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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$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.    

$105 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.

$85.04 Outdoor Activities

Batu Caves and Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Kuala Lumpur

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Batu Caves, Batu Caves, SelangorBatu Caves - A trip to the eastern suburbs of the city to observe a huge limestone outcrop housing an elaborate 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.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, PahangThe Department of Wildlife and National Parks – is established in Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre in 1989. The centre is a base for the Elephant Relocation Team, which began the elephant translocation programme 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.The centre also looks after orphaned elephants to ensure their continued survival.Come on down to enjoy the most rewarding experience where you are able to feed the elephants. Upon arrival, visitors will enjoy a briefing and 30 minute documentary highlighting the sanctuary's conservation activities.Duration: 4 hours

$937.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4D 3N TOUR KUALA LUMPUR - PERHENTIAN JETTY drop off

ItineraryDay 1: CAMERON HIGHLANDS Stop At: Batu Caves, Batu Caves, SelangorBatu Caves is a limestone outcrop and is the home of Hindu Deity Lord Subramaniam who is honored during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam every year. Ladies must be properly attired to enter the temple - knees and shoulders to be covered. The temple is some 272 steps into the cave. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cameron Highlands Butterfly Garden, Cameron Highlands, PahangCameron Highlands is a hill resort with cool temperatures known for its farmlands, nurseries, waterfalls, tea plantations, lakes, aborigines. 7.30am - 8am Our English speaking Tour Coordinators will fetch you from your hotel reception to the Camerons, enroute visit the iconic Batu Caves home of Hindu Deity Lord Subramaniam who is honored during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam every year. Ladies to be properly dressed to enter the temple - knees and shoulders must be covered. and then move on to the Cascading Waterfalls for a photo shoot. On reaching Tanah Rata - the biggest town in the Camerons lunch will be served. Then visit the tea plantation that works closely with the WWF and the MNS in the conservation of our endangered elephants, tigers, tapirs, Orang Utan.. Proceeds from their sale at the Tea Cafe goes partly to this noble deed. A house tour has been arranged at the Butterfly Farm and you can also hand pick fresh strawberries for a fee (optional). Then visit a vegetable market which showcases various vegetables grown in the Camerons. Check in to hotel, Free at leisure. 7am Dinner and good nite. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Strawberry Park Resort or similarDay 2: TAMAN NEGARAStop At: Taman Negara National Park, PahangTaman Negara is a 130 million years old tropical rainforest with endangered tigers, elephants, tapirs, sun bears.. 14,000 flowering plants, 300 bird species and etc. The Canopy Walkway is closed for renovation until further notice. The tree are too old to sustain. New pathway being constructed with younger trees. Responsible tourism ! 8am Depart for Taman Negara and on arrival lunch at the floating restaurant. Catch a boat for rapids shooting - a take home thrill as the boatman negotiates 7 sets of rapids and you will get a "chance" to get wet . You will arrive at an aborigine village where you will get to see fire making skills and blowpipe hunting techniques of the aborigines. They live carefree lives and the rainforest is their supermarket. The Nature Guide will belt out facts and taboos of the jungle as he takes you jungle trekking. The trek is exhilarating and physically challenging too. You will reach a mesmerizing Rainforest Waterfalls. Enjoy a cool dip. Return and check in to hotel. 7pm Dinner at Floating Cafe followed by Nite Jungle Walk. Join the Nature Guide in locating spiders, scorpions, snakes, and other lesser animals as they forage for food. Then climb an Observation Hide to watch nocturnal animals come for their salt intake. NOTE: The Canopy Walkway is closed for renovation until further notice. The present trees are old and cannot sustain. The Forestry has identified a fresh pathway with younger trees and work is in progress. This is responsible tourism. A noble deed indeed !Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mutiara Resort or similarDay 3: CHERATING Stop At: Cherating Beach, Cherating, Kuantan District, PahangCherating is a sleepy fishing village - a jewel loaded with traditions, customs, houses on stilts, coconut and casuarina trees and the first Asia Club Med was built here. 8am Depart Taman Negara and on arrival at Cherating meet and greet Mr Mat Salleh the coconut plucking monkey. You will be astonished with his coconut plucking skills ans he will grant you an audience to sip coconut water with him. Check in to hotel and the beach and swimming pool beckons. 7pm dinner would be at the fishing village - a taste of Malay cuisine. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Perhentian Islands, Perhentian Islands, TerengganuAt this time of the year February till end September every year, the best islands with crystal clear waters are the Islands in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. They are the Perhentian Island, the Redang Island and the Lang Tengah Islands. They are mesmerizingly beautiful and nature at her best. 8am Our Tour Coordinator will send you to the jetty to board the correct ferry of your island of choice before saying goodbye. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Holiday Villa or similar (depending on availability)Day 4: Cherating to Perhentian / Redang / Lang Tengah Jetty drop offStop At: Perhentian Islands, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu8am You will be transferred to the jetty for your onward journey to the Paradise Islands of Perhentian, Redang or Lang Tengah. Lunch will be served along the way. Overview: The Island Paradise of Perhentian or Redang or Lang Tengah on the East Coast boast of world class relaxing with warm turquoise water full of marine life splashing on the white sand beaches. There is diving, snorkeling, sunbathing and even socializing. Perhentian Kecil is the most popular among them all. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Nil

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