Batu Caves in Malaysia: What’s good and bad about them?


The next time you flip through a Malaysia visa guide, do pause at the page which highlights the magnificent Batu Caves. Formed of limestone (said to be over 400 million years old), these caves are important from the point of view of history, heritage and religion. The caves also serve as a temple to Lord Murugan and are situated at barely 13 km to the north of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

Here is what’s good and bad about these caves:

The Good:

–          These caves are chalked out of limestone and have that eerie feel which you only get to see in horror flicks. A must-visit for an adventurer.

–          At the entrance of the cave, you will come across this huge statue of the Hindu deity. Its size will really make you gape and gawk.

–          The cave itself is located at the top of the hill and the brilliant road of 272 steps leading up to it adds to the excitement and atmosphere.

–          The place is all natural and can also be explored by hikers and rock climbers. Many sports junkies who look for Malaysia packages from India should take note of it.

–          One of the caves, known as the Ramayana Cave, is decked up with some exotic paintings and images depicting Hindu Gods and Goddesses. So, the caves do offer you a strong dose of spiritualism.

–          Monkeys loiter around and the place is always abuzz with their chatter. Even photographers will love to dawdle a while at this site.

–          There is no cost or charge for admission. So, misers and money-mongers can feast on this cave free of cost.


The Bad:

–          Though the Batu Caves are exceptionally historic and pious in persona, they make you go through the stressful ordeal of climbing 272 steps on foot. There is no elevator or escalator. It can be difficult for the elderly and those with arthritis or some cardiac problems.

–          At times, the area may turn a tad slippery.

You also need to watch out for the impish gang of monkeys which may snatch at your belongings, once they are in one of their moods.

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