Batu Caves, Malaysia

I know most you have already made plans for the summer but just in case you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I know just the place you can go to if you like temples/religious historical site.

When my daughter and I found ourselves in KL last month, I made sure that we got to visit the popular Batu Caves which is located just north of the city. It is a good 30-45 minutes ride from our hotel, The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.

It is a limestone hill which is made up of a series of caves. It got its name from the Sungai or Batu River which flows past it. It is one of the most popular  Hindu shrines outside India and is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Murugan.  It is also the focal point of  the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam  which happens during the months of January/February.

The world’s tallest statue of Murugan, who was a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves. This imposing statue is said to have cost 24 million rupees.

Batu Caves rises 100 meters above the ground and is composed of 3 main caves and a few smaller ones. Visitors must climb the 272 steps to reach the top.  My daughter and I were deadset on reaching the summit despite our fear of the macaque monkeys who happened to be everywhere as it is believed that the Gods grant the prayers of those who pay respect at the Hindu shrines on top.

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There is not that much to see aside from the golden statue or the hindu shrines on top so at the most you can see everything here in an hour. The place is relatively well kept.  I suggest that if you plan to  visit Batu Caves do it in the early morning like 8 or 9 am as it tends get really hot by mid morning to noon. It is a captivating site but like I said monkeys are everywhere so make sure not to carry plastics with you and keep away your sunglasses as they are said to be well trained to snatch these away.

Batu Caves can be easily reached by commuter bus available at KL Central Station.

 

 

6 Comments on Batu Caves, Malaysia

  1. Eric
    January 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm (10 months ago)

    I just spent a month in India exploring the entire west coast and learning about Hinduism through my travels and while I was there, someone told me that I definitely need to add the Batu Caves to my Bucket List Project as it is one of the biggest hindu sites in the world.
    I love your photos and info. I hope to visit either in 2017 or next year!
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  2. Richard Thompson
    August 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Malaysia looks incredible! I love places like this that highlight sacred spaces of different cultures. There is always a sense of peace at sites like this. Great pics!
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  3. Muhalith
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    July 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Melaka also has a lot of interesting place to visit. Melaka is the third smallest Malaysian state, after Perlis and Penang. Melaka has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7 July 2008. Modern-day Malacca is a vibrant old city that belies its wealth of history.
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