Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves


Batu Caves is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions.

“This limestone hill takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village.”DCIM100GOPRO“Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam.”Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (3) Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (4)“Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre.”Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (5)“Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts.”

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The first thing I noticed was the dilapidated stair paints and unclean surroundings.

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Monkeys were everywhere, which was ok until they start stealing your food or jumping on you.

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We still had sore muscles from our DragonBack adventure. We had to take the stairs one step at a time like old ladies.

DCIM100GOPROReaching the top!
Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (11) Entering the cave at the top…
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“Paintings and scenes of Hindu Gods can also be seen in the Ramayana Cave.” Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (16) Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (17)

Reaching the second top inside the cave…DCIM100GOPRO Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (19) Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (20)

Going back out…DCIM100GOPRO

This tourist destination is free and I understand why it is not well-maintained. I just wish the government or the worshipers would try to keep it more visit-worthy.
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We tried to go inside but the smell pushed us out.Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (25) Kuala-Lumpur-Batu-Caves (26)

We made it down the stairs all sweaty but happy to burn the carbs we ate for breakfast.DCIM100GOPRO

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Birds up in the air and chick on the ground.
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The caves up the hill was not as impressive as the view from downstairs. Nothing was extra special inside except for old faded statues. The caves were dingy and dirty and the stairs looked crumbly and decayed. I think a preservation and restoration committee could make a difference here.

No aesthetic, emotional or spiritual stirring happened here for me. It is still something you would want to tick off your to-do-list in Kuala Lumpur and something worth trying to test your physical stress capacity.




5 thoughts on “Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves

    1. According to tourism sites 272, but we didn’t really count haha. Oh yes, we didn’t know that it was a cave shrine, we thought it was a normal cave so we didn’t come prepared. But yes,pangchocolate nlang sana!


  1. Do you know how many steps to the top? Na-weirduhan ako dun sa “no exercise”. What sort of exercises do people do their after climbing that many steps?

    If I ever go their I’ll remember to bring a scarf if I’m wearing shorts, sayang din rental. Pang chocolate nalang haha.


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