Jul 19, 2011

Batu Caves – KL Malaysia

Batu Caves is one of the most remarkable and moody places you don’t miss to see (when you’re on KL) on the Malay Peninsula. A series of tunnels and chambers set into limestone cliffs. The caves are one of Malaysia's most famous attractions, and are a holy site, a wondrous site born of nature and religious culture, not only a place of breathtaking beauty but also a cultural icon.

Batu Caves is conjured of three main caves and several small ones. The Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave (the best known and the biggest of the caves) features a vaulted ceiling about 100 metres above the floor. To reach it one has to climb 272 steps that leave you awe, a feat performed by many Hindus on the way to the caves to offer prayers to their revered goddess, every year on Thaipusam. (Thaipusam, one of the most important annual Hindu events, draws thousands of the curious and devout to the Batu Caves in Malaysia. This festival happens in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar, usually around the end of January. The colourful festival sees people flocking to the area carrying kavadis which are wooden poles vibrantly decorated and carried on the shoulders by devotees. Kavadis consist of offerings to Hindu gods and act as a fulfilment to Hindu vows. When seeing them for the first time they make a lasting impression as the devotees pierce their bodies with needles and hooks to hold the kavadis in place.)
Useful Infos:
Location - 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Gombak district). The easiest way is by Commuter train from KL Sentral station. Local buses to Batu Caves at the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur, by bus 11/11d Buses from Bangkok Bank Terminus (Near to Puduraya Terminus) or Bus U6 from Titiwangsa.
Open: Temple Cave - All year daily 9-4:30,
Fee: Temple Cave - it’s free. Gallery Cave - nominal entrance fee.

Photos are courtesy of Don-Acts.

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