INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR
Hidden Gems in Kuala Lumpur
Deemed as one of the iconic cities in South-east Asia, Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, leaves every visitor nonplussed owing to its myriad of natural and man-made splendours. Also, widely known as KL, the beautiful city witnesses hordes of tourists every year who carry back tales of numerous mesmerising experiences to their native lands. Consequently, the number of tourists to this place has been multiplying every year, and hence, Kuala Lumpur has also evolved as a promising commercial hub over the time.
Apart from the looming skyscrapers, proud colonial architecture and scenic natural wonders, the Golden Triangle marks the central hub of KL, which is dotted with the famous Suria KLCC, Chinatown and Bukit Bintang. This place hosts a number of sprawling malls, cafes and restaurants, and hence, locals and tourists throng over here all through the year.
Petronas Twin Towers
These gigantic skyscrapers are joined at the 41st and the 42nd floors by a 58 meter long double-decker sky bridge. The 88 storey buildings were structured under Islamic inspiration, and stand 175 metres above the street level. The Petronas Towers proudly stood unrivalled as the tallest skyscrapers in the world till Burj Khalifa came into existence. These towers house numerous corporate offices, and offer breathtaking views from the top.
This place is reputed as the food paradise among the locals and tourists. The streets and sidewalks are sequinned with hosts of multicultural eateries, which cater to every visitor’s palate. As a matter of fact, it becomes a daunting task to pick, and choose from these stalls, since there are countless delicacies available here. Evenings are the right time to visit Jalan Alor, since all the eateries open up by then. People prefer to gather here in large numbers at night, and savour the sumptuous delights available at the stalls.
These are three caves naturally carved out of a limestone hill. While Lord Murugan’s colossal figure guards the entrance, these caves enshrine certain Hindu deities, and are frequented by innumerable tourists every year. The Art Cave and the Museum Gallery Cave showcase beautiful paintings and Hindu idols, and hence, attract throngs of Hindu visitors who come to perform certain rituals at the caves.
Rumah Penghulu at Badan Warison
Far from the urban hustle-bustle, just take your time out to have a look at the simple Malaysian heritage. Rumah Pehghulu Abu Seman is a stilted wooden house, which has been restored by the Heritage Trust of Malaysia. These days, guided tours have been organised for the tourists who wish to have a broad insight regarding the erstwhile Malaysian culture.
Thean Hou temple at Robson Heights
This architectural wonder is syncretic of ancient and modern elements. Buddhist couples come here to tie marriage knots. Besides, this temple houses the registrar of marriage where the aspiring couples sign their marriage contracts.
Vast stretches of paddy fields slovenly touch the foothills, and visitors linger on here for days to witness the magical sunrises. People indulge in hiking and cycling here for hours during the daytime. Also, there is a paddy factory nearby.
Kuala Lumpur Heritage Trail
Tourists visit this place to marvel at the colonial architecture. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to walk around, and reminisce the rich British legacy.
Also, known as the Chinatown, this place is unique, since the government has built a roof along the entire stretch. Crowds of people spend hours shopping here, since they are safe from the sunny heat.
If you wish for a respite from the regular urban commotion, then plan for a tour to this ecstatic hill station, which is located within proximity to KL. Amidst a 100-million year old scenic forest, these hills host a number of three-star estates, theme parks and eateries for the visitors. In fact, tourists spend a couple of days here, admire the mesmerising views, and dine at leisure, while the cool winds embracing the hills have a kind of rejuvenating effect for all.