Festivals, Batu Caves, Selangor & Negeri Sembilan

It’s always a very busy and colourful scene at this sacred Hindu shrine of Batu Caves, but if you can, time your visit for a holy day. The biggest event is Thaipusam, when hundred of thousands of pilgrims converge on the giant limestone outcrop a few kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur. Guarding the 272 steps that lead up to the main Temple Cave is the 43m gilded statue of Lord Murugan, assisted by a platoon of lively macaques who show little fear in launching raids on tourists’ belongings.