Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

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    by cleomedes Updated Dec 1, 2007

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    Batu cave is very impressiv! Not only the 272 steps leading up but the cave itself with the opening to the sky!
    The caves are a center for worship of the Hindu god Murugan, you´ll also find a shrine to god Rama and a shrine to Ganesh - the elephant-headed god.
    A lot of monkeys live around here, no problem it you don´t feed and touch them.

    Entrance: free, but parking RM 2

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    Worth a Visit

    by travelpug Written Nov 14, 2007

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    Batu Caves is located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur downtown. It is actually located in the state of Selangor which surrounding KL. The signature feature of this Hindu cave temple is the 272 steps staircase that leads to the cave. The cave is the temple for hindu god lord Muruga, also known as Lord Subramaniam. A tall golden statue of lord Muruga is standing next to the staircase to welcome visitors. It is the tallest statue of lord Muruga in the world.

    To the left of the base of the staircase, there is a cave gallery that visitors can go in. There are colourful sculptures of hindu gods on display.

    Another popular activity in Batu Caves is drinking coconut juice. Such a refreshing thing to do after you come down from the cave.

    Admission: FREE
    Parking: RM2

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    by cheezecake_deli Written Nov 11, 2007

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    Located just north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a series of caves and cave temples in a 400-million-year old limestone hill, named after the Batu river which flows by. It is now one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites outside India. Known to the local aboriginals for hundreds of years, it was said to be "discovered" by a local wealthy Tamil trader in the 1800s. The largest cave, called Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave, has a 100-metre high ceiling and houses several Hindu shrines. It is reached by climbing a 272-step stairs, first built in 1920. At the base of the steps stands a 42.7-metre tall statue of Lord Murugan, completed in 2003, the tallest in the world. Two further cave temples at the base of the hill are the Museum Cave and Art Gallery Cave, and there are also other undeveloped caves. Batu Caves is also famous for its resident families of macaque monkeys.

    It is easiest to catch a taxi to Batu Caves, as the site is relatively isolated. An alternative is to catch Cityliner bus no. 69 from Jalan Pudu or Intrakota bus no. 11D from Pasar Seni.

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    Explore Batu Caves

    by xuessium Updated Oct 6, 2007

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    Climb the 200+ steps into Batu Caves, where in the heart of it all, lies a small Hindu temple.

    See the many colourful statues of Hindu deities adorning the walls of the caves.

    Come Thaipusam, a Hindu festival where devotees wear bodygears called Kavadees pierced under their naked skin, the temple becomes an epicentre of Hindu faith, and the caves will be thronged with thousands of worshippers. It would be a sight to behold!

    (Disclaimer: I have never arrived here by public bus)
    How to get here by bus:
    The RapidKL buses do reach Batu Caves. There are a number of services from several points.
    Attaching the relevant website for folk's reference....if it makes any sense:
    RapidKL Bus Routes to Batu Caves

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    by themadbuddha Written Jun 24, 2007

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    Monday 04/06/07
    The Batu caves are a Hindu holy place that encompasses a few smaller Hindu shrines. There's 272 steps numbered all the way to the top. What they don't tell you is that there's more at the top so "272 plus a few more no one mentions" is a bit more accurate. There's a small curio store and a couple of stalls that sells things including a place to buy drinks. Not that many monkeys showed up when we went but apparently the number always changes. We arrived around 10am and it was just after a rainy night so the heat wasn't a killer and the climb up was a lot easier than I expected. The climb down might be a little unnerving for those that get mild vertigo, the stairs are quite steep. Take lots of pictures as there's a lot to see in the cave and out of the cave. The art is just fantastic. There was a little store at the bottom that sells drinks and a man who will crack open a coconut for you if you decide fresh coconut juice is the thing to drink after a long climb. A very worthwhile place to visit

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    by mary2u99 Updated Apr 28, 2007

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    Batu Caves is a famous tourist destination especially during Thaipusam festival. This event attracts many devotees and spectators who come to watch devotees in a trance carrying kavadi, a metal frame attached to the body. There are also milk kavadi.

    Oh and you have to climb steep flight of 272 steps to reach the top.

    I took the taxi from Petronas tower to Batu Caves and it cost us RM12.00 but the return journey from Batu Caves to Hard Rock Cafe was around RM16.00. Make sure the taxi drivers use meters.

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    EVERYONE HAS TO GO HERE

    by stevemt Updated Apr 20, 2007

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    The Batu caves are a collection of Hindu shrines within a mountain.

    There are a huge amount of steps to climb to get there, and even more inside, but its well worth the effort.

    The caves are working temples so priests are in attendance at all times it is open and the devotees come in numbers, but visitors are very welcome.

