Batu Caves

275 steps to Batu Caves

A location that you should definitely not miss when visiting Kuala Lumpur is Batu Caves on the very border of the city.

Batu Caves, it is actually a cave complex with a long and tedious staircase leading to it. Even before you start climbing the 275 steps, with monkeys trying to steal something to eat as you climb, you will be amazed by the golden statue of the god Murugan.

If you keep your knees exposed, you can rent a sarung at the entrance for a small fee.

In front of the imaginary peak, you can also visit the "mysterious cave" hiding the rarest spider discovered in 1923 by zoologist H.C. Abraham and named the Batuensis Liphistius batuensis. Unfortunately, the cave is dark and flash photography is not allowed. For a 45-minute guided visit, you may pay a ridiculous 35 ringgit per person.

But it's not just the golden statue of the god Murugan and Batu Caves that you should visit here.

Overlooked by many travellers, Ramayana Cave is just past the exit of the train station - look sharply to your left as you leave the last gate. A large statue of Kumbhakarna, Ravana's brother, greets you outside the cave entrance.

In the cave itself, then see the beautifully decorated and colourful diorama of the Indian epic Ramayana.

Climb to the very top of the cave where the lingam (stalagmite), the symbol of Shiva, is located in the shrine.

Batu Caves is served by the Komuter Blue Line trains, every 15-30 minutes during the day. The journey time from KL Sentral is 26 minutes and you pay 2 ringgit for a ticket ( 0 eur 0 eur ).

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