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Visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur

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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur are the  Batu Caves, the site to a Hindu temple and shrine. We wouldn’t dare miss it, so hopped on the KTM Komuter (public transport) on a sunny afternoon. This is definitely the cheapest way to get there: RM2 per person from KL Sentral (also a shopping mall) to the Batu Caves. It’s just a 2 minute walk from the station to the stairs leading you up to the Batu Caves.

Statue of Murugan at the Batu Caves
After Climbing the Steps
A Monkey and his Coconut

The first thing you see is the huge golden statue of Murugan, which is really impressive and one of the largest in the world. Remember to dress decent (no knees or shoulders exposed) to be allowed to ascend the stairs to the Batu Caves. If you forget, you can rent a sarong/pareo to cover your legs and/or shoulders. While climbing the 272 steps, the monkeys come join you. Keep your camera ready, they let you come real close and are quite fun to watch.

Monkeys on the Batu Caves Steps
Two Monkeys on the Batu Caves Steps

The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur are well worth a visit, but hard to fill an whole afternoon with. We spent about 1 hour there. You don’t have to pay an entrance fee, unless you want a tour through the cave labyrinth, situated on your left, a few steps before you reach the top.