Famously known for its colourful stairs with 272 steps to be exact, and a beautiful Hindu temple, Batu Caves is a must-visit anytime you find yourself in the area.
Located in Gombak, Selangor, Batu Caves is easily accessible via public transportation. Basking in the beauty of the cave, you will get to enjoy everything from the authentic beauty of its surrounding limestones to the impressive architecture of the temple and its statues.
Over 400 million years old, these limestones were organically formed, creating what is famously known as Batu Caves today. The temple, which is nestled in the heart of the cave, was built in the year 1920.
For over a century now, Hindus from all over have come together during festivals to celebrate and pray as a community. From its magnificently-built shrines and statues set against a captivating background of limestone hills, Batu Caves is definitely a sight to behold, and a destination not to be missed.
One of the most prominent and unique trademarks of Batu Caves has to be the golden statue of the Hindu God, Lord Murugan, which stands proud and tall at the foot of the stairs. Stretching over 140 feet in height, this outstanding sculpture is a proud symbol of the Hindu temple in the caves.
Despite the 272 steps that you may need to climb in order to reach the main cave, Batu Caves offers every bit of beauty from its entrance right up to the top, where the temple is located that makes the effort truly worth your while.
As you take your first steps into the area, you will be blown away by the stunning surroundings and ambience of the cave. Painted with vibrant shades of red, yellow, blue and green, the steps leading up to the cave are certainly not hard to miss. As you embark on your journey to the cave on these steps, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking scenery of trees and greenery that encompass the area.
The ideal time to visit is during the festival of Thaipusam. During this time, you will have a chance to witness thousands of Hindus coming together to pray and perform religious ceremonies to commemorate the occasion and be drawn to the joyous celebrations, from the vibrant music to the thrilling atmosphere that the people collectively bring. Alternatively, if you want to avoid the bustling crowds during Thaipusam, make your way down to Batu Caves before 8:00 AM on any day. In the quiet mornings, visitors will be able to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and atmosphere that Batu Caves holds.
A note of caution, be prepared to encounter troops of monkeys as you enter the area. From the foot of the stairs all the way to the entrance of the temple, monkeys may be seen lined up or scampering around the grounds. Located right in front of the temple, guests are also more than welcome to participate in the bird-feeding activity planned out by the locals.
Other than the famous temple, Batu Caves is also home to many other attractions that visitors can explore. Situated on the furthest left-hand side, the Ramanya Cave is famously known for its psychedelic dioramas. Cave Villa, which sits at the foot of the hill, takes you through a koi pond as well as a water garden on its raised walkway. Visitors can also enjoy the hourly dance performances, statues and shrines that are dedicated to the Hindu deities. The Dark Cave, which is located at the 204th step, stretches over 2 kilometres in distance. Visitors can opt for a guided tour for a deeper exploration of the wonders of the Dark Cave.
Situated just a short distance from the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is easily accessible by the Komuter train. Just board the KTM and disembark at Batu Caves station, and you will find your destination just a brief 5-minute stroll from there.
If you are avoiding the train, taking the bus is another option to reach Batu Caves. Board the U6 bus from the Titiwangsa Bus Terminal. Visitors can also opt for driving to Batu Caves as parking is very accessible. With a huge parking compound and a fee of only RM2, it is highly reasonable to park within the area.