The Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur are one of the city’s most impressive sightseeing attractions. In this article you will learn what to see there and what you must be aware of.
The Caves are located a few kilometers north of the city. They are connected to the centre by their own train station. The name of the stop is, hold your hat, Batu Caves. Despite the good public transport connections, however, I still advise you to use Grab und Uber, especially if you don’t live in the immediate vicinity of a train station. The caves are also easily accessible by car.
The first thing that catches the eye is the massive statue at the beginning of the stairs. But the golden man is not as old as the environment gives a hint of: The 42m high Hindu statue is only 12 years old.
The ascent to the caves may be quite difficult for some of us, because the relatively small staircases usually have to be climbed at more than 30 degrees. However, the path is worth the effort. Above, impressive cave formations and impressive Hindu altars are waiting for you, which you probably won’t find anywhere else. Impressive is also the huge hole at the top of one of the caves, which creates a magical and yet mystical sunlight that shines on the altar below.
Things you should be aware of
The Batu Caves are home to a variety of monkeys, the so-called macaques. They like to be fed, but they can also quickly become aggressive and bite if they think you are a danger. If you are bitten by a monkey, you should visit a hospital as soon as possible to exclude a rabies infection. By the way, some steal too. Bad boys.
Another danger lurking in the caves are aedes (a mosquito species) which can cause particularly painful and intensive insect bites. These mosquitoes are the main transmitters of dengue fever, a really unsightly disease that you should avoid through preventive measures such as insect sprays and covered ankles.
All in all, the Batu Caves are definitely worth a day trip. But those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature, in addition to the urban jungle of KL, are unfortunately in the wrong place. Numerous tourists and tourist attractions prevent the impression of a holy place.
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