Visit Batu Caves you do not need to spend much money as entrance fee is free except a car parking ticket fee of RM2 per entry. You may choose to give some donation to the donation box which the collection goes to the Temple Committee. If you decide to go for a show, then you have to pay the entrance fee. From the advertisement, the show is about the Hindu religion and some animal shows.
I may not have the good photo of the tallest Murugan statue, some VTers who wrote before have some better pictures. A photographer would certainly spend more time to get the best shoot of the Murugan statue. Most tourist also do that to enrich their travel collection. Beside the shooting from two angles, I took the signboard that tell the story of the statue, unfortunately the date was blocked.
Batu Caves consists of three big caves, including the main temple cave which features ornate Hindu shrines. Scaling 272 steps leading to the temple is one on the highlights of the visit.
The limestone structure is also a popular spot for rock climbing.
However, during our visit, I noticed the dirty sorroundings of the caves. Something that the management should give attention to.
(last date visited - March 30, 2007)
How to go there:
Bukit Bintang - Bukit Nanas (monorail) - RM 1.20
Dang Wang - Terminal Putra (LRT) - RM 2.30
Terminal Putra - Gombak (by bus # 203) - RM 1.00
Gombak - Greenwood (by bus # 227) - use the ticket bought in the Terminal Putra
Greenwood - BT Caves (by bus # 204) - use the ticket bought in the Terminal Putra
This poor little boy seemed fairly terrified when a man put this big of a snake on him! What parents will do for a good photo opportunity. I was glad to have my telephoto lens on here, so I could take the picture from a safe distance and therefore was able to forego myself being snaked!
It amazed me that some of the visitors did not make it up to this upper platform, simply because it looked like an additional bunch of steps. It really was not that difficult, but it was interesting once up there to see how the cave had been formed.
Shaving your head is one of the sacrifies you can give to the lord murugam, hair is the only part of your life which you can give to him... Adult, kids or babies, they all do the same thing for one purpose...
Ok, As you seen a lots of picture i show in here, its all so amazing, but can you imagine, standing in the middle of crowed and your body will be pearcing everywhere and you have to walk up to the cave top with high of the stairs is 272 stairs. We as a visitor on that day, we can't do that.. even stuck in the middle of crowed its quite annoiying.. coz lots of people and they are pushing each other.... or maybe you can ask ellie of VT if you dont belived me..
Each of devotee or a kavadi bearier, they will be companied by family member, they will be guide by this people, so sometimes they will stop and let the devotee have a seat and rest for a few mins, they will give a massage on their legs but the devotee cannot put down or pull off their kavadi while resting, they have to carry it the entire time until the ceremony is done.
Along with kavadi bearier, there are a group of people will be with them to play a religious music, so whenever the devotee carrying a kavadi, they will dance alone followed with music they play... if normal people ever do that, they might be fall down for many times, but this people just stand still.
This is interesting moment, as i busy take a pictures, i saw this 2 people were talking about something, and i guess no body were understand about what they talk about, but from their reaction, the lady might be ask for blessing and he did bless her...
This is really interesting and really make us shaking(me and ellie), this is not just a hanging rope on his body, but as we watch, people are pulling this rope and it make my hands over my mouth... as well as ellie, we did it at the same time of OMG sign... just imagine, you have pears on your back with rope hanging on your skinny skin and as you walk forward and people are pull you back with that hanging rope.. that really scary and it make me almost cry.. i was shaking right away.. seems my legs cannot stand still...
and if you see the other picture on here, this old guy very short, and he pulled and dragged 1 small tample without anyone help... he only depending and pull it with his skinny skin..... just imagine if you do it at home, your skin will pill off, blood will be everywhere, and you will be admited.
I just to many people watching and sometimes they just push you aside and ask you to make a move, give a way to person who carry a kawadi, its huge and might be heady, another reason is, this people who are participate might get hurts if you push each other and did not give a respact to what they do. This is the day for everyone to be patien.. not only for the participant or their family, you also have to be patien with the crowd.
As me and Ellie walk in, we take a picture of people who carrying kawathi, and some are just walk in with some kind of scary face, and they have pears everywhere on their body expacially at the back side, and its scare me to watch this people with their differents look, and i was just amaze with this people who can carry a heavy kawathi and pears on their body, they are not bleeding, not a single drop of blood can be seen, and they dont feel the pain...
Some of these monkeys are very aggressive and may attack you when you carry something that might looks like foods to them. Some of the worshippers have problem to bring their offering safely up the stair without being harassed by these monkey.
My advice is, don't feed the monkey!!
After much huffing, I reached the mouth of the big cave, where a small kiosk selling bottled water welcomes the visitors.
Inside the cave is a hall where there are small altars where Hindus pray and offer candle, incense and flowers. There were also monks who "heal people through massage".
Crossing the wide-expanse hall also offers a temporary respite where you can catch your breath as you prepare yourself for another set of 50+ steps to be climbed to get to the main altar. Here, you'll find more Hindus and monks in prayer.