A towering tour

A towering tour

Travel tales

A towering tour

The idea of going to Singapore had been at the back of my mind for a long time. The long cherished dream of visiting Malaysia and Singapore became a reality when 15 of our family members decided and embarked upon a 7-day Singapore and Malaysia trip.

We were picked up by our tour guide. The airport is 65 kms from Kuala Lumpur. Before proceeding to the famous Genting Hill Hotel, the bus stopped at Putrajaya for photographs at the Malaya King’s Palace and Prime Minister’s office/residence.

The Genting Hill Hotel is a private resort promoted by Chinese businessman Late Lim Goh Tong at an elevation of 6000 feet above sea level.

On the final leg to Genting Hills, we took a cable car, which has the longest cable car route covering a distance of 3.38 kms. It was a breathtaking, exhilarating experience with a thick rainforest below and dense fog playing hide and seek with us inside the cable car.

Genting Hill Hotel has the largest number of rooms (6118) in the world, a Guinness world record!

After breakfast, we left for Kuala Lumpur by bus. Our first stop was Batu Caves where a very tall statue of Lord Murugan is situated at the foot of the caves and one has to climb 300 steep steps to reach the cave where the Murugan temple is located.

Next on our itinerary was the KL Tower, 420 metres high, giving a panoramic view of the city. This is the world’s 7th tallest tower, with the topmost floor being a revolving restaurant. While travelling in the city, we could also see the chaotic traffic during the peak hours. The day ended at Grand Season Hotel for our stay at night.

In the morning, we visited the famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Towers. This entire 88 floor tower is constructed with stainless steel and glass. There is a sky bridge at the 41st level connecting the 2 towers while at the 84th floor, there is an observatory deck for viewing the entire city’s landscape.

The next day, we were dropped off at the Imperial Grand Hotel in the Little India area in Singapore. In Little India, one can feel at home with similar shops and plenty of eateries like Saravana Bhavan, Komala Vilas, Sangeetha and Anjapaar.

Post lunch, we were taken to the Merlion Plaza where the famous mascot of Singapore stands tall. The Merlion is a tall statue of a fish cum lion with water gushing out of the lion’s mouth on the bank of the river. Later, we went for a river safari followed by a night safari to enjoy the animals in their natural habitat.

Another highlight of our trip was the Sentosa Resort Island with several attractions like the Butterfly Park, cable ride, Madam Tussaud’s wax museum, sea beach side, Segway ride, ropeway slide, 3D shows and laser show titled ‘Wings of Fire’.

A visit to Universal Studios is a star attraction for children and adults alike. There are several breathtaking rides there and Steven Spielberg’s conceived special effect section gives the visitor an idea about how special effects are created in disaster movies.

We also took a ride on the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest giant observation wheel (merry-go-round), 165 metres high. It rotates very slowly (45 minutes to take one round) so that people can enjoy a bird’s view of the Singapore skyline as well as the illumination of tall buildings at night.

The last stop was the Skypark observatory deck at the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel. At the 57th floor is a deck in the shape of a big ship resting on 3 towers of the hotel. It has the world’s largest rooftop swimming pool with palm trees around. It takes 57 seconds to reach the deck on the 57th floor! Like all trips, ours too came to an end and we returned home with sweet memories of Singapore and Malaysia!
How to get there

We flew Malaysian Airlines from Bengaluru to Malaysia which cost Rs 25,000 for a round trip for one. From Malaysia, one can reach Singapore by road in
2 hours.

Places to stay

* At Genting, we stayed at the Genting Hill Hotel.
* In Kuala Lumpur, it was the Grand Season Hotel.
* In Singapore, we were at the Imperial Grand Hotel in Little India.
* The entire tour package per person was Rs 45,000 excluding air fare.
 (The author can be contacted at srayyangar@gmail.com)