Batu Caves

Attraction Batu Caves Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur 68100, Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
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Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India.

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Why Batu Caves is special ?

Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Considered one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus.
Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings.
Batu Caves is the focal point of the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which attracts thousands of devotees and visitors. Usually held at the end of January, the procession begins on the evening before the Thaipusam Festival at the Sri Mariamman Temple in KL city centre.

What to explore at Batu Caves?

Arrives at Batu Caves in the wee hours of the morning; the entire celebration commences and is a colourful event that lasts a total of eight hours. In the past the festival has attracted more than one million pilgrims, making it one of the largest gatherings in the world.
Many disciples carry their offerings – containers of milk – to the Lord Muruga on large, brightly decorated ‘kavadis’. Kavadis are two huge semicircular ornate pieces of wood or steel which are bent and attached to a cross structure that can be balanced on the shoulders. These frameworks are also usually combined with various metal hooks and skewers which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue. The kavadi is decorated with flowers and peacock feathers and some can weigh up to as much as 100 kilos.
Some disciples also fulfil vows that they have made to the Gods by having their bodies pierced by hooks, needles and even skewers and visitors are often fascinated by the dedication of devotees.
The truly amazing feat is when followers begin the arduous climb up the 272 steps to the top of the caves – the trek requires a stunning amount of endurance as they often have to work against the press of the bustling masses. Priests wait at the top to sprinkle consecrated ash over the hooks and skewers piercing the devotees flesh before they are removed.

How to get to Batu Caves?

How to get there: 13km north of Kuala Lumpur How to get there: Take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get to Batu Caves. Taxis are also available anywhere around city.

Selling points

  • “Lots and lots of steps!”
  • “Limestone caves”
  • “An incredible place"
  • “Educational tour especially for kids”
  • “Good place to visit”
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Duration
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Estimated
134.90 USD
Total travel distance
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  • To get to the Batu Caves catch the KTM Comuter train to Sentul station and catch a taxi or catch a taxi in Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, take a bus from Puduraya Bus Terminal.
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  • Batu Caves is easily reached by Komuter train using the Batu Caves-Port Klang Route, costing RM 2 for a one-way journey from KL Sentral
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  • Batu Caves may also be reached by bus 11/11d from Bangkok Bank Terminus (Near to Puduraya Terminus) or bus U6 from Titiwangsa.
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  • Take a bottle of water - or purchase at the top because it is warm walking.
    What to bring
  • You can get a lot of good photos from the peak.
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  • As this is a religious place, women wearing shorts need to put on a sarong before they are allowed to climb the steps.
    What to wear
  • If you go early in the morning the monkeys will surely be there but at other times you won't see them. Avoid them if you can
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  • Watch the monkeys with your bag
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  • Ok to go here if you are very able bodied. About 200 or so steps up to some average caves to be fair.
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  • In January/February Hindus celebrate the festival of Thaipusum and over 1 million pilgrims flock to the caves to worship Murugan
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You have to be able to climb a million steps, but the Batu caves are some of the most impressive I've seen to date and I've been to many throughout Australia, Vietnam, Canada among others. You have to keep an eye out for the dozens and dozens of monkeys who are notorious for stealing your snacks, water bottles, sun glasses and anything else that might be hanging off your hips, or held in your hands. The folks who care for these sacred areas should be a little more focused on cleaning up the litter however. For a place that is considered "sacred" all the chip bags and empty water bottles that are strewn about (mostly items stolen and abandoned by the monkeys) should really be picked up and thrown out as it really takes away from the "sacred" feeling of the place. Always be mindful of dress codes when visiting temples and other sacred places in KL... at the Batu Caves, a man can go shirtless, but a woman MUST be covered, and if she is deemed "inappropriately dressed" there are people there to sell you a throw, or a wrap around skirt for a small fee. Excellent day adventure for solo travellers, couples and families alike.

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The natural wonder of the limestone formations serves as a backdrop to one of the most popular Hindu shrines in the world. Said to be some 400 million years old. Take a walk up the 272 steps.

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The 272 steps leading up to Batu Caves make a good exercise for the legs.

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Religiously celebrated during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar,Catch sights of chariot procession and kavadi bearers at these official locations.Wishing all Happy Thaipusam 2014

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This sacred place in Selangor is home to three beautiful limestone caves. Outside is the world's tallest statue of Hindu deity Murugan. Lots of monkeys to be spotted here as well.

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The limestone caves or wonderful. It's a must visit place if you are in KL. Although, be cautious with the shops and taxi's here. You will have to negotiate before you buy anything or take a taxi.

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We took the Komuter to the batu cave from the closest station we can find after our Genting Highlands trip. We paid 2-4RM each to reach the cave. we just went to the main cave. We arrived there at 530PM....the sun was still up until 730PM. so we enjoyed the overlooking scenery of KL from the top of the cave after climbing 272 steps...bring mosquito repellant lotion because there are a lot of mosquitoes inside.There are pigeons and monkeys on your way to the cave.Very accessible via komuter monorail....

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The natural wonder of the limestone formations serves as a backdrop to one of the most popular Hindu shrines in the world. Said to be some 400 million years old. Take a walk up the 272 steps.

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Many narrow steps to climb. Very cultural. Worth seeing the monkeys. Hold on to your valuables, the monkeys can be cheeky.

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