The Batu Caves are about thirteen kilometres from Kuala Lumpur.
To get to the caves you must first climb up 272 steps and most of the way up you are watched by sneaky monkeys.
Watch them as they are so quick and we saw a few people lose their plastic bags of souvenirs they had bought and there was no way to get them back. So hang on to everything, watch your sunnies as well!!
Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is the biggest and most well known cave. (there are 3 caves)
The ceiling of this cave is 100 metres above the ground and looks so beautiful with the sunlight streaming through several holes in the ceiling.
It can also be quite slippery in here as water also seeps through the roof of the cave, so wear appropriate footwear.
The Taipusam festival which is celebrated in quite a few countries every year is also celebrated in these caves with over 800,000 devotees and visitors attending.
The Batu Caves Hindu Temple is the place where the Thaipusam Festival has been held on the fullmoon day which comes between January 15 and February 14, every year since 1891. During this festival the area is totally crowded, the streets are closed for normal traffic (just special buses with devotees and spectators are allowed to run), you can not move and we - the spectators - disturb the Hindus coming for their prayers. But what an experience to have witnessed it all!
The stairs consists of 272 steps. It is quite steep, so luckily there are several landings where one can catch the breath and admire the view at the same time.
It has been said there should be lots of monkeys, which could from time to time be very disturbing and nearly aggresive, but when we went there were no signs whatsoever of any monkeys. We came quite late, arrived around 7pm but it was still daylight. Perhaps the authorities have moved them to another place.
For more information and pictures, please visit my "Batu Caves" site.
The Batu caves is a very manageable day trip to make from KL (13 km north). Catch the train from Sentral Station for 2RM. Outside the caves is a huge golden statue of a Hindu deity. Beware the Macaque monkeys and enjoy the steep climb before the caves!
The Batu Caves are made of limestone and discovered in 1892. This site is a Holy place for Hindus, but also it is a very popular with tourists. Small and large festivals are held here almost daily. There are three caves and I've been told that this is a very spiritual place.
Unfortunately I was too weak to ascend the stairs the day we visited the Batu Caves. If you haven't such a problem this is something worth seeing, so climb those 272 steps and check it out. I did see some children crying while leaving the caves. It seems they felt scared of something about the caves, so if you travel with small children keep this in mind.
It's a great experience! very educational and cultural. I got to learn about Hinduism! the only bad side the 273 steps that you'll need to climb to go up to the cave but once you are there the view is awesome !
bring water and wear comfy shoes.
The souvenir shops over there are overpriced and there's no way you can barging.
Admission to Batu Cave is free which is great
The Batu caves sure are impressing. It is not something for those who have trouble walking - going up 276 stairs in the heat of Kuala Lumpur requires some sort of mobility. The caves itself are rather dark, the colorful hindu statues are marvellous to look at. The Cave villa can be booked and offers even more of the technicolor temple-statues, also a reptiles park which we found apalling, as some of the animals are most certainly not kept in a species-appropiate way. Still makes me want to cry thinking about that poor giant turtle who tried her hardest to get out of a plastic bassin that was merely a little bigger than herself. The indian dance is also not too thrilling. Therefore we only give and "average" review. Except for the colorful hindu figures, the Villa does not have much to offer - but the caves itself are pretty amazing. Just stay away from the monkeys - they bite when annoyed and they steal food.
Batu Caves is a very touristy place so if you like to go here come early as the place will be packed during the day. The Batu Caves are a series of caves, about 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur, in Gombak district, Malaysia.
The largest cave, the Temple or Cathedral Cave is 400 meters long and 100 meters high and reached by a staircase with 272 steps high. It is a sacred place. In the cave, the annual Hindu Thaipusam festival celebrated. In 2006 the festival had 1.5 million participants.
There are Java monkeys at the caves.
When we arrived in KL we had a rough plan of interesting places to visit but we were unaware that Batu Caves were so near the centre, a few stops on the railway at the end of the line, very easily accessible from the centre of KL. Trains will go there several times an hour, the station is called Batu Caves if i remember correctly. There are several caves there but it is worth climbing the many steps to the main cave where the Hindu's perform their pilgrimage. Once at the top, cold drinks can be purchased and it also offers a view of the surrounding area.
