Batu Caves Travel Guide

  • Batu Caves
    by shintarojon
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
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    separate flights of stairs
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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

    one thing that I have noticed is that the Difference between the Balinese style of Hinduism from the Main Indian and Tamil Style of Hinduism is that the Balinese don't display many Hindu Gods and Godesses inside their temples, they only depict Mount Mehru via wooden multi storey houses. The Indian/Tamil branch of Hinduism prominently displays their...

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  • Sri Valli Devanai Temple

    The Main Attraction of the Temple Cave is the Sri Valli Devanai Temple, located at the farthest end of the Temple Cave, after another 50+ steps going to the temple. the temple is naturally illuminated by sunlight flowing through the cliff opening just in front of the Temple. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and his two wives, Valli and...

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  • Murugan Depictions Abound in Batu Caves

    Since Lord Murugan is the main deity being honored at the Batu Caves, you would even see his various depictions around the Batu Caves Complex (including the main 42 meter statue in front, where most of the tourist see and don't realize that he has many depictions around the complex).according to wikipedia:Like most Hindu deities, Subrahmanya is...

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  • View from the Top Of Temple Cave

    after the exausting and tiring climb above the 272 steps going to the top of the Main Temple Cave, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view around and if you have a powerful ultra optical zoom camera, you would even see Kuala Lumpus and the Petronas Towers and the Menara Tower over the horizon. there are souvenir shops at the top after the steps...

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  • Large Opening Atop Main Temple Cave

    at the center of the huge Main Temple Cave, just beside the Valli Devanai Temple, there is a large opening atop the Cave, which is actually a collapsed portion of the Limestone Cave and it flows natural sunlight to the Valli Devanai Temple and provides natural illumination around the area and you would see many birds and a few bats near the area...

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  • Murugan Temples Murals Carved inside...

    Lord Murugan is one of the most popular Hindu Deities as he is the god of war, victory, wisdom and love. He is Commander of the gods. Son of the lord Shiva and Parvati. Hence inside the nooks and crannies around the temple cave are depictions of six of his famous temples around the world. you can see then scattered around the Main Temple complex...

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  • Difference of Balinese & Indian/Tamil...

    one thing that I have noticed is that the Difference between the Balinese style of Hinduism from the Main Indian and Tamil Style of Hinduism is that the Balinese don't display many Hindu Gods and Godesses inside their temples, they only depict Mount Mehru via wooden multi storey houses. The Indian/Tamil branch of Hinduism prominently displays their...

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  • Ramayana Cave

    The Ramayana Cave is one of the sub cavelets (the three main Caves are the temple cave, dark cave and Art Gallery Cave) located at the right hand side of the main stairway going to the Temple Cave, where there are various Hindu and Tamil paintings and statues of the Hindu Epic, The Ramayana. Just Outside the Ramayana Cave is the 50 foot Statue of...

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Batu Caves Restaurants

  • Warung (Local Eateries) at Batu Caves

    being a major tourist attraction, Batu Caves has many local food stalls (warungs) and restaurants that offer mostly local Malaysian and Indian Fare and some of these stalls offer double halal meals (meaning no pork and beef allowed as Malaysia is a mostly Muslim Country and since Batu Caves is a Hindu Shrine, no beef too as Hindus venerate Cows)....

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  • 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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Batu Caves Transportation

  • Private Tour Vans

    private van or AUV service is cheaper as prices here are cheap since gasoline prices are subsidized in Malaysia, where a liter of premium unleaded gasoline is ony RM 2.15! There are many Tour Companies around Kuala Lumpur and Genting offering this service that goes vice versa to both areas.there are two kinds of private van tours, the first one is...

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  • 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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Batu Caves Shopping

  • Souvenir Stalls at Batu Caves Main Cave

    They also have souvenir stalls at the entrance to the Main Cave and along the limestone foothpaths going to the several Hindu Shrines inside the Main Cave Complex. These souvenir stalls sells mostly assorted Hindu Religious Items and prayer books and statuesd of Ganesha, Hanuman, Shiva, Vishnu, Murugan and more. They also sell the generic Malaysian...

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  • Souvenir Stalls at Batu Caves Ground...

    being a major tourist area, off course you would fine many souvenir stalls and shops around the Batu Caves complex. but there is a distinction as the souvenir stalls around the complex at the ground level sells mostly kitschy souvenir items that you can find in other touristy areas of Kuala Lumpur like fridge magnets, shot glasses, post cards,...

