Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu, which flows past the hill and also it is the tenth limestone hill from Ampang. – Wikipedia
Batu Caves is the most popular tourist attraction in Selangkor. This serves mainly as a Hindu shrine. Thousands of people gather in Batu Caves in celebration of Thaipusam, a Hindu festival. This is located North of Kuala Lumpur and has 3 main caves. You probably won’t miss it due to the giant Hindu god statue that towers in front of it. And of course, those 272 steps to reach the caves.
We went to Batu Caves early in the morning, hoping to see a beautiful sunrise above. Going to the caves is very easy from Kuala Lumpur Sentral. You just ride the train going to the Batu Caves station. Yes, it has its own train station.
Batu Caves Up Close
Once you reach the station, you won’t miss Batu Cave. You will easily see the beautiful mountain wall to your right. And if you’ve seen the pictures online prior, you are sure you’re in the right place.
There is no entrance fee to enter Batu Caves. You start in the entrance area from the train, where there’s this giant Hindu god statue of Hanuman. The whole place is so beautiful, especially this early in the morning. The greens around you and the high mountain so close is picture perfect.
You will see a shrine just a short distance from the giant Hindu god Hanuman statue. There’s a small ceremony when we arrived. It’s amazing to witness other nation’s culture and religion right in front of your very eyes.
What I love about this shrine is that there are a lot of animals around it. We saw peacocks just around the corner from where the picture above was taken. I so want to have its feather spread out, but we were afraid it’s going to chase us. After passing the shrine, we finally saw the famous Batu Caves and its 272 steps.
Since Batu Caves is a Hindu shrine, girls cannot wear shorts or anything that bares too much skin. Bring lots of water, too. One of my friends decided she won’t be climbing because she felt dizzy.
Climbing the steps can get a little tricky. I noticed that when I focus on my feet, I get dizzy. I suggest you take your time. You can rest in the middle. People afraid of heights will have a tough time climbing the steep steps. Good thing I wore comfortable rubber shoes. Right at the top, you will be welcomed by the mouth of the caves.
The inside of the cave is huge. There will be more stair steps inside. On top of that, you will see another shrine. There’s a ceremony going on, so we remain silent and didn’t take much pictures. You can go on guided tour of the caves. We opted not to do it because the girls are scared it’s going to be dark and there will be bats. We just roamed around inside the big cave.
We were told that plenty of monkeys frolic around Batu Caves. I even saw an episode of Asia’s Next Top Model filmed here, and the monkeys are very aggressive. Another episode, this time of The Amazing Race, also features the Batu Caves and its monkeys. Surprisingly, we haven’t encountered any monkeys yet… until when we were on our descent. A monkey tried to steal my water bottle poking from my bag. I didn’t see the monkey coming, so it caught me off-guard. Other tourists got scared and screamed. I hold on to the water bottle until the monkey let go of it. I got to the bottom of the steps safely.
By the way, there’s this garden beside Batu Caves that has this beautiful tree. If you go here, maybe you can take some pictures under the tree. I just find it beautiful.
Here are more pictures from our Batu Caves adventure. I’m sorry if some of the picture appear sideways. It’s too big and my gallery is automatically displaying them sideways to not screw the screen resolution. If you’re using a mobile phone, you can just tilt your phone for a better view.