Located about 13 kilometres away from the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is one of Malaysia’s top attractions, frequented by both local and international tourists.
The monument is landmarked by the huge golden sculpture of Lord Murugan, standing about 140 feet high. Apart from that, Batu Caves houses a series of caves namely Cathedral Cave (the main cave), Dark Cave, Cave Villa, and Ramayana Cave.
If you are hoping to discover sites that offer a combination of both natural and human-made elements, Batu Caves will be the perfect choice for you. Here, you will be able to appreciate the fascinating shrines and statues, incorporated within the natural offerings of the limestone hill.
Batu Caves is claimed to be around 400 million years old and the temple that was built within the cave has been present for more than a century. Since then, it has become one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus.
Batu Caves is most colourful during the Thaipusam festival, where thousands of Hindu devotees would gather at the sacred site. They would perform unique rituals and prayers, but the golden moment of your experience in Batu Caves would be to witness the devotees who have vowed to serve their penance, climbing the stairs while carrying contraptions called Kavadis.
The chance to explore Batu Caves is yours as the temple is open for everyone, regardless of faith and beliefs. However, respect and courtesy must be maintained by every visitor in the holy place.
This may sound fun for climbing enthusiasts, but it can be a challenge for others. In order to reach the top of the main cave, you will need to climb a steep flight of 272 steps. Fret not, as it will totally be worth it once you have reached the top. Apart from the sights of the beautiful cave, you will also be accompanied by a stunning view of the surroundings. In 2018, the stairs received a complete makeover. They were repainted in astonishing colour schemes, offering a spectacular visual treat.
Apart from the sights of the beautiful cave, you will also be accompanied by a stunning view from the top. In 2018, the stairs received a complete makeover. They were repainted in astonishing colour schemes, offering a spectacular visual treat.
Do not be surprised if you stumble across Batu Caves’ wild monkeys darting around. Although they are used to human presence, caution is advised and it would be best to maintain your distance from these playful creatures.
You will be able to enter the main cave without paying an entrance fee. However, you are free to donate any amount of money to the temple. If you wish to get a tour inside the other caves or to have a rock-climbing experience, admission and other fees will be charged.
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