Batu Caves

Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Batu Caves is amazing! It is definitely one of the Things To See In Kuala Lumpur! A natural wonder and such an work of art by the lovely Mother Earth.

The large stalactites and stalagmites are truly breath taking. Some even form shapes that looked strangely familiar. It is no wonder it has become one of the icons of Malaysia, and a popular tourist attraction.

We arrived in Kuala Lumpur by Aeroline bus that took us about 6 hours. It was a very comfortable ride. Upon arriving at Kuala Lumpur, we visited the Petronas Twin Towers. It was a magnificent sight to behold! And to top it off, we were delighted to find The Suites Hotel, where we stayed, an absolute pleasure.

The next day, according to our plans, we made the trip to the famous Batu Caves. We shot a video about Getting To Batu Caves (click link to see the blog post and video). And below is the video we took of our Batu Caves experience.


Getting To Batu Caves

There are many ways of Getting To Batu Caves (click link to read and watch video of how we traveled there via train), and we chose to go there by train. It turned out to be a comfortable ride, economical, and only took us around 80 minutes.



Batu Caves

There are many limestone hills, said to be around 400 million years old, in Selangor. And Batu Caves is one of them. What makes it unique is that it is the limestone hill that has many naturally formed caves, and temples have been built in some of these caves.

The largest of these caves, and the most well known, is the Temple Cave. The name is derived from the fact that the cave houses many Hindu shrines within its majestic high ceiling limestone caverns.

The word ‘Batu’ means ‘Stone’. So many people think that the name – Batu Caves – came from the concept that the caves are made of limestone. But the truth is the name is taken from a river that flows past the hills. The river is aptly named Sungai Batu, which means Stone River

Travel Tip: Every cave has a different admission price. Please note that the Temple Cave is Free to enter. And opening hours may vary for each cave.

In the video, you can see a long flight of steps to the entrance of the Temple Cave. Originally, back in 1920, the steps were made of wood. Today, the steps have been rebuilt with concrete.

And the number of steps? 272!

Yes, you read it right. 272 steps that will test your fitness to the limits. Many people stop along the way to catch their breath. You can see it in the video too.

But it is all worth it!

When you arrive at the destination, you get a visual treat of awe-inspiring natural caverns that you will remember for a lifetime. I know I sure did.

Travel Tip: Near the Temple Cave is the Dark Cave. There is a mini exhibition area that provides you information about the natural history of the entire area. And if you dare, you can explore the Dark Cave with a tour (for a reasonable price).


Magnificent Gigantic Statue of Lord  Murugan

Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves
Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

You can’t miss it. It is the huge statue at the bottom of the steps that leads to the Temple Cave. And it is in Gold! It is the Lord Murugan Statue.

This is the tallest statue of a Hindu god in Malaysia. In the world, it is the second tallest statue of a Hindu god. Its height is 42.7 metres, which is 140 feet. The tall image took 3 years to build, and was unveiled in January 2006 during the Thaipusam festival then.


Batu Caves Temple

Deep at the heart of the Temple Cave, 100m above ground, is the murti (consecrated statue) of Sri Murugan Swami. It was placed there by an Indian trader by the name of K. Thamboosamy Pillai in 1890.

2 years later, in 1892, the annual Hindu festival – Thaipusam – was celebrated there. And has been ever since. Thaipusam is a three-day festival that is held around late January or early February. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims converge to pay homage to Lord Murugan during this time.

Today, the cave and the temple combine to be one of the most popular Hindhu shrines outside of India.


Monkeys, Spiders, Bats and Other Natural Inhabitants

In the vast network of the caves, there are numerous natural inhabitants such as spiders, bats, snakes, and most visibly – Monkeys.

 

Beware the Monkey at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves. They look adorable but can turn fierce.
One of the monkeys inside the caves, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The monkeys are almost everywhere; as you climb the heart stress tester steps, and as you visit the shrine deep inside the Temple Cave. You can see them getting food and drinks from visitors.

Travel Tip: Beware of the Monkeys! I have seen a packet of drink snatched from a visitor by a monkey. And I have heard of phones, bags, wallets, purses and more being taken away very quickly by the fast moving monkeys. So do keep your valuables close to you!

Besides the monkeys, there are lots of creatures living in the caves. Of course there will be right? This is their natural home. Visit the Dark Cave to see a mini exhibit where you can see photos of the natural history of this site as well as of these intriguing creatures.

Do visit the Batu Caves! They are truly amazing and one of the Things To See In Kuala Lumpur.



If you have ANY questions about this review, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Getting To Batu Caves

Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Getting To Batu Caves via train

Getting To Batu Caves

There are many ways of Getting To Batu Caves. You can get there by car, taxi, bus or via train. We traveled from KLCC to Batu Caves using the train system in Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves is one of the icons of Malaysia and a very popular tourist attraction. You can read more about it in our blog post – Batu Caves.

Let’s start the journey, shall we? We began by taking the LRT from KLCC station that was at Petronas Twin Towers / Suria KLCC to KL Sentral station. Then switched to KTM Komuter line (the blue line) to travel from KL Sentral station to Batu Caves station.

