Tuesday, 14 July 2015

#KLDiaries: Climbing up 272 steps to the Batu Caves

Batu Caves
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After visiting the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, our next destination were the Batu Caves. Located 13 kms north of KL, this destination is one of the most important Hindu shrines outside India. The highlight here is a 43 meter tall Lord Murugun statue painted in gold, the tallest in the world.

I have found Kuala Lumpur a city of contrast and Batu Caves is no different. Fighting between the natural and the man-made, the caves remains a popular attraction for the localities and the tourists alike.

The Batu Caves is a limestone formed cave which dates back to around 400 million years old! Yes, it's that old. It wasn't a place of worship until the 1800s. It's a point of focus on the Thaipusam festival in late January/February where pilgrims all over the world, kavadi bearers with skewers in their flesh carry milk on their shoulders to offer to Lord Murugun (the god of war), climbing 272 steep steps up to the temple cave.

As we proceeded to the stairs, we were greeted with a flock of pigeons who didn't seem to bother about human interaction. People clicked photographs around them as they posed with a certain charm.

Pigeons
So many pigeons!


We then proceeded to the stairs and the entrance looked something like this,


Temple at Batu caves
Look at the details.

The climb consists of 272 steep steps, marked for your convenience painted blue and red.


272 steps in batu caves
Climbing the stairs
 In your way, you'll find enough monkeys to distract you, fearless of humans. They'll climb with you, descend down or worse, steal your food items! It is very important to take care of your belongings, especially food items or a plastic bag. Maybe they associate plastic bag with food. I have seen these monkeys attacking visitors and snatching away their food or drinks. BEWARE!

But she seems harmless though :)



After dodging from a lot of monkeys, clicking some photographs and smiling at the strangers indicating that the pain is mutual, we reached the top and the view from their was incredible!



We reached the temple cave! The interior was huge. There were temples which carried on their religious ceremonies and monkeys who seemed to care only about food.

Interiors of the temple cave in batu caves
The interiors of the temple cave


Focusing on details...



At the top, we were greeted with an amazing scene of the limestone caves.


This view of the sunshine filtering in the cave was one of the most beautiful view that I have ever seen. I can pretty much stare at this view all day.


While walking back you can also find the dark caves somewhere around the 200th step. Also known as the cave of life, it takes you on a guided tour which will educate you about the limestone formed caves and the rarest species of flora and fauna present there.

It's not tough to see why Batu Caves is such a popular tourist attraction in KL. Being just 13 kms away, it provides you a complete different experience than the steel clad buildings in the heart of the city. The beauty of the limestone is worth climbing those steps!

Ticket Prices:

Batu Caves requires no tickets. Anybody can enter.

Dark Caves tickets:

RM 35 -Adult
RM 25- Child

Timings (Dark caves):

Closed on Mondays
Tuesday- Friday: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:30 am-5:30 pm

How to get there?

Batu caves is well connected to monorails from the city. If you seek comfort, you can always take a taxi. Just make sure to go on a metered taxis or else they can cheat you.

You can also go to templer park which is a 15 min drive :)
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42 comments:

  1. Have been to KL long back. Thanks for refreshing the memories.

    If u get time go through my post on KL

    http://maheshndivya.blogspot.in/2014/07/malaysia-truly-asia.html

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    1. Thanks for the comment, yes I will :)

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  2. Very nice post.. it's really worth to climb those many steps :-)

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  3. love Batu caves... you just refreshed my memories..thanks for sharing :)
    Cheers, Archana - www.drishti.co

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  4. amazing photos!Love your blog! :)
    xoxo Antonella

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  5. Sakshi... I'm not sure my knees could handle all those stairs but whoa to how beautiful the sight is... I would put my best effort forward and I would not take any food :-)

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    1. It was a delight to the eyes Launna and I love your spirit :)

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  6. This is something I would love to do and visit the caves. You have taken some stunning images, wow.

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    1. Thank you Hannah. I'm really happy with the photographs as well :)

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  7. I was planning to vosot KL lastyr but my kid was hospitalized and we decided to resked it. Im excited to see the beauty of KL nxtyr

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    1. I hope your kid is perfectly fine now. Please do, I will have a complete guide to KL till then :)

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  8. Of the original ASEAN countries, I have not yet been to Malaysia. This is definitely one of the destinations I will check out if ever we get to visit it. Should do it while I can still climb 272 steps.

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    1. Malaysia is a great country. KL specially has been very good to me with all the people behavior and culture. It's good for a 5-day trip.

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  9. This is a beautiful place and god statue is so amazing.Caves are wonderful but lot of monkeys around.

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    1. Yes, a lot of monkeys are there. A lot more than you expect them to be. However they don't seem to harm unless they think you have food.

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  10. Climbed this beautiful place twice. It was tiring but feeling great when viewing the stunning view from the peak.

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  11. What I love about the place is how they preserve the entire building. A great architectural structure, so inspiring.

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    1. Oh yes! They have taken great care in maintaining this site.

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  12. Ooh, these were great :) My mom loved them especially

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    1. My dad loved this site. My mom hated the idea of climbing so many steps :D

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  13. Wow the temple looks so pretty. I would love to visit the place some day.

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  14. This is such a beautiful place, though the monkeys would freak me out. I haven't been to Malaysia, but it's in my list of places to visit. Will keep Batu Cave in mind when I go.

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    1. Maybe you can use my #KLDiaries as a guide? :)

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  15. I've always wanted to visit the Batu Caves. The caves looks impressive plus the statue is just huge.

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    1. The caves are beautiful. It's totally worth visiting the place.

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  16. Hi! How much does it cost to get there via monorail from KL? The caves look majestic!!

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    1. The ticket fare to Batu Caves from KL Sentral is around RM 2.00 for one way (adult).

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  17. We will be in KL this Sept. And definitely, Iwe will see Batu Caves.

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    1. That's so amazing! Hopefully my guides will help you :)

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  18. This got me so eager to travel again! This place looks almost magical! Would love to go here someday :D

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  19. Wow. The limestone caves looks interesting to visit. I've never been in a huge cave.

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  20. Batu Cave has been added to my bucket list recently and your post made me more excited in visiting it. It's really rich in culture which I want to see and learn. Not to mention, I have to be fit.

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    1. It's an amazing place to be in Louise. Places such as this which are so rich in culture and heritage is an experience to cherish forever :)

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  21. That monkey picture is absolutely amazing! You should enter it into a nature contest!!
    Neesha | Reinventing Neesha

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    1. Haha, that's not a bad idea after all *winks*

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