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Batu Caves

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Batu Caves showing mountains and heritage architecture

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.

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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
The price is SG$17 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Batu, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Batu Caves and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Selayang Hospital. Forest Research Institute ...
2.7/5 (10 reviews)
"location and pricing"

Reviewed on 30 Dec,2019

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Batu Caves Business Hotel
Batu Caves Business Hotel
2 out of 5
Dolomite Park Avenue, Jalan Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor
The price is SG$19 per night from 31 Jul to 31 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Batu Caves and within 6 miles (10 km) of Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Selayang Hospital. ...
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

Batu Caves Business Hotel
OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
2 out of 5
1-16, Jalan Batu Caves, Taman Sunway Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor
Situated in Batu, this hotel is close to Batu Caves and Selayang Hospital. Area attractions also include Putra World Trade Centre and Petronas Twin Towers. Batu ...
1.3/5 (9 reviews)
"Please change your map view that you put about Kuantan. Your real hotel is not in Kuantan, but in KL. Stop to make people confuse and get the money from them like the one you do to me. Scammers!"

Reviewed on 4 Sep,2020

OYO 89381 Moonnight Hotel
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2.5 out of 5
31 Jalan Medan Selayang 1, Batu Caves, Selangor
The price is SG$13 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
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Batu Caves Business Hotel
Batu Caves Business Hotel
2 out of 5
Dolomite Park Avenue, Jalan Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor
The price is SG$19 per night from 31 Jul to 31 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
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2 out of 5
1-16, Jalan Batu Caves, Taman Sunway Batu Caves, Batu Caves, Selangor
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Batu Caves Budget Hotel
2 out of 5
No. 562A, Jalan Samudra Utara 1, Taman Samudra, Batu Caves, Selangor
The price is SG$17 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
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OYO 1002 Hotel Sahara Inn Batu Caves
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Entire Condo 3r2b Top Floor Great View @ Batu Caves
Jalan Raintree Utama, Batu Caves, Selangor
The price is SG$230 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
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Lavana Hotel Batu Caves
2 out of 5
19, Jalan Sri Selayang, Taman Sri Selayang, Batu Caves
The price is SG$38 per night from 26 Aug to 26 Aug
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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
The price is SG$18 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
New Wave Hotel Batu Caves
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