The Batu Caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people.
The Batu Caves are definitely a must-see once you tire of shopping and wandering Kuala Lumpur.
It’s situated only 8 miles north of the city. The caves attract around 5,000 visitors a day who come to climb the grueling 272 steps up to the caverns. I’m probably the unfittest person ever – it was tough getting up there, so be prepared and take it slow. The main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God (Lord Murugan) at the entrance, it makes for BEAUTIFUL images and I could stop photographing it.
Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan. The statue cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighbouring Thailand. It really is a sight to see.
As you make your way up the steps, you will definitely be entertained by all the monkeys that feed off the steady stream of tourists. You may take pictures, but pay attention to your belongings!
I thoroughly enjoyed taking photos of all the statues and art in the big cave. Give yourself enough time when you visit the Batu Caves so that you can really admire the view, photograph everything and take in all the smells and vibes of the cave itself.
The Batu Caves offer more than 160 rock climbing routes. The routes are scattered all around the side of Batu Caves, which is made up of limestone hills rising to 150 m.
The Batu Caves serve as the focus of the Hindu community’s yearly Thaipusam festival. They have become a pilgrimage site not only for Malaysian Hindus, but Hindus worldwide, from countries such as India, Australia and Singapore.
How to get there:
By Car or Taxi:
Batu Caves is accessible by car or taxi as it is situated beside the main highway of MRR2 in Batu Caves area.
There is also the KTM Komuter train service from KL Sentral to Batu Caves.
Monorail and Bus:
From KL Sentral, take the monorail service to Titiwangsa station. Alight here and take the bus to Batu Caves.
Check out the train details on how to get to the sight.
- An audio tour is available to visitors.
- Trains leave KL Sentral every half an hour and cost just 4 MYR return ($1.25 US).
- It is FREE to enter the Batu Caves and wonder around.
- The caves are open all year from 7:00AM to 7:00PM.
- Senior travelers may have difficulty getting up the stairs to the entrances, it’s quite steep.
- The wild caves are very muddy, be careful.
- There are stalls and restaurants offering Indian food outside the entrance of the Batu Caves.
- Bring your own drinking water to avoid being overcharged.
Have you ever visited the Batu Caves? Let me know what you thought of it, or whether or not you would like to see it.