Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

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Jalan Batu Caves, 68100 Jalan Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia +60 3-6189 6284

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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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    by ChangYeo Written Sep 19, 2009

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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.

    Still A Long Way To Go! Don't stand Too Near! Monkey Business! From the Top!
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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!

    Beware of Brazen Monkeys
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    Batu Caves

    by Fen Written Apr 16, 2009

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    Batu caves have lots of caves and hindu temples which is really worth a visit. The 42m high gold statue of Murugan is incredible and is a focal point for the hindu festival of Thaipusam.

    If you can manage the 272 steps to the top, don't forget to get some bannana's or nuts before your climb The macaque monkeys will thank you for it and they are not camera shy.
    And talking of refreshments, take a bottle of water or something to drink for when you make it up those stairs.

    We arranged for our taxi driver to wait for us at Batu caves and bring us back to our Hotel, it would be cheaper and easier than getting a taxi later. But he only gave us 1hr which wasn't enough time to see all the caves.

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    by lenardt Written Apr 12, 2009

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    Yers, when in KL you must vist the Batu Cave. Well having done it I can say that 'I have visited Batu Caves' but all I saw was some dirty caves with religious paintings and statues places randomly around the place with a foul smell and dirty monkeys. As you may have guest my visit to the caves didn't impress me but then again I am not Hindu. The highlight was the realisation that my wife and I could actually reached the top of the 272 steps and take photo's of it. Worth a visit to say you have been there but unless you are VERY religious don't expect too much

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    Batu Caves - Day Trip

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    Batu Caves in Selangor and north of Kuala Lumpur is world famous.

    It is a limestone range where there is a famous Hindu cave temple. There are many hundred steps to climb to reach the caves.

    During the Thaipusam festival (usually in January or February), it is a major pilgrimage with thousands of Hindus and tourists flocking to Batu Caves temple.

    On other days, it is not crowded at all and a nice day trip out of Kuala Lumpur.

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    Go dark in Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur

    by tot_traveller Written Aug 13, 2008

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    Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. When the caves were in a pristine state before 1860, several of the 18 cave mouths were used by the indigenous Besisi people (also referred to as Orang Asli) as transit shelters when they went out hunting from their jungle hamlets.

    As early as 1860, Chinese settlers began excavating guano for fertilising their vegetable patches. However, they became famous only after the limestone hills were found by American Naturalist, William Hornaday in 1878.

    Batu Caves is said to have been discovered by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader, in the 1800s. He was inspired by the 'vel'-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Muruga located within the caves.

    In 1891, Pillai, who also founded the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur, installed the murti (consecrated statue) of Sri Subramania Swamy in what is today known as the Temple Cave. Since 1892, the Thaipusam festival in the Tamil month of Thai (which falls in late January/early February) has been celebrated there.

    Wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920. Of the various cave temples that comprise the site, the largest and best known is the Temple or Cathedral Cave, so named because it houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100 m vaulted ceiling.

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    Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

    by chizz Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    To reach the Batu Caves, which were discovered in 1892, we decided to take the train from KLCC to Terminal Putra (Gombak) and from there take a short taxi ride for 6 ringgits. You can also take public buses from the Central Market area and Jalan Pudu (Chinatown).
    At the bottom of the steep steps up to the caves, you will see the giant golden Hindu statue and lots of monkeys to take photos of.
    You then begin the climb to the caves up 272 steps. At the top, on the right you can pay to do a tour of one of the caves (we didn't do it) or continue up to see the many stalagtites, Hindu shrines where people make offerings and receive blessings and there is also a gift shop and small cafe where you can drink coconut milk.
    Arriving at the bottom of the steps again we decided to see the "Caves Villa" which is a cave that has been brightly painted and is filled with Hindu statues and religious scenes. Outside there are some wild birds to see and a small section of garden. A small entrance fee applies.
    Batu Caves open from 7am - 9pm. Free general entry.
    Every year in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar (usually the end of Jan.), the caves are busy with 800,000 Hindu worshippers celebrating the Thaipusam Festival where some pierce their skin, mouths , etc., with metal hooks and ask for favours from the Gods.

