Batu Caves the popular tourist attractions spot on Malaysia tours near Kuala Lumpur. It is also the most visited tourist spot in Selangor. Every year more than 1 millions people visit these caves especially the Hindus. It situated in Gombak district about 13 kilometers to north of the Kuala Lumpur capital city.
The Caves Stages Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Office, Kuala Lumpur
It is now just like a big town complete with anything you needed such as KTM train, bus, taxi, hardware Shop, Laundry Shop, hair Cut (baber shop), shopping Centre, shopping mall, Cosway Store, 7 Eleven Store, Internet Cybercafé, Giant Supermarket, Tesco Supermarket, computer shop, Pizza Hut, Mc Donald, KFC, Nasi Kandar Restaurant, Indian Restaurant, Malay Restaurant, nightlife, newspaper store, book store, bank, sightseeing, photo shop, optical shop, dentist, pharmacy, clinic, Post Office, Indian Temple, Church, Chinese Temple, Mosque, hotel, Home Stay, Police Station, Car Rental, Public Swimming Pool, Apartment and many more.
It has three main caves and a several number of other small caves. The limestone caves are about 100 meter high and 400 meters long. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave. The Caves were discovered in 1892. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill.
Hindu in Malaysia believes it is the holy place. According to the Hindu in Malaysia it dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the main point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India.
How to go to there
There are many transportation to Batu Caves. It can be reached by public buses Rapid KL bus, KTM Commuter or taxis. The public busses can be boarded at the Jalan Silang or Bangkok Bank not far from Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. You can also take LRT from KLCC and stop at the last point at Putra Station at Gombak. From there take a taxi about 3 kilometer.
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There are a lot of monkeys will welcome you along the 272 steps. The steps will direct you climb up to the religious and magnificent caves. Every year Hindu’s celebrate the Thaipusam festival here and they usually climbed the 272 stairs to reach the shrine in the caves.
About 1 million followers of Hindu’s and other visitors may jam the caves every year for Thaipusam Festival which is held in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar or at the end of January.
Kavadis at Batu Caves Courtesy by Tourism Malaysia Office, Kuala Lumpur
As for a sacrifice many followers or devotees carry kavadis. These kavadis are huge and cheerily decorated structures. They usually joint with a variety of metal hooks and spears. These metal hooks and spears will be used to stab the tongue and skin. The kavadis is represents a small shrine placed on the shoulders of the devotee.
For the women they carry a silver jug carry full of milk on their heads, some are stabbed through tongue and cheeks. As they arrive at the shrine in caves by climbed up through the 272 stairs, the Swami removes the hooks, spears etc. The vow is finally fulfilled.
Thaipusam is celebrated at Peninsular of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and on Penang. In Batu Caves temple the parade starts on the evening before the Thaipusam festival at the Hindu Shrine the Sri Mariamman Temple in the town centre of Kuala Lumpur. In Penang they started before the Thaipusam festival at the Chettiar Temple in Penang Street.
Inside the caves is very attractive because it has a ceiling which is 100 meter above the ground. Daylight from several holes in the ceiling gives light to the chamber. You can see the beautiful sky from the chamber.
There are Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave at the base of the hill that called Cave Villa. Here you can find Hindu statues and paintings. Cave Villa was renovated and opened in 2008.
To the extreme left as one faces the sheer wall of the hill there is The Ramayana Cave. Not far from the Ramayana Cave, there is a 50-foot (15 meter) tall murti of Hanuman and also a temple that dedicated to Hanuman, the noble monkey devotee and aide of Lord Rama. The temple was opened in 2001. The Ramayana Cave depicts the story of Ramayana in a chronicle manner along the crooked walls of the cave.
The famous Statue of Lord Muruga was unveiled in January 2006. The statue takes 3 years to build. It is the tallest Lord Muruga statue in the world at a 42.7 meter 0r 140.09 feet high.
If you want to know, Batu Caves has many years become the centre of rock climbing training in Malaysia. It presents more than 160 climbing routes. These routes are spread at ground level all around the side of the 150 meter limestone hill.
Where to Stay
There are many 3 star hotels around this tourist spot. If you want more comfortable stay I suggest you stay in Kuala Lumpur city. You can visit any time because there are many buses, taxi, Light Rail Transit (LRT) and KTM commuter to Batu Caves.
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