Climb the Temple of 500 Steps
It takes a climb of over 500 steps to reach Waterfall Hilltop Temple, Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Kovil, to give it its official title, or AB as it’s known by locals, but the trek is definitely worth it. One of Penang’s oldest, the temple is dedicated to the deity Murugan and sits resplendent on this hilltop location.
I like to visit after a trip to the nearby botanical gardens when daylight is fading and the temple is lit in lovely colours, but a daytime visit guarantees great views of Penang. Don’t miss the Ganesha Temple at the foot of the hills before you make your ascent. Once at the peak, I was rewarded with intricate statues and glinting golden rooftops in the main Balamurugan Temple. Time to take a selfie or two!
The area is wonderfully calm and tranquil – a real delight for the senses.
Ask my team to arrange a taxi back to my hotel because finding one at the hill can be a tad difficult at times.
Images: Shutterstock and Flickr/Sivanesan S