In all it took us about 80 minutes because there was some time taken to find the entrances to the right lines, locate the ticket counter, understand how to pay for the tickets, etc. If you are familiar with all that, the trip should be shorter, about 60 minutes.

Along the entire route, we took photos and videos. Watch the video below to see how we traveled to Batu Caves from KLCC. Remember to turn on the subtitles for more detailed information.


From KLCC station (also known as KJ10 KLCC) to KL Sentral Station

The Malaysian train system is quite efficient and can get you to many places of interest around Kuala Lumpur as well as from Kuala Lumpur to well known sites such as Batu Caves. We started at the KLCC station.

Some parts of the train line is above ground, and some are under ground. The route from KLCC station to KL Sentral station is underground. As such, we took the escalator down and walked along a pathway to the station control area.

Travel Tip: Make sure you are at the right station. See the station name. In this case it is KJ10 KLCC.

There was a map of the train system next to the ticketing machines. Locate that map to see how to travel from one station to another.

Map of train system to get to one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves
Map of transit system, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We found out that KJ10 KLCC station was along the LRT Laluan Kelana Jaya line (Line 5, the red line).

To go to Batu Caves, we needed to go to KL Sentral station, and switch to the blue line that was the KTM Komuter line. That train would take us all the way to Batu Caves station, which was the last stop for that line.

With that planned route in mind, we headed to the ticketing machines that were nearby. These machines are for commuters to buy tickets for travel from one station to another.

Do note that Only Cash is accepted, there is no credit card or any other form of card payment for the tickets.

Travel Tip: Some ticketing machines only accept coins and MYR$1 and MYR$5. Get ready some small change!

And we are not mentioning the cost of the tickets because costs can change over time.

Buying the tickets was relatively easy. You just have to click on your choice of destination. In the next screen, you make sure you have chosen the correct destination, and select the number of tickets you require. If you need more, simply click on the ‘+’ button.

The total amount to be paid is displayed. Insert the cash (in notes or coins) into the respective slots. The tickets (in this case they were blue round chips) will drop out into the collection area. And you collect your tickets, and change, if any.

We used the tickets at the turnstiles, and entered the station. Then we got down to the platform using the escalator. And when the train arrived, we boarded the train.

Travel Tip: Make sure you board the right train. Check the signages to see which side of the platform is the train to take to get to your stop.



Arrive at KL Sentral Station

The ride from KLCC station to KL Sentral station was quite short. It only took about 12 to 14 minutes. Again, depending on when your train arrived.

At KL Sentral station. we took the escalator to the ground level, and exit the station into KL Sentral, which is a huge shopping area with lots of cafes, restaurants and amenities.

But there was no time to shop. We wanted to get to Batu Caves as quickly as possible as we knew there was much to see there.

We looked around, and it was easy to spot the KTM Komuter ticket counter. There was a large sign hanging above the counter, and a line of people queuing to buy tickets.

We bought the tickets to travel on the KTM blue line from KL Sentral station to Batu Caves station. Then we entered the station and onto the platform to wait for the train that would take us there.


From KL Sentral Station to Batu Caves Station

It was fun waiting for the train. There was a group of tourists from Japan. We knew they were Japanese because the tour guide was excitedly explaining to the group what to expect and what to do when the train arrived.

Travel Tip: Look out for the electronic sign! It will inform you if the train that is coming is going to Batu Caves or not. And an estimated time of arrival. Don’t board the wrong train.

We waited only about 10 minutes. When the train arrived, it was very exciting. It came in really fast! (see the video to watch the excitement)

When the train stopped, there was the usual commotion and excitement as people alighted, and everyone that was waiting on the platform started to board.

When we boarded the train, we found the seating style to be similar to that of Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). That is, the seats were aligned to the walls of the train, and passengers faced one another.

But silly us! We were like the blind men who only saw parts of an elephant.

As we sat, we began to look at other parts of the train in front of us and behind. And we noticed that seating on other parts of the train were different from this part of the train.

There were seats that were so comfortable with high back support. And the best part was that they faced the forward motion of the train. We loved it as we could watch scenes of the city through the windows when the train started to zoom above the ground.

Travel Tip: There are designated cabins Only For Women. Do Not Sit in these cabins if you are male or couple. (see photo below) Kindly be respectful of others’ culture, please.

When taking the KTM Komuter train to one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur, do take note that some cabins of the train are only for women. Do Not Sit In These Cabins. Please be respectful of their culture.
Ladies only cabin, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We Arrived at Batu Caves!

After about 35 to 40 minutes, we arrived at Batu Caves station! There was still a very short walk (about 5 minutes) to the actual Batu Caves. But hey, we loved how fast this trip was, and how economical too! Plus, we traveled in comfort.

Arrived Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves!
The breathtaking Batu Caves!, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We had a great time at Batu Caves. Again, we took lots of photos and videos. To see them, go to our blog post titled – Batu Caves.



If you have ANY questions about this article, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus