Deepavali is one of the most waited and celebrated holidays in Malaysia. It’s a holiday that pays tributes to Lord Rama and his wife Sita. Like many other festivals in the country, Deepavali is celebrated by all races.
It is also known as “Diwali” or “Festival of Lights.” As with most festivals, Kuala Lumpur (KL) is brimming with activities in celebration of the religious holiday. If your visit to KL coincides with Deepavali, here are some places you can check out.
Little India Brickfields
More commonly known as simple “Little India,” this medium-size urban area is located just five minutes from KL Sentral Station. While it is always festive-looking year-round, Little India is even more bursting with activities days before Deepavali as people shop for spices, religious items and traditional clothes to wear for the religious holiday. Little India Brickfields is famous for its beautiful yellow arches which are great backdrops for any KL photo-op.
There are many Hindu temples in Kuala Lumpur. We recommend visiting Sri Kandaswamy Kovil in Brickfields and Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Chinatown. Hindus conduct their ceremonial rites and prayers in the morning. When visiting any religious venue in Malaysia, make sure you dress appropriately. Sleeveless tops and shorts are not permitted inside the temples so make sure you carry a large, long scarves to cover up.
Major Shopping Malls
Deepavali is one of the biggest holidays in the country and as such, major shopping malls in KL are lavishly decorated with Deepavali decors and lights. Suria KLCC is located right below the majestic Petronas Towers. Pavilion KL and The Gardens Mall are two of the high-end shopping venues you can also visit.
Batu Caves is one of the most iconic and popular tourist spots in Malaysia. The caves are located 12 kilometers north of KL. You can reach Batu Caves easily via the KTM Komuter train at KL Sentral Station. See the KTM Komuter timetable for the list of departures to and from the caves.
We suggest getting there in the morning to avoid the large crowds and the midday heat. A gigantic statue of Lord Murugan stands proudly at the foot of the caves at 42.7 meters in height. The statue is made of 1,550 cubic meters of concrete, 250 tons of steel bar and 300 litres of gold paint.
This religious holiday also commemorates the triumph of good over evil. Families all around Malaysia celebrate this national holiday by coming together, eating traditional Indian, Malay and Chinese delicacies and watching fireworks display. We hope that these tips can help you enrich your KL travel itinerary during the Deepavali holiday.
Sources: • http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/attractions/brickfields.htm • http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/magazine/deepavali-in-malaysia.htm • http://kuala-lumpur.attractionsinmalaysia.com/Batu-Caves.php