"THE BATU CAVES" Batu Caves Tip by BerniShand

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur: 127 reviews and 296 photos

  a long way up
by BerniShand
 
 

there are 272 steps leading up to the caves, they are numbered so you know exactly how much further you have to climb ! if you do pause and gasp or breath beware of monkeys, they think you are a mobile food wagon !
These caves are in the southernmost limestone formation in the Northern hemisphere, but their major claim to fame is as a Hindu shrine, every year at the festival of Thaipusan people flock here to pray, we were told that the last festival was attended by almost 1,000,000 people
the caves are beautiful inside, the sunlight filters through small openings in the cathedral like roof, and monkeys run and play
the caves were discovered in 1878 by an American naturalist, before then they had been hidden in the jungle known only to local people, during the Japanese occupation of Malysia during WWII they were used as a hide out by the anti-Japanese guerillas

the shrines inside are being extended, when you visit you can help the building work by taking a full bucket of sand up the steps with you, and bringing an empty one down

Address: Jalan Batu Caves, 68100 Jalan Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Directions: 13km north of Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +60 3 2287 9422
Website: http://www.batucaves.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2004
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