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Batu Caves Selangor Malaysia
Where is Batu Caves?
Gombak Selangor which is approximately 13km from the north Kuala Lumpur city covers the Batu Caves.
The Cave features with a marble hill that contains a series of Cave temples and Caves. Some reports say that the Caves are of million years old. Most of the Hindu people from other countries visit the holy shrine “Lord Murugan”, the golden statue.
The glowing Lord Murugan statue height is 42.7 meter. The gigantic statue welcomes the tourists to worship in the temple. The Lord Murugan statue was constructed with 250 tons of steel bar, 1550 cubic meters of concrete. 300 liters of pure gold paint covers the impressive deity statue. The huge deity statue was raised around 24 million cost.
Temple Cave a.k.a Cathedral Cave is the famous Cave. This Cave comprises 272 steps totally to reach the temple. The macaques in the steps will try to seize the eatables from your hand. So, please be careful with them. The Hindu culture carvings attract the visitors. Beautiful statues are the highlights of the temple. K. Thamboosamy Pillai was a leader of the Tamil Hindu Community in Malaya then. He built the temple within the Caves in the year 1891. In 1892, the famous Hindu festival Thaipoosam was celebrated in Batu Caves Murugan Temple. Today, thousands of pilgrims come and worship here for every Thaipoosam.
The Dark Cave is present at the lower level of steps. Ramayana Cave at the entrance has the statue of Hanuman, and Lord Rama. The entire Cave is depicted with the dioramic scenes from the Ramayana. The Cave Villa that includes Art Gallery Cave, Museum Cave features various paintings and statues.
Batu Caves opening hours
The Batu Cave is open from 7.00am to 8.00pm daily
Batu Caves Malaysia entrance fee
The Batu Caves entrance fee is “FREE”. However, the tourists shall pay RM 15 to Cave Villa, RM 5 to Ramayana Cave, RM 35 (adult) and RM 25 (child) for Dark Cave visitation.
Batu Caves Malaysia Dress code:
In this religious site, a dress code is strictly followed. The worshipers should not wear pants, skirts above the knees.
What to wear in Batu Caves?
Both men and women are requested to wear neat and veiling dresses.
What to see in Batu Caves?
Don’t miss to visit the following places when you are touring to Batu Caves:
Temple Cave (Cathedral Cave):
This Cave is accessible by a steep flight of 272 steps. The stairs top portion makes the tourists reach the massive Cave with a vaulted ceiling. The Cave is devoted to 42 meter height Lord Murugan who stands as a guard outside. There is NO ENTRY FEE for the temple Cave. Lord Murugan Temple is open from 7.00 AM to 9.00 PM
The tourist can visit Dark Cave only with the help of the guides. You cannot walk-in individually. Trapdoor Spider is the rarest spider species in the world. They usually dwell here. You can take the kids to Educational Tour that lasts around 45 minutes. The Educational Tour fee is RM35 per adult and RM25 per child. In this picnic spot, the bravery tourists can take the Adventure Tour. This tour lasts over 4 hours. The Adventure Tour costs RM 80 per adult and RM 55 per child. The dark Cave is a conservative site.
If you want to skip to climb 272 steps, avoid the creepy dark Cave, then catch out the 3rd main attraction. The Cave villa lies at the foot of the limestone hill. RM15 for foreigners, RM7 for Malaysian residents are charged as an ENTRANCE FEE to Cave Villa. Here you may find two more Caves illuminate with color lights, painted statues, Indian poets’ paintings. You may see a glass tank. It contains full of snakes and other reptiles in one of the Caves. Now some rabbits and Racoons are caged.
The Art Gallery Cave, the outdoor museum, in this the tourists can see and enjoy different Hindu statues, paintings. This awesome picnic site comprises a lake. The lake houses many Koi fishes and tortoises. Next, to the Art Gallery Cave, you can find out the Islamic Museum. Here you can learn about the Islamic architecture, history. “The National Palace Royal Museum” was the official residence of the Former King and Queen of Malaysia. Now, it has been a popular museum and tourist spot. Don’t miss to visit this precious, precise and beautiful palace during your picnic time.
It is really a valuable Cave for Hindus. In the entrance, the 15 meters Lord Hanuman welcomes the devotees. Ramayana Cave was open to the public since 2001. The Cave comprises scenes and statues from Ramayana. RM 5 is the entrance fee for the Cave.
What to do in Batu Caves?
Both as a tourist and devotee you can enjoy the entire Batu Caves. Worshiping Lord Murugan and other deities, visiting other historic Caves, will definitely bring you a fresh spiritual breath.
Interesting facts about Batu Caves
- Every day over 900 tourists around the world visit Batu Caves.
- Mr. Dato Samy Vellu inaugurated the shrine on 29th January 2006 during Thaipoosam Festival.
- Besides Murugan Statue, there are Hindu God Statues say, Lord Ganesh, Saraswati and Lord Shivan present.
- Every year around 1.5 million tourists and devotees visit Batu Caves during Thaipoosam. The festival normally holds at the end of January or early of February. For a few days, the grand festival lasts.
- To construct Lord Murugan status all materials were brought from Thailand.
- Many Hindu ceremonies are taking place in the Temple Cave.
- Lord Murugan statue is the tallest Hindu deity in Malaysia as per the Malaysian Book of Records
- Shri. Thamboosamy Pillai also laid the powerful Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Jalan Bandar near Kuala Lumpur Chinatown.
- In 1920 wooden steps were built to access Temple cave.
Batu Caves Accommodation
There are plenty of hotels, restaurants, lodges available nearby Batu caves. When you plan your travel on festival days, it is better to book the boarding before you reach Batu Caves. So, that you can stay and have a peaceful dharshan of the God.