Batu Caves
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These impressive limestone caves are also used for Hindu festivals and pilgrimages.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Alf-Jonny Berge
    Oslo, Norway275 contributions
    stairs to heaven
    This is my second time to visit. We spent some time here and loved it but you must like small temples. The stairs are long but well worth it. I would recommend this place to someone that wants something to do for free but a guided tour might be better.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 27 February 2023
  • 51happytraveller51
    Brighouse, United Kingdom185 contributions
    Worth going but not a must see
    Having read previous reviews I was concerned about dress code for women, slipping on dirty steep steps and monkeys pinching my belongings. None of this happened. Transport . It cost 15 RM (£3) from central KL in a GRAB taxi organised by the hotel at lunchtime. Getting back we got the train costing 16 RM for two as I think we had to pay for train card which then gets loaded with cost of journey which is 2.2 RM. Took about 30 mins both ways. Trains every hour at five past the hour. Batu caves. First impression was it looked interesting. Brightly coloured steps going up the mountain. Lots of tourist stalls nearby. No queue at all. Dress code didn’t seem too excessive. Just make sure knees and shoulders covered ( don’t have to have all leg’s covered). Concrete steps were easily manageable as have a platform at each colour so can take it slowly if needs be. We saw some litter but at sides and you are not walking on it. We didn’t see any monkeys at all but there were lots of cockerels. It wasn’t a clean place but nowhere near as bad as we were expecting from the reviews we’d read. The caves are large and it wasn’t a natural place due to all the concrete floors and human structures.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • nrm77
    London, United Kingdom1,121 contributions
    Batu Caves visit - Nice statue
    We were at Batu Caves just after a major festival. So it was quite devoid of large crowds, but all the shops along the way were still there. So it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The statue was beautiful but the neighbouring area has a hawkerish feel. We didn't go up to the top, but the stairs looked nice and the mountains looked beautiful. Driving to and from Batu Caves from the city center was a bit of a distance, but we enjoyed it none the less. Please be adviced that the entry up to the steps is free, but carry lots of water and carry a hat, as it likely to be the case you are standing in the open under the sun.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Sa J
    5 contributions
    Shrines of color!
    It was an amazing place to visit and learn about Hindu religion. The shrines are super colorful and perfect for taking pictures. If you are interested in getting inside the shrines you must take off your shoes, so be prepared. There are also so many monkeys and chickens around! The main cave was free of charge but the surrounding caves including villa cave and the cave including art works about Rama would cost you a bit. arriving there early goes a long way! as the day continues, it gets much more crowded. Totally worth the experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2023
  • jenm22
    Leeds, United Kingdom255 contributions
    Interesting !
    Interesting site in the outskirts of the city. When we visited it was busy but not overwhelming. Agree with previous posts about the whole place being dirty with lots of rubbish water bottles everywhere for example. The climb up the steps to the top was hard if you have poor mobility but the view is worth it. Temple is interesting with the cave itself impressive. Around the bottom of the steps there are lots of stalls but we didn’t get hassled so I guess if you just ignore the stalls it’s fine.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2023
  • andrew1211
    305 contributions
    Got to be done....
    This is one of those things that you just have to do, even if it packed and full of trash. It amazes me why people would choose to just dump their garbage on the floor....utter tramps. That said there are probably a lack of bins, something the site could easily remedy. The gold statue is looking its best as it was painted recently for a festival/celebration of some sort. The walk up is fine, take it steady. Nice caves and temples at the top. Keep an eye on the monkeys and be respectful at all times. Various other ancillary attractions in the grounds, as well as some places to eat and drink etc. Get a Grab from the city, forget the train it is too slow and one per hour as far as I could tell.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Victoria S
    56 contributions
    Nice time away from city
    Arranged a taxi from hotel to visit 130 rm and driver waited for us whilst we took a walk. It’s a steep climb to the top but worth it for the caves and view. Nice break from the city for the afternoon Probably wouldn’t need more than 1hour there in my opinion. Also a chance to see monkeys
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2023
  • tumbleweedchris
    Richland, Washington972 contributions
    Beautiful, but lots of litter
    Batu Caves is something all visitors to KL should do. Going in the early morning helps avoid some of the crowds that will inevitably come everyday. The attraction consists of a walk up the colorful stairs, a cave temple, and an abundance of monkeys. As a majorly frequented tourist attraction, litter and upkeep is unfortunately a problem. It kind of takes some of the wonder away. The scope of it is so massive, that it still manages to be impressive despite that. The monkeys are an unexpectedly fun sideshow as they wander around taking food, getting in scuffles, and doing monkey things. All in all, this will probably take you around an hour to wander. It is a fairly cheap ride on a Grab and I recommend that over public transportation. It is still quite close to KL city center.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
  • MontySpi
    Toronto, Canada435 contributions
    Do not take a tour - this is easy to do yourself
    This is an easy sight to do on your own. Transportation is simple. Get on the right train line (ask the security or information staff at central train station) and take it to the end. You will just follow the crowd to the market, temples, and caves. Climb the million steep, brightly colored, stairs to the top, and go into the caves. If you do not want to do this, there are some elaborately decorated caves at ground level for a small fee. On-line, you can find tonnes of information, so the need for a guide is a personal decision. The street food was good. You will get better prices farther away from the gate and in the areas that are jammed with vendors.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • notacouchpotato
    523 contributions
    Hot and hectic
    The caves are home to the main Temple Cave and lots of smaller Hindu side temples. Our guide told us that the temple had to be redecorated every 8 years and its dominated by a huge Murugan statue in gold leaf. There are 272 steps up to the Temple Cave painted in rainbow colours which, apparently, caused some consternation when introduced. My partner gamely climbed up with our guide while I opted for the small Elephant God Temple, Ganesha being the offspring of Shiva, which included some fantastic statues and murals. The caves are formed from limestone and offer a lot of shade in this hot and humid climate. Many monkeys keep the crowds amused
    Visited March 2023
    Written 29 March 2023
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MrP-MrsW
Derby, UK6 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Batu caves, an eye opener. Well worth a visit, all those steps!
Mind the monkey population, they like 'borrowing' things not hidden.
Written 18 February 2024
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R100ERS
Hartlepool, UK156 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing to experience the Hindu festival and what the people put themselves through the caves are fantastic but watch out for the monkeys specialist thieves haha
Written 16 February 2024
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia5,799 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Went to the caves via a private car but found that rail runs close by and can be caught from city.
It is a spectacular place. The caves inside are beautiful.
There are lots of steep steps up, around 190 and difficulty is coming down not up as the drop is not the usual step.
Places to get food and drinks and there are side caves and displays to go to as well.
Toilets have been renovated and are up to western standards but cost 50c.
Great place to visit but be aware of the steps.
Written 14 February 2024
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genibre69
London, UK3,400 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
An overall fabulous experience at the caves complex. It’s free to enter (although there are some side shows/activities with a minimal entry fee like 5RM but I didn’t enter those). I came in via the MRT side, to the far left of the famous stairs and golden figurine, so there were monkeys everywhere which is exactly what I wanted to see! Plus it was cool to see monkeys climbing all over one temple.

