Batu caves is one of the most precious Malaysian national treasure. It is a hot spot for the tourists to visit. It is also the focal point for the Hindu devotees in Malaysia to gather annually and celebrate Thaipusam. It was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader.
At the hill base, there is a monumental statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan guarding the place. It is the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world.
The Batu Caves has three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest one is Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave. The visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps to reach there. It has a very high vaulted ceiling and features lots of decorative Hindu shrines. There is no entrance fee for the Temple Cave. The visitors may leave some donation in the collection box if they wish to do so.
There are other two more cave temples at the hill base. The two caves are Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave. Both are filled with Hindu statues and painting. However there is entrance fee if the visitors wish to enter those place.
Batu caves is accessible by public transportation. The nearest one is Batu Caves KTM Komuter Station.
Image by Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi.
Temple Cave: free
Art Gallery and Museum Caves: RM 5
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The cave was impressive, and so were all the gigantic and colorful Hindu god statues outside the cave on the ground floor. Even though the climb up the 272 steps was a big exhausting, it was totally worth it!
No-one travels to Kuala Lumpur to miss a visit to Batu Caves – a very attractive destination close to the capital, featuring the popular Hindu festival – Thaipusam, holding the tallest Hindu god statue in the world and the labyrinth of spooky limestone caves in Malaysia. So amazing !!
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