Top Things to Do and See in Malaysia - Visit The Batu Caves

A markerBatu Caves -
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
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How to get there

The Batu Caves are located about twelve kilometres from the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Giant stalactites and stalagmites are found inside the caverns of a huge limestone hill that was formed over 400 million years ago in the district of Gombak near Kuala Lumpur.

The Batu Caves destination is a popular tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It is also a place of worship and a cultural place for the Indian and Hindu people in Malaysia. Several shrines and temples have been established inside the caves.

There are several ways to get to this local attraction: by car, train and taxi. The cheapest mode is by train. There is a direct train from KL Sentral Railway Station to the Batu Caves Station, the fare is cheap as chips, only a couple of ringgit (Malaysian currency) per person. The journey takes about 40-45 minutes. The caves' location is only a short walk from the train station.

View of the Batu Caves.
View of the Batu Caves. | Source
Lord Murugan statue stands at the entrance of the Batu Caves hill.
Lord Murugan statue stands at the entrance of the Batu Caves hill. | Source

A religious site

The Batu Caves site is dedicated to the Hindu god called Lord Murugan. A gigantic statue of Lord Murugan located at the entrance of the Batu Caves can be seen from the highway that runs parallel to this famous stretch of limestone formation. The golden statue was completed in 2006 and stands at a height of over 42 metres. It is made of concrete and steel bars.

The Hindu festival of Thaipusam is celebrated here in January or February every year. Thousands of visitors and Hindu worshippers from other parts of the world flock to this pilgrimage site during Thaipusam to either witness or participate in the religious ceremony.

There are several small stalls selling snacks like these and drinks outside the Batu Caves.
There are several small stalls selling snacks like these and drinks outside the Batu Caves. | Source
The Indian garland stall looks colourful and exotic.
The Indian garland stall looks colourful and exotic. | Source

Fun things to do

There are many interesting stalls outside the Batu Caves, selling food and drinks, toys, souvenirs, Indian fashion items and Hindu religious items.

Beautiful garlands of flowers are part of the traditional Indian culture. These fragrant garlands are worn by the Hindus during worship ceremonies and other festivities.

Henna art body painting is popular among the Indian women during religious ceremonies, weddings and other important occasions. The henna dye is made from plant materials. Unlike tattoo ink, the henna dye is not a permanent ink and will disappear after a week. There is a henna art stall near the entrance of the caves that offers beautiful body painting for a small fee.

Statues above the entrance to the stairway.
Statues above the entrance to the stairway. | Source
Hindu temple near the entrance.
Hindu temple near the entrance. | Source
Pigeons flying around the Batu Caves courtyard area.
Pigeons flying around the Batu Caves courtyard area. | Source

A Hindu temple is located near the entrance of the Batu Caves. All footwear must be removed before entering the temple.

Hundreds of rock pigeons wander around the courtyard in front of the temple and cave entrance.

Experiencing the caves

Entry to the caves is free but visitors can make a voluntary donation in one of the donation boxes provided.

The most interesting (or challenging) part of the Batu Caves tour is climbing the steps to get to the caves. The steps were originally made of wood but they have been replaced with the existing concrete steps. There are a lot of steps to climb to get to the caves in this enchanting limestone hill. A long stairway consisting of 272 steps is not too difficult for those with good health conditions. Comfortable shoes, a sunhat and a bottle of water are essential items to have on a stinking hot day!

Some of the steps get narrower and steeper towards the top. There are numerous landings along the way for those who want to catch a breath or enjoy the view of Kuala Lumpur in the distance.

The beginning of a steep climb to get to the big cave.
The beginning of a steep climb to get to the big cave. | Source
A wild monkey posing for visitors.
A wild monkey posing for visitors. | Source

Watch out for the monkeys!

Wild monkeys inhabit the surrounding areas of the caves. Many visitors are excited to see monkeys leaping from one pole to another right in front of them or over their heads. Occasionally, an unsuspecting visitor who has a fear of monkeys will freak out and scream at the sight of a baby monkey.

