The Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur

The Batu Caves, located at the Gombak District north of Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most visited tourist spots in Malaysia. According to Wikipedia, the limestone hill forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 years old.

Inside the Batu Cave, Kuala Lumpur

*The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is also the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. (*Excerpt from Wikipedia)

From the Kuala Lumpur station of KTMB Railway, you can take a 30-minute train ride direct to Batu Caves for only RM1 (US$ .33 cents). The ride back is RM2 (US$ .66 cents).

Train to Batu Caves

A 42.7m high statue of Lord Murugan, the tallest in the world, greets every visitor to the Batu Caves.

Entrance to the Batu Caves

272 steps all the way up! Not really as bad as it looks.

 

Stairs going up the Main Temple

Beware of these mischievous monkeys! They grabbed a few snacks and made some children cry.

 

Wild monkeys guarding the steps to Batu Caves

It’s very cool inside the cave, a respite from the heat outside. It was two weeks before Thaipusam when we visited the cave. Since more than a million devotees visit this popular Hindu shrine during the festival, some temple staff have started to put metal guards inside the cave for crowd control.

 

Metal guards in preparation for Thaipusam

More photos inside the cave.

An old Indian lady sits and waits inside the cave. In exchange for a few ringgit, she would put some white or red powder on the forehead while whispering prayers of peace and blessings.

On the way down, we saw devotees carrying milk pots as offering to Lord Murugan. We were able to catch the Thaipusam Festival in Penang where devotees do more than carry milk pots. More on Thaipusam on my future blog post!

If you have a few hours to kill while in Kuala Lumpur, I would recommend visiting the Batu Caves. The train ride is so cheap, no entrance fee to the caves and you get a glimpse of the Indian culture up close.

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