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Batu Caves, Batu Caves

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Explore a set of atmospheric Hindu temples at Batu Caves. Located in impressive 400-million-year-old limestone caves, the temples were founded in 1891 by an Indian trader. Today, they have grown into a revered, iconic place of worship and one of the most visited Hindu shrines outside of India. Admire the 42.7 m (140 ft) high statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, that marks the cave entrance, and head inside to see the attractive interplay of manmade and natural artistry. Make Batu Caves a centerpiece of your Batu Caves vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Batu Caves travel itinerary planner .
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  • I visited with family to Ramayana cave and the whole area.Sculptures are excellent and have seen Monkeys as well.The area is huge and we felt tiring.The site is beautiful and have plenty of shops to h...  more »
  • Visited in the year 2013. Come up the stairs at the station before arriving at the square, some people are incredibly broad, such as the place many will remember as many pigeons and monkeys have tons of stairs I was incredibly surprised at a go. You can feel very strangely. In the hot country continue longer clothes I've been wearing this is to wear your long long's wearing pants went to remember. The country will experience a line I'm thinking fresh never seen recommended!
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  • Impressive cave with many small temples, figures and giant Buddha figure at the entrance. The 270 steps at the entrance at the temperatures are still good to create. Covered knees and shoulders applies to women. Beware of the seemingly cute monkeys who steal whatever they can get.
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  • Beautiful place. Must visit if you are in KL. Getting there is very easy from KL Central. Direct trains are there though not too frequent, so plan accordingly. Dress decently, but lightly as it's very warm and humid. The caves depicting Ramayana is awesome. The temple on the hilltop and the statue of Lord Subramanian are magnificent. The view from the temple, on the hilltop is breathtaking. Enjoy your trip.
  • This is a very unique and worthwhile site. It is less than 30 minutes from the center of KL. Most of the site is free. The very large, main set of stairs is 272 steps high. The steps are normal height steps. But, if you choose to go a little further into the cave, there are about 140 additional steps. The main cave is enormous...very high natural stone ceiling...vast expanse across, as well. Most people...even those who are not in the best of shape can climb the steps. Just do what most people do: take your time. Do it in stages and rest on the many step landings. There is quite a lot of construction mess...scaffolding....sand...bricks, but this is an amazing site. There are many monkeys at the site. Careful: they are sometimes bold and will grab your sunglasses or phone and other such things. There are some vendors at the base, offering simple food choices, bottled water...and the most amazing flowers for sale. Allow 1-2 hours to see this site.
  • Great place to visit, despite it being fairly touristic. The caves are beautiful and easy to get to, just make sure you check the train times as on some days they run on an hourly basis. The extremely professional guided tour of the dark caves is must, and definitely the highlight of our visit. There are a lot of steps to walk, but they are definitely manageable. The whole place is a temple, so make sure that you have your legs covered should you wish to visit. Skirts are available and mandatory for a small fee should you wear shorts. The train station is less than 200 meters from the caves.
  • Visiting the Batu Caves gives you a unique experience in both body and soul. By climbing the stairs from the ground up to the statues and monuments exercises your body and heart. Upon reaching the top, a Hindu temple and a sacred place, makes you contemplate on the spirituality of the place and the wonders of nature and creation. All in all, the Batu Caves is a place of wonder and of significance.
  • The Batu Caves are definitely worth a visit. The 272(!) steps look intimidating when you're at the bottom looking up but they are wide with handrails and you can always stop for a breather and admire the view. There are signs at the foot of the steps encouraging you to carry a brick or bucket of sand to the top. It's optional but adds to the experience if you do. There's a lot of construction work going on at the caves so every little helps I guess. We saw workers running up the steps carrying bags of cement mix on their heads! There are a lot of monkeys at the site so plenty of photo opportunities, though you are warned to avoid carrying food and anything else they can snatch. The ones we saw were all Long Tailed Macaques though the information stand says there are also Dusky Leaf Monkeys. The Temple Cave at the top of the steps is huge with interesting rock formations. It houses several Hindu shrines. There's also a kiosk at the top selling cold drinks in case you need refreshment before heading back down! Our visit took around an hour but you will need longer if you plan to visit any of the other caves such as the Dark Cave for a guided tour.

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A popular attraction within easy reach of Kuala Lumpur by train or bus, the Batu Caves area attracts mostly day-trippers from the capital. Some accommodations are available close to the caves, with budget hotels the norm. Look for these near the train station of the same name, and at the eastern end of Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2.
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