    Golden Hindu Statue, Batu Caves, K.L. R feeding the monkeys, Batu Caves, K.L. Mother and baby, Batu Caves, K.L. Young worshipper, Batu Caves, K.L. Smiling monkey, Batu Caves, K.L.

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    Incredible atmosphere

    by muratkorman Written Jun 6, 2008

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    It has been more than 1 year since I have been living in Southeast Asia and I have visited many Indian temples. However, none of them impressed me as much as the one in Batu Caves. Although it is a bit far from KL city center, it is worth a visit. You have to climb long stairs to reach the entrance of the caves. In February, Indians flock here for some rituals.

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    Batu caves adventure..

    by jv_impossible Updated May 5, 2008

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    the huge statue in front is an amazing statue.when you are on top,it is really overlooking kuala lumpur.with its 272 steps, its a good exercise!. also,before proceeding to batu caves, drop by at the chinese village and the pewter factory .you can also see the rubber tree and malaysia is considered one of the biggest exporter of rubber in the world.

    Rubber tree pewter making(made of tin and ore)
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    Batu Caves

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    The Batu Caves are located about 13km's north of Kuala Lumpur and is a popular Hindu shrine.

    It is the centre of the annual Thaipusam festival in Malaysia and attracts over 1.5 million pilgrims.

    To get there you will need to climb a steep flight of 272 concrete steps to a height of more than 100m above the ground.

    272 steps... Top of the steps... Nearly there! Macaque monkey
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  • How to go to Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur

    by curli_topz Written Apr 14, 2008

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    How to go to Batu Caves

    First option:
    You can take a cab which costs approx MYR20.00 from KL City Center to Batu Caves. This is the easiest way and the most efficient especially if you're travelling in a group of 4.

    Second option: (suggested in you're going to Genting Highlands and Batu Caves on the same day) (not direct)
    1. Ride LRT to Terminal Putra Gombak (you can purchase tickets and go to Genting Highlands from here). LRT from KLCC Station to Putra Gombak costs approx MYR4.
    2. Below Terminal Putra Gombak LRT station, take a short cab ride to Batu Caves which will cost approx. MYR5-7.

    To view my KL to Batu Caves travel journal, please visit my blog at http://asiatravelbug.blogspot.com/2008/02/day-3-genting-highlands-and-batu-caves.html

    Enjoy!

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    Visit the Temple or Batu Caves!

    by kelnsha Written Mar 14, 2008

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    These huge caves are the best known attraction near KL. They are in a towering limestone formation.

    Hindu shrine was built in the vast open space. Each year in late January or early February, almost a million pilgrims come to the caves during the Thaipusam festival to watch the the spectacular, masochistic-looking feats of devotees - 'Piercing Devotions'.

    The main cave is reached by a straight flight of 272 steps. Delving into the cavern, it opens to an atrium-like cave at the rear. Many visitors are more spellbound by the monkeys that scale the vertical cliff faces than by the shrines on view (which are dwarfed by the scale of the cave).

    Several other caves exist in the same formation including a small one at the base of the outcrop, reached by crossing over a turtle pond. This cave contains elaborately painted sculptures of various Hindu gods. Lord Subramaniam takes centre stage as the dancing Shiva and other deities such as the fearsome Durga - Shiva female half - are arranged to tell parables from the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu scriptures.

    The cave is opened from 8am to 8pm daily and admission is free. Car park fee is about MYR2.

    Note: during Thaipusam fesitival, special trains and buses carry devotees and onlookers to the caves.

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    BATU CAVES

    by ancient_traveler Updated Mar 9, 2008

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    The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers (seven miles) north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. 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. This is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Malaysia and a popular tourist attraction. The Caves are popular not only for being the southern-most limestone outcrop in the Northern Hemisphere, but the labyrinth that makes up the Batu Caves also supports a variety of exotic wildlife. The main cave holds a shrine of Lord Subramaniam, a Hindu deity. A cave gallery is located at the foot of the caves featuring clay figurines and wall paintings depicting scenes and figures from Hindu mythology.

    At your arrival you will be greeted by lots of monkeys. They are going for your peanuts and banana's, which you can buy in several shop, before you climb up to the caves. You have to climb 272 steps, which will lead you to the religious and magnificent Batu Caves.

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