Kuala Lumpur with Kids: Inside the Batu Caves

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Inside Batu Caves: An Epic Education

On our recent road trip through Peninsular Malaysia, we enjoyed a day at the Petrosains Science Discovery Museum, but a few days before that we experienced one of the most beautiful sites in the area: the Batu Caves. There is so much to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids, and this may be my favorite place in town.

Located just north of the city center, these impressive caves occupy a massive limestone formation jutting out of the earth, and serve as a major holy site for Malaysia’s considerable Hindu population.

Inside Batu Caves: Kuala Lumpur with Kids — An Epic Education

Indian family at Batu Caves: Kuala Lumpur with Kids — An Epic EducationWe drove, but it’s quite easy to get there by taxi, and even cheaper by public transportation. This seems to be the best way if you decide on the train: Take the monorail to KL Sentral, then walk the KL Sentral station (approx. 5min). Jump on the KTM train to Batu Caves station, which is the last stop.

The timing of our visit couldn’t have been better, as it was Diwali/Deepavali, an important holiday on the Hindu calendar, which celebrates the victory of light over darkness. The place was packed with people — many in beautiful, ornate traditional Indian clothing.

There were entire extended families taking the 300+ steps to the top to light a candle and pray.

Candles at Batu Caves: Kuala Lumpur with Kids — An Epic Education

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People were extraordinarily warm and friendly, and I’m kicking myself for not taking more pictures of the extraordinary clothing and jewelry families were wearing. Instead, I snapped a few pics of cute babies.

Cute baby at Batu Caves: Kuala Lumpur with kids — An Epic Education

J&F with Monkey God: Kuala Lumpur with kids — An Epic EducationIn addition to the main entrance, there was another cave on the side of the main cliff face. Towering before the entrance is Hanuman, the monkey god. Once inside, massive, life-size (yet larger-than-life) dioramas relay Hindu stories of old.

There were giants, kings, monkey-men and monsters, telling. Apparently, some of these displays tell the tale of how the monkey god defeated a demon called Soorapadam, but I didn’t follow the story fully. It was just too much fun wandering around, snapping a shot or two.

Both kitschy and fascinating, the technicolor figures are set out all around the cavernous interior, painted vividly and illuminated by colored spotlights.

Inside Batu Caves: Kuala Lumpur with Kids — An Epic Education

I just found some great pictures of the place at Nerd Nomads. Check’em out. But if you’re in Kuala Lumpur with kids, the Batu Caves are a no-brainer.

Where have you been in Kuala Lumpur? Is there a Hindu population where you live?


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