One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, the Batu Caves are dedicated to Lord Murugan and an imposing 154 foot (47 meter) high golden statue in his honour stands at the foot of the 272 stairs you must climb to view the Temple Cave.
The Temple Cave’s ceiling is 320 foot (100 meters) high and holes in the rock illuminate the massive cave below. The cave is dotted with elaborate Hindu shrines and intricately painted sculptures of Hindu gods.
Below Temple Cave is Dark Cave which is not open to the public without permission from the Malaysian Nature Society who organise daily spelunking tours. On the tours you will see wildlife native only to the caves.
The Art Gallery and Museum caves are at the bottom of the staircase and are filled with paintings depicting scenes from Hindu tradition and statues of Hindu deities.
Nice Tour. Batu Caves was very interesting. The steps are steeper on the 2nd set of stairs. overal good tour
Our tour was great, our driver/tour guide Lo was very friendly, spoke brilliant english and gave us a lot of interesting information. There were only 3 of us on our tour but Lo still put in a lot of effort. Went went to a chinese temple first and Lo gave us plenty of time to walk around, then we went on to Batu Caves, again we had plenty of time there and climbed the steps in about 5 minutes. We were slightly unlucky that we picked to go on a bank holiday(we didnt realise this until we were picked up) so traffic through KL was horrendous so we did not go to the silk factory but this did not worry us to be honest. It was raining quite hard when we arrived at batu caves so it was nice and empty and there were no monkeys. The monkeys did start to appear slightly later as the rain stopped so we were able to see them without being hassled by them on our walk- perfect for us! Great tour and would highly recommend it.
We had the best guide in Bhagwan Singh. Thanks to him we had a wonderful Batu Caves tour.
To get to the Batu Caves catch the KTM Comuter train to Sentul station and catch a taxi or catch a taxi in Kuala Lumpur. Alternatively, take a bus from Puduraya Bus Terminal.
In January/February Hindus celebrate the festival of Thaipusum and over 1 million pilgrims flock to the caves to worship Murugan.