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  • Getting a souvenir from Batu Caves

    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. Colorful fridge magnets, Hats, T-shirt,...

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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

  • Another 50+ Steps inside the Temple Cave

    after the huffing andf puffing and panting after climbing up the 272 steep steps to the entrance to the temple cave, be prepared to climb another 50 plus steps (more steep and smaller surface area between the steps and they are irregular and not flat like the 272 main steps outside). and they are more slippery as there are many pools of water in...

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  • Be Careful of the Monkeys

    The monkeys here at the Batu Caves are not wild like on other areas of Malaysia (we were at langkawi and the monkeys there are really pesky) and are relatively tame, they would ask peanuts and bananas from the tourists and pilgrims (and you can buy them at the souvenir stores lining the complex and give to these relatively tame monkeys) but still,...

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  • Be Careful When Going Up the Main Steps

    the 272 steps going to the Main Temple inside the limestone Cave in Batu Cave is made from concrete but you must be careful when going up and down these steps as they are so narrow and steep and they don't have the typical anti-slip pads installed at the ends of the steps that you can find usually in modern structures. be doubly careful when going...

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Batu Caves What to Pack

  • Going Up The Main Temple Cave & Temple...

    it is better to leave your back packs or carry on bags in your tour van (if you are on a private tour) as it is hard to walk along a steep flights of stairs cayying heavy stuff unless you are a soldier! remember, there are actually 2 flights of stairs going up the main temple cave, the 272 steps to the entrance and another 50 irregular steps going...

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  • Hiking at the Dark Cave

    they don;t allow backpacks and other bags inside the dark cave the Dark Cave is a separate and Larger Cavern alonglside the Temple Cave and if you plan on taking the educational 45 minute or the 4 hour adventure tour, remember to wear rubber shoes or hiking shoes as they don't allow flip flops or sandals or crocs. Also weat light colored...

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  • Ready to go...

    As simple as you can. Make sure keep your belongings secured from those monkey bandits. Handkerchief or tissue papers. You will need it when 'hiking' those stairs. Camera, Tripod. You may bring your glasses along but beware of those monkeys.

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Batu Caves Off The Beaten Path

  • Pigeon Feeding

    you will find that there are hordes of friendly pigeons lying and flying around the Batu Caves Complex and these pigeons are somewhat tame and are not afraid of people. you can throw some food scraps at the ground and these pigeons will converge and eat the food scraps. they are better to feed than the monkeys as they don't grab things and food...

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  • Bird feeding

    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 Sports & Outdoors

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    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2014

    A little known fact for tourists going to the Batu Caves is that The Largest of the 3 cave complex, called The Dark Cave, is actually a spelunking junkie paradise as the dark Cave is composed of Karst Limestone Cliffs 400 million years old and and has various geological formations like stalactites, stalagmites, cave pearls, cave curtains, water pools, assorted species of bats and the famous trapdoor spider.

    the best deal here is that where can you find a karst limestone formation cliffs and caves and caverns within a capital city around the world?

    So If you are the Adventurous Type, you can spend more than half a day at the Batu Caves touring around the various areas and another 4 hours doing the Adventure Tour

    there are two options, the 45 minute educational tour that costs RM 35 per adult (RM 35 per child) and the 4 hour Adventure Tour (kids not allowed) as this entails some rock climbing, spelunking, crawling along smaller caves.

    Opens:

    Tuesdays - Fridays
    10.00am to 5pm
    Saturdays & Sundays
    10.30am to 5.30pm
    (Closed on Mondays)

    Equipment: they provide the flash lights, you must wear climbing or hiking or rubber shoes and also comfortable shirts.

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Adventure Travel

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  • Batu Caves Overview

    The Batu Cave Complex was discovered by local malaysian chinese in the 1860's and mining was done and harvesting of guano (bat feces) also was done. In the 1890's a local Malaysian Indian named K. Thamboosamy Pillai, built a statue of Lord Murugan (a Hindu Deity) inside the Main Temple Cave and since then, the other structures were built and the...

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  • Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur Tour or...

    the Batu Caves is located about 13 kilometers north of the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur (the modern City Center where Petronas Towers are located and also Known as KLCC, while dowtown is around the area of the National Garden and Istana Merdeka ) at the Gombak District near the highway going to the Genting Highlands and Beyond. there are various...

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  • 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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