The Batu Caves is the Southeast Asia Mainland’s largest limestone hill and the one and only one natural exposure of limestone in the territory of Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves contains lots of attractions that are full of Indian Culture that are worth exploring and good for photo shooting. Batu Caves consists of 3 caves in it, known as the Valluvar Kottam, Art Gallery and also the Ramayana Cave.
272 steps of rainbow stairway
The newly revamped stairway with radiant colour in 2018 would lighten up your day when you once see it. After it is painted, the stairway becomes one of the best places to take an instagrammable photo that attracts more visitors. The 272 steps of stairways leading to the entrance of the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple inside.
Temple in the cave – Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple
Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple is the temple which is located inside the cave. There are many devotees doing prayers during the day time. The Temple is full of artistic decorations and statues with colourful paintings. Tourists could have an unique experience which is following the devotees to see how they do their prayers, and if you want to, you can get a tour guide to explain the history and stories about the temple and the caves to you when entering the caves.
The Lord Murugan Statue – Largest Statue
The Lord Murugan statue was the tallest in the world with a height of 42.7m making the Batu Caves become a sacred landmark for Hindu devotees in the country and also one of the hottest tourism spots in Kuala Lumpur. Lord Murugan is the Hindu God of War and Victory, also named Kartikeya, Skanda, Kumara, and Subrahmanya. He is also the son of Parvati and Shiva, brother of Ganesha. He is also a god whose life story has many versions in Hinduism. If you are interested and want to know more about Lord Murugan’s stories, you could get a tour guide when you are visiting the Batu Caves.
Best time to visit – Thaipusam Festival
Thaipusam are observed each year in January or February according to the Tamil Calendar. Thaipusam is an annual celebration of thanksgiving and paying penance to the Hindu deity Lord Subramanian and it is celebrated by the city’s Indian community. While in the Thaipusam Festival, you could see many devotees carrying the Kavadi, a decorated structure bearing the image of several deities including Lord Murugan on their shoulders and also pal kodum, which is milk pots carried above their heads. One of the most interestings would be there will be some Indians piercing their skin, tongue or cheeks with Vel Skewers, and also hanging hooks on their back.
The Dark Cave
Beside Batu Caves, there is one other interesting attraction that is worth a tour. The Dark Cave used to be a shelter for the indigenous people, just like the Batu Caves. Today, the cave is a protected area and it shelters bats, insects, living organisms and some other living things. It is suitable for those who like adventures, but there will be a tour guide to lead you up because it is really dark inside. Normally the tour would be around 1 hour, but if you wanted to have a deep tour, it has a 3 hours tour that is available.
Things to aware in Batu Caves
Absolutely would be the monkeys. With no questions.
Do not mess with the monkeys in Batu Caves could help to save your day.
Don’t think the monkeys in Batu Caves are cute, fluffy and friendly to play with. Take care with your belongings and bags, DO NOT try to touch them, keep food out of sight and remain calm and quiet when the monkeys approach you or, you will get attacked. They will chase after you to snatch food on your hand, attack you when they feel they are being threatened.
Operating hours: 7.00am – 8.30pm
Entrance Fee: FREE Admission
By Car or Taxi
Batu Caves is accessible by car or taxi as it is situated beside the main highway of MRR2 in Batu Caves area. If you are driving to Batu Caves, there will be a large parking site provided with RM2/per entry.
There is also the KTM Komuter train service from KL Sentral to Batu Caves.
Monorail and Bus
From KL Sentral, take the monorail service to Titiwangsa station. Alight here and take the bus to Batu Caves.
Batu Caves Temple Management Office
+603 – 6189 6284
Dark Cave, Batu Caves
+603 – 6186 7011