Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur is famous for the giant statue of Lord Kartikeya situated at the entrance and the limestone caves. The nearby premises give a feeling as if you’re in India. This is probably because of the huge number of Indian tourists visiting Batu Caves each day and the portrayal of South-Indian culture. Read on to know more about Batu Caves, a must visit place in Kuala Lumpur
How to reach Batu Caves
Batu caves by train:
- Batu Caves can be easily reached by using KTM commuter train. Nearest station for Batu caves is – ‘Batu Caves’ Komuter station. KTM fare from KL Sentral to Batu caves is 2.6 Ringgit (June 2017).
Batu caves by bus
- You can also reach Batu cave by bus 11 or 11d from Bangkok Bank Terminus (Near to Puduraya Terminus) or bus U6 from Titiwangsa.
Read: Free bus in Kuala Lumpur
Why you should visit Batu Caves
Located in Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is one of the most important Hindu temple situated outside India. It is dedicated to Lord Kartikeya who is also known as the Hindu God of war. It is the focal point of the Tamil festival, Thaipusam in Malaysia. Batu Caves in short also referred as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Kartikeya as there are six important holy shrines in India and four more in Malaysia. The three others in Malaysia are Kallumalai Temple in Ipoh, Tanneermalai Temple in Penang and Sannasimalai Temple in Malacca.
Interesting facts about Batu Caves
- There are a total of 272 steps in order to reach the caves (the top).
- Around the caves, you’ll find a lot of huge and colourful idols of Hindu gods. One prominent statute is that of Lord Hanuman.
- There are a lot of monkeys around the caves. So be careful especially while making your way to the caves through the stairs.
- At Batu Caves, you’ll find the tallest statue of Lord Kartikeya in the world which is 43 meters in height. In fact, all the materials used in making the statue were brought from Thailand.
- At the top, you’ll find several Hindu temples. Often Hindu ceremonies take place at these temples.
- All the priests at the temples of Batu Caves are from Tamil Nadu.
Batu Caves temple opening hours & Entrance Fee
There is no entry fee for Batu Caves. You will have to pay if you wish to have a guided tour. Batu caves are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
Batu caves Dress code
Although there is no official dress code for Batu Caves, there are certain things you need to be careful about. Since it is a place of worship, avoid wearing short pants and skirts. Try not to wear revealing clothes and attend the rituals and customs religiously.
In the end, 272 steps will be exhausting but will definitely be worth it!