Welcome to Batu Caves

American naturalist William Hornaday is credited with discovering the caves in 1878, though they were known to Chinese settlers (who collected guano) and to local indigenous peoples. The caves are always a colourful experience, but never more so than in late January or early February when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims converge for the three-day Thaipusam festival, in which devotees in a semi-trance walk in procession from KL's Chinatown to the caves.

The cave complex is 13km north of KL and each cave has a different admission price (Temple Cave is free).

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Batu Caves activities

$22 Cultural & Theme Tours

Batu Caves Tour from Kuala Lumpur

After pickup from your Kuala Lumpur hotel, embark on your cultural exploration of Malaysia.   A short 30-minute drive later, arrive at Batu Caves, a massive limestone outcrop with interiors housing a Hindu shrine lined with different deities. Before climbing the 272 steps up into the high caverns, marvel at the impressive golden structure of Lord Murugan, standing tall at 140 feet (43 meters). On the way up, be greeted by mischievous little monkeys. Upon arrival at the top of the steps, enter the Cathedral Cave, the biggest cave of the complex featuring a high ceiling and ornate Hindu shrines. Explore the cave complex with your guide and learn about the history and cultural significance of its various features. Then make a stop at a local batik center and discover how this popular Malaysian fabric is designed and printed. Before returning to your hotel, visit the Royal Selangor Visitor Center to gain insight on pewter smithing and innovative pewter-ware design. Note : Driver/guide may not able to accompany guests in climbing up the caves, narration will be given in any case.    

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Departing from your hotel at 9am, our first stop out of the city is at the iconic Batu Caves in Gombak. An important place of worship for Hindu devotees in Malaysia, this natural attraction is made up of a series of limestone caves said to be more than 400 million years old. The towering golden statue of Lord Muruga is regarded as the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia. Guarding the entrance of the main cave it glints ethereally against the cloudy sky. Two cave temples called Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave are also contained in the main complex, as well as a Tamil school, several souvenir shops and vegetarian eateries.After, continue to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, which was set up by the Malaysian Wildlife Society. It's the base of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Elephant Relocation team, which assists in the capture and relocation of rogue elephants from across Southeast Asia.Begin with a 25-minute video documentary on the National Parks Elephant Relocation Team’s conservation activities and programs in an air-conditioned audio-visual theater. The informative presentation allows us to have a better understanding of the work conducted at the center, the duty of the team’s trained elephants, and the responsibility of the rangers when they are out in the field conducting wild elephant relocations.Then, take a 5-minute walk to the elephant enclosure where five rehabilitated elephants are kept. Learn about the important role the elephant sanctuary plays in ensuring the survival and well being of these majestic animals, and observe the elephants as they're cared for my professionals from the sanctuary.Your tour then concludes with a drop-off back at your accommodation in Kuala Lumpur.Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

$18 Day Trips & Excursions

Genting Highlands Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur with Cable Car

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Kuala Lumpur city are and head to Genting Highlands. Enjoy scenic drive passing through the hillsides of Malaysia and see local villages on the way. Travelers can choose to stop at Batu Caves and Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm (own expenses) before or after Genting Highlands trip (applicable for private tour basis).Upon arrival, we will stop at the Skyway Cable Car and take a ride on one of the longest and fastest gondola lifts in Southeast Asia to the summit of Genting Highlands. Have a breathtaking experience and fabulous natural view of the mountain and forest. Like watching the forest from the sky. Visit the largest family attraction, Genting Highland’s indoor one-stop theme park (closed until further notice) for adults and kids with many rides and entertainment spots set, activities and amusement rides in a cooling environment. At the end of the day, hop onto the cable car back to the ground and our driver will transfer you back to your hotel in Kuala Lumpur safely.

