Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Photos and Words by Taylor Simpson

May 14th, 2019

A short 45 minute commuter train ride from downtown Kuala Lumpur lies one of the most visited Tamil shrines outside of India: Batu Caves. Ah yes, we are talking about that rainbow staircase that you've probably seen100 times in photos from travel accounts across the world. Well, it is no short feat to reach the top of the 272 rainbow steps, but it sure is worth it.

The site consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The one at the top of the steps is referred to as 'Cathedral Cave,' sporting enormously high ceilings that will take your breath away. A short distance and a few more steps away lies another cave with a natural skylight, letting gorgeous rays into the temple complex. These two caves are open to the modestly-dressed public and are free of charge. The site is open 7am-7pm and is an absolute must-visit whenever you may find yourself in Kuala Lumpur. 

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