The holy caverns and temples of the Batu Caves
The holy caverns and temples
of the Batu Caves
Malaysia’s versatile landscape is not only depicted by its people. Two different cornerstones are
merged together: the handicraft industry and one of the world’s most revered Muslim
monuments in the world, the magnificence of the Batu Caves.
WHY THIS TOUR?
When seeking out a break from the city landscape of diverse and thriving Kuala Lumpur, the outer rim of Malaysia’s capital offers ample opportunities to do just that. Surrounded by verdant green pockets of forest, with gently-rolling yet often rugged hills, Kuala Lumpur’s drive in becoming a leading example of modern Malaysia are often forgotten with handicraft and centres of strong belief and faith taking centre stage.
A Muslim nation at first, the Hindu site of Batu Malai Sri Murugan Temple is one of these immaculate examples, away from the high-rises and shopping galore and deepens the spiritual side of Malaysia’s culture. Better known as the Batu Caves, this pinnacle of Hindu belief is worth planning into your Malaysia stay.
09:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 17:00
Your guide cum driver welcomes you inside the lobby at your booked accommodation in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Located approximately 11 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur along the Sungai Batu, the comfortable ride leaves the modern city live quickly aside.
Before ascending up to the Batu Caves, a stop is included at two Malaysian institutions of cultural value. First, the pewter industry in Malaysia is still seen as a legacy in the handicraft industry. Skilful worker carefully hammer and mould silverware in outstanding pieces of art which are on display and for sales at the Royal Selangor Pewter factory. Batik is still found in official dress uniforms, evening and wedding gowns and worn as daily attire by many Malaysians. The cultural value of batik-painted fabric is often overshadowed by its artistic impressions yet is a deeply rooted part of preserved handicraft.
Dooming up from afar, and signalling the entrance of the Batu Caves is the gilded Murugan statue, a 42-metre tall guardian and etched in the record books as the world’s tallest Lord Murugan statue. The way up to one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage site is taking a 272-steps counting climb upwards into the sacred centre of the caves. The origins of the Batu Caves date back to around 400 million years ago when natural elements carved out the three different caves. Each of the caves has a various paintings, statues and religious shrines for devout Hindus. Following in the footsteps of the guide, visitors will learn about the importance of the Batu Caves, its history and how the Batu Caves turn into a crowd of faithful during the festival of Thaipusam.
At the end of this half day tour, you will be comfortably brought back to your Kuala Lumpur hotel by your guide / driver.