The stairs at the Batu Caves, Malaysia 23 Apr 2017
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Energetic travellers can climb the 272-high stairway to reach the main Temple Cave on Insight Guides' The Cameron Highlands in a Nutshell trip. From the top, the view stretches across the skyline of Kuala Lumpur to the matching Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower.
At the base of the steps stands a 42.7-metre statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu deity the Batu Caves temple complex is dedicated to. The entrance to Cave Villa is also at the base of the steps; here visitors will find an art gallery and museum. The Dark Cave entrance is just below Temple Cave, around the 200th step; it shows rock formations and animals found nowhere else in the world. Finally, Temple Cave is the largest of the three, with a domed ceiling reaching 100 metres high. The entire complex is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.