Batu Caves, MalaysiaPosted: April 12, 2015
If you’re making a stop in Malaysia’s uber-urban and urber-trendy capital Kuala Lumpur you might have seen Batu Caves as a recommended attraction in your lonely planet.
My boyfriend and I certainly did, as you might have read in my previous Paradise Cave Vietnam post, we’re quite a big fan of caves.
Batu Caves are one of the more famous Hindu shrines outside of India, hollowed within the limestone hills are dozens of Hindu shrines and statues inside, with an impressive golden 140 ft tall statue of Hindu God Murugan proudly standing outside in front of them.
There are three caves in total at the site, with two at the base of the hill.
The third and most grand however is located up 272 steps (geez what is it about these South East Asian caves and climbing), which you can see just behind Murugan in the first picture above.
Quite steep, but worth it when you finally clamber up there, there are certainly several snapworthy pictures of the striking formation of the cave, that reaches further above you still (even after all of those steps!)
Watch out for the pesky monkeys both on the way up and down, they scurry around the stairs playfully and don’t seem to mind if their path goes between your legs, so mind your step!
Nevertheless, they are a very cute site, especially when you spot a mummy monkey carrying her teenie tiny baby monkey. Rules go: no feeding as they can get vicious, but everyone should know that by now anyway.
What’s also great about the Batu caves is how easily accessible they are from the city.
Don’t get fooled into any tour trips with your hotel or taxi drivers – you can physically hop on the Komuter train for around 4 Ringget from KL Sentral (equivalent to around 74p at time of writing) and be taken straight there.
The station stop (named Batu Caves) is located a few minutes walk away and there is also a creatures of horrors attraction at the base of the hill too, admission included within your ticket if I remember rightly.
This includes the expected creepy crawlies: snakes, spiders, the like. However, this part is really nothing special and if you give it a miss I won’t blame you.
I’d class the Batu Caves as a half day activity worth seeing, there are drink and food stalls around the area with tourist pricing, so better to bring your own.
A great trip which isn’t hours away, hardly costs a thing and won’t take it out of you (apart from those stairs..)