Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, is a an iconic and one of the mist popular tourist attractions in Selangor. It was located in Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill and also the name of the nearby village.
Statue of Murugan is the world’s tallest statue, standing at 42.7m (140 ft) outside Batu Caves. The statue, is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars and 300 litres of gold paint, cost approximately 24 million rupees. It was brought in from Thailand.
It is the focal point of Thaipusam, a Hindu festival in Malaysia, thus it attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists, during the festival.
Batu Caves has three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines with a steep 272 climb up its steps before visitor can finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre.
How to get there:
1. By car or taxi : Batu Caves is accessible by car or taxi as it is situated beside the main highway of MRR2 in Batu Caves area.
2. KTM komuter : There is also the KTM Komuter train service from KL Sentral to Batu Caves.
3. Monorail and bus : From KL Sentral, take the monorail service to Titiwangsa station. Alight here and take the bus to Batu Caves.
For more information, please contact the Kuala Lumpur Tourist Office Tel: +603-2615 8188 Tourism Infoline : 1-300-88-5050
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Source: Tourism Malaysia and Wikipedia
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