Malaysia Sights- Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves is a series limestone caves and cave temples, and is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. Located in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the caves is easily accessible by public transportation from KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves is easily reached by commuter train at the KC05 Batu Caves Komuter Station, costing RM 2.6 for a one-way journey from KL Sentral. Batu Caves may also be reached by bus 11/11d from Bangkok Bank Terminus (Near to Puduraya Terminus), and is also easily reached by car/taxi.
Arriving at Batu Caves Komuter Station, monkeys are seen everywhere. Nothing suspicious crosses your mind until you continue towards the caves and you see the monkeys snatching items from visitors (food, bags, and even plastic water bottles). They maybe cute, but watch out for your personal belongings. Also female visitors should be advised to wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees as this is a religious site.
Standing at 42.7 m (140 ft) high, the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is located outside Batu Caves. The statue, which cost approximately 24 million rupees, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint brought in from neighbouring Thailand. It is the second tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world, only second place to the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal.
After a climb of 272 concrete steps up the cave, halfway up the cave is a tour/educational/conservation site called Dark Cave Malaysia. Click here to learn more about this. Adventure (RM 80 adults) and Educational tours are available for a fee. Once you reach the top, rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. At the base of the hill are two more cave temples, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, both of which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. Many of the shrines relate the story of Lord Murugan’s victory over the demon Soorapadman. An audio tour is available to visitors.