Batu Caves Malaysia – A Backpacker’s Beginner Guide
Let’s pack our bags to Malaysia to explore Batu Caves and this backpacker’s beginner guide is going to help you. In this blog of A Journey Like Never Before, we are going to the most important Hindu temple outside India dedicated to the deity Lord Murugan – The Batu Caves. We will answer some basic backpacker’s question and also learn few facts about this must visit tourist attraction in Malaysia.
Batu Caves is a 400 million years old limestone hill comprising of several caves which now is the temple of Hindu gods. The name is derived from the Sungai Batu or Batu River which flows in Malaysia. It was William Hormady, who revealed the existence of Batu Caves to the outside world. K Thamboosamy Pillay, who was the leader of the Tamil community decided to build a temple to lord Murugan as the caves entrance shaped like a Vel, which is the weapon used by the deity. It is also believed that the Lord Murugan is one of the favourite god of Tamil community.
You will need to climb a total of 272 steps to reach the top. Also, another interesting fact is that the statue you see at the entrance is 42.7m high and it cost around 24 million rupees to build. All the materials required to build the statue was purchased from Thailand.
When Should You Visit?
The best time to visit Batu caves is during the end of January when Thaipusam is held. During this festival, thousands of devotees from across the world travel to Malaysia to witness this event. Thaipusam is a combination of two words Thai, which is the name of the month and Poosam, which is the name of the star. The festival is said to be celebrated since Parvati the Hindu goddess, gave the weapon “Vel” to Murugan to kill the evil demon named Soorapadman. Also, this event is not for light hearted people as it involves piercings etc. If you are looking for a quiet time to explore, visit Batu Caves after 3-4 days of Thaipusam.
You can get to Batu Caves easily from KL as it is only 13km. It will cost you 2.6 ringgit for a one way journey from KL Sentral. Also, you can get the city liner bus no 69 from Jalan Pudu or Intrakota bus No 11D from Central market. I guess someone felt dirty when they named the bus numbers in Malaysia.
The caves including the cathedral cave which houses the deity are free to visit but you need to pay money if you need to visit Dark Caves which has some unique species that can’t be found anywhere else. It cost 35 ringgits for 30 min session in Dark Caves. The Batu Caves are open daily from 6 am till 9 pm. You can also visit the museum and Ramayana caves which are located on the way to Batu Caves and is close to the train station. You need to pay in order to get inside both of these. Make sure to allocate around 4-6 hours if you plan to visit everything mentioned above.
If you are planning to visit Batu Caves for religious purposes or for sightseeing, be ready to be fascinated by the beauty of the limestone hills and the amazing community out there who welcomes you warmly with both hands. Let us know if you need any further information about this place in the comment section and make sure to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Don’t miss out the next video where we get soaked and lost in the heavy rain which thereby leads us to a motor bike festival in KL. Have a nice day!
“Vetrivel Muruganukku Arogara ” – Memorize this sentence as you will hear this more frequently in Batu Caves. Its a mantra which praises the deity Lord Murugan!