4 MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN BATU CAVES | MALAYSIA
Batu Caves: the Limestone Hill
The splendid Batu Caves, which is just 13km away from Kuala Lumpur, is one of the tourist destinations in the country of Malaysia. Batu Caves is a hill that caters for about 400 million years old of limestones. This tourist spot is all about the Hindu religion and natural formations making all its visitors get fascinated with every corner of the place.
Aside from the limestones rock formations, there are also lots of animals to be seen while in there, from snakes, monkey, bats, spiders and even cockroaches.
To get here, take the KLM Komuter train at the KL Sentral station and it brings you exactly at the Batu Cave stop.
The 4 main attractions at Batu Caves are Temple / Cathedral Cave, Dark Cave, Cave Villa and Ramayana Cave.
Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave
This is the main cave out of the four attractions on Batu Caves. There is a 42-meter gold statue guarding the cave which is Lord Murugan (the Hindu god of war and victory) as this cave is mainly a Hindu Temple. To reach this Temple, one needs to take the 272 steps of stairs. No entrance fee for this temple but donations will be highly appreciated.
Dark Cave is a cave with educational and scientific touch. It is said to have ancient animals and rare species of spider, but usually, there are just group of bats and cockroaches. An Educational tour that depicts the different rock formations and a more intense Adventure tour is offered on this cave. However, the latter tour requires advance booking. This cave is not always open and some parts are off-limits.
Just at the foot of Batu Caves lies the Cave Villa. From the solemn Cathedral Cave and the creepy Dark Cave, this third attraction is a colorful one having colored lights, and statues and paintings that are brightly painted. A part of the cave will show a collection of reptiles and other animals. There is an entrance fee of RM15 for non-Malaysians residents.
A 15-meter green statue of the monkey god, Hanuman guards the entrance of Ramayana Cave. The cave depicts scenes and statues from Ramayana (ancient Indian epic poem). Just like the Cave Villa, this cave is also colorful one. There is an entrance fee of RM5 when entering the cave.
If you wished to witness the annual celebration of the Hindu at this place, try to visit from January to February. Thousands of worshippers are doing some strange ceremony like piercing the skin, mouth, and tongue with skewers and hook. Though strange as it may seem, many visitors are actually visiting during this season to witness the said ceremony.
If you get hungry after the tour, you can eat at the vegetarian restaurants (that serves Indian dishes) in the area. Batu Caves are open daily from 7 am to 8 pm. Do take note that this place is a sacred one so short skirt, short shorts, and hot pants are not allowed.
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