Batu Caves in Selangor Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — My fellow travel bloggers and I from PH visited Kuala Lambur recently with a trip that is hosted by Cebu Pacific and Tourism Malaysia. Among the places that we visit on this tour is the popular Batu Caves in Selangor which is close to Kuala Lumpur. The journey to Selangor from Kuala Lumpur was around an hour. As we get to the caves, we were mesmerized with the world’s tallest statue of Murugan which is up to 14ft high before we then see the flight of steep which lead to the caves.
How to get there from Kuala Lumpur
During our trip, we took a tour bus that was provided by Cebu Pacific to the Batu caves. I am going to share some tips if you want to travel here on your own.
The best and the cheapest way to get to the cave if you have time is through the train. As you get to the KL Central Station some of the steps to take are:
- Get a ticket: there are machines in the KL Sentral main hall where you can buy the ticket to Batu Caves Komuter Station. After payment, you will then be given a plastic coin that you will use to board a Komuter.
- Komuter: You then head to KTM Komuter where you then follow the signs and ensure you check the platform on the screens on the entrance so as to validate the coin. You will also validate when you leave the Komuter. You should also be on the lookout for ladies only carriages.
Once you arrive at Batu Caves Station, you can proceed to the entrance of the cave which is just few minutes walk from the train station.
Another option for you is to go by taxi and all you have to do is just book a taxi through the Grab app.
All About Batu Caves
This limestone tower over 400 million years old with its crags, crevices, and caverns formed during the prehistoric era. The Bersisi and the Temuan tribe of the native people are the earliest known homo-sapien inhabitants of the cave.
In the year 1860, Guano was excavated from the cave by the Chinese settlers for fertilization of their vegetable patches before it goes famously after limestone hills were recorded in 1878 by colonial authorities. The caves were then dedicated as a place of worship and a temple to Lord Murugan by an Indian trader known as K. Thamboosamy Pillai in 1890.
In August 2018, just in time for the Kumbhabhishekham – a ritual being observed by Hindu’s every 12 years. The cave temple underwent a controversial makeover which involves repainting of the stairways. The stairway to the cave temple is divided into sets of 17 steep steps by landings and a 272 flight of steps lead up to the temple.
Five Batu Caves
Although temple cave is just one of the five caves in the region, it is the most popular to tourist. The fives caves are listed below:
We had to pay for the entrance fee which is 5 Ringgit before we are then allowed to pass the brass work of horse and carriage at the entrance. In the cave, there are colorful scriptures which tells the story of Lord Rama that you can read. There is also two natural linga in the cave and we had to climb through steep steps in the cave chamber to see them. The view at the cave chamber is mesmerizing, to say the least. The time used in exploring this cave is 30 minutes.
Cave Villa (two separate caves)
On our way to the next part of the caves, there are macaque monkeys on the way that will do anything to grab foods from you. There is also a temple on the way where we watched the proceedings before we then continue our tour and we had to pay 15 Ringgit before we then allow to enter the second cave.
We get to see wide varieties of bunnies, birds, iguanas, and pools filled with fish in the cavern. We also get to learn about the Hindu religion and we love the paintings of the cave walls filled with sculptures, murals, and so on. There is a large koi pond with artificial bridges and waterfall beyond the second cave which then leads to the exit. The most time used in exploring this cave is approximately 1 hour.
This is the main attraction and it comes into view after you leave the Cave Villa. You will see the golden Lord Murugan statue with a massive 272 steps staircase at the temple cave. There are many stores and restaurants on this level and we ate before we then continue to explore the remaining caves.
A female tourist will need to cover their shoulders, knees, bust before they can explore this caves. On the stairs, we get to enjoy a stunning view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. There is a shrine at the entrance of the temple cave with a very lofty chamber but we are not able to see any ancient relics here. We used approximately an hour to explore the caves including the stair climbing.
This is the highlight of Batu Caves and it is few steps below Temple cave. We went on a guided tour paying 35 Ringgit per adults and we are able to cut queues as we have bought our tickets before we head to the cave.
Women also have to keep their bust, knees, and shoulders covered to enter the cave and we were handed a helmet and torch before we then explore the cave. In the cave, we saw trapdoor spider, snake, bats, and various insects which are endemic to the cave. We also get to know more about the history of the cave from here. Best time to explore the cave is up to an hour.
My Batu Caves Experience
It is not an easy experience to hike the cave in humid weather but once we get to the middle, we love the mesmerizing views and since the temperature inside the cave is colder, strolling around the different caves was a lot more enjoyable.
Souvenir Shops and Restaurants in Batu Caves
There are many souvenir shops and restaurants at Batu Caves, we had mouth-watering Chinese seafood dish at Hang Wan Restaurant before we then explore the caves.
Must-haves before you visit the Batu Caves
- Take along clothes that will cover shoulder, bust, knees and make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Buy foods and drinks and store them in your backpack before you climb the stairs.
- Plan approximately 4 hours to explore the caves.
- Try to get your dark cave tour tickets before you visit the temple cave to avoid the queues.
Open Daily from 6am to 9pm
Entrance Fee: Free except Dark Cave
Dark Cave Entrance Fee: 33RM per person inclusive of a cave guide, flashlight, and helmet.
Cebu Pacific offers daily direct flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur. Travel time from Manila to Kuala Lumpur ranges from at least three hours and 35 minutes to four hours.