A Tour of The Batu Caves Temple in Kuala Lumpur

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The Batu Caves, located just a few kilometers from the center of bustling Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most sacred Hindu temple complexes in the entire world outside of India. It’s hard to believe you’re so close to Kuala Lumpur giant skyrise buildings when you’re surrounded by nature and lush trees at the temple and caves. The Batu Caves is a series of caves carved into the limestone cliffs in the region. The caves and rock formations are blanketed in green trees and shrubs. There are a numer of different caves, some with significant religious purpose and others that now are preserved for their rich ecosystems.

To start things off at the Batu Caves you’ll have to begin by climbing 272 steps to get the mouth of the complex. The steps sound a lot more intimidating than the climb really is, it only takes about 5 minutes and isn’t too challenging, and it’s worth every step. Once you reach the top of the stairs you’ll enter what’s known as Temple Cave, a huge cavern that includes a ceiling that measure 100 meters in height. Continue walking through Temple Cave and you’ll reach another small flight of step that leads to the Lord Murugan temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site. Minimal design and lit naturally from a hole in the high rock above, the cave and temple is a spectacular site to see. There are Hindu shrine, rock paintings, and interesting cave formations to check out.

After browsing around the Batu Caves for about an hour I got quite hungry so I decided to climb down and head to one of the South Indian food vegetarian restaurants waiting at the base. So before heading back to Kuala Lumpur on the train, I had lunch. The meal was served on a banana leaf and included a heaping pile of rice topped with a variety of different curries and vegetarian sides. They were all good and the meal allowed me to regain al the energy I had lost from the climb. Full and after a good experience, I walked back to the Batu Caves train station and took the train back to KL Sentral station in Kuala Lumpur.

If you visit Kuala Lumpur, going to the Batu Caves is a must see attraction. It’s just short train ride away, is a free activities, and there’s some great vegetarian lunch waiting for you at the bottom!

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  1. Meena From.India 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    I can't believe you ate that south Indian thali(meal), good that you ate after visiting the temple.You shouldn't claim after a meal 🙂

  2. Foel Isaf Life! 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    Looks great culture and food! My kind of place. Will give it a go. Just looking for some more culture and food in KL.

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  4. Clement Ong 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    had started with watching the newer videos in Europe… then i decided to come here where its feel more down to earth and real

  5. Douglas Dennis 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    I've climbed these stairs twice in my life. Once in 1994 and again in 2013. It is amazing how much the area has developed during that time.

  6. Melona Olano 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    every week end i passing batu caves going to my apartment., i dont like going there in batu caves smells bad..

  7. guang 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    I really need to know how long it takes to get to Batu Caves from Kuala Lumpur. Does the journey take up over 1 hour?? pls anyone help me

  8. bimba- lola 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    oh my goodness you can finish all that??,,,macam 10 hari tak makan,,kus semangat,,tubuh kurus je tapi  makan kuat??,,btw enjoy your foods in Malaysia,,

  9. Sue Ann 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    I went there before with my school and it was really scary climbing up, my leg was shaking when I reached up. But it was fun.

  10. Bakabello Bakbebello 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    Man…..dats an awesome vid u did espcially in KL…….the nasi lemak,the roti canai etc….omg…..dats eally fun…..but u miss to travel in Penang…..its one of the state located on the north side of Malaysia….and its a place of food heaven dude……..perhaps u will go there someday….just my suggestion….anyway…..great vids dude…….cheers from me….

  11. pdude1911 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    Mark, thanks for your wonderful videos! After visiting the Batu caves we had the same meal. One serving was enough for me though! And a fresh coconut to wash it all down with.

  12. Julie L. Zhu 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    Mark, thank you for the vids. I am traveling to Australia later this year and decided to stop in Singapore for a week because my flight makes a connection there anyway. I was thinking about taking a train up to KL from SG, but after watching your Malaysia vids, I will be checking out KL for sure! Thanks again.

  13. moman 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    Love your videos bro. Its awesome how u eat with our hands. Haha So much better! Backpacking around Asia for 4 months later this year, cannot wait!!!!

    Peace from Melbourne, Aus

  14. Luiz Gustavo Lima 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    Looks like it was ur first meal in a long time…lol
    P.s: how can you look so thin eating so much?

  15. Adman griever 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    hey mark.u r lucky to have taken new KTM train…:D it used to be bad and have old trains until the middle of this year..now they changed all train . 😛

  16. Mark Wiens 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    I mostly just speak English actually and now some Thai. I can speak a bit of Spanish and formerly spoke a Congolese language known as Lingala, but now mostly English. What about you?

  17. TheMedina77 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    @migrationology thanks for replying Mark. Ok, now I have another question, how many languages do you know?

  18. Mark Wiens 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    For this trip, I did travel alone, but most of the time I'm either with one of my friends or my girlfriend. Hah, yes, I always get lost, but wandering around and finding the correct way is one thing I love about travel!

  19. TheMedina77 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    Hey Mark, do you travel alone? One more question, have you ever gotten lost? Great video btw 🙂

  20. mridhu451 10 July, 2020 at 09:13 Reply

    nothing like a meal on a banana leaf.. I visited Batu caves 10 years ago…this video brings back lot of memories! 🙂 thank you 🙂

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