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Indian Culture Trip in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia where the Indians are one of the predominant ethnics in it. Kuala Lumpur has many places selling Indian goods and delicacies making it a tourist hotspots and a great shopping destinations among locals and tourist as well. Lets us show you where to visit, shop and eat Indian style in Kuala Lumpur.

LEARN THE CULTURE

1. Sri Kandaswamy Temple

A wonderful place to learn and embrace the Indian culture in Kuala Lumpur would be at the Sri Kandaswamy Temple. Built over 100 years ago this temple is very elegant and rich in history and heritage. The temple’s architecture is inspired from the Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Sri Lanka which explains the prominent Sri Lankan influence. This temple is said to one of the most orthodox temple- all prayers and rituals strictly abide by rules from Saiva Agama Scriptures. Therefore it is great place to learn about Hindu rituals and rich history.

 

2. Batu Caves

One of the most famous tourist attraction in KL would be the Batu Caves. The hill is made of 500 million year old limestone formation and contains 3 major caves. The main cavern holds the 100 year old Hindu idols making it very significant among the Hindus. Reaching the main cavern take a lot of triumph as it involves climbing 272 steps and often among bustling masses of people especially during Hindus festivals such as Thaipusam. There is also an Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave that houses many Hindu idols and is a perfect place to learn about Hindu stories. Visitors can visit the caves and experience the nature’s marvel. Rock climbing expeditions is also available. Batu Caves is a perfect place for both the religious and the adventurer.

Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor

RESTAURANTS

1. Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant

Making a statement with their Mutton Biryani would be none other than Anjappar Chettinad Biryani. This restaurant originates from Chennai, India and specialises in Chettinad style cuisines. Chettinad cuisine is well known for being heavily spiced and rich in taste which Anjappar never slacks on. They have an extensive list of dishes you can try out from. Don’t forget to wash all of that food down with some of their famous cooling manggo lassi.

Operating Hours: Open everyday 8:00 – 23:00
Address : 56, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2288 1508

 2. Devi’s Corner

One of Bangsar’s most famous and treasured Indian eatery would be Devi’s corner. A 3 time winner of Time Out food awards, it is place famous for their banana leaf dish. It is also open 24 hours daily which means you can definitely get good food at the most ungodly hours of the night. With their impressive list of food and side dishes to choose from you will never run out of dishes to eat.

Operating Hours: Open daily 24 hours
Address:14, Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-267 6714

 3. Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju

What can be more Indian than banana leaf rice?! Serving you one of the best and affordable banana leaf rice is Restoran Nirwana Maju which is located in Bangsar. This restaurant is well know for being very busy during lunch and dinner times that patrons have to que to get a table. A banana leaf rice dish usually consists of fragrant rice, curry of you choice (fish curry, mutton curry or dhal), rasam, pickle, 3 types of vegetable, salted chilli and of course, Papadom. You also order side dishes like mutton varuval, fried fish and many more.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 1:30
Address: 43, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2287 8445

 4. Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan is a chain of vegetarian restaurant originating from Indian and has a branch in Bangsar. Don’t be fooled by the fact the restaurant is a franchise as they serve some darn good food there. They have an impressive array of dishes for you to try out from. If confused on what to try dont worry, as the trusty waiter can suggest you what’s good there. They also provide meals that come in sets with your choice of poori, chapati or rice with curries. Their sweet treats and drink are all so very irresistible.

Operating Hours: 8:30 – 23:00
Address: 52, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-22871228

SHOPPING

1. Sri Kumaran’s Silk

Sri Kumaran’s Silk is a franchise store from India selling a huge variety of Indian traditional garments. They multiple choices of colourful Indian sarees for all the generations, garments for kids and for men too. Since they originate from India the quality of garments are a top priority and they are up to date with the latest Indian fashion trend. If your on a shopping spree then this is one of the shops you should look forward to.

Opening Hours: Open everyday 09:30 – 22:30
Address: No. 217, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2260 7072

 2. Mangala Theebam Pattu Mahligai

Mangala Theebam was a household name and now is very popular in Little India in Kl. They sell everything from Sarees to cosmetic jewelleries, beauty products, pooja items and home accessories. Don’t worry about quality about sarees as they have an extensive collection of designer sarees, cottons, kurtas, kurtis and many more for affordable prices. The pooja items sold there are perfect for the hindu religious needs and for religious festivals as well.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: 245 G&M, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6257 8008

 3. Nalli’s Silks

Another household name when it comes to Indian apparel would be Nalli’s Silks. They had been in business for very many years now and are a go-to store for many Indians when they need to buy sarees especially during the festival season. They have an impressive selection of sarees and other Indian traditional apparel according to every budget. They pride themselves for having different types of saree materials available which is hard to get. Definitely a shop to go to when your shopping for Indian apparel.

Opening Hours: Open everyday 09:00 – 19:30
Address: No. 79, Jalan Leboh Ampang, City Centre, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2070 5809

INDIAN PRODUCTS AND SPICES

1. Modern Store

Modern Store is one of the best store to shop for Indian grocery items. The have all the Indian spices, grain and condiments all in good quality. They also sell Indian food products such as sweets, snacks, packaged snacks from India and many more, Apart from that they also sell cosmetic products, toiletries and others that are predominantly from India. So whenever in Brickfields do stop by in Modern store to get all your groceries.

Operating Hours: Open Everyday 09:00 – 23:00
Address: 233, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

2. Big Bazaar.my

BigBazaar.my is another place you add to your list to shop for food products and groceries in KL. Situated in the upscale Mont Kiara, BigBazaar.my have an impressive collection of spices and pickles imported from India. Their collection focuses a lot on the northern regions of India as they wanted to bring in more spices and groceries needed for Maharashtrian food. If you want to avoid the traffic in Brickfields then this is a place you should go to.

Operating Hours: Open everyday 09:00 – 21:00
Address:Block E, Lot G-9, Plaza Mont’ Kiara,(No.2, Jalan Kiara), 50480 Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia