Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

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    Caves and Monkeys galore!

    by leon.partsi Written Aug 12, 2011

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    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.

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    Dark Caves

    by matjung Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Entrance to Batu and Dark Caves
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    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.

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    Visiting Batu Caves

    by RollingOkie Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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    TURKISH BATHS

    by AliJoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

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    Batu Caves

    by Airpunk Written Jan 22, 2011

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    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.

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    Darshan at Batu Caves

    by RakeshKapadnis Written Nov 22, 2010

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    The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindu's in Malaysia. They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone and 400 meters long and 100 meter high. They were discovered in 1892. Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is he best known and biggest of the caves.
    It's visited by many devotees.
    The ceiling is 100 m above the ground and this huge chamber is lighted by daylight from several holes in the ceiling.

    At the end of the caves you can see the bright sky, when you look above you.

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    Monkey Magic

    by NomadicWorld Updated Sep 27, 2010

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    If the 272 steps to the caves in 35 deg C heat doesn't see you off then you reach the caves themselves. Within the caves are a number of Hindu shrines and apparently it is a very special place to followers of that religion.The Thaipusam festival is celebrated in the Batu Caves and apparently this is a great spectacle to watch should you be in the city at this time.

    In the actual caves there are loads of monkeys running madly around and should you be insane enough to take bananas or nuts up there you will instantly have another 20 or so really good friend. Well at least until you run out.

    All in all a great way to spend an hour or so when your in the city

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    Batu Caves

    by limledi Updated Feb 19, 2010

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    Majestic limestone formation lies in the state of Selangor, on the outskirts of the city. There's 3 big caves including the main cave which is home to Hindu temple. Draws huge people from all over the world during festival. Climb the 272-step staircase to the cave. Nearby is Ramayana Cave with wall paintings of Hindu epics. Be careful of naughty & playful monkeys that chase people.

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    Batu Caves: Your workout for the week!

    by Teagz86 Written Dec 10, 2009

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    Stairway to the Batu Caves!

    You definately have to do the Batu Caves. Be warned though ... it is hard work climbing all those stairs, especially with KL's weather! It is awesome though because there are monkey's running around everywhere and they are so cute ... unless they steal your hand bag of course, which did happen to one lady I saw. She certainly won't be getting those bananas back ...

    The caves are amazing though, and there is also a wildlife bit aswell where they have giant gold fish, monkeys, super old turtles, and other reptiles. The wildlife bit cost about AU$5 each I think, but it's worth it, especially if you have kids.

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    A Little Climbing!

    by rafighi Written Dec 7, 2009

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    I skip the historical information, because all the other users have written about it, just some tips:
    1- be aware about the monkeys on the steps
    2- don't hurry up when climbing the steps if you don't want your legs paralized
    3- visit the little indian museum next to the statue and also the traditional indian dance

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    Batu Caves

    by balhannah Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    Batu Caves were discovered in 1892 and are located approx 13 kms north of Kuala Lumpur. The Caves are made of Limestone, 400 metres long, and 100metres high, huge! These caves are thought to be 400 million years old.

    There are three of them altogether. The biggest cave is called Cathedral cave, and its here where you find a Hindu Temple.
    This is a very sacred place for the Malay Hindus and is their focal point for the Thaipusam Festival, which attracts 1.5million people.

    Be fit for the climb, 272 steps, and quite a few more inside. As you stop and have a rest on your climb up, have a look at the views, you can see for miles and miles.

    The caves are easily reached by Bus or Taxi.

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    Batu Caves

    by apbeaches Written Oct 12, 2009

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    The Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in Gombak district1 mi) north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village.

    The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia

    Rising almost 100 m above the ground, Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a 100 m-high ceiling, and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors have to climb a steep flight of 472 steps.

    At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. This complex was renovated and opened as the Cave Villa in 2008. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan's victory over the demon Soorapadam. An audio tour is available to visitors.

    The Ramayana Cave is situated to the extreme left as one faces the sheer wall of the hill. On the way to the Ramayana Cave, there is a 50-foot (15 m) tall murti of Hanuman and a temple dedicated to Hanuman, the noble monkey devotee and aide of Lord Rama. The consecration ceremony of the temple was held in November 2001.

    The Ramayana Cave depicts the story of Rama in a chronicle manner quite effectively. The cave is well lit and allows the visitor to stroll leisurely viewing the depictions along the irregular walls of the cave. One might experience the feeling that one is strolling through the giant intestines of the mighty demon, Kumbhakarann, brother of King Ravana of Lanka.

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    Batu caves

    by ChangYeo Written Sep 19, 2009

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    Still A Long Way To Go!
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    Batu caves is a cave intercepting a mountain in north Kuala lumpur, there is a gigantic golden statue of Lord Murugan standing at the foot of the cave. It has exactly 272 steps leading to Batu Cave. Thaipusam is a good time to visit as there is a chance to see 'kavadi' where devotees perform skin-piercing and walk-on-fire antics. On the day of the festival, devotees will shave their heads undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, notably carrying various types of kavadi (burdens). At its simplest this may entail carrying a pot of milk, but mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers is also common. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). In 2007, the festival attracted more than 1.5 million pilgrims, making it one of the largest gatherings in history.

    There is also a large chameleon in the cave you can take a photo with if you pay the owner a token amount. The site is also well known for its numerous macaque monkeys, which visitors feed — sometimes involuntarily. These monkeys may also pose a biting hazard to tourists (especially small children) as they can be quite territorial.

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    Buddist Temple or Batu Caves.

    by wrangler_blk Updated Sep 16, 2009

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    Batu Caves is located to the North of Kuala Lumpur.
    It's a limestone hill which is dated around 400 millions years.
    Nowadays it's place of sacrifice of Hindu people and some Hindu festivals take place in here.
    Everyday buses no.11 go from bus stop at Masjid Jamek direct to Batu caves taking your 40 minutes and bus fare is about 2.50 MYR p/p.
    Caves entrance is free of charge.

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    Main Hindu Shrine

    by TexasDave Written May 22, 2009

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    Be prepared to climb 272 steps in order to enter the cave/shrine. At street level(to the left as you approach the site) there is a walkway through lower caves with displays of different Hindu gods. The monkeys that inhabit the area are not at all shy, so just be careful!

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