Batu Caves Magnificent Hindu Cave Temple

Quick Facts about Batu Caves Hindu Temple

 

Thamboosamy Pillai

Thamboosamy Pillai founder of Batu Caves temple

Key Tips for visiting the Batu Caves

Batu Caves Golden Statue

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Golden Statue of Lord Murugan

Batu Caves Map

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How to go to the Batu Caves

Public Transportation

RAPIDKL Buses

Rapid KL is a government funded project to reduce congestion in the city and although it started out pretty well in 2006 the situation has deteriorated. However when it works it's wonderful. If you want to try it out, here are the routes.

Bus #U6 from Titiwangsa Terminal on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur near the KL Monorail Station. The fare is only RM2 per day unlimited use of all #U series busses, not just for #U6. Just keep the tickets with you.

Cityliner

Intrakota

By Taxi

Monkey at Batu Caves

Batu Caves monkey

Going by taxi from the city will cost you about RM20 per taxi, but you have to agree on the price with the driver before hopping into the taxi.

By Car

Use the Middle Ring Road II and head northwards. Coming from the the city, head for Jalan Sultan Ismail towards Jalan Kinabalu and onto Jalan Kuching heading north. Make a right turn at the Kepong intersection. Go towards Genting Highlands and Batu Caves. You won't miss the huge golden statue of Lord Murugan, waiting to welcome you to Batu Caves.

My Recommendation

If you have time to kill and want to mingle with the local folks and don't mind waiting, sometimes hours, then try the public buses. Otherwise a taxi is fairly cheap. Or you can book your visit to the Batu Caves through a local agent which will usually include some additional excursions.

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Batu Caves statue of Lord Murugan
Batu Caves and Suburbs of Kuala Lumpur Private Tour

Visit the spectacular Batu Caves - one of the most sacred places for Hindu's in Malaysia. This massive limestone outcrop, situated 10 miles north ot Malaysia's capital city Kuala Lumpur, and its cavernous interior is home to Hindu deities and one will need to climb the 272 steps to fully appreciate the caves. On this private tour you will also witness the art of fine pewter crafting, batik designing & pass a typical Malay house.

Batu Caves statue of Lord Murugan
Kuala Lumpur Grand Day Tour

Enjoy a day exploring the best of Kuala Lumpur! Spend your morning discovering bustling Chinatown, Royal Palace, National Museum and the Craft Cultural Complex. After your buffet lunch, view Malaysian suburban homes as well as rural lifestyle before learning about the art of Batik designing. The last stop is the spectacular limestone Batu Caves - a must-see for all visitors to Kuala Lumpur.

Brief History of Batu Caves

Originally used by the Orang Asli or aborigines of the Bersisi tribe for shelter when out hunting.

Cathedral Cave Entrance

Batu Caves - mouth of cathedral cave

The Caves at Batu Caves

Cathedral Cave

Batu Caves - inside cathedral cave

This is where the primary deity is located. It is found 272 steps up a concrete stairway, at about 100 meters above ground. This is an impressive cave in itself with a dome shaped ceiling about 100 meters above the floor. Within the cave are another 2 sets of stairway with a total of another 50 or so step. It is called the cathedral cave because of the main Hindu temple which is located within.

Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave or Valluvar Kottam

After paying the entrance fees you'll walk across the pond teeming with kois, river terrapins and tortoises. Inside the cave you'll be able to see the various exhibits and mural paintings on the cave walls.

Do not miss the statue of the 5-legged bull which was donated by a farmer to the temple. The bull lived in the temple grounds with a harem of cows till a very old age.

Ramayana Cave

Statue of Hanuman at Batu Caves

Batu Caves Hanuman statue

Located toward the left of the temple compound as one enters. You'll be able to see the 15 meters or 50 foot tall statue of Hanuman or the monkey god. Within you'll be able to see statues related to the tale of Ramayana.

Dark Caves & Malaysian Nature Society

ME with Dark Caves guide

Batu Caves Dark Caves guide

Address and Contact of Malaysian Nature Society

MNS sanctions 2 very fascinating tours into the dark caves. A shorter Educational Tour which last about half an hour and the longer Adventure Tour which last up to 3 hours inside the cave. You may avail yourself for the Educational Tour anytime, but for the Adventure Tour, you should book in advance.

Education Tour

Take a trip into the "Hidden World" and get an appreciation of the cave ecology and geology. This is a guided tour of the Dark Caves.

Adventure Tour

Is Rock Climbing for you?

You'll be happy to note that there over 160 climbing routes around these hills. They are easy to access and most crags begin at the ground level.

Flora and Fauna in and around the caves

Some of the plants and animals found around Batu Caves.

Thaipusam Devotee with skewers

Thaipusam at Batu Caves

Festival of Thaipusam

No article or visit to the Batu Caves is complete without mentioning this important and grand Hindu celebration.

Visitors and devotees from all over the world come to Batu Caves during the celebration of the festival of Thaipusam.

The Thaipusam Festival is held in the Hindu month of Thai. This fall around end-January or early-February.

Find out the latest news about this exciting Thaipusam in Malaysia. The celebration last 3 days and takes a few weeks to prepare.

The other major Hindu celebration in Malaysia is Diwali or Deepavali.

Python lays eggs in Caves of Reptiles

A reticulated python, measuring about 8 meters, laid 165 eggs at the Caves of Reptiles in Batu Caves recently (March 2009). The Caves of Reptiles opened last year and houses more than 100 species of Malaysian snakes.

Python Laying Eggs at Batu Caves

python laying eggs at Batu Caves

The eggs will be incubated here and then released into the wild when they hatch. The incubation period is about 65 days.

The reticulated python is one of the largest snake in the reptile family.

It is commonly found in Malaysia and normally lays up to about 100 eggs. Guinness Book of World Records World's largest snake: 10 meters python, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 1912.

 

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