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Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple

address: Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (Jalan Bandar), 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sri-Mahamariamman-Temple-Kuala-Lumpur.jpg, Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).
Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).

The admission to the temple is free but donations are welcome.

The temple was founded in 1873 in the early years of Kuala Lumpur (KL has its origins in the 1850s) as a private shrine by the Pillai family. It was later opened to the public in the late 1920s. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia. The current structure of the temple was errected and 1968 and was recently renovated again.

The temple is the starting point for the Thaipusam procession to the Batu Caves when thousands of devotees gather outside the temple carrying containers of milk as offering to  Lord Muruga. From here they start their ca.15km long walk to Batu Caves which attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees and visitors every January for the Thaipusam celebration.


Getting There
The temple is centrally located in the Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur. It can be reached within a few minutes while walking around the Chinatown / Central Market / Merdeka Square area. The closest LRT station is Pasar Seni, which is a mere 5min walk away.


location of Sri Mahamariamman temple
the Sri Mahamariamman Temple (on the left) is located in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Tun HS Lee, just one street off parellel to the Chinatown market on Jalan Petaling


stalls selling flower leis
stalls beside the temple selling garlands of flowers, which are used as offering to the Hindu deties

 



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