Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and is mostly known for its iconic skyline, colourful streets and natural wonders. It is a multicultural and historical city where you can spend all day shopping at the largest malls in the world, eating exotic food, visiting interesting museums or exploring the city’s hidden gems. The city is a popular tourist destination due to the iconic Petronas Towers, which attracts people from all over the world.
Despite being a very busy and commercial city, Kuala Lumpur is actually very romantic and loved by couples. Couples travel to this city to enjoy the great nighttime view of the skyscrapers, roam through the street food market stalls and seek out an adventure at the Batu Caves complex. If you are looking for a romantic trip and will be travelling to Kuala Lumpur with your significant other, then take a look at this itinerary. If you have longer than a weekend in Malaysia, then consider also visiting its beautiful islands, such as Langkawi and Tioman Island.
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Batu Caves are just 12 km outside of Kuala Lumpur and are easily accessible by train. The caves are considered to be one of the most stunning natural and man-made wonders in Malaysia. Batu Caves, or Cave Temples, are a holy monument that emphasizes the beauty of Malaysia’s limestone mountains and the glory of the Hindu faith. There are four main caves, however, you can choose if you want to visit all of them. While exploring the caves, you will find some grand and colourful statues of Hindu deities that will take your breath away. It is the perfect place if you seeking an adventurous romantic day.
Lord Murugan statue marks the entrance to the Batu Caves as it's built just on the foot of them. It is the tallest Hindu deity statue in Malaysia and the third tallest in the world. The statue is 42.7 m tall and was unveiled to the public in 2006. The iconic statue is not only a great spot for Instagram photos, but also to view wild monkeys as they love hanging around it.
Cathedral Cave, known as Temple Cave or Murugan Temple, is the main cave in the Batu Caves complex. This cave is a temple dedicated to the Murugan diety. It is accessed by the very steep flight of 272 steps. You will be able to see the steps behind the Lord Murugan Statue. Be careful of monkeys as they usually follow visitors inside the cave and harass them for the food. There is no entry fee.
The Dark Cave is open when a guide is available, so I would recommend checking at the information point. This cave is focused on educational and scientific information. It is said that the Dark Cave is home to the rare Trapdoor spider, bats and cockroaches. The cave’s educational team provide an adventurous tour for brave people who are not scared of getting wet. Don’t forget to bring suitable clothes!
The entrance to Ramayana Cave is marked by a giant statue of the Hindu deity Hanuman – a monkey god. This Cave is very colourful and filled with various Hindu gods. It has a courtyard where you can find a statue of a five-legged bull that was once alive and used to run around the courtyard till its death. There is a small charge for the entry fee.
KLCC stands for Kuala Lumpur City Centre. It is filled with upscale fashion malls and 5-star hotels with spas that overlook central park and the dynamic Petronas Twin Towers, which is the number one landmark to visit in Malaysia. There are so many things to do if you wish to experience the luxurious side of Kuala Lumpur. During this day, you will stop at the most iconic KLCC attractions, including the famous aquarium, central park and the observation deck at the Petronas Twin Towers. You will also have a chance to see the famous water show at Symphony Lake.
Aquaria KLCC is located on the basement level of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It is one of the largest aquariums in South East Asia. The aquarium houses about 5000 marine creatures (150 species), such as tiger sharks, sea snakes, blue rays, coral fish, seahorses and more. I recommend visiting early to avoid the crowds.
KLCC Park is also sometimes called Central Park as it’s almost in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. It is a 50-acre urban park that has a majestic view of the Petronas Twin Towers from below. The park is suitable for a relaxing strolling as it has a lot of rare trees, waterfalls, fountains, seasonal flowers and sculptures in it.
The Petronas Twin Towers are an attraction that every visitor to Kuala Lumpur wants to see. The twin towers were built in 1998 and are the tallest twin towers in the world. The 88-floor towers are joined together at the 41st and 42nd floors by a double-decker Skybridge. You can purchase tickets for the Skybridge and enjoy a walk across it to see great views of the city. This is just one of the many places you can enjoy a great view of the city!
After a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers, head back to KLCC Park to find Lake Symphony. This lake is a man-made lake that has a music fountain show every evening. It is a magic water show with a great view of the Petronas Twin Towers - a perfect way to end your day. Usually, there are three shows (8 PM, 9 PM and 10 PM), so make sure you are on time to catch one. There is no charge for the water show.
On your third day in Kuala Lumpur, you are going to see some of the hidden gems of the city. These attractions aren’t the top priority for tourists, so you will be able to relax and enjoy a moment of quietness. So be ready to enjoy the multicultural side of Kuala Lumpur, by exploring a majestic Hindu temple and visiting the biggest park in the city. Be prepared to also walk for a long time as I have planned a very iconic route through the city. However, if you are tired or just don’t want to walk, I recommend using public transportation or a taxi to get from one place to another.
Start your day by visiting the buzzing Chinatown, which is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. This area is quite popular with tourists, so I would recommend visiting it in the morning to avoid the crowds and to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. There are lots of nice little traditional Chinese restaurants around, tons of bubble tea places and great street vendors if you love to grab a good food bargain.
This temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia and is located on the edge of Chinatown. It was originally built in 1873 and was renovated in 1968. The spectacular tower was added to the temple. The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is a very colorful and quiet place even though it’s very loved by locals and tourists. There is no entrance fee. Make sure to take off your shoes inside the temple.
Perdana Botanical Gardens, also known as Lake Gardens, is located in the Heritage Park. It is a very peaceful park where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll, take a look at rare tropical plants and visit the famous herbarium. If you have enough time, also pay a visit to the birds and butterfly park (fee required). The entrance to the botanical gardens is free of charge though.
Little India, or Brickfields, is a Kuala Lumpur neighbourhood that has a very high concentration of Indians living in the area. The area is filled with lovely Indian restaurants, temples, little food shops and great street stalls where you can get nice souvenirs to bring back home. End your day with a nice cocktail in a classy cocktail bar – the best cocktails in Kuala Lumpur are made in Little India.
This article was first published on May 19, 2019 19:50 UTC.
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