, we made a trip to the Batu Caves on the outskirts of the city. 

Alas, they too were clothed in smog, but they were beautiful caves, stretching high above out heads into the gloom. One was named the Ramayana cave as it had a series of illuminated statues at its entrance, illustrating scenes from the Ramayana story – one of which included this elephant with its handsome trunk. I think it looks quite dashing all lit up in the darkened cave.

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