The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is known for its high-tech skyscrapers, historic mosques, glamorous hotels and jazzy shopping malls. As you enter, you will witness the Petronas Twin Towers representing the modern essence of the city along with Batu caves giving you a glimpse about its cultural diversity and Chinatown spoiling you with its varied range of goods. Besides these, the city whose literal meaning is ‘muddy river confluence' in Malay, houses some landmarks from the British colonial era such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. With all such exciting destinations in one place, Kuala Lumpur is a place to amaze you with its contemporary beauty and rich legacy.
Best time to visit: While it's a year-round destination, the preferable time to visit is from May to July.
Visa and immigration: If you're an Indian passport holder travelling to Kuala Lumpur, then you would be required to apply for a Malaysian visa either online or with the help of an expert. There are two types of Malaysian visa – an eNTRI visa that is ideal for 15 days visit as a tourist or 30 days eVISA that allows you 30 days of entry. The eNTRI visa gets approved within 2 hours whereas eVISA takes up to 8 working days.
How to reach
By Air: The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is located in Sepand at a distance of approximately 50km from the city. IndiGo now provides direct connectivity between Kuala Lumpur and Delhi & Bengaluru along with seamless connections to other cities in India.
Getting around: Kuala Lumpur has a vast network of buses, taxis and commuter trains connecting various parts of the city as well as the suburbs. You can also use Kuala Lumpur's metro system that includes monorail and rapid transit trains.
This road is known for having the most popular Kuala Lumpur’s restaurants and bars. It is an ideal place for pub crawling and offers endless options for dining. It is quite busy on public holidays and weekends, so plan your visit accordingly. You can visit during the daytime as well to see the buildings that date back to the colonial era that are refurbished into high-class restaurants and pubs.
From 5 p.m. till the early morning, this place transforms itself into a hub for roadside restaurants. The street gets full of rival caterers and hawker stalls shouting out to the visitors to fuel their business. You can try almost all kinds of Malay, Thai and Chinese dishes starting from Frog legs, Congee to Grilled Fish and Satay to Kai-lan in oyster sauce. So, make sure you spend one of your late evenings at Jalan Alor.
A fine-dining Italian restaurant on the 57th floor offering a spectacular view of the Petronas Twin Towers through its floor-to-ceiling windows and glass roof is what makes Marini's on 57, unique. The menu comprises delicious dishes Italian dishes like spaghetti with almonds and botargo.
Hailed as city’s one of the best restaurants, Thirty8 KL is an elegant dining space with a wine bar and lounge on the 38th floor of Grand Hyatt Hotel. Its menu offers a diverse range of Thai and Chinese seafood along with Japanese sashimi and sushi and steaks.
This place is known across the world for its unique art of blending Asian and South American flavours. Located one floor below Marini’s on 57 is a Japanese restaurant and offers 360 degrees breathtaking view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline along with the up-close view of the Petronas Twin Towers
You will find a variety of traditional Malaysian goods to bring back home for your loved ones. Most of the souvenirs are in the form of ornamental decorative items for your home. Such as beautifully crafted pen-holders, keychains, jewellery, figures of silver, brass, wooden statues with intricate designs and pottery. Traditional fabrics like ‘Batik,’ a fancy colourful silk cloth having floral patterns and Malay garments, ‘Kain Songket’ with a different Malay brocade made of silk with silver and gold threads are hugely popular among the tourists. You can also pick some cool Malaysian t-shirts with cool captions, miniature replicas of twin towers or lighters in different designs as souvenirs.
Bukit Bintang: As similar to Fifth Avenue in New York, the place is the shopping and entertainment hub of the city. It is quite popular among the locals especially the youth and tourists. Starting from shopping in some of the city's famous malls like Pavilion KL, Berjaya Times Square, Low Yat Plaza, Imbi Plaza, Fahrenheit 88, etc. along with satisfying your gastronomical senses with delicious food, this place has it all, making it a must visit for all tourists.
Petaling street: This is the ideal place to buy some branded replicas of handbags, watches, clothing, etc. in a pocket-friendly price that can be further reduced by bargaining. This lively place is also home to an array of local cuisines that are hard to resist.
