Batu Caves, Malaysia
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Batu Caves Temple (also known as the ‘Temple Cave’) is a sacred place of worship for Hindus and also one of the most magnificent landmarks to visit in Kuala Lumpur due to its rich cultural and historical past. View million-year-old rock formations and religious rites that still take place in the cave to this day.
Visitors to the cave are greeted by a breathtaking 42.7-meter tall statue of the Hindu God of War, Lord Murugan – the highest of its kind in the world. It takes 272 steps up an ornate flight of stairs to enter the cave. The cave is also best known as the sacred site for the spiritual Hindu festival called Thaipusam, which takes place every year and lasts two days.
On the first day of Thaipusam, millions of devout Hindus form a procession in Kuala Lumpur’s city centre to Batu Caves, as a passionate tribute to the Hindu God of War, Lord Murugan. It is a spectacular show of devotion and spirituality, with ceremonial dances, chariots, and symbolic offerings.
Batu Caves History
Batu Caves is a large limestone-formed cave believed to be 400 million years old. In early human history, it was used as shelter by the native tribes (called ‘Orang Asli’ in Malay) who occupied the peninsula and used to harvest guano (bat droppings) by Chinese settlers in the 1860s.
In 1891, the cave was turned into a place of worship when Indian pioneer K. Thamboosamy Pillai, who also founded the century-old Sri Mahariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur, chose the cave as a site for the early Indian community in colonial Malaya to worship Lord Murugan.
Today, it is a well-preserved site for religious devotion and spirituality, admired by many for its unique history and character.
How To Get To Batu Caves From Kuala Lumpur
The cheapest way to get to Batu Caves is via the KTM Komuter.
1. Go to the KL Sentral station.
2. Take the KTM Komuter train to Batu Caves station. The ride should take about 20 minutes and tickets cost about RM2.60.
3. Alight here and you should see signs around the station showing you the way towards the cave. The walk there takes only three minutes.
The easiest way to get to Batu Caves is via taxi or Grab car service.
A regular taxi may cost you anywhere between 15 to 30 ringgit. However, it is highly recommended that you hire a Grab car service for a fixed fare.
Batu Caves Opening Hours
Batu Caves is open all days of the week from 06:00am to 21:00pm. Visitors usually take around 2 to 4 hours exploring the cave. Best days and times to visit are weekdays in the early morning.
Batu Caves Entrance Fee
It is free to enter Batu Caves. However, you will have to pay if you wish to enter the Art Gallery Cave or the Dark Cave.
Other Important Information
Please note that Batu Caves observes a modest dress code. As it is a religious site, please do not wear shorts or skirts above the knee and wear T-shirts with sleeves. You may rent a sarong at the entrance if you wish. As the climb up the steep stairs may be strenuous for some people, a good pair of walking shoes is advised.
What To Bring With You to Batu Caves
Exploring the caves may take hours so it’s best to be prepared. Bring a camera, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and a bottle of water. Bring light snacks if you wish. Carry all of these items in securely closed handbags or backpacks.
Monkeys at the temple are a common sight and they are part of what makes it a big attraction. However, these monkeys have been known to go through unsuspecting visitors’ belongings if left unattended, or if they suspect that there is food in your bags. Keep all your belongings secure in fastened bags and wear backpacks on the front of your body to ensure it is safe at all times.
Take pictures but please do not feed the monkeys.
2017 – 9 February
2018 – 31 January
2019 – 21 January
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