• One of the biggest tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur has to be Batu Caves alongside Petronas Towers. Batu Caves is a Hindu temple based in a limestone hill just a 20 minute drive outside of Kuala Lumpur City and is known for it’s brightly coloured steps and temple at the base of the steps. Hoards of tourists and local Hindus visit the temple to embrace the religious celebrations and statues.

    JUMP TO:
    How To Get There & Other Info
    The Rainbow Steps
    Batu Cave Monkies
    Dress Code
    Murugan Temple
    Hindu Temple At The Base

    You can get to Batu Caves in lots of different ways…
    – Get a Grab or Taxi. The taxi journey takes about 20 minutes.
    – Get the KRT train from KL Sentral Station, it only costs RM2.60 and the trains run every 45 minutes.

    Opening Times: Batu Caves are open everyday from 6am to 9pm.
    Entrance Fee: Entrance to Batu Caves is FREE and the Dark Caves cost RM33 per person which also includes a helmet, flashlight and a guide.
    How Long Do I Need There?: I would say about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how long you want to spend exploring the caves, taking pictures, climbing the stairs and if you want to get food there.
    Places To Eat: There are quite a few places to eat there which is good if you get there early and need some breakfast. We got there quite early and we didn’t have breakfast in our apartment so we stopped at one of the restaurants there and had a traditional Indian breakfast before climbing the stairs.

    Batu Caves has recently had their steps repainted in their famous brightly coloured rainbow but due to the mass of visitors and resident monkies the steps are looking a little worse for wear already. The 272 rainbow steps leading into the cave and cave temple are divided into coloured sections with small breaks in the steps to take in the scenery, take photographs, have a breather or check out the resident long-tailed macaque monkies. The steps are quite thin so if you have big feet like me it can be quite hard to walk on them, so I sort of had to walk sideways up and down the steps so I didn’t feel like I was going to fall aha.

    The resident monkies are cheeky little things who love stealing your food or sunglasses but don’t be scared. If you show you’re scared they are more likely to get a little too close to you. I wasn’t attacked so you don’t have to worry. People who squeal or show they’re afraid are more likely to be attacked. They will quite happily sit or run along the side of the steps or maybe sit on some of the steps

    The dress code in Batu Caves can be quite strict at times as it is a religious temple so no revealing outfits and showing off too much skin is allowed. The main one is ladies showing too much leg so I was lucky as I was wearing my gym leggings, my mum was turned away as she was wearing shorts although she didn’t feel like walking up the steps. I started off wearing my sarong over my shoulders until I realised everyone else was wearing sleeveless tops, so I then took it off my shoulders.

    The other thing about the dress code is that it’s recommended you wear brightly coloured clothing so that when you’re having photos taken on the steps you don’t get lost in the colour. I wore my navy blue gym kit with my brightly coloured laced trainers but I wish I had worn a nicer outfit that was brightly coloured.

    Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the vel-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Murugan within the caves.

    At the base of the Batu Cave steps there is a gorgeous rainbow painted Hindu temple, I can’t for the life of me find the name of this temple so if anyone knows it’s name please let me know. Before entering you have to remove your shoes as it’s sacred and shoes are very disrespectful also it’s to preserve the marble floor. Inside is just as colourful as outside with lots of Hindu murals and statues as well as mini shrines for gods in which you can pay a small fee to receive a blessing.

    Would you like to visit Batu Caves? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    A Guide To Batu Caves