A combination of nature and religious splendour, the Batu Caves seem to be something the Gods themselves put here. A piece of heaven on earth! Here are a few of the extraordinary things to know about this Hindu Cave Temple.
The limestone structures
The limestone formations here go back 400 million years to the prehistoric era. There is evidence to say that the very first inhabitants of the cave were the indigenous people of the Temuan tribe who also happened to be homo sapiens.
In the mid-1800s, the Chinese immigrants who settled here used the caves to extract guano to nourish their crops. Later, the charm of the caves even captured the interest of the British colony here. William Hornaday, the American naturalist was inspired by the caves as well.
A hike in visitors
In the 1920s, the caves were quite popular, and many were making their way here to observe this wonder of nature. One of those visitors happened to be a very rich Indian merchant named K. Thamboosamy Pillai who became the founder of the temple you see today.
Batu caves today
This wonderful place was named after the river that flows close by. There are colourful stairs that lead to the mouth of the cave and inside is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Murugan whose colossal statue you see outside. This attraction is just 18 minutes away from Somerset Kuala Lumpur and easily reachable from other serviced apartments in Kuala Lumpur as well.