Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur and How I Experienced It

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur and How I Experienced It

The Kuala Lumpur Komuter costs 1 ringgit to get there and 2 ringgits back (that’s how they get you!).

It takes about half an hour and leaves every half hour. No kissing on the trains! (along with normal signage like no eating and no smoking)

There is a huge green Hanuman (monkey god) right past the first gate, and this was where we saw most of the monkeys. Many people gave them coconuts, but some were dumpster divers and pulled a bag of what looked like scrambled eggs out of a trash that many monkeys ate. There were even some babies attached to their mothers.

One shrine is right behind Hanuman, and another is in front to the left and up some stairs.

Keep walking and you will get to a HUGE statue. From here, you can go up the stairs (260 steps) to the top to see the real part of the shrine, which is also filled with monkeys. You can go into the cave and there are two (?) shrines (and many more statues which could be shrines as well) and one you have to pay for. We did not do that as we could see into it and have no religious reason to go there, where people seemed to be praying heavily.

I actually like the gound level part more as there were less people and more monkeys.


On the way back down the steps we stopped by the Dark Cave (to the right). It was recently conserved more and you can take a 45 minute tour or a 3 hour tour. We decided against that as that cost money and you probably would not be able to see much–it IS really dark, they have to give you a torch/flashlight.

After finishing the climb back down we tried some of the Southern Indian food there, and were not too impressed–either. I don’t like Southern Indian food, Rawa Thosai (Onion Pancake), or the shop we went into (and probably the others as well) figured they didn’t have to try too hard at the tourist attraction. They also insisted on giving us chicken which we didn’t want and then charged us for it.

I’d say don’t eat in the area and go for something more centrally located.


Travel tip shared by Alex Mottern