Some visitors may think the monkeys are there to "meet-and-greet" the people, but in reality, these animals are on the lookout for any food the people may have to offer them. Monkeys are territorial in nature and they tend to be aggressive at times. They will snatch anything that looks attractive to them, like snacks, fruits and even mobile phones and small cameras! The monkeys will attack and bite if provoked! Avoid feeding or touching these monkeys. It is best to ignore them and watch the steps in front of you.

View from the stairway, the carpark is below and downtown Kuala Lumpur in the distance.
View from the stairway, the carpark is below and downtown Kuala Lumpur in the distance. | Source
Entrance to Dark Cave tours.
Entrance to Dark Cave tours. | Source

Climbing the steps

Along the way going up to the caves, there is a landing on the left that leads to the Dark Cave. Access to the Dark Cave is restricted as the Malaysian government wants to preserve the untouched caverns that are found in the two-kilometre network of natural formations in the Dark Cave area.

Visitors can enter the Dark Cave on a guided tour at a designated time by purchasing tickets from the information booth outside the Batu Caves.

Entrance to the biggest cave at Batu Caves.
Entrance to the biggest cave at Batu Caves. | Source
A stall at the entrance of the Ramayana Cave.
A stall at the entrance of the Ramayana Cave. | Source

After climbing countless number of steps, you will find yourself totally out of breath and standing at the entrance of the biggest cave called the Ramayana Cave. After so much effort to get up here, the limestone formation looks huge and totally amazing.

Upon entering the cave, you will be mesmerised by the size of the Ramayana Cave. The gigantic cave is well lit and the atmosphere inside the cave is serene and cool as compared to the hot and humid temperatures outside.

As this is a religious place, it is advisable to treat the caves and worshippers with respect. Try not to make too much noise or leave any rubbish around. There are several shrines where there will be worshippers praying to their gods. Statues of Hindu gods can be seen in various areas in the caves as well as carvings on the limestone walls.

There are more steps to climb within the large cavern. The steps lead to a few smaller caves behind the main cave. There are many amazing rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites in the different caves.

It was a rewarding experience and descending the steps was much easier when leaving the Batu Caves!

Have you been to the Batu Caves?

  • Yes, it was an amazing experience!
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Inside the big Temple Cave
Inside the big Temple Cave | Source
Another stairway inside the Ramayana Cave leading to other smaller caverns and shrines.
Another stairway inside the Ramayana Cave leading to other smaller caverns and shrines. | Source
Gigantic cavern.
Gigantic cavern. | Source
Rock formations inside Batu Caves. A small shrine stands in the lighted corner.
Rock formations inside Batu Caves. A small shrine stands in the lighted corner. | Source
An opening above in one of the caves.
An opening above in one of the caves. | Source
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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi, Wow! What a gorgeous place to visit! and the photos were amazing, showing us each step of the way! I love the huge statues, and the video was fantastic! I love caves, ever since I went down one in Margate England, it was completely underground and my mother refused to follow us! lol! this is a real must see visit, great hub! voted up and shared, nell


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a beautiful site! Thanks for sharing information about the Batu Caves with us. Your photos, descriptions and the video were all good especially for those of us who will probably never get to visit there in person. Up votes, tweeting and sharing with my followers.


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punacoast 2 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

Wow, these caves are HUGE! So amazing that there are grand staircases built inside them! To be honest I'm a little afraid of the wild monkeys you mention but I definitely want to visit Batu caves someday. Interesting hub, voted up.


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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

Nell, I love the underground caves, too because they usually have rivers or lakes in there.. so enchanting! Thank you for stopping by to comment :)


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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

Peggy W, thank you for the lovely comment and votes. I am happy to know that you have enjoyed the information about the Batu Caves. Have a lovely day :)


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lady rain 2 years ago from Australia Author

punacoast, when I was going down the steps, I saw a couple of cheeky monkeys showing their backsides to everybody! Thank you for leaving a comment and voting.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a neat location! I enjoyed the photo tour and detailed descriptions.


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Padamyar 2 years ago

Hello ladyrain, what a beautiful article! I'm currently preparing for my presentation about Malaysia Tourism at my college and ur hub really helped me about the Batu caves. I really enjoyed ur hub and voted!!!

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