|Location:||13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Local buses to Batu Caves at the Pudu Raya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.|
Temple Cave: All year daily 9-4:30,
Normal Tour: advance booking.
Adventure Tour: advance booking.
Temple Cave: free.
Gallery Cave: nominal entrance fee.
Educational Tour: Adults MYR 35, Children MYR 25.
MNS Members: Adults MYR 25, Children MYR 20.
Adventure Tour: Adults MYR 160, Children MYR 60.
MNS Members: Adults MYR 35, Children MYR 30.
50% deposit one week prior to trip.
Temple Cave: L=80m, H=100m.
Dark Cave: L=2,000m.
Educational Tour: D=45min.
Adventure Tour: D=3h.
Shaharin Yussof (1997):
The Natural and Other Histories of Batu Caves,
MNS (KL). ISBN 983 9681 04 4.
A5 soft cover, pp.i-ix, 1-55, +46 colour plates.
Members' price RM20; Non-members price RM25.
|Address:||Malaysian Nature Society, c/o Speleotrend Enterprise (001546779-H), 9M Jalan SBC 2, 68100 Taman Sri Batu Caves, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Tel: +60-3-61896682, Fax: +60-3-61896682. E-mail:|
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|1892||cave discovered and temple built.|
Batu Caves are three main caves and several small caves.
Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave is he best known and biggest of the caves. The ceiling is 100 m above ground and this huge chamber is lit by daylight from several holes in the ceiling. As the name suggests, this cave contains several shrines, and the Sir Sri Subramania Swamy Temple, visited by many devotees.
The main event every year is Thaipusam in January, where up to 800,000 people visit the cave during the three-day celebration. Many of the visitors carry kavadis, large frameworks with various metal skewers and hooks, which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue. They are in trance and thus can not feel the pain. Some visitors carry paal kudam (= pot laden with milk) up the steps to "bathe" the deities with the milk.
To reach the cave, rock stairs with 272 steps must be climbed. Because of the high temperature, moisture, and numerous macaque monkeys this ascend is strenuous!
Dark Cave is below Temple Cave and not a show cave. The 2;000 m long cave contains a large number of endemic cave animals. To visit this cave, a permission from the Malaysian Nature Society is necessary. They make two different spelunking tours, which are held daily after advance booking. The short tour requires good shoes and physical fitness. The long tour is a real spelunking tour and requires a change of clothes and shoes.
Gallery Cave at the foot of the steps to Temple Cave contains an art gallery. There are statues and wall paintings showing scenes from Hindu mythology.