The Thaipusam Festival is celebrated in the Batu Cave. Thaipusam Festival is a Hindu festival which is celebrated every January/February. They say that people during this occasion is when they commemorate Parvati, a Hindu Goddess who gave Murugan (a popular Hindu deity) a spear to conquer Soorapadam, the evil spirit.
Situated in Selangor, Malaysia; about 30-45mins the time it takes to travel from Kuala Lumpur.
at the entrance, you will see a big golden statue on the right side.
Prepare for the 272 steps to take to enter the cave, within the cave are Hindu Shrines.
Just be polite and mind your manners especially when there are prayers held inside.
It is recommended to have the visit early in the morning, as early as 7am, so you won't get caught in the traffic. Especially that a bus is necessary to travel in this place. You just have to take the Metrobus 11 near the Central Market, if you can't still locate it, you can ask the locals, they'll show you the direction where the Metrobus is. As far as I can remember the bus fare costs 2RM...???
We booked our tour to the Batu caves with Premier Tours. It was an all day tour. On the way we stopped at a couple of touristy places but the highlight was the caves. The giant gold statue was amazing, the flight up the 172 steps to the top was exhausting but exhilarating and we got to hold a giant lizard at the top. Highly recommend.
The Batu Caves are a hindu temple in the area of Gombak, 13km from Kuala Lumpur city. Consider the caves to be a day trip. A tour should cost around 45 ringgit through a company like Asia Web Direct.
I recommend it because, you know, so pretty! It's a great way to see wild monkeys feeding and other various wildlife as well as culturally significant and ancient Hindu monuments.
The dark cave is the largest of the Batu Caves.
But not as famouse, because a tour through the caves takes longer than mose tourist buses have time for.
But for individualists, its the right thing.
Don't stamp on a snake, if you see one.
(You should not see one, most of them have been killed or got stolen)
Bring an overall with you or a 2nd set of cloths.
During the guided tour, you have got the option todo some mud crawling.
That's a part of the fun.
It's not suitable for small babies or cycles.
You must be able to walk and crawl.
It cost 2.50 Ringots ($1) to ride bus #13 to the Batu Caves. The place where I caught the bus was a couple of blocks north of the main northern entrance to Petaling Street in Chinatown. There were lots of buses at the bus stop. Someone told me only #13 went to the Batu Caves and back. Remember to ask the person who collects the fare on the bus where to get off and where to get back on. I didn't get back on the return bus where I got off. It costs 2.50 Ringots to ride back. It's about a 45-60 minute ride. Well worth it. No charge to visit the caves. Be aware of the monkeys. They are everywhere.
PHOTO : The inner part of 120 millions years old Batu Caves
If your journey is planned tour, advise to make a little homework. Go to your local Library, read a few books touching about Hinduism. Its nice to know their belief, and we know what event they wanna do one after another. In a book you will found the Hinduism Terminology ie : Nirvana, Incarnation and the beauty of it philosophy
Once, this place was just a Hindu Temple in a cave, but as it grew, it became one of Kuala Lumpur's most popular attractions. You may be disappointed, if you do not what awaits you. In my opinion, the caves themselves were fine, but the more impressive things are located just outside of them. I do not mean all the tourist shops, but all the temple structures and the statue of the god Murugan with 42,7 meters of height. To reach the caves, you have to climb up 272 steps and once you are inside, you will see temples devoted to different Hindu gods. Beside German tourists, other nasty creatures you are likely to find are monkeys. Beware of them and hide your food as they can become very annoying once they know you have something to eat. The chicken do not bother you, they just smell bad. Anyway, that should not disturb you to have a look at all the small figures, the rock formations and the view from the steps over KL just before you enter the cave.
I liked Batu Caves as a half day trip from KL and if Hindu Temples are something you like, you can enjoy this trip too.
Take bus 11 from the city centre (Jalan Tun HS Lee, close to Bangkok Bank, see last picture). Fare was 2,50 (per trip, as of 2010). The stop at Batu Caves is easy to see, the stop for the way back is a little further down the road, in front of a restaurant. If you are unsure, please contact the bus staff.