Batu Caves is considerably one of the most visited tourists attractions in Selangor, Malaysia. It is a limestone cave sitting 100 m above the ground. The limestone cave itself is around 400 million years old. With the world’s tallest statue right by the cave and the preservation of the cave, millions of tourists devour their curiosity in this place.
Location: Batu Caves of Malaysia in Selangor and How to get there
Batu Caves is located in Selangor, just outside of Kuala Lumpur. But as one of the most visited places in Malaysia, you can easily reach Batu caves by the Commuter Train. By paying for only 2.5 RM, you can take the train from the center of Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves Komuter Station. If you are choosing to go by bus, you can take bus U6 from Tititwangsa. Otherwise, there are plenty of Travel Agent offering a complete tour with a local guide to explain more about this place. However, try to come earlier in the morning so you won’t be trapped in congestion because so many people visit this place daily.
Lord Murugan Statue in Batu Caves of Malaysia
It will be hard to miss the golden statue from afar since it is around 42 meters tall. The tall statue has gold paint all over making it visible and glimmering. The statue portrays the Hindu Icon of Lord Murugan. The construction of the statue finished in 2006, so the statue is pretty new. You can see it closely right before the entrance of Batu Caves.
Dark Cave and Villa Cave
To go to the famous Limestone Cave, you will need to take around 272 stairs. Before you climb up, make sure to bring water bottles and use sunscreen to protect yourself from sun exposure. It will be very hot and humid throughout the year.
In the middle of climbing up, you can visit the Dark Cave which is a home for the rarest species of Spider, Trapdoor Spider. There is also a tour with a guide to explore the cave deeper with proper equipment, but it is only available on Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, kids under 12 would not be able to participate. You will need to pay around 35 RM. It may sound scary but if you are open to new experiences, then go for it!
Meanwhile, Villa cave has display features of Indian styled arts and statues. The artworks were displayed with colourful lightning, making it very appealing to see. Unfortunately, there is a 15 RM entrance fee. I personally think it is not worth it because they also display some captured animals and reptile which supports animal abuse.
The 400 years old Limestone Cave
Once you reach the top, you will be able to gaze at the stunning city landscape while resting up. When you enter the cave, you will notice gold embellishment all over the walls. This is because the cave serves a place for people to worship the Muragan Lord. The cave itself is a sacred place for the Hindus. People from all around the world come to pray and celebrate Thaipusam Festival annually. If you come around that time, you would be able to witness the Praying ceremony as well as buying local arts and crafts.
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