Sunday Special – Batu Caves, Malaysia

Head out north of Kuala Lumpur for 13 km/8mi and you will come up to the Batu Caves. This area is not only known for its interesting series of limestone caves but for being a major Hindu shrine (honouring Lord Murugan, also known as Lord Subramanian). The main temple area consists of three main caves and several small ones in addition to a large statue of Lord Murugan. Batu Caves also  hosts the annual Thaipusam Festival, a Hindu pilgrimage attracting followers worldwide. In addition, these 400 million year old limestone caves have become popular with rock climbers in recent years. A spot that is immensely popular with tourists it is easy reached by public transit or taxi. There are tour groups offering day trips however its ease of getting there on your own is a viable option. Once there be vigilant of the local monkeys trying to steal your food.

 

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Lord Murugan statue, Batu Caves. Photo credit: Taken and owned by Bhadani at English Wikipedia – Wikimedia Commons

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Shrine at Batu Caves – Photo Credit: Taken and owned by Descon7 – Wikimedia Commons

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Temple at Batu Caves – Photo Credit: taken and owned by Agsrivaths – Wikimedia Commons

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