Batu Caves

Batu Caves showing mountains and heritage architecture

Batu Caves

Re-charge your spiritual batteries at these awe-inspiring caves, Kuala Lumpur's principal Hindu shrine.

Reputed to be over 400 million years old, the majestic Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur’s Gombak district are among the most popular of Hindu shrines in Malaysia and they attract thousands of worshippers and tourists every year.

Comprising of three main caves as well some smaller ones, this eerie labyrinthine complex is a wonderful place to explore, whether you are on a cultural jaunt, a spiritual quest, or just fancied some sightseeing.

Visitors to this limestone mountain are greeted by an imposing golden statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war to whom the caves are dedicated. At 42.7 metres high, it is the tallest statue dedicated to a Hindu deity in Malaysia and is staggeringly beautiful close up.

At this point, brace yourself for the arduous ascent up the 272 steps which lead to the Cathedral or Temple Cave. As you climb, keep an eye out for cheeky macaque monkeys as they dart among the tourists and bear in mind, they are not adverse to a bit of pickpocketing.

At the top, catch your breath as you make your way into the 100-metre high main chamber of the Cathedral Cave. The cavernous temple within is home to a revered mix of ornate Hindu shrines and descriptive artwork which detail various Hindu legends. Similarly, the adjacent Art Gallery and the Museum caves both feature statues and paintings of sacred Hindu deities.

If you want to learn about the various ecosystems in this hillside, take a scientific tour down into the Dark Caves. This two-kilometre stretch of surveyed passages is home to an abundance of ancient flora and fauna, including the endangered Trapdoor Spider. This is a terrific way to learn about this unique natural habitat but bear in mind that exploring this cave is quite a physical challenge as some crawling is required.

Every year between January and February, millions of devotees flock to the Batu Caves to celebrate the Hindu festival of Thaipusam. This three-day event, dedicated to thanksgiving and penance, is renowned for its colourful parades and extreme ceremonial rituals, some of which include piercing the body with hooks and skewers. Attending this sacred Hindu celebration is a real privilege, so where possible, schedule it into your itinerary.

Top 10 Hotels Near Batu Caves

OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
2 out of 5
1-16, Jalan Batu Caves, Taman Sunway Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
The price is S$16 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this hotel in Batu Caves. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Batu Caves and Petronas Twin Towers are located ...
1.3/5 (9 reviews)
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Reviewed on 4 Sep,2020

OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
Batu Caves Business Hotel
Batu Caves Business Hotel
2 out of 5
Dolomite Park Avenue, Jalan Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
Fully refundable
The price is S$19 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Batu Caves. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV and private bathrooms. Popular attractions Batu Caves and Petronas Twin Towers are ...
3.3/5 (14 reviews)
"The water heater is not working is guess coz the water not really hot to water take bath."

Reviewed on 10 Feb,2020

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Batu Caves Budget Hotel
Batu Caves Budget Hotel
2 out of 5
No. 562A, Jalan Samudra Utara 1, Taman Samudra, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
The price is S$25 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Batu Caves. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a TV. Popular attractions Batu Caves and Petronas Twin Towers are ...
2.7/5 (10 reviews)
"location and pricing"

Reviewed on 30 Dec,2019

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OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
2 out of 5
1-16, Jalan Batu Caves, Taman Sunway Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
The price is S$16 per night from 30 May to 31 May
OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
Batu Caves Business Hotel
Batu Caves Business Hotel
2 out of 5
Dolomite Park Avenue, Jalan Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
The price is S$19 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
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Batu Caves Budget Hotel
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2 out of 5
No. 562A, Jalan Samudra Utara 1, Taman Samudra, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
The price is S$25 per night from 23 May to 24 May
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OYO 1002 Hotel Sahara Inn Batu Caves
OYO 1002 Hotel Sahara Inn Batu Caves
2 out of 5
No 95-1, Jalan SBC 1, TMN Sri Batu Caves, Batu Caves, 68100
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OYO 90338 Prima Saujana Budget Hotel
OYO 90338 Prima Saujana Budget Hotel
2 out of 5
No. 55/1 Jalan Prima Saujana 1/1A,, Majlis Perbandaran Kajang, Hulu Langat, Batu Caves, Selangor, 43000
The price is S$31 per night from 27 May to 28 May
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OYO 90151 Hill Inn Batu Caves
OYO 90151 Hill Inn Batu Caves
2 out of 5
137, Jalan SBC1, Taman Sri Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
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2.5 out of 5
31 Jalan Medan Selayang 1, Batu Caves, Selangor, 68100
The price is S$17 per night from 19 May to 20 May
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Lavana Hotel Batu Caves
Lavana Hotel Batu Caves
2 out of 5
19, Jalan Sri Selayang, Taman Sri Selayang, Batu Caves, 68100
The price is S$39 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
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New Wave Hotel Batu Caves
New Wave Hotel Batu Caves
2 out of 5
Block D-33-1, Jalan Medan 1, Batu Caves, 68100
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