Despite having travelled endless times to Kuala Lumpur – thanks to the close proximity to Singapore, and the many, cheap buses between the 2 cities – it was only on my 10th or 11th trip that I finally managed to visit the legendary Batu Caves.
I had previous wanted to see the caves during the Thaipusam festival, but had instead decided on sticking to Singapore for that period. But as luck would have it, with an extra day available during a weekend trip to Kuala Lumpur, I finally found the time to visit the caves.
Batu caves is at the end of the train line (or Kommuter line, as they say in Malaysia) running on the Port Klang – Batu Caves route.
One of the most important Hindu shrines in Malaysia, the Batu Caves are located in the Gombak District and is close to the Batu river, which gives it its name. The name can be slightly misleading, as the Batu Caves is actually a series of cave temples, all dedicated to the Hindu God, Murugan.
The steps. The statue. The temple
The Batu cave temple actually consists of 3 caves, out of which the cathedral cave is the biggest one. And apparently, the hardest to reach, if you consider the fact that you have to climb 272 steps to just get to the cave entrance. Yes, 272 steps!
But before you do that massive workout, take a moment to admire the Lord Murugan statue at the base of the hill. At a whopping 140 ft, this is the world’s tallest statue of Murugan. Oh, I even got him in HDR below!
And after all those steps, and some very nosy macaques on the way, you will reach the entrance of the Batu Caves. Note that there is another cave just below the entrance, called the ‘Dark Caves’, which are restricted for access due to some rare fauna and flora found there. If you continue climbing, you will see the high-ceilings of the Batu Caves, and its limestones carvings. Note that the lighting is not good for photography as you go past the entrance, and the use of flash is not encouraged since this is a religious site.
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