Believed to be around three hundred and forty million years old, the Jenolan Caves located in the district of New South Wales in Australia, are strongly argued to be the oldest open cave system in the world, according to current knowledge. Located west of Sydney, the Jenolan Caves constitute a complex network of passages created by centuries of natural processes where scientists have discovered fossils and calcite formations. Even more astonishing are the Sudawala Caves located in the South African continent where the rock formations are believed to three thousand eight hundred million years old. The caves themselves are believed to be around two hundred years old. Amongst these caves, the Batu Caves also rank in accordance with the approximate age of formation and is believed to be a stunning four hundred million years old! Therefore, if you are in Malaysia for business and is stay at 4 star hotels in Kuala Lumpur, transform work into pleasure by making your way to the Batu Caves.
If you are staying at Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, a hotel located in the thriving new business district of the city, the Batu Caves constitute an experience that should not be avoided or missed. Simply contact the hotel in advance and request that they arrange a tour for you, for your convenience.
The caves have an intriguing history with settlers excavating around the caves for years before its mere existence gained formal recognition in 1878. The Caves also gained the distinction of being a place of worship as a certain Indian trader by the name of K. Thamboosamy Pillai made the decision to create and dedicate a temple within the caves to a Hindu God known as Lord Murugan. Intriguingly, this initial conception has withstood the changing winds of time and even today, the festival known as Thaipusam, celebrated in late January, is conducted at this very same place. Of course, the Batu Caves have been subject to some significant wear and tear and as a result, the Malaysian State took the initiative to introduce around two hundred and seventy steps which lead up to the Caves, which have also greatly enhanced accessibility.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travelers.