The Batu Caves is probably one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. Easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur central, this magnificent work-of-man is a soaring proof of how much religion can affect us as a whole. Two other attractions are also found here (dark cave and ramayana cave), which makes it a must visit if you’re off to Malaysia. Just a tip before you go, though: prepare your legs for some serious stair climbing.
Once you arrive here, you will immediately be welcomed by the towering statue of Murugan (a hindu diety) and along with it, a painfully long staircase leading to the Batu temple caves. Looking at the tourists climbing the stairs is tiring enough; wait for your turn to actually climb the stairs. Fun fact: the staircase is made up of 272 steps. No big deal.
To warm us up, we went first to the Ramayana cave. The cave is very easy to spot, just make your way through the exit of Batu caves station, then turn left.
A fee of 5RM (1.27$) will be collected prior to your entry to the Ramayana cave. A bronze chariot will be there to welcome you to the cave’s entrance, along with a semi-gigantic (because it’s not as big as the statue of Murugan) statue of Kumbhakarna.
If you’re in for legends and epics, this cave would be worth every penny. Inside the cave, is the narrated Indian epic Ramayana. You are probably wondering how the cave narrates the epic. Well, numerous figurines are placed all over the cave. A set of figurines depict a particular event in the epic, along with a brief description for you to read. All of which is compiled in order to beautifully illustrate the Indian epic.
You also have the option to climb the stairs leading to the upper part of the cave. Not much is seen there though, save for the view of the whole cave from above. Still, it’s a great warm up exercise for the main event: the stairway leading to Batu Caves temple. We spent a couple of minutes at the top to catch our breath, and also to take a selfie here and there. After climbing down the stairs, we decided to take our lunch to prepare ourselves for another stair-climbing.
We took our lunch at the Restoran Amutha. We ordered an unbelievably cheap Nasi Goreng. Don’t be skeptical about the price though, because food in Malaysia is relatively cheap compared to other countries. Here, you will get a fairly decent meal for 10RM (2.54$). If you are tightening your budget, you can still lower it to 5 RM (1.27$). I don’t recommend that though, as traveling comes with tasting the food of the place you are visiting. Tasting their food is knowing their culture. Knowing their culture is immersing yourself in their country.
Now that we’re all geared up, we are more than ready to climb the stairs going to Batu Caves. Once we reached the foot of the staircase, there are Indians monitoring the tourist’s attire who wish to enter the caves. Apparently, women are not allowed to wear shorts inside the cave (Men are allowed, which is a relief on my part). They would have to rent additional clothing similar to a sarong to wrap around their waste so as to cover their legs. None of which is our concern, so we just went straight for the stairs.
Caution: Monkeys are abundant in Batu Caves. Please refrain from bringing food and other objects that might actually catch the monkey’s attention. Once they grab your things, it will be very difficult to have them release it.
After about 15 minutes of exercise, we finally reached the top. And yes, I would use this unoriginal statement once more: THE VIEW AT THE TOP MADE ALL THE TROUBLE WORTH IT. The stalactites juttering from the entrance of the cave makes such an epic portrait combined with the plants clinging to it.
Souvenir shops line near the cave’s entrance. Here, you can buy miniature statues of Murugan- the landmark of Batu caves.
There is a temple at the far end of the cave, as well as a beautiful cave opening which allows little sunlight to enter. At the right angle, you will see how the sun rays perfectly complement the temple inside the cave. It looks as if the rays are embracing the temple.
Our last stop is the Dark Cave. The Dark Cave is somehow an educational and awareness tour. The entrance fee is a little bit pricey at 35RM (8.88$) but it’s always up to you if you wanted to experience it or not. I still went for it though (I think you should, too), because it’s not everyday that we go to Batu caves. Better make the most out of it.
I was not disappointed. The Dark Cave is an experience unique from the others. At the end of the tour, I’ve been equipped with a deep knowledge about the cave’s ecosystem, and a deeper urge for its conservation. If you wish to know more about the Dark cave and its advocacies, visit their website here.
Several photos taken at the Dark cave:
Batu Caves Tips:
-Watch out for those monkeys! Take a picture, but not too close! There are reported cases of monkeys grabbing a tourist’s camera.
-Girls, wear pants or bring them if you’re wearing shorts. Borrowing a sarong is not free, better save up those cash for the nightmarkets.
-Sign up first for the Dark Cave. The entrance to the Dark Cave comes in batches (every 45 mins). Make sure to reserve your slot first, then go on exploring the other parts of the temple cave.
– 5RM (1.27$) for the Entrance to Ramayana Cave
– 35RM (8.88$) for the entrance to the Dark Cave
– 10RM (2.54$) for the food
How to get there:
– Ride any train bound for KL Central.
-Alight at KL Central.
– From KL Central, board the train bound for Batu Caves.
– Alight at the last stop: Batu Caves.
Whether you’re in an arranged tour or not, one thing is for sure: you will enjoy your stay at Batu caves. So, if by any chance you decided to go to Malaysia, make sure to pay this place a visit. The great statue of Murugan will be always there, waiting for your arrival. Happy traveling guys!
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