batu caves kuala lumpur

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

The Batu caves are huge limestone (said to be 400 million years old!) caves set into the mountains near Kuala Lumpur, with a massive golden statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity.  There are several shrines and temples, including one that depicts the well-known story of the Ramayana.

The giant gold statue is of Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war.  His story is depicted in the shrines inside the caves.  The statue took three years to build and was completed in 2005.  The whole thing is a bit of a tourist trap, but it’s still fun to see.  Worth it just for the people watching.

What to know:  There are tons of monkeys, so don’t bring food or anything tempting!  There are 272 steps to climb up to the top, and it’s very hot/humid.   There is a dress code, you have to wear a long skirt or pants- even to your knees is too short.  They gave Kanya a sarong to cover up for a small fee.

How to get there:  It’s really easy, the train goes directly there, and it’s the last station so hard to miss.  The trains were clean and comfortable, and they even had separate cars for women.  It takes about half an hour from the center of the city.

When to go:  It gets crowded, so when it first opens in the morning is the best option.

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Statue of Hanuman, monkey lord and devotee of Rama.

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There are monkeys climbing around everywhere. They’re aggressive, so watch out!

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Hard to get everyone in at once. Look at the weird plant growing out of his codpiece.

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