Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Batu caves is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. To reach the caves you must climb 272 concrete steps up the limestone formation that make up this site.

photo of the stairway to Batu Caves entrance

The stairway to Batu Caves.

The caves are in Kuala Lumpor (technically a bit north of the city) but reachable by commuter train, Komuter train Batu Caves-Port Klang Route. The cost is 2 MYR (less than $UD 1).

photo inside Batu Caves

Inside Batu Caves. The cave is partially covered with several large opening on top.

The video shows a view of the caves. The water is from water seeping down from the ceiling (it hadn’t rained that day). There are also several large openings letting in light from above. The main area with the temples has very high ceilings.

Painted Hindu god statues on temple wall

This photos shows painted statues from the temple at the foot of the stairway to Batu Caves.

There are several temples at the base of the stairs, including a very interesting one near toward the train station. I’ll post more photos from ground level at some point.

photo of a Hindu temple inside Batu Caves

This is one, of several temples, inside the caves themselves.

There are also shops inside the caves. About 90% of the way up the stairs there is also an option for guided tours in another complex of caves (for a fee). I enjoyed it. It is pretty much like other caves I have visited. I’ll also post more on this at some point.

photo of the view from the Batu Caves stairway

A view looking back from high up on the stairs.

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