$205 Day Trips & Excursions

Taman Negara Rainforest Day Tour

Take a trip to the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, Taman Negara National park. This is a world renowned National Park and is easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur in a day. . We start with an early morning pick-up at your hotel at 5:30am and it takes approximately 3 hours to get to Taman Negara National Park. It is a scenic drive through the countryside to the National Park. On the way you will see typical Kampung houses and row after row of Oil Palm Plantations. We visit the Gateway Town to Taman Negara National Park, Kampung Kuala Tahan to have a break and drink by the riverside. We then cross the river by water taxi to the Taman Negara Resort, a 20 minute trek through the jungle takes us to Teresek Hill with far reaching views this is a fantastic viewpoint. You will then do the amazing Canopy Walk which is a highlight for anyone coming to the National Park. A local sumptuous Kampung lunch is then served at a Riverside Restaurant. After a relaxing lunch and rest we take a longboat ride to enjoy Rapid Shooting to Trenggan. In the later afternoon we head back to Kuala Lumpur. If time permits we will stop off at Batu Caves on the way. This tour includes lunch, fruit tasting and a typical Malaysian tea break.

$84.17 Outdoor Activities

Batu Caves and Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Get ready to experience an exciting day! Once you are picked up from your hotel, you will travel to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation  Centre. En route, have a short stop over at Batu Caves and for those who are adventurous, you can climb the 272 steps to witness the panoramic view of KL city and a Hindu temple. The caves are a popular place of worship for Hindus and each year, during their auspicious celebration of Thaipusam, where hundreds of thousands of Hindus throng the temple.Afterward, you will continue your journey to the elephant sanctuary. Once you arrive, you will ennjoy a  simple local lunch.  The centre is a base for the Elephant Relocation Team, which began the elephant translocation program in 1974. The only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing and then translocating problem elephants from areas where their habitats are constantly being encroached by plantations. Furthermore, Kuala Gandah also aims to promote public awareness of the elephant’s plight in Malaysia. A 30 minute National Geographic documentary at the Visitors Information Centre will be shown if you wish to view.The tour will conclude with a drive back to your hotel.

$725 Multi-day & Extended Tours


Our itineraryDay 01 (L D H) Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highlands (Drive time 3 1/2 hours)Cameron Highlands is a hill resort with cool temperatures, known for its tea plantations, farmlands, wildlife aborigines.9am After breakfast depart for the Camerons, enroute bonus stop at Batu Caves. Climb 272 steps into the temple of Hindu Deity who is honored during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam every year. Ladies to be properly attired to enter the temple. Photo shoot of the Cascading Waterfalls. After lunch at Tanah Rata visit the tea plantation and view a vast carpet of greenery from a protruding tea Cafe. This tea plantation works closely with the WWF in the conservation of our endangered Orang Utan and Elephants. We have arranged a farm visit of the Butterfly Farm and Strawberry Farm to pick fresh strawberries. Visit a vegetable farm to watch growing vegetables. 5pm Check in to hotel. Free at leisure. 7pm Dinner is HOT POT - a signature dish in the Camerons, Day 02 (B L D H ) Camerons - Taman Negara (Drive time 4 hours)Taman Negara is a 130 million years old tropical rainforest with endangered tigers, elephants, tapirs, 14,000 flowering plants, 300 bird species...  8am After breakfast depart for Taman Negara. On arrival lunch and walk the Canopy walkway to catch a bird's eye view of the oldest rainforest.   Rapids shooting - the boatman negotiates 7 sets of rapids. Visit an aborigine village to see fire making skills and blowpipe hunting techniques.  Jungle trekking is awesome and opens up to a mesmerizing Rainforest Waterfalls for a cool dip. Check into hotel. 7pm Dinner at the floating Cafe followed by Nite Jungle walk with Guide in the hunt for spiders, scorpions, snakes, owls etc. Climb an observation hide to watch nocturnal animals come for their salt lick.  Good Nite !Day 03 (B L D H ) Taman Negara - Cherating (Drive time 3 1/2 hours)Cherating is a jewel loaded with traditions, customs, houses on stilts - an extremely laid back fishing village with coconut and casuarina trees. The beach is South China Sea and the first Club Med in Asia is at Cherating.8am  After breakfast depart for Cherating.  Meet and greet Mat Salleh the coconut plucking monkey. You will be Mat Salleh's guest of honor having a drink of Coconut water. Check in to hotel. Free at leisure. The beach and swimming pool awaits you. 8pm Malaysian Lunch. We will drop you off at the hotel and you are left alone to check it out.Day 04 (B L ) Cherating - Jetty for Perhentian or Redang8am  After breakfast check out and depart for the Islands - Pehenrtian or Redang. After lunch our Tour Coordinator will guide you to the correct boat for onward journey to the island of your choice. Good Bye !

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