    A number if tours include the Batu Caves in there itinery, so check some of the tour operators if you do not have your own transport

    A word of warning - do not cary anything in supermarket plastic bags or the resident monkeys will grab them off you thinking it is food

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    Holy caves for Hindu

    by Hui-Hui Updated Apr 2, 2007

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    The hill is in shape of Indian holy elephant. We have to climb many stairs for reaching the caves. There are a lot of colorful statues of Hindu gods and goddess and small temples in the dark caves with mysterious atmosphere. Some monkeys walk and run a lot...and they are feeded too much. Personally the place doesn't attract me too much. It's pretty "strange" and really "too stinky" (smell of animals' ***)!!!

    P.S. Thinking about the bad air there makes me want to vomit... I promise that I will never go back there. A new experience once was enough.

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    by branx Written Jan 23, 2007

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    There are 270+ steps to get to the cave and with the humidity this is hard going, on the way down its not much easier as the steps are quite close together and too small for your whole foot to fit on them. Unfortunantely the area is quite dirty with litter. There are small monkeys all over the place. We hired a taxi driver for the day for about $50 AUD and he took us to all the sight seeing spots and waited for us....we agreed to pay him at the end of the day so he couldn't do a runner.

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    Batu Caves & The Dark Caves

    by 31Aug Updated Dec 14, 2006

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    Batu Caves is a famous Hindu temple where a famous pilgrimage takes place every year on Thaipusam, and also famous for it's 272-steps stairs. The Dark Caves is about 3/4 way up the stairs, and suited for an adventure, an introduction to caving. It was my first caving experience. The adventure will take you crawlling through tight tunnels. Get ready for this wet and muddy adventure. If you do not have a caving suit, you can wear t-shirt and long pants (do not wear your favourite cloths). You may wear shorts if you prefer, but that would let water and mud in you know where, "unfilthered". Shower facility is provided for a fee of RM1. Bring clean clothes to change into. For conservation reasons, the cave is cared for by the Malaysian Nature Society, and they have authorised guides for the Dark Caves. Visitors are not allowed in the cave without an official guide.
    Entrance for Batu Caves is free, and Dark Caves adventure charges a reasonable fee. Do check out the website for more information on organised trips to the Dark Caves.

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    by xaver Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    One of the most popular day trip from Kuala Lumpur is to the limestone Batu Caves. It lies a short distance north of town and the main cave has to be accessed by climbing up 272 stairs. Hindu devotees perform annual pilgrimages during the festival of Thaipusam by putting on kavadis and climbing these steps to the temple inside the main cave.
    I went there with a friend's car and the trip wasn't longer than 15 minuts, so I think you can easily go by taxi which in the daily hours are not expensive.
    It is opened since 6 am untill 9 pm.

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    by renata77 Written Oct 15, 2006
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    by the entrance is documentary theater showing the history of batu caves and its highlights thaipusam festival,admission is 10 RM.
    there is a hindu temple on the left side before you start climbing the famous 272 steps!
    the new is the huge statue of Lord Murugan ca 40 m high.
    the main cave is called the cathedral cave and is breathtaking.
    there are some indian shops selling souvenirs and masks if you are interested.
    you can also take a picture with a snake or a big iguana for 15RM.

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    We climb and climb and at the top we fly

    by Rinjani Written Sep 8, 2006

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    We climb and climb and at the top we fly

    Yes, it is taken from the famous song in 80's. When you visited Batu Caves, you are recommended to climb the seem-endless stairs. Batu Caves is situated 13 kilometer from KL.
    It is a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia. There are three caves. The caves are beautifu and for me..they are so exotic. I love the scene of the Hindus priest and people who join the ritual look serene and tranquil.
    I also love the stairs, the monkeys that sometimes sitting in the stairs and the view when you reach the top of the stairs.

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    by reshmi Written Sep 7, 2006

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    The Batu Caves are located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur. You can quite easily, and cheaply take a local bus to get there and back.

    The caves are a sacred place for Hindus. It consists of 3 main caves and some smaller ones too I think (although I didn't go in them). The caves are made of limestone, and you have to climb 272 steep steps to get there.

    Beware: There are lots of monkeys inside, that sometimes look a little vicious. They go after any food, so be careful what you're carrying on you.

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    Take a Daytrip to the Batu Caves

    by DanielF Updated Aug 17, 2006
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    The Batu Caves are a huge natural grotte where the Indian community has built a shrine. It is a popular daytrip from the city (it is not really very far from the downtown area) both for locals and tourists, but there were actually many more hinduist worshippers than there were tourists while we were there (on a weekday).

    The staircase that leads to the caves is really spectacular, one of my favourite sights in Kuala Lumpur.

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