Experience the wonders of Batu Caves
Discover the majestic cave temples carved from a limestone hill at Batu Caves. Just 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, this incredible cultural landmark is an important heritage site, with origins dating back more than one hundred and fifty years.
See enchanting limestone cliffs
Carved out of a large limestone outcrop, the Batu Caves are a popular tourist attraction and important place of worship just outside Malaysia. Once a point of excavation for Chinese settlers in search of guano to use as vegetable fertiliser, the caves become a significant site in 1890, when Pillai installed the statue of Sri Murugan Swami in the Temple Cave. Shortly thereafter, the Thaipusam Festival was celebrated at Batu Caves – a tradition that continues to this very day.
Batu Caves consists of three main caves, with the largest area, the Temple Cave, only accessible by a steep climb of 272 steps. Two more cave temples at the base of the hill, Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave, are filled with Hindu statues and paintings for visitors to enjoy. Perhaps the most striking element of the Batu Caves, however, is the staggering 42 metre statue of the Hindu deity, Murugan – the largest statue of its kind in the world. The elegant gold figure greets visitors as they arrive at the Caves and begin the climb to Temple Cave.
Getting to Batu Caves
Our hotel near Batu Caves is the perfect base for exploring in and around Kuala Lumpur. Located in the centre of the city and only a 20-minute drive from Batu Caves, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is an ideal launch-point for any adventure. After a day of successful sightseeing, relax and unwind in one of our spacious rooms and awake feeling renewed and refreshed for another day of discovery in Malaysia's vibrant capital.