Name: Batu Caves
Location: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Reason to Visit: Colorful and impressive Rainbow Steps, the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia, one of the tallest statues of a Hindu deity in the world, important place for the Hinduism in Malaysia
Saturday-Sunday and Public Holidays: 10:30-17:30
Batu Caves are located in Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia, which is about 13 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur City Center(KLCC). the Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves, which is thought to be more than 400,000,000 years old. There is a huge statue on the entrance of the Batu Caves with a height of more than 40 meters. It is a monumental statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan. The colorful stairs to the caves are also very famous in the Batu Caves. There are several caves in the Batu Caves including Dark Cave, Light Cave and the Temple Cave. It is a resort of Hinduism in Malaysia. The spectacular Hindu festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Batu Caves.
Lord Murugan Statue
There is a giant golden statue at the entrance of the Batu Caves. It is a symbol of the Batu Caves. This huge golden statue is Lord Murugan Statue. The statue of Lord Murugan and the Rainbow Steps make the Batu Caves famous in Malaysia and the world. They are really remarkable in Malaysia.
With a height of more than 40 meters, the golden statue of Lord Murugan is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia and the third tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world. The Lord Murugan and Lord Ganesha are sons of the Lord Shiva, one of the three main gods of Hinduism, the destroyer. The statue of Lord Murugan is placed to guard the Batu Caves and the temple, which is very important to the believers and followers of Hinduism in Malaysia.
To get to the Batu Caves, you should climb up 272 stairs to get to the cave. Since the stairs are colorful, people call it Rainbow Steps. The Rainbow Steps attract many tourists from home and abroad to visit the Batu Caves. They are very famous among people in Malaysia and the world. At the Hindu festival every year, there are more than 100,000 believers climb the colorful stairs together, which is spectacular and solemn. If you want to feel the atmosphere of Hindu festival in Malaysia, you can visit the Batu Caves during the Hindu festival in January or February. And if you want to avoid the crowds, you can avoid the Hindu festival in January or February.
The Dark Cave
The Dark Cave got its name because it is dark in the cave. The path in the cave is winding and steep. Please be careful when you walk into the cave to visit. The path in the Dark Cave is more than 2 kilometers long, which is the longest path in the Batu Caves.
Since the Dark Cave is wet and dark, there are many bats in the cave. Please keep calm if you meet bats in the Dark Cave because they won’t attack humans only if they are hurt by humans. Not only bats, there are also reptiles in the Dark Cave like boas. Please be careful when you want to experience the adventure in the Dark Cave.
Based on the Indian epic Ramayana, Ramayana Cave is considered to be the most spectacular cave in the Batu Caves. To reach the Ramayana Cave, you will pass the huge green statue of Hanuman, which is 15 meters tall. After the Hanuman statue, you will also pass a bridge to get to the Ramayana Cave.
Unlike the other caves, the Ramayana Cave seems to be more quiet and peaceful. The magnificent dioramas in the cave are worth visiting. There is a huge statue in the Ramayana Cave called Kumbhakarna, who is sleeping deeply. Somebody tries to wake him.
The Temple Cave is the center of the Batu Caves and one of the most popular attractions in Malaysia. Tourists need to climb up 272 colorful stairs to reach it. The Temple Cave is near the Ramayana Cave. The Hindu Temple in the Temple Cave was built in 1891, which has a history of more than 100 years. It shrines the Shri Mariamman. There are hundreds of coloured drawing statues of gods of Hinduism in the Temple Cave, which are worth visiting to feel the culture of Hinduism in Malaysia. You can know more about the Hinduism by visiting the Temple Cave in the Batu Caves.
Travel Tips at Batu Caves
Be Careful about the Monkeys
There are many monkeys at the Batu Caves. And please protect your bags and belongings because the monkeys will grab your foods, drinks, bags, phones or other belongings. So please watch out the monkeys at the scenic area and pay extra attention to your valuables. If you are afraid of the monkeys, please do not take your foods on your hands, which will be noticed by the monkeys.
Ladies Should Pay Attention to Your Dressing
To show your respect to the gods of the Hinduism and the religion, ladies should wear long trousers or long dress. Overknee trousers and skirts are recommended when visiting the Batu Caves in Malaysia. If you wear short pants or short skirts, you will be requested to buy a cloth to be your long skirt.