How to see the Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

The Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They are a fully functioning Hindu religious site that has the world’s tallest statue of Lord Murugan at 42.7 metres (140 feet) high.

You need to climb 272 steps to reach the caves….while also watching out for the cheeky monkeys that are quite curious.

HOT TIP: Do not take food up the stairs and keep everything inside your bag until you get to the top of the stairs. Take it slowly. It’s steep but every so often you’ll come across a landing that you can stop and get your breath back.

As this is a working temple, you must cover your shoulders and your knees. They won’t allow you up the stairs if you’re aren’t covered up.

When you’ve taken a breath, reached the top of the 272 stairs, you’ll come across a beautiful temple inside a cave. Don’t forget to look up 😉

How to get here?

The earliest train from KL Sentral to Batu Caves is at 6:56am  and costs $2.60RM one way. That’s the one I caught and I arrived around 7:20am  and there was less than a dozen tourists. There is a ceremony you can witness if you get to the top of the stairs around 8am. 

And as I said before, please be careful of the monkeys! They are everywhere and I witnessed a lady getting her purse stolen by a monkey who then proceeded to bite into the purse and eat her money and her plane ticket!

Just keep everything in your bag as you climb the steps and make sure you have no food, water bottles or purses in your hands. Look at these teeth!


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