I am on the final day of my trip, on a cruise in Langkawi, watching the setting sun paint the sky in different hues—there’s the familiar golden orange and an astonishing blue, a colour that one doesn’t usually associate with sunsets. As I soak up the dreamy concoction of the gorgeous dusk, delectable food, and Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca, I realise my camaraderie with this magical land is a few hours from its culmination. And I invariably find myself looking back at my time in Malaysia.
It began in the city of towering skyscrapers: Kuala Lumpur. Any itinerary of the bustling capital city is incomplete without a visit to Batu Caves. A limestone hill in Selangor, this iconic tourist attraction has three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. My fellow travellers and I scan the majestic statue of Lord Murugan that stands tall at the entrance and exchange surprised glances. An imposing facade embellished with statues of Hindu deities, against the picturesque backdrop of a limestone mountain, makes Batu Caves look like they’re right out of a postcard. A set of 272 rainbow-coloured steps, next to the Murugan statue, take you to the Sri Velayuthar Temple on top, where a similar facade, though humbler in size, greets you. Even if you’re not spiritual, the view of the cityscape from the temple is worth the climb. If you’re a vegetarian navigating Malaysia, you must grab a dosa at one of the many food stalls in the temple complex; vegetarian fare is not easy to find in the country. There are also many stalls selling coconut water, if you want to recharge after the climb.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
The Intelligent Traveller
TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP YOU TRAVEL SMARTER
THE ROUTE TO PEACE
In a bid to relive his motorbiking days, SAMIR BHATNAGAR saddles up and sets off from Sikkim to Bhutan. On the trip, he discovers a kingdom brimming with quiet joys, untouched natural beauty, and cultural riches.
THE DAWN IS NIGH
Varanasi may be best known for its ethereal ghats and boat rides on the River Ganga, but its svelte lanes are brimming with culinary specialties and unique silk saris. On a fine morning, TARUKA SRIVASTAV samples these and discovers just how much the pandemic has affected the local businesses
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni AUTHOR: PURVEYOR OF A NEW WORLD
She is known for retelling Indian epics from the perspective of their female characters. Currently a resident of Texas, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni talks to ADILA MATRA about the outsider’s gaze, her latest book, feminism in Indian literature, and unique travel experiences.
Avni Doshi AUTHOR AN ODE TO MOTHERS
In her Booker-shortlisted debut novel, Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi effortlessly weaves together complex narratives of memory loss, motherhood, and trauma. She speaks to SUMEET KESWANI about the book’s inspiration, her connection with Pune, and the evolving idea of home.
Designing a watch for a woman’s wrist needs both skill and artistry. For International Women’s Day, here are five timepieces that are stylish and technically impressive.
From organic coconut oil to wine-infused lip balms, here are the top beauty buys for women on the go.
Goa With A Twist
Innovative dining, well-curated high-teas, offbeat local trails, and unparalleled hospitality—Hilton Goa Resort crafts a world far removed from the Goa to which we are accustomed. By Adila Matra
BUT FIRST, SKINCARE!
This month, ace the beauty game with luxe facial lixirs, buttery foot creams, pearl-infused face masks, and more.
BORN TO PLAY
Water is a gadget’s biggest enemy. Whether it’s a diver’s watch that endures tremendous pressure in the depths of the ocean or a yachting watch that makes complex calculations, a timepiece crafted to deliver in water is a technical feat that should be celebrated.
UNPLUG ‘N' RECHARGE
Now more than ever, we have to take as much care of our mental health as our physical health. We’ve scoured the country to find the best wellness retreats for you to reenergise, be it meditation or simply to unwind in a serene (and new normal) setting.
Revisiting The Andaman Sea
Looking ahead to the traditional peak charter season in the Andaman Sea, Yacht Style revisits popular cruising options from Langkawi in northern Malaysia up through Thailand’s iconic hot spots and onto Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, for those keen to cruise in true isolation.
Mangrove Forests of Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi, one of Malaysia’s most popular destinations, is a beautiful archipelago consisting of 99 islands, situated about 30 km off the coast of Northern Malaysia.
Jen Macapagal age 32 occupation programme manager at Alpha Development