Central Market: At a short distance from Petaling street, you will find another famous shopping landmark, Central Market. Earlier it was a simple market but later got revamped into a handicrafts centre to focus on the artistic community. You can buy some authentic Malaysian batik print scarfs, wooden handicrafts, sculptures along with some local merchandise from ample souvenirs, crafts and boutique shops.
Suria KLCC: A premier shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC boasts of about 400 exclusive brands and departmental stores spread over six floors. Located beneath the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the mall caters to tourists as well as middle and upper-class Malaysians. The mall also features an orchestra hall, a convention centre, an art gallery, an aquarium and a gorgeous park.
Stratosphere @ The Roof: You can’t miss partying at Asia’s first and only lavish bar set on the top of a grass-covered helipad. Its location makes it different from the other rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur. You can spend your evening with an array of drinks and dance out to some lively music played by their resident DJs.
No Black Tie: Touted as the leading Jazz club and bar in Kuala Lumpur, this place is a haven for live bands where some of the renowned musicians of the regions have performed. Don’t forget to try their black sesame ice-cream and yummy fried food.
Zouk: It’s a unique combination of a nightclub, restaurant, live music and bar. The place is famous for its changing line-up of international DJs. On Wednesday nights, the club holds themed parties like Mambo Jambo, retros, etc.
Sky Bar: Set on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Sky Bar is a must visit for nightclub lovers. Get tuned to some lively, modern pop music or soft rock. You can also groove to some techno numbers on selected nights. The place offers some finger-licking dishes such as buffalo inferno wings, crispy barbecue beef ribs, spice-crusted calamari along with a variety of beers, wines and cocktails.
Sama Sama Hotel Being closely connected to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) through a sky bridge, this hotel is ideal for business travellers. The hotel features three dining options, a gym, spa and an outdoor pool, so when not working, guests can relax in the hotel.
Swiss-Inn Kuala Lumpur Nestled right at the heart of Chinatown, the hotel offers easy access to city attraction and is about an hour away from the airport. It has four dining facilities providing Japanese dishes to American breakfast making it a value for money option.
Geo Hotel Being close to several tourist spots like Petaling Street, Central Market, Geo Hotel is a perfect address for explorers who do not want to spend much on their stay. You can go shopping in Chinatown which is five minutes away or even tastes some delectable local cuisines from the local eateries.
Shangri-La Hotel With luxurious rooms, stylishly decorated interiors Shangri-La Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels in Kuala Lumpur. The location of the hotel makes it perfect for all kinds of travellers with Kuala Lumpur Tower and Petronas Twin Towers at 5-minute walk away distance and with airport about 45 minutes away. If you don’t want to go out, you can sit and relax in the outdoor swimming pool and enjoy different dishes from its six on-site restaurants.
The Face Suites The hotel is designed to cater to the requirements of leisure and business travellers with each suite featuring a modern living room, a fully equipped kitchen and a functional workstation or study. The hotel also features an infinity pool and a high-end fitness centre.
Kuala Lumpur tour in a chopper: Different from the regular sightseeing, a chopper tour can be a great private getaway. It's a 30minutes tour giving a bird's-eye view of the city while covering significant areas of the city like the iconic skyscrapers.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park: This 20.9acre park is among the top tourist attractions with annual average visitors of about 2,00,000. The park houses more than 3,000 birds representing over 200 species. Being a part of 150acres Lake Gardens, it also includes Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, the National Monument, artificial lake, Orchid and Hibiscus gardens, the Deer Park and former Malaysia Parliament House.
Imagine sharks floating over your head and you are surrounded by numerous underwater creatures without diving into the sea. Awesome right! You can experience the same at Aquaria KLCC – a large-scale aquarium comprising more than 150 species. Aquaria KLCC is not just a tunnel aquarium; instead, it's a journey under the sea water that takes you through different watery landscapes, coral reefs, Amazon basin, marshlands, highlands and open ocean. The star attraction of the aquariums are the blue rays, lethal sea snakes, bright coral fish, seahorse, tiger sharks and more. It is located in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and considered to be one of the biggest aquariums in Southeast Asia.