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Batu Caves
Batu Caves

Batu Caves

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Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Historic Site, Temple
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Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
+603 - 6189 6284
http://www.malaysia.travel/en/nl/places/states-of-malaysia/selangor/batu-caves
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You’ve probably seen the images of Hindu devotees practicing penance by impaling themselves with weighted hooks or piercing their skin with painful-looking skewers. If you were to visit this holy ... Read more
site, one of the most sacred outside of India, during the Thaipusam festival you could see these things for yourself. Not far from Kuala Lumpur, sit the the 400–year-old limestone caves and sacred site dedicated to the Lord Murugan. The entrance to the cave is guarded by a 43-meter golden statue of the Hindu deity, the largest in the world. You’ll find more than just religious grandeur here. Other than the temple cave, there is a museum cave and one filled with artwork. There are opportunistic crab-eating macaques, exotic wildlife, and even 160 different rock climbing routes in and around the caves.

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Local from Kuala Lumpur

The Batu Caves are an icon of Malaysia. While there are more adventurous caving experiences in Malaysia, this one is the most convenient to visit (on the KTM line) and has the most meaning. There are a couple hundred steps to climb, so be wary of this when choosing what to wear (it's humid).

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Local from Kuala Lumpur

This is the major tourist attraction in kuala Lumpur. Visitors need to climb 272 steps of stairs to a cave in a granite hill, where the Indians worship Lord murugan in Batu Malai Sri Murugan Temple 

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Edinburgh

Beware Monkeys!

We were amazed that this was free!

Easily accessible via the rail network, the last stop on the line conveniently named 'Batu Caves' RM5 return from KL. Once you get off the train walk a couple of minutes until you see the massive gold statue, then you know you are in the right place!

Do NOT have food out when walking up the steps, the monkeys will jump on you and take it from your hands.

Worth the time to check it out.

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Brisbane

Beware the monkeys. They will try to steal your gear. If you can’t handle animals, I suggest giving this one a miss. Great vegetarian food if you look around at the base. The walk up those steps is not easy, as the stairs aren’t very wide.

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Carpi

I did not expect to see Hinduism structure in Malaysia since the country is mainly muslim. This place is really amazing! The harmony of the cave and manmade structures is fantastic. Plus, enjoy free admission!

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Foster City

Interesting area to visit, north of KL city. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan, whose gold statue lies just outside.

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Tracy

Batu caves is a large Hindu temple built in a massive cave atop 246 steps. Be ready to climb. The climb isn't bad and if you go in the morning it's mostly shaded by the mountain. It's donation only so very good for the budget conscious. Also there's monkeys everywhere so hold on to your food.

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Pittsford

Very impressive, although it is quite a walk up to the caves. Watch out for the monkeys, they will steal any food that you have.

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Los Angeles

The statue standing in front of the long stairway into a cave at the top of a mountain is an amazing photo to capture. Surprisingly, this site is not far from the city and you can visit Batu Caves easily from Kuala Lumpur via the metro. There were a lot of other tourists when we visited and even though it felt a bit like a tourist trap it was still worth a visit. There isn't much to see once you get inside the caves. Also, as many said before me, watch out for your belongings. The monkeys were very present swinging on the railings and grabbing people's hats and sunglasses. They're very fast.

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Local from Kuala Lumpur

Nothing much to see on top and all in renovation. Would recommend only to people that want to see all landmarks here but one time is enough

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Cape Town
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Definitely must to see place while you are in KL! It's for free. Get ready for a lot of stairs and amazing view. Visiting the temple in the middle of cave is outstanding experience.

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Phuket Town

Amazing! This is a budget friendly must see. Best thing I saw in all of Malaysia!!

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Samarinda

The temple only could be reached by stepping on steep 272 steps staircase, but worth enough to climb for getting closer to one of the center of Hindu practice places in Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, the place is serene and its greenery surrounding area gives a relaxing atmosphere.

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Orange County

Active Hindu temple. beautiful. 272 steps to the top. great view from the top.

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Lisle

A long climb to the top. There are around 300+/- steps to be climbed to the top. Beware of innumerable monkeys roaming around.

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Klang

Batu Caves is situated a bit far from Kuala Lumpur. It is Hindu Buddha Temple, every year Hindus celebrate Thaipusam here. There are millions of Hindus came from all over Malaysia or tourist visited here.

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Local from Kuala Lumpur

The best time to see local culture is during Thaipusam festival. This is a period when Hindu devotees fulfill personal vows.

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Manila

270+ steps all the way up. It seemed easy when I was still at the first step. 50 steps later, I was breathing hard and sweating profusely. Man, I'm out of shape!

This was no easy feat for, on the way up, you also try to avoid the monkeys chilling on the steps and eating fruits. Some of them are very aggressive when people approach them! Yikes!

The view at the top was so rewarding though! Inside the cave, at the end, is a Hindu temple... and more monkeys.

This was the highlight of my Singapore-Malaysia trip!

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The Batu caves was a nice overall experience. The climb was steep, but fully worth it! Women have to have their legs covered, but you can rent sarongs before the ascent.

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Denver

After seeing it I was glad I went to the trouble to go by to the top. This is a pretty cool place, although it is pretty poorly maintained and there is trash everywhere. One of the highlights were the monkeys trying to steal our stuff as we were walking up the stairs. Women, be sure to where pants or shorts that cover the knees.

Great pictures and a good experience. It's a tourist trap, but a must see for the area.

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Aliases: Batu Caves, Batu Caves, 黑风洞

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