Located just 8 miles away from the city of Kuala Lumpur in the Gombak district within the state of Selangor lies Batu Caves which is Malaysia’s most visited Hindu shrine built in honor of Shiva’s son, Lord Murugan and also the venue for the annual Hindu festival known as Thaipusam, held on the full moon between January and February. It’s a festival celebrated by the Tamil community and its devotees named the Kavadi carriers who subject themselves to seemingly excruciating rituals mainly, body piercings). And although the sight is rather unpleasant for first-time visitors, it is a ritual that only devotees go through to attain a trance-like state which prevents them from feeling pain.
For more of an adventure, you can climb the ancient stairs leading to the entrance of the cave system (272 steps in all), to get a magnificent view of Kuala Lumpur when you reach the top. The crowning glory of the Hindu temple is the gigantic statue of Muragan standing atop the entire structure. At 140 feet, this is the second tallest statue devoted to any Hindu deity and it’s the largest statue of a deity in the world.
Duration : 3.5 hours
Tour Starts : 9:00am or 1 :30pm
- Batu Caves – 2nd tallest Hindu deity in the world (Visit Stop)
- Istana Sultan Brunei (Drive Pass)
- Ambassador’s Row – Ampang Road (Drive Pass)
- Royal Selangor Pewter Factory (Visit Stop)
- Batik Factory – Traditional Batik Demo (Optional)
- Beryls Chocolate Gallery (Optional)
- Private tour and transfers
- Professional Driver cum Guide Service
- Air-Conditioned vehicle
- WiFi in selected vehicles
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance