Batu Caves

Posted: 16th Jan 2023
Home to one of the largest and most popular Hindu shrines in the world outside of India is the distinctive Batu Caves. The name ‘Batu’ takes its meaning from the Malay word meaning ‘rock’. A series of caves among limestone hills in the district of Gombak, they combine an interesting natural landscape with a major place of worship and some striking sights
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At-A-Glance

Main Highlights

🇮🇳 The majestic statue of Lord Murugan – standing at 42.7m is the world’s tallest statue of the Hindu deity and has become the site’s iconic image. Construction of the Murugan statue involved 300 liters of gold paint, 250 tons of steel, and 1,500 cubic meters of concrete.

⛰️Cave Staircave – Originally built from wood in 1920, the 272 stairs were later replaced with concrete ones to better handle the heavy foot traffic. In 2018, the stairs were vibrantly repainted, causing quite the stir on social media with their new look and making the complex even more photogenic.

❤️ Temple Cave
Known as the heart of the Batu Caves complex, this great cavern is with a ceiling that looms roughly 90m above you. This cave serves as the main Hindu temple devoted to Lord Murugan. Featuring several Hindu shrines and remains of old buildings carved into the walls. The far end lies another smaller set of stairs to a second open-air cavern. The upper cavern lies the Sri Valli Deivanai temple, dedicated to the wife of Murugan. 

🏔️Dark Cave
Back down the massive staircase, you’ll find a stopping area at the midway point that leads to the entrance to the Dark Cave. It is known for its wildlife, rock formations, and adventure activities. The visits are limited to guided tours two different options available.

1) 45-minute tour takes you into the cave guided by headlamps to see rock formations, the resident bats, and even a trapdoor spider.

2)The longer tour offers the chance to go spelunking and squeeze through some of the cave’s narrower sections. The longer tour lasts several hours and is only available when booked in advance.

Ramayana Cave

Found 100m to the left of the entrance when you arrive, the cave can be found by the large green statue of the Hindu god Hanuman standing outside it. It is far smaller and lower than the Temple Cave, it fills the space with countless statues, shrines, and colors to offer something completely different to the rest of the complex.

🧗 Rock Climbing

Most of the many climbing routes are located on the northeastern side of the hill, opposite the temple’s entrance. This is an activity best arranged in advance, either with a tour or after seeking advice from local rock climbers.

☀️ Tips

Get there early before 9am before tour bus comes in and when the sun is the hottest as there is no shade.

Dressed appropriately however if you do arrive without the appropriate clothing, you can rent a sarong but the entrance to Batu Caves for 5 MYR

Beware of the monkeys and take care of your belongings.

Photo Reel

Greeted With The Majestic Statue Of Lord Murugan – Standing At 42.7m Is The World’s Tallest Statue Of The Hindu Deity

Ready To Walk Up 272 Steps

Entrance Of The Temple Cave

The Upper Cavern Lies The Sri Valli Deivanai Temple, Dedicated To The Wife Of Murugan.

View From The Top

Bean There, Done That.

Greeted With The Majestic Statue Of Lord Murugan – Standing At 42.7m Is The World’s Tallest Statue Of The Hindu...

Ready To Walk Up 272 Steps

Entrance Of The Temple Cave

The Upper Cavern Lies The Sri Valli Deivanai Temple, Dedicated To The Wife Of Murugan.

View From The Top

Bean There, Done That.

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About the Place

Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

Opening Hours: 6am to 9pm

Prices: Free of Charge

How to get there?

By train: KTM commuter trains are the easiest option for reaching the caves and depart regularly from Kuala Lumpur Sentral station to the Batu Caves station, taking 30 minutes.

By bus: It’s also possible to use the city’s bus network to travel to the Batu Caves, although the train is a better, faster option. Take the 11/11D from the bus stop near Central Market or the U6 from Chow Kit to reach the caves.

This information is accurate as of date of posting. If you know of any updates, do shout out to us (click here) and we will update accordingly!

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