The brilliance of the Batu Caves
If you’re counting down the days until your personalised Malaysia holiday, you may be looking for ways to combine city slicking in Kuala Lumpur with embracing the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The scenery on offer away from the bustling streets of downtown Kuala Lumpur is breathtaking, and it’s well worth looking into day trips. The Batu Caves are one of the area’s prime tourist attractions, and it’s definitely worth leaving the malls and luxury hotels behind for the day in pursuit of peace, tranquillity and stunning scenery.
Visiting the Batu Caves
The Batu Caves are located a stone’s throw from the centre of Kuala Lumpur and they are easily accessible by bus, coach or car. Around 11km from the heart of the city, the caves form part of a giant limestone hill, which is divided into three large caverns and a series of smaller caves. The largest cave, Cathedral Cave, boasts a ceiling height of 100 metres, and it houses an array of spectacular shrines. You can also explore shrines, paintings and intricate statues in the Museum Cave and the Art Gallery Cave. The caves are believed to date back more than 400 million years and they carry great significance for Hindus.
At the entrance of the caves, you’ll notice a towering gold statue of the Hindu God and you should also keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, which scuttle around the dusty ground. If you’re feeling energetic, climbing the flight of 272 steps will afford you staggering views of the city skyline. Climbing enthusiasts can also indulge their passions on the rugged outcrops that make up the domineering limestone face.
Planning your trip
If you’re travelling to Malaysia and you plan to visit Kuala Lumpur, it’s well worth taking a half-day or full-day tour of the magical and mystical Batu Caves. This is a wonder that is truly unique and you won’t believe what you’re seeing until you fix your eyes on the intricate carvings, ornate shrines and beautiful paintings. Tours of the Batu Caves are widely available throughout the year, but the highlight of the calendar is the annual Thaipusam Festival. During the latter part of January, thousands of Hindus flock to the caves to participate in services and a procession from Kuala Lumpur to the caves. In the past, the festival has attracted more than a million visitors, making it one of the world’s largest and most significant religious events.