The Batu Caves are easy to reach – only 11 kilometres north of the capital. This 100-year-old temple should both amaze and inspire. There are three major caves and many smaller ones, inside the main caves you will uncover ancient gold painted statues and religious idols which are breath-taking.
What else can I see?
The limestone formations are noted to date back around 400 million years and the temple itself is a very important Hindu religious landmark. The most popular of the caves is Cathedral Cave, the home to several Hindu shrines tucked away beneath a high arched ceiling. At the foot of the hill you will also find the Museum and Gallery Caves, which, as the names suggest house a plethora of rich symbolic paintings and religious statues.
Highlights of the Batu Caves
Although it’s difficult to do so, don’t miss the 140 ft high world’s tallest statue of Murugan. This Hindu deity is located at the entrance to the caves and steps, and the shrine at Batu Caves is a sight to behold. The climb to the cave entrance is 272 steps, which may be quite steep for some, but if you can make it up there it offers incredible panoramic views of the lush surrounding countryside. Batu Caves have also been the centre of the rock climbing community in Malaysia for over a decade, the area offers over 160 climbing routes located around the sides of the caves.