Join us as we explore the enchanting Batu Caves in Malaysia.
If you’re looking for exciting things to do in Kuala Lumpur on your next visit to Southeast Asia, the Batu Caves just may be the answer. Located 30 minutes north of the city, these caves are thought to be more than 400 million years old. Fascinating thanks to both their spiritual elements and topographic features, the Batu Caves attract more than one million pilgrims each year.
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the regal statue of Lord Murugan. Standing roughly 141 feet tall, it’s the world’s largest representation of the Hindu deity. After marveling at the gold god of war, ascend all 272 steps to arrive inside the magnificent Temple Cave. Soak up the immense serenity and pay your respects at the Hindu shrines. At the bottom of the staircase, you’ll come across the Art Gallery Cave and the Museum Cave, which have many shrines and paintings depicting Lord Murugan’s victory. The Ramayana Cave is another area, devoted to Lord Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god.
During the annual Thaipusam Festival, Hindus from around the world flock to the caves. Devotees travel in a procession from a temple in Kuala Lumpur to the Batu Caves. They come with altars and milk offerings for Lord Murugan.
In addition to the shrines inside, wild animals inhabit the Batu Caves, adding even more allure to the temple. Keep your eyes peeled for fruit bats and different kinds of birds swooping around the caverns. It’s easy to spot the resident macaque monkeys hanging around, but while they may look cute and friendly, keep your distance—they’re notorious for grabbing food and even biting tourists.
These limestone rock formations reach nearly 500 feet in some areas. Craving some adventure? Grab a rope and slip into your climbing shoes! The Batu Caves have become a popular rock climbing destination, as they feature more than 160 routes. Even if braving heights isn’t your calling, it’s still thrilling to watch the rock climbers scale the ancient caves in such a calm and peaceful spot.
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the Batu Caves. More than just a sacred place for Hindu shrines, these magnificent caves have stood the test of time. Watch our video guide to get a sneak peek at these antique caverns and start planning your adventure to Malaysia!
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