Visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sitting on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves weave through a limestone hill creating an intriguing Hindu temple experience. First you will be greeted by a wide-open space leading toward the main temple area. Don’t walk too fast otherwise you’ll miss the statues and décor leading up the finale.
How to Get There
While different tour companies offer trips to the caves, it’s easier to take the train directly to the caves. It’s also an incredibly affordable option.
From KL Sentral you can take the train directly to the caves. To make it even more convenient, the stop is Batu Caves.
Trains start from KL Sentral at 7:20, leaving every 15 minutes. The last one leaves the caves at 11:50. Confirm with KL Sentral train schedules.
What to Know Beforehand
Even though the temple is one of the major attractions of Kuala Lumpur, it’s a temple first and foremost.
Outfits need to be below the knees.
When I visited a woman was at the base of the stairs with sarongs to lend to visitors who needed them.
Monkeys inhabit the area. While cute and friendly from afar, exercise caution. In my experiences, monkeys rarely imitate the friendly demeanor displayed in Disney movies. Instead, they can be rather aggressive, even stealing items.
Feeding the monkeys is a major no-no. It continues to provoke aggressive behavior.
Sadly, on our visit we saw several tourists purchasing bananas on the way in. The monkeys lined up to greet them, blocking their way to the stairs. Let’s just say they were incredibly friendly.
Note: Monkey have biten tourists before. Make sure to give yourself plenty of space.
The Batu Caves is the most popular cave outside of India. The rich history starts with the caves themselves. Approximately 400 years old, the caves saw exploration as early as the mid-1800’s. In the early 1900’s, the 100-meter stairs to the main temple were constructed. Initially, the stairs were wooden, but today visitors climb the concrete stairs replacing them.
2006 brought the addition of the Lord Murugan statue. This stunning golden deity stands at 140 feet high.
Every day near 5,000 visitors make the trek out to the caves. They eagerly climb the 272 steps to visit the three caverns. The most popular of the caves, the Temple Cave captivates visitors with dramatic high ceilings, stunning limestone walls and shrines.
Have you visited the caves in Malaysia? What did you think?