Batu caves in Malaysia- A complete travel guide 2023 !

Batu caves are one of the must-see places in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s literally a giant, golden statue at the forefront of a rainbow staircase leading to Hindu temples inside limestone caves. How bizarre, artistic, and amazing is that? And it’s not only beautiful but extremely accessible and an easy day trip from Kuala Lumpur.

The Batu caves are complex of limestone grottoes in peninsular Malaysia. The caves are one of the country‘s biggest tourist attractions and a place of pilgrimage for Tamil Hindus, is a prominent heritage site that encloses a series of limestone, caves, and cave, temples. This is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is located 13 km (7 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur. The limestone forming batu caves is said to be around 400 million years old.

It takes its name from the Malay word batu, meaning rock. The town nearby is named after the Batu caves limestone formation. This belongs to the state Selangor to the north of Kuala Lumpur and they combine an interesting natural landscape with a major place of worship and some striking sites.

Lord Murugan Statue

The tall and majestic gold-painted statue of Lord Murugan is standing right at the foot of the cave and is regarded as sacred and frequented by devotees from all over the world. The Lord Murugan statue is 43 m (140 feet) This is the world‘s tallest statue of a Hindu deity and one of the tallest statue in the world. The construction began in 2004 and was completed on 29th January 2006 during Thaipusam festival which is dedicated to Malaysian Tamils and Malaysian. Construction of the statue involved 90 gallons of gold paint, 250 tons of steel, and 1500 cubic meters of concrete.

Batu Caves Staircase

The steps to this Malaysian temple have got a rainbow makeover. Originally these staircases were built with wood in 1920 and later replaced with concrete ones to better handle the heavy foot traffic. In August 2018, the 272 steps were painted, each set of steps painted in a different range of colors.

The stairs leading to a temple have an eye-catching new colour scheme. These steps to batu caves which have received a rainbow coat of paint that has certainly brightened up the scene for tourists who flock to the site to explore its incredible limestone caves and historic temples. The colourful new steps are already proving popular with Instagrammers, but the religious site is also a pilgrimage for many Hindus.

Rock Climbing

Batu caves is the center of rock-climbing development in Malaysia, for the past 10 years. This offers more than 160 climbing routes. The routes are scattered all around the side of Batu caves, which are made up of limestone hills rising to 150 meters. These Climbing routes are easily accessed, as most of them start from ground level. These climbing routes often start from the Northeastern side of the cave complex whereas the staircase and temple entrance faces South.

Thaipusam festival

The Batu caves serve as the focus of the Tamil community’s yearly festival. This has become a pilgrimage center not only for Malaysian Hindus but all Hindus worldwide.

Batu caves were promoted as a place of worship by K Thambooswamy Pillai, an Indian Tamil trader. He was inspired by the vel-shaped entrance of the main cave and inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Murugan within the caves.

The procession begins in the wee hours of the morning from the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur leading to batu caves as a religious undertaking to Lord Murugan lasting 8 hours. Devotees carry containers containing milk as an offering to Lord Murugan. Devotees carry containers containing milk either in hand or in huge decorated carriers on their shoulders called ‘Kavadi’.The kavadi is decorated with flowers and peacock feathers.

Each year, thousands of devotees from Tamil Nadu & Srilanka visit this temple to pay their tributes to the deity on the auspicious day of Thaipusam according to Tamil calendar. It is the focal point of the Tamil festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. This three-day festival typically takes place in either late January or early February each year


There are four main attractions of Batu caves

1. Temple cave(cathedral cave)
This is the largest among all other cave temples in the area. The top of the stairs brings you into the massive cave with a high vaulted ceiling. There is no entry fee for this cave although you may leave a donation in one of the collection boxes if you wish.

2. Dark cave

Below the temple cave is the Dark cave-with rock formations. It is a 2 km network of relatively untouched caverns. This took thousands of years to form. This is more of an adventure, cave with educational and scientific interests.

There is an adventure tour that involves getting wet, scaling rock faces, and squeezing through narrow potholes. To maintain the caves, and ecology, Malaysia’s nature, and society organize, regular, educational, and adventure trips to the dark wet cave, but this cave is closed till further orders.

3. Cave villa

The cave Villa lies on a limestone Hill. The entrance fee is RM 15. There are two show caves, illuminated with colored lights and containing brightly painted statues and paintings of Indian poets and characters from Hindu mythology. Their art plaques contain pearls of oriental wisdom, while strolling around the humid caves.

4. Ramayana cave

The Ramayana cave is situated to the extreme left as one faces the sheer wall of the hill. On the way to the Ramayana cave, there is a 15 m (50ft) high green Hanuman statue and a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, a devotee of Lord Rama.

The Ramayana cave depicts the story of Rama in the manner of a chronicle along the irregular walls of the cave. There are displays and colorful lights resembling a kind of Hindu theme park. The entrance fee is.RM 5 to visit this is Ramayana cave. The consecration ceremony of the temple was held in November 2021. An audio tour is also available.

Art Gallery and Museum cave have a large collection of Hindu religious pieces of art such as statues and paintings.

Tips for visiting batu caves

  1. dress code: visitors are advised to show respect by dressing, modestly and wearing clothes that cover their shoulders and knees.
  2. Time budgeting: The best time to visit caves is earlier the better, gates open at 6 AM ( but Dark cave opens at 9.30 AM) and you can expect it to be mostly free for other tourists for the first few hours of the day. The time required is 2 hours.
  3. Hydration is a must so please plan to carry water bottles when you start climbing the stairs.
  4. Sun protection is required. Usually, the weather is hot in Kuala Lumpur.
  5. Mind the monkeys.
  6. Monkeys steal things like bananas and water bottles. These monkeys may also pose a biting hazard to tourists (especially small children) as they can be quite territorial.

How to get to Batu caves ?

* You can take the KTM komuter train from KL Sentral station to batu caves Komuter station located next to the attraction takes around 30 minutes. The cost is RM 2.60 each way.

* You can use the bus network 11/11d to travel to the Batu caves although the train is better and faster. Bus stops near Central market to reach the caves.

* You can take a guided tour where you need not have to worry about transport while a bit more expensive than public transport tours are still reasonably priced and often include other cultural attractions in the area. You can book a guided tour of the Batu caves here.

* You can even rent a car and go on your own. The caves are roughly 15 minutes’ drive from the city center. There is ample space for parking.

* You can even book a Grab taxi, which costs RM 18, or else any other taxi will cost RM 40
Whatever mode of transport you choose, have fun and adventure. People spend around 2 – 3 hours to half-day trip to Batu caves.

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