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.
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.
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.
Okay, my guide book says:
"Concealed within a towering limestone outcrop, these huge cathedral-like caves were discovered by an American naturalist in 1878. A flight of 272 steps leads to the Temple Cave, whose 100m tall chamber has been used as a Hindu temple for over 100 years..."
"I've never seen so many Monkeys!"
They're everywhere! From big ones who try to pinch everything to baby ones who hold onto their mother.
The actual caves are eerie and awe-inspiring. Hindu idols decorate crevices and nooks and incense sweetens the musky air. I wish we'd gone in January for the Thaipusam festival - nontheless - it was still busy.
If anyone goes, please let me know when Monkey God statue is finished - Please excuse my ignorance - I forgot his name - but he looks fantastic!
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.
Located about 11km to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves was discovered over 100 years ago. It has grown to be an important devotional site for Hindus as well as a highly popular tourist attraction...
To reach the entrance of the caves, one have to go up 272 steps... After the entrance, you can go down to the temple itself with idols of hindu gods lining the cave walls on both side... The inner cave can be reach by climbing another short flight of stairs to see the opening of the cave.... beyond is the dark caves which you can go but guided...
The highlight of festivities held in Batu Caves is the annual Hindu Festival of Thaipusam which attracts devotees and the curious crowd to the caves. The crowd usually runs into hundreds of thousands. Many devotees carry kavadis to fulfil vows with their bodies pierced by hooks, needles and even skewers..
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.
Batu Caves Hindu Temple is famous for its annual crowd of 1 million devotees ( so they claim ) converging for a 2-day celebration.
If you are not afraid of being caught in a stampede you can try and catch them every year, usually in January.
Batu Caves believed to exist millions of years ago. It has around 5 temples inside the cave and the bottom of the stairs. Stairs consist of 272. You can play with monkeys along your journey toward the top. Thaipusam (Hindu Pilgrimage) celebrated Jan-Feb. Don't miss this big festival.
You'd see Hindu sellers of Hindu stuff, don't forget to negotiate and bargain with them.
Well here I was at Batu Caves ,when I 1st saw the staircase I was like "ok it does`nt look so bad". Thats the last time I`m ever going up there ;0P 272 steep stairs was really killing on my legs. Never the less its a really good landmark especially if you a Hindu person as its a really sacred place for the Hindu`s. Anyway you be greeted by many monkeys on the way up. Its not like any caves I`ve ever visited before as I really expect to be in some close chamber rather reaching the large entrance and looking right over to the other staircase where there is another open area whereby you can say some prays if you a Hindu. There is alos a curio shop at the top.
I didn't wanted to go to Batu Caves because I thought they where going to be very tourist and nothing but steps. But I was wrong. I did like them very much because of the colours and every thing around. I get there and you can have something to eat, wonderful indian food there and then with all the energy of the nice food begin with the steps. Its not to much, really. They are a lot of monkeys. Down the steps you can also go in a cave where you have to pay a very little amount, RM 1.00 for going in, where there are a lot of hindus statues. Colour and history. Very nice
You will be surprised to find that the biggest tourist attraction in the capital city of this small Muslin country is a Hindu shrine built in a cave that was uncovered by an American. But such is life in multi-cultural Malaysia...
Quite an interesting place, the caves themselves are quite attractive, with a large central cavern which the beams of sun light illuminate in unusual ways. Also with the hindi decorations and the horde of maraudering macaques monkeys running about, it does give the place an exotic feel.
Located 15 KMs north of the city. Easy to reach by bus.
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 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
How to go to Batu Caves
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