Batu Caves Travel Guide

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  • Pro
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    mhz1 says…

     educational (and a good exercise) and beautiful 

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    bellatrix says…

     Beware of the monkeys! 

  • In a nutshell
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    mhz1 says…

     a must see if you want to see something hindu-related while in malaysia. 

Batu Caves Things to Do

  • 272 steps

    If you want to visit Batu Caves, the best day is on Thaipusam Celebration. You embark on the journey as early as 4pm-5pm (Thaipusam Celebration) and you'll see people starting to walk to the holy cave (Batu Caves). From Kuala Lumpur, take the LRT Putra to Putra Station. Then take the feeder bus towards Tmn Melewar or Taman Batu. Ask the driver to...

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  • Hindu Gods & Goddesses

    There is a signboard at the gate before you climb the steps tto the upper caves temple. You can come early at 8.00 am for the morning prayer or the evening session at 4pm. You can ask from the traders what to buy for the praying session, the flowers and milk and other items are available on sales.

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  • pigeons feeding

    There are thousand of birds in the Batu Caves temple. Visitors may feed the birds buying the padi or seeds on sales at the hawker stalls.

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  • Art Gallery and Cultural Show

    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...

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  • Follow the culture to shaving bald

    Hindus do this as their cultural. There are a few barber shop available to shaving bald and ears piercing.

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  • Prayers Time

    There is a signboard at the gate before you climb the steps tto the upper caves temple. You can come early at 8.00 am for the morning prayer or the evening session at 4pm. You can ask from the traders what to buy for the praying session, the flowers and milk and other items are available on sales.

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  • the tallest Murugan statue photo in good...

    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...

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  • Visit Batu Caves

    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...

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  • Batu Caves

    These limestone caves are a popular attraction, especially during the annual hindu festival. Thaipusam. Scaling the 272 steps leading up to the temple is one of the highlights. The 140-feet statue of Lord Muruga here is reputed to be the tallest in the world.

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  • Thaipusam

    If you want to visit Batu Caves, the best day is on Thaipusam Celebration.You embark on the journey as early as 4pm-5pm (Thaipusam Celebration) and you'll see people starting to walk to the holy cave (Batu Caves).From Kuala Lumpur, take the LRT Putra to Putra Station. Then take the feeder bus towards Tmn Melewar or Taman Batu. Ask the driver to...

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  • Batu Cave

    (last date visited - March 30, 2007)Batu CavesHow to go there:Bukit Bintang - Bukit Nanas (monorail) - RM 1.20Dang Wang - Terminal Putra (LRT) - RM 2.30Terminal Putra - Gombak (by bus # 203) - RM 1.00Gombak - Greenwood (by bus # 227) - use the ticket bought in the Terminal PutraGreenwood - BT Caves (by bus # 204) - use the ticket bought in the...

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  • Crazy Humans.....

    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!

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Batu Caves Restaurants

  • Thirsty/hungry after climbing?

    I did not try this restaurant because they were going to close, we were in late evening to Batu Caves. When you are standing in front of the stairs to the Caves, your back towards them, then the restaurant is to the left at an angle of ~45 degrees.

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  • Indian Food

    In this temple area, there are a lots of shop, they are selling flowers, and indian traditional food. just go and have a seats at any store, its all your choice. most of this stall, they are selling indian traditional food... hard to explain coz i only know the name of capati, dall and curry only... heee sorry i don't know how to explain this in...

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  • There Are Many...

    There are many restaurants inside the vicinity of Batu Caves !Mainly Indian restaurants of many menus to choose from...The photo shows a man cracked open some coconuts for the coconut juice !I don't really like it but tourists like it very much !

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Batu Caves Transportation

  • Public transport.

    Batu Caves is located about 13km North of Kuala Lumpur city centre. You can take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market annexe or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get there.

