The scenic Batu Caves of Malaysia is a prominent heritage site, encompassing a series of limestone caves and temples dating from 400 million years ago. Used by the indigenous Temuan and Besisi tribes for shelter, the caves now contain much in the way of culture and religion, with such opulent figures as the Murugan Statue, rising 40 metres tall. Apart from its religious significance, the caves have also gained popularity as a premier rock climbing destination with over 170 routes to be taken.
Highlights of the Batu Caves
Aside from the aforementioned Murugan Statue, you can also take in the sights of the world-famous Sri Subramanya Swamy temple, as well as the interesting exhibits of the Art Gallery Caves and Ramayana Cave, where you can see the life-sized statues of various Hindu gods, great for a trip with family to inspire awe and make a few memories.
Reaching the Batu Caves
The Batu Caves are located around 73km from the Kuala Lumpur airport, and as such, there are no direct trains or buses from the airport itself. However, there are several ways to reach it from the city of Kuala Lumpur – you can take the KTM Seremban train line, a few bus routes, or a taxi directly to the caves, the journey of which will take around an hour. If you’re considering visiting from your holiday apartments in KL, such as the luxurious Oakwood Hotel and Residence Kuala Lumpur, it’s a reasonable timespan to endure.
Other Helpful Information
For a little extra info, know that the Batu Caves are quite deeply-rooted in Hindu philosophies and culture, and as such, you’ll be able to find lots of delicious cuisine, both Indian and Malaysian to sate your appetite for some good food as well as understand their way of life. Also, there are quite a few ways to relax – such as the therapeutic Selayang Hot Springs, rich in mineral deposits, which is great for relaxing and winding down.
Tips when Visiting
Although it’s a blissful place to visit, keep these few tips in mind when you visit – like the fact that you must dress respectively when visiting temples. Otherwise, remember that a few of the smaller caves in have entrance fees, so be prepared to pull out a few notes. Additionally, make sure to treat the local wildlife with respect and care, as they can suddenly turn aggressive upon contact.