The temple in Batu caves is one of the most famous cave temple in Malaysia, and definitely one of the main attractions of Kuala Lumpur. This is a Hindu temple and according to some versions he is the largest of all Hindu temples outside India, but actually it is not so. But he is among the most popular: there is always a lot of pilgrims from all over the world, and tourists. Almost every tourist visiting the capital, seeks to see him.
The temple is located in the largest of the many limestone Batu caves, called "Light." According to various estimates there are about 30 caves, but most of them are not accessible to tourists, and in General there is nothing to do. Interesting of all the caves with temples. Temple paraphernalia begins at the foot of the mountain on the ground in front of the main staircase. Here you can see a few simple temple buildings and statues. The main statue is a huge 43 metre statue of Lord Murugan, recognizable images on many tourist products Malaysia. Murugan is the God of war in Hinduism, and the leader of the armies of the gods.
The most visited and interesting cave is the main cave temple. It all started back in the 19th century, when equipped inside the temple. Over time, there is a convenient ladder for climbing and a huge statue, the cave became more accessible. But only in the last decade to tourists established and ran and other places. So when you visit remember – first visit the main temple cave, and only because, you can see others if you do not mind the money and time. And another disclaimer: there are so many monkeys, they behave very arrogantly, feel themselves masters. Therefore, during a visit here hide all valuables, remove chains, glasses and phone in the backpack and close the locks (see also how to behave with monkeys, precautions).
And here is a short description of the caves, if you decide to visit not only the main:
The main cave (Light or Temple)
Most tourists are limited to only this cave, and if you have limited time, can really only visit it. This is the most "popular" cave, here are pilgrims and believers, and all the other caves are more a tourist. Here you for a nominal fee in the form of donations will be able to participate in the ceremony, or we can just watch the action from the outside, because inside is always something going on, the flow of the faithful does not dry out.
This cave is the most spacious, the entrance is the height, reached by a staircase of 272 steps. Nothing complicated in the rise, not even the elderly overcome it calmly. Inside there are a few stalactites, a number of small temples and Hindu shrines. The entrance is free.
Dark cave (Dark cave)
It's the longest cave, with its length of over 2 kilometers, and it is investigated and is gradually increasing. It has nothing to do with religion, and inside one can only marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites, and hear the story of the guide (in English). You can visit it only accompanied by a guide and in groups, which are formed at the entrance. Inside it is forbidden to photograph with flash. Tours cost 35 Ringgits adults; 25 ringit children. The entrance is located on the stairs leading to the main cave.
Ramayana (Ramayana Cave)
The new cave is open to tourists. It can be called the most touristic and fascinating, but it is for tourists. From a religious point of view, it is not very interesting, it's still rather fun. Inside the songs of the statues, telling separate stories from the great Indian epic Ramayana, there is a beautiful colored light, stalactites and stalagmites, and even a couple of waterfalls. In General not obligatory, but if you have time, can visit. Entrance symbolic 2 Ringgits or more donations. The entrance is behind the green statue of the God Hanuman.
Gallery (Villa Cave)
This is another tourist cave, local rarely go here. Inside there are a few relief frescoes on the life of Lord Murugan, statues and bas-reliefs. The entrance to the cave is a pond with fishes and a scene where several times a day show a traditional performance. The cave itself is small, and it's more of just entertainment and a place of rest, rather than a religious site. Entrance costs 35 ringit adults; 25 ringit children. The entrance is on the ground near the foot of the mountain to the left of the main staircase.
🕐 Operation time: from 06:00 to 21:00 daily.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets cost: home-the cave free, the cave for 35 ringit.
🚶 How to get there: the caves are located in the Gombak district, 13 kilometers from the city center (Batu caves on the map). It's convenient to get here by taxi. Return trip with waiting will cost from 140 ringit (2300.66 RUB, see the Malaysian currency and the exchange rate). But there are ways to get here and much cheaper.
The most convenient, not messy and quick way to get to the caves by public transport by commuter trains KTM Komuter line Batu Caves-Port Kelang to the final station, Batu Caves KTM Komuter station. The station is right next to the caves, take just a couple of minutes. Even if near your hotel there is station of the line Batu Caves-Port Kelang, you can always get to the station KL Sentral with the nearest station of the monorail or Skytrain. The fare from KL Sentral to Batu caves one-way will amount to 2.6 ringgit (42.73 RUB). Trains ply raspisaniyu from 5:15 to 22:35 every 30-60 minutes. To check the schedule here - http://www.ktmb.com.my.
Another way is from the area Chinatown street Pentaling to the cave and back to the bus No. 11, No. 11D, and No. 13. The value of 2.5 Ringgits. From the street Jalan Pudu takes you to the caves on the Cityliner bus no 69.