The famous stairs and golden statue are truly magnificent to come upon. I opted to climb the stairs - I didn’t find it that difficult it but I’m an avid hiker and walker- but keep in mind the BLATANT misgendered approach to attire. Women can’t wear shorts but men can 🙄 Women can’t go with spaghetti straps on a top but still can show shoulders on a higher necked blouse. I grudgingly paid 5 RM for a scarf (that stinks like industrial petrol or chemicals) for my shoulders in order to climb the stairs. I hate to admit it was but it was worth it because the cave is fantastic: huge and the temple inside is wonderful to see. There is another adjacent set of stairs inside the main cave to a smaller one with a less impressive temple. The view of KL in the distance from the top of the main cave stairs is impressive.

There are plenty of shops and another beautiful temple at the base of the stairs I recommend seeing. I also got a 5RM cheese roti dish in one of the restaurants at the base of the stairs.

I’m ixnaying a star just because I’m surprised how overall dirty the complex is with lots of rubbish on the ground and on the stairs (and in the shrubs next to the stairs.) Also for the blatantly sexist dressing policy.
Written 14 February 2024
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Soko37
Budapest, Hungary4,524 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Really many people visiting the attraction, no surprise. Unique religious Hindu place, big golden statue, million stairs, monkeys 🙉 unique caves. Recommended when being in KL. Getting Grab taxi 🚕 or commuter train from KL sentral for super price and 30 minutes ride
Written 13 February 2024
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Freedom00760476522
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
The pictures look great but in reality it is pretty disgusting. There is rubbish everywhere and the place is chaotic and smells horrific. There are people throwing rubbish everywhere and just too many creepy guys. A real shame
Written 10 February 2024
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Alimahmad D
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
The place was dirty but it was just after Thaipoosam cavadee, recommended to go in the morning or late afternoon, use grab and avoid peak time. There is usually dense traffic around.
Try to bargain in the market for stuffs. Also, there is a lack of appropriate place for you to wait for taxi or grab, they just shove you to a place outside in the sun and along dustbins. Needs good maintenance.
Written 8 February 2024
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Shahani
Doha, Qatar208 contributions
It’s been 5 years since i left Malaysia. And being back here gives me so much joy.

Batu Caves is One of the must place to visit whenever you travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Going to Batu Caves is accessible by train so it’s hassle free, its one of my top 5 place to visit here in Malaysia.

Thaipusam was being celebrated when we visited, so there were too many food stalls, boutiques, and other activities going on.

Unfortunately, Rain was so heavy when we got there so we weren’t able to go up to the cave.

But other than that, just seeing the iconic Gold Statue and the colorful scenery of Batu Caves still amaze me, as they have done so much improvement with the place.

Hopefully next visit, i will be able to go to the cave.
Written 6 February 2024
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susyq1967
Llandudno Junction, UK518 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Went late afternoon as recommended as supposed to be cooler and less busy. It wasn't. It is quite something to see. Costs nothing but an incredibly cheap taxi from klcc. (Approx £5 on grab app).
It was like a zoo. And I don't mean the monkeys. Although they were cute. It was sooooooo busy. Like a market. Stalls, street food and rubbish. Shameful to see so.much discarded plastic in the temples. Has to be seen though and thoroughly recommend..
Written 5 February 2024
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_madge_
United Kingdom51 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
A good place to go when visiting Kuala Lumpur, a long walk up the steps. I didn't like all the monkeys sitting on the steps, but that's just me I'm scared of everything! They were actually quite harmless unless you wind them up. The caves at the the top are very pretty.
Written 3 February 2024
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