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Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Open:All year daily 9-4:30.

History: 1892 cave discovered and temple built.

Description: Batu Caves are three main caves and several small caves.

Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is he best known and biggest of the caves. The ceiling is 100 m above ground and this huge chamber is lit by daylight from several holes in the ceiling. As the name suggests, this cave contains several shrines, and the Sir Sri Subramania Swamy Temple, visited by many devotees.

The main event every year is Thaipusam in January, where up to 800,000 people visit the cave during the three-day celebration. Many of the visitors carry kavadis, large frameworks with various metal skewers and hooks, which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue. They are in trance and thus can not feel the pain. Some visitors carry paal kudam (= pot laden with milk) up the steps to "bathe" the deities with the milk.

To reach the cave, rock stairs with 272 steps must be climbed. Because of the high temperature, moisture, and numerous macaque monkeys this ascend is strenuous!

Dark Cave is below Temple Cave and not a show cave. The 2;000 m long cave contains a large number of endemic cave animals. To visit this cave, a permission from the Malaysian Nature Society is necessary. They make two different spelunking tours, which are held daily after advance booking. The short tour requires good shoes and physical fitness. The long tour is a real spelunking tour and requires a change of clothes and shoes.

Gallery Cave at the foot of the steps to Temple Cave contains an art gallery. There are statues and wall paintings showing scenes from Hindu mythology.

Location: 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Local buses to Batu Caves at the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.


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Near BY:

Kuala Lumpur Airport-11.3 km
Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport-11.6 km
Roof of railway station-3.1 km
KTM Batu Caves Railway Station-2.2 km
Batu Village Commuter Station-4.0 km
The old Railway Station-10.2 km
Old Railway Station-12.8 km
shopping theme park hotel-2.4 km
Hotel Anjung Rahmat-5.6 km
shopping theme park hotel-2.4 km
Hotel Anjung Rahmat-5.6 km
Vistana Hotel Kuala Lumpur-6.8 km