Come January 30th, the Thaipusam will be in full swing at Batu Caves. Thaipusam is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus. It can even be considered bigger than Deepavali. Thaipusam is where devotees will carry elaborate kavadis as they fulfil their vows and religious obligation.

Batu Caves on Thaipusam day view from the highwayAnd with this celebration, of course comes with a big headache of traffic jams. And tomorrow my family plan to make a trip to Raub and the only way to get there is via the Karak highway which passes by Batu Caves. It is going to be a massive congestion! Hopefully by late afternoon it will be less crowded as we plan to make our trip around this time and hope that most of the crowd would have dispersed.

I hope one day to visit and experience Thaipusam and bring along my DSLR for some nice travel photos. This time round due to family obligation, I will have to skip the festival. Besides, I am wondering how to get there because of the large number of visitors, from devotees and their families to tourist and photographers who wants to catch a glimpse of the festivities. Youch!


 

Perhaps I should take time off and go early like some of the people who want to avoid the crowd. Already there are devotees and tourist going days ahead of the actual Thaipusam day itself. Perhaps that is what I ought to do next time.

There is a KTM commuter train service at the Batu Caves on Thaipusam day. However, don’t bank on its efficiency. Though it may be the only train service going to Batu Cave area you could try other mode of transport. Cars, taxis and buses may get jammed on the road. So you will have to take your chance with any of the transportation mode. Perhaps stop or park your car much further and walk your way there.

I wonder how fare Peter of Pulau-Pangkor.com. He will be headed up to Penang to view the Thaipusam festival there instead. Will just have to wait for his newsletter.

Batu Caves during Thaipusam throng with devotees. File pic from Star news.

So what is Malaysia Festival – Thaipusam all about?

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