Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
I visited the Batu Caves as part of a night tour. It took me 25 minutes to climb the 272 steps to the top, take some photos and a video, then come back down the 272 steps. In the time it took me to go up and down once, an old Chinese man (he must have been about 75) went up and down the steps three times.
The Batu caves lie 8 miles from the city, at the Northern edge of Kuala Lumpur, in the suburb of Gombak.
The caves, formed from limestone rock, were first noticed by American explorer William Hornaby in 1878. The caves had been used for years by indigenous Orang Asli people. 10 years after being discovered by Hornaby, Indian dignitaries persuaded British administrators that this was the ideal place to build a shrine for them to worship. Many devotees have come here to pray. The shine is dedicated to Lord Murugan, Hindu god of war, (he is also known as Lord Subramanium).
The shrine was later enlarged to include a shrine to Lord Ganesh, (Ganesh is the patron of art and sciences, and the remover of obstacles). It is always busy here with devotees and visitors.
The festival of Thaipusam is held here in January/February each year. This festival attracts over 1 million people.
A giant statue of Lord Murugan stands at the foot of 272 steps that lead up to the shrine. This statue, at 141ft, it is claimed to be the tallest statue in the world. At the top of the steps there is a 328ft high cave, other statues in the cave include Shiva, Ganesh and Durga. Religious scenes are also painted onto the walls.
There are a number of smaller temples around the site and macaques (monkeys) mingle amongst the crowds.
Batu Caves is an amazing place to view. We explored Batu Cave Indian temple's massive limestone outcrop and its cavernous interior. And also visited the Little India(Brickfields). The guide was so knowledgeable and told us so many thing about Batu Caves. We enjoyed a lot with GoTourister's guide at Batu Caves and Tample Tour. Thanks http://gotourister.com for your great service at very low price...
The tour gave me a good insight into the hindu religion. It was more over a spiritual experience for me. And the statue of lord Murugan was amazing.The caves are very old formed by the lime stones. Our tour guide was very informative. All an all it was a good experience thanks to bookmytours.asia .
I loved the Natural part of this place but The basic thing about this place is that it features Mainly Indian Culture and Religion.Inside one of the caves you find Indian Sculptures which I really admired, and the Second one which many people like visiting you find nothing there after a steep climp lol, It's just a Big Open cave with 2 little Indian temples inside.
There's a third entrance into the Cave which I felt tired and couldn't go in.
And another feature is a group of some monkeys mingling with tourists. I didn't wish to be near monkeys at all and luckily they played far from me.
If you're in KL it will be nice to go visit and maybe you'll have a different opinion but I wouldn't put it as my priority.
Getting to Batu Caves : Take taxi If you don't mind spending.
For budget travellers, walk to your nearest KTM train station and buy a ticket . To Batu Cave which costs only R M2
At the Top of the 272 steps going to the top is the Temple Cave (also known as the Cathedral Cave) of which there are various Souvnenir Stores, Hindu Mini Temples and various Murugan Depiction Murals. But 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 Devanai. Anyone can enter the open style temple, but you must remove your shoes when going inside. there is also a statue of Vishnu just across the right side of the temple.
Opens: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
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 and you can climb separate flights of stairs going to some of them.
the temples being depicted are: They include the Aru Padaiveedu (six abodes) — Thiruchendur, Swamimalai, Pazhamudircholai, Thirupparangunram, Palani (Pazhani), Thiruthani.
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 the famous Monkey God, Hanuman.
There are actually two Lord Murugan Statues in the Batu Caves Complex!
The original and the first statue was consecrated by local Malaysian Indian named K. Thamboosamy Pillai at the Entrance atop the main cathedral cave in the 1890's as he was promoting the area to be a major Hindu and Tamil Pilgrimage Shrine dedicated to the Hindu/Tamil God of War, Lord Murugan! The Tallest Murugan Statue In The World, Located at the Entrance Going to the Steps at the ground level, measuring 42.7 meter High, and made from Steel & Concrete & Gold Paint, was only done in January of 2006 during the Thaipusam Festival.
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:
Murugan is the Hindu god of war, victory, wisdom and love. He is Commander of the gods. Son of the lord Shiva and Parvati, his brother is Ganesha and his wives are Valli and Deivayanai. Murugan is widely believed and accepted to be having roots as a warrior god in ancient Tamil kurinji lands (land of hills), and later absorbed in to Hinduism as the religion spread across the ancient land of Tamilakam(ancient South India.)
Murugan is worshiped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore and Reunion Island. His six most important shrines in India are the Arupadaiveedu temples, located in Tamil Nadu. In Sri Lanka, Hindus as well as Buddhists revere the sacred historical Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna and Katirkâmam Temple (also known as "Katharagama Devalaya" in Sinhala) situated deep south. Indians in Malaysia also pray to Lord Murugan at the Batu Caves and various temples where Thaipusam is celebrated with grandeur.
In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, He is known as Subrahmanya with a temple at Kukke Subramanya known for Sarpa shanti rites dedicated to Him and another famous temple at Ghati Subramanya also in Karnataka. In Bengal and Odisha, he is popularly known as Kartikeya (meaning 'son of Krittika'). Murugan is most popular amongst the Tamil people who revere Him as Thamizh Kadavul which means 'God of Tamils'.
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 area became a large Hindu Place of Worship and a main tourist site. The Large Lord Murugan Statue in Front of the Steps was only Built in 2006. At present, The Hindu Festival of Thaipusam is celebrated here during the month of February as pilgrims and tourists reach 800,000 and more during the festival.
The Complex is composed of three main caves, the Temple Cave, the Ramayana Cave (Art Cave) at ground level and the Dark Cave (beside the Main Temple Cave) and a few smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meters high. There is a 47 Meter Statue of Murugan besides the 272 concrete steep steps going to the Top at the Main Temple Cave and there are many souvenir stalls, religous stalls and local warungs.
There is no entrance fees to the Batu Caves and the site is open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
The Batu Caves is one of the Major Hindu Shrines around the world and a major tourist attraction of Malaysia
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.