Is it worth visiting? For short, yes, absolutely! Batu Caves are definitely worth to be on your travel list.
I was young when I visited the Batu Caves. The idols resting on the insides and of course the enormous golden Lord Murugan statue on the entrance. As a kid, I wasn’t very fond of history, and yet I have to say – I remember a lot about the Batu Caves.
Are the Batu Caves worth visiting?
If you’re on your way to Malaysia for a holiday, it all depends on you. Moreover, it’s free to visit the main cave. They charge you to visit the dark cave and art gallery cave. But the main cave which we (and most other tourists) visited is open to all as long as you have decent clothing on.
I, anyway, was pretty eager to visit the Hindu Idols there. Climbing up the 272 steps to make it up to the caves excited me. Well, it was tiring to climb up, but it only made the day more exciting. My parents found the idols fascinating as well so we found the caves worth visiting.
By dark cave, it’s a part of the Batu Caves where you’ll need to hike a little. We didn’t go for it and yet just the walk around the main cave with the idols was satisfying. Batu Caves is supposedly a temple. Though the temple has thousands of visitors a day, the spot inside the cave always remains peaceful.
How peaceful you ask? My dad and I observed water drops falling from the tip of a rock formation above us which was around ten stories high. So the moment the drops would hit the ground, we could hear its ‘Plinks!’ clearly.
More about the Batu Caves
As it turns out, Batu Caves is the name given to the entire hill itself – a limestone hill to be specific.
Outside India, it is one of the most popular shrines in the Hindu religion. Just as its entrance explains, it is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The caves are considered to have been formed for over four hundred million years now.
Since one of the main features of Batu Caves is its steps, let’s talk about it. Back in 1920, wooden steps were built, and later on, they shifted them to concrete. When I visited the place, the steps, though seemingly many, were plain in color. However, recently in 2018, the temple’s management repainted the steps all the way up to the entrance. No, not with another plain color.
It looks like this now! Hues of yellow, orange, red, blue, and green light up the way to the temple. Man, I wish I could visit the temple again. If you are a photo/selfie freak, then the steps definitely can help you bring more colors to your vacation pictures.
To the basics
Now, to the part, we’ve all been waiting for- the simple questions and answers. I’m sorry if I made you wait too long. Well anyway, speaking of timings– it opens at 6 in the morning and closes at 9 at night.
And how much time do you need? It generally takes around two hours tops to go around the place. People do speak about a proper dress code while visiting Batu Caves as it’s a temple. But when I’d been there, there wasn’t any dress code as such. People were on with their shorts and even with ‘short shorts’ or whatever you wish to call it.
About the distance, Batu Caves is around 11 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur.
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If you wish to explore Malaysia more deeply, then you can take the long way of the train and bus. But we didn’t have time for that, so we got ourselves a taxi and made it there much faster. We had no trouble communicating as the Malay language is pretty close to Indonesia (and I know Indonesian, I have made a piece on the basics of Bahasa Indonesia, check it out here)
And that’s all my say on my visit to Batu Caves. In fact, Batu Caves was the last spot we visited in Malaysia. Right after that, we got a cab back to the airport. I slept through the way as I was exhausted from climbing. And I was back in Indonesia before I knew it.
On the bright side, I do hope you figured out if Batu Caves is worth visiting or not.
Do enjoy your vacation. Happy holiday!
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