Ideal duration: 1 Day
Best Time: January to February
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Batu Caves is a series of limestone caves and one of the most popular Hindu shrines located outside India. It is situated about 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur in the district of Gombak, making it an unmissable day trip from the city. The main highlight of the Batu Caves is 140 feet tall Murugan statue, the tallest in the world.
The limestone hill comprises three main cave temples among which the Museum Cave and Art Gallery Cave are located at the base (foot) of the hills that host different Hindu sculptures and paintings . The Cathedral or the Temple Cave is the largest cave that also happens to the most significant one. There are other multiple smaller ones like the Ramayana Cave, Hanuman Temple and Dark Cave.
Batu Caves features various idols of mythological importance. There is also an audio tour available for the tourists . There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see here including some rare species that only grown in limestone. You should keep an eye out for the bats and the long tailed macaques.
Each cave requires a certain admission fee, other than the Temple Cave. To reach the temple cave , you have to climb up 272 steps ! The best time to visit Batu Caves is during the festival of Thaipusam that takes place with a 3-day procession during late January or early February .