Traveling Through Asia – Day 4 -2019 Batu Caves
Opening Hours: Daily, 06:00 – 21:00
Address: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to get there: Take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market. Or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu to get to Batu Caves. I would suggest to use Grab application to travel around city. Some of the hotels offer a “day trip” to the Caves.
Batu Caves are one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions. It’s a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometers to the north of Kuala Lumpur. This 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old. The temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus.
The largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples. The Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings.
Ramayana Cave – Suyambu Lingam
Perhaps no cave at Batu is more spectacularly embellished and enjoyable to visit than the Ramayana Cave (RM5; h8.30am-6pm; d Batu Caves), which boasts psychedelic dioramas of the Indian epic Ramayana. This cave is on the left as you come out of the train station. Near the entrance, you’ll see the giant statue of Kumbhakarna. Brother of Ravana and a deep sleeper (he once snoozed for six months).
Muzium Orang Asli
A trip to Batu Caves is easily combined with a visit to the nearby Muzium Orang Asli ( http://www.jakao.gov.my; 24 Jln Pahang, Gombak; h9am- 5pm Sat-Thu) in the village of Gombak, 25km north of KL and around 9km from Batu Caves. Excellent museum is dedicated to Peninsular Malaysia’s indigenous peoples, the Orang Asli.
Exhibits over two floors
At step 204 on the way up to the Temple Cave, branch off to the Dark Cave (www.darkcavemalaysia.com; adult/child RM35/25; h10am-5pm Tue-Fri, 10.30am-5.30pm Sat & Sun; d Batu Caves). To join an excellent, 45-minute guided tour along 850m of the 2km of surveyed passageways within the cave complex.
The tour takes you through seven different chambers where you can witness dramatic limestone formations. Including gorgeous flowstones, see pits used for guano extraction and possibly spot two species of bat. And hundreds of other life forms, including the rare trapdoor spider.
Tours run every 20 minutes and are organized by the Malaysian Nature
Society. It’s possible to get further into the cave on the three- to four-hour. Adventure tour for what you need a minimum of 10 people (RM80 per person). However, bookings should be made at least one week in advance. There is a fascinating natural history gallery outside the cave. With informative displays on the formation of the cave and its unique flora and fauna.
Temple Cave is actually two enormous caverns joined by a short flight of stairs. Sits a top of 272 steps populated by scampering macaque monkeys and is guarded by an impressive, 42.7m golden statue of Hindu God Lord Murugan. Statue was erected in 2006 and said to be the largest in the world. Dome-shaped cavern has been a Hindu shrine since K Thambusamy Pillai. Founder of the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in KL, placed a statue of Lord Murugan herein 1890.
Inside the first cavern, at the top of the stairs, Murugan’s six abodes are carved into the walls. The second cavern holds the temple of Valli Devanai, Murugan’s wife. Murugan, son of Shiva and Hindu god of war, is widely worshipped in Hindu Tamil communities. Prayers are held at
8.30am and 4.30pm.
- To visit the Temple Cave, women must wear skirts or trousers that come below the knee. Sarongs are available to rent at the cave entrance for RM3.
Don’t forget to bring water for the climb up to the Temple Cave. But keep any bottles or food in the bag or backpack because of the free-running monkeys.
I wanted to remind you, that not all animals are free and happy. And I would suggest, that you before going to an any kind of animal involved entertainment. Stop and think for a moment. Is that animal happy there, is it in such environment for it own protection, or is it just used for money.