Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, the Hindu Temple 272 Steps Up
Come explore one of the most important Hindu shrines outside of India with me, taking in life around the caves and temples in the early morning to start. Then we’ll climb the 272 steps up to the cave, where you’ll see statues, art, and live music played for those who’ve come to worship in a truly memorable setting.
Cost: free to access the primary cave
Here is a bit of history and information about the Lord Murugan Statue at Batu Caves (from wikipedia): it is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia and second tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world, only second in size to the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal. It is also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 42.7 metres (140 ft) in height. It took 3 years to create and it was unveiled in January 2006 during the Thaipusam Festival.
Although I tried to hide most of it in my video, there was a lot of construction going on while I was there, which really detracted from the beauty of the caves, the stairs, and the areas around and leading up to it all. Had the site supervisor done a better job of strategically placing all of their tools and raw materials instead of leaving it all strewn all about (literally EVERYWHERE), it I think that would have improved the experience for us.
My Mommy had some wise words as we discussed all the mess around the area. She guessed that if we had only been there to pray at the temple that our experience would have been different. However, we were expecting to behold a beautiful Hindu temple surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, and that was a tough order based on the current state of the site.
Even with the renovations going on, I’d say it’s definitely worth a visit because it is so different from anything else you’ll do in KL. Just go with the expectation that it might be a bit scrappier than what some of the videos and photos from recent years depict. OHHHHHHH and if you’re Indian or if you’ve been to India, it’s the best place in KL I’ve found so far to buy some of those ‘just like in India’ spicy snacky bits that we all know and love so well 🙂
How to Get to The Batu Caves
Arriving to the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur is very easy. We took an Uber and it was only a short drive (cost was around RM12). There is also a convenient commuter train that travels direct from KL Sentral that takes 26 minutes, costing only RM2. For more information visit the KL Sentral website.
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