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  • New Train line to Batu Caves

    There is a new train line to Batu Caves. You can catch the train from KL Sentral ( Kuala Lumpur Central station). The train terminal is right next to Batu Caves ( need to walk 3 minutes). Costs 2 Ringgits. which is cheaper than the Bus (no 11) that costs 2.50 Ringgits. It is more comfortable by train. If you join a tour, they charge 70 Ringgits....

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  • Bus Number 11

    I caught the bus number 11 from downtown KL (outside the Bangkok Bank).The price of the ticket is 2.50 Rand (approx-50pence). however the bus I found was slow mainly due to traffic and the fact the bus stop at a couple of villages.In total the journey lasted about 45 minutes. the lady conductor will shout out the batu stop. You cross the juntion...

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Batu Caves Shopping

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    by DaHongHua Updated May 3, 2013

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    I found the price for the souvenir available here is rather reasonable compare to other country which you have to go in bargaining skills. The keychains 6 pcs in a set is listed @ RM10 a set, which is quite reasonable. Other attractive souvenir is the peacock feather which can bring good luck to the bearer.

    What to buy: Colorful fridge magnets, Hats, T-shirt, key chain, peacock feather,post cards, the god pictures, the god statues and etc

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Batu Caves Local Customs

  • to enter the temple, please remove your...

    Shoes and slippers are not allowed into the temple, other than that, please follow what others do like no talking, no pointing this and that and be attired in good manner. As for the blue metal box which is locked, it is for the temple committee to collect donations from the tourists and visitors. You are most welcome to give a donation, that money...

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  • "The Thinker" Monkey

    I had to add this picture, as it reminds me so much of the statue "The Thinker".... there are a million ways to skin a cat, but this monkey just wants one way to peel an orange!

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  • Hindu Religious Head Ointment

    I am trying to learn more about this tradition, so if anyone could share more information, that would be great!

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Batu Caves Warnings and Dangers

  • not a warning, but just friendly...

    in this area of batu caves tamples, there are a lots of monkeys around, but i did not see any of it on the day i was there, but just becareful coz sometimes monkey will attack people for some reason... and when i was there it was just a lost dogs bump on my legs and he try to find his way out... i am not sure if he can find way out or not... to...

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  • Very aggressive monkeys

    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!!

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  • Watch out for the monkeys!

    Inside the caves are some seriously aggressive monkeys that will attack you if you have food. I wouldn't recommend feeding them or taking any type of food into the caves! Don't attract the scary monkeys!

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Batu Caves What to Pack

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    by illusion_huanr Updated Mar 5, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: As simple as you can. Make sure keep your belongings secured from those monkey bandits.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Handkerchief or tissue papers. You will need it when 'hiking' those stairs.

    Photo Equipment: Camera, Tripod.

    Miscellaneous: You may bring your glasses along but beware of those monkeys.

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Batu Caves Off The Beaten Path

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    Bird feeding

    by asianbelle Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    Really, I'm not sure how many people who visited Batu Caves noticed or took the time to stop and watch the locals feed the birds. The scene reminds me of European cities that I can't help, but capture it on film.

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Batu Caves Favorites

  • Batu Caves Police Stand

    Usually there is less police officers on duty unless during religion festival such as Thaipusam day when Batu caves would be crowded by Hindus religion people from all over Malaysia, and the visitors who come here for the event. The police force would added more manpower to ensure everybodies are safe in the event and after the event.

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  • RM2 fee for the Car Park

    To visit Batu Caves temple, visitor just have to pay the car parking fee if they are by car. If they are by bus, they are free to walk around unless they want to follow a show which they have to pay according to the entrance to the show. To some temple area, the temple committee put up the donation box that invite and welcome donations.

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  • The Lord Murugan statue.

    The statue is nearly 43 metres tall. It consists of 250 tonnes of concrete and metall bars, with a layer of 300 litres of gold painting on top. It was brought in place by means of a helicopter in January 2006. Perhaps not the fondest memory, but....after we arrived it started raining. My wife, her brother and his wife were going to make some...

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