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From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

1. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Half-Day Tour

Following pickup, begin your day at the Royal Selangor, which features the largest and most modern pewter factory in the world. It is also world-renowned for its high quality and craftsmanship. On your factory tour, learn about the different processes at this factory such as casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering and engraving. Next, stop at Batik Factory to see how batik is designed and printed. Next, head to the limestone hills of the Batu Caves, comprised of three caverns and several smaller caves. Pass a towering statue of Murugan as you climb 272 steps into a cave shrine, and follow vivid murals of Hindu scripture. Spot the macaques that live on the lush cliff face. End your day on the city outskirts by driving past local villages. The tour ends with a drop-off back at your Kuala Lumpur City Centre hotel.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to the Batu Caves

2. Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to the Batu Caves

Take a half-day pilgrimage to the Batu Caves, a remarkable 113-year-old temple complex 13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. Following a pick-up from your city center hotel, transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to the limestone hills where the caves and shrines are located. Discovered by the American naturalist William Hornaday in 1878, the area was already known to Chinese settlers and indigenous people (as well as the resident monkeys). Opt to climb the 272 footsteps to the cave entrance for a remarkable view of Kuala Lumpur sprawling down below. See the world’s 2nd tallest statue of a Hindu deity. Visit during the annual Thaipusam celebrations, and you will joining the millions of people from around the world who gather there to witness the colorful celebrations. Whatever time of year you visit, you will also get the chance to see some traditional batik painting, and visit the famous Royal Selangor Pewter factory.

Kuala Lumpur: Genting Highlands & Batu Caves Shared Day Tour

3. Kuala Lumpur: Genting Highlands & Batu Caves Shared Day Tour

Escape the heat of Kuala Lumpur city center and head for the cool mountain air of Malaysia’s only casino resort. Following pick-up from your hotel, journey to the cable car station at Genting Highlands and take the skyway cable car over the tropical rainforest. Try your luck at blackjack, roulette or other casino games, or choose to enjoy recreational facilities at the indoor and outdoor theme park. Brave the rollercoasters or the only sky diving simulator in Asia. End the day with a shopping spree at over 80 boutique stores. Then, return to Kuala Lumpur via the Hindu shrines of Batu Caves, where steps up the mountain are guarded by a golden statue of Murugan. This tour ends with a drop-off back at your Kuala Lumpur City Centre hotel.

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Cultural Temple Tour

4. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Cultural Temple Tour

Depart Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya at your chosen time (09:00 or 14:00) and journey towards Batu Caves, passing through Little India and the Brickfields neighborhood, known for its colorful streets and unique shops. After a 30-minute scenic drive, arrive at the Batu Caves to discover the home of Hindu shrines and various religious deities. Listen as your guide explains the Hindu roots of the nation and climb the 272 steps to the golden statue of Lord Murugan. Once at the top, go to Cathedral Cave to see the largest cave in the complex, and hear about the background to this most intricate of Hindu shrines.  Then, drive to Thean Hou Temple, a 6-tiered pagoda temple atop Robson Heights. Completed in 1987 and officially opened in 1989, it was built by the Hainanese community of Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother). Continue to China Town to enter the site of dozens of restaurants and food stalls tended by Chinese, Indian, Malay and Bangladeshi traders. Watch as they serve up local favorites, such as curry noodles, Hokkien mee (a Fujian noodle dish), ikan bakar (barbecued fish) and asam laksa (a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup). Next, see the stunning National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara), set in 13 acres of beautiful gardens. Admire the bold approach taken by its architects who designed it in the late 1950s as a symbol of the aspirations of the newly independent nation. Benefit from a hotel drop off at the end of the tour services.

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Firefly Watching Tour

5. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Firefly Watching Tour

Enjoy an afternoon and evening tour to the dramatic 400-million-year-old Batu Caves and see hundreds of thousands of twinkling fireflies on a boat tour of the Selangor River. Continue to Batu Caves to roam in the prehistoric caves, after a climb of 272 steps. See some of the Hindu temples that have been established here since the early 1900s, such as the temples to Lord Murugan, Siva, and Ganesh. Next, you will go to Kuala Selangor, one of the most historic and conflicted areas during the early stages of the Malay Sultanate Selangor. It is also famous for its Seafood Restaurant, where you will enjoy dinner. But before dinner, stop at Bukit Malawati at the highest point in Kuala Selangor, and admire the fort that monitored ships along the Strait of Malacca and Selangor River. The area is home to some cheeky Silver Leaf Monkeys, which are more friendly and tame compared to the monkeys at Batu Caves. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant to allow where you can try local food. Choose from a aariety of favorite Malaysian food such as Bariani Rice, Roti Canai, Kaya Toast Bread, and Fried Noodle. Finally, drive to Kampung Belimbing Fireflies Park. Quietly float out to see the incredible twinkles of the largest fireflies colony in the world. Marvel at the ability of these amazing lightning bugs to synchronize their light patterns, before your return to Kuala Lumpur at approximately 21:30.

Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

6. Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

Start your full-day Kuala Lumpur with pick-up from your city-center hotel or residence. Enjoy the modern metropolitan of Kuala Lumpur such as Petronas Twin Towers, the King’s Palace and Independence Square, National Monument, KL Gallery, Golden Triangle, Lake Garden and the Old Railway Station. Your tour also includes entrance to the Royal Selangor Visitor Center, for an inside experience of pewter making. Later, travel to Batu Caves to witness the 140 foot tall Lord Murugan. Here, climb 272 steps to the top of the hill for a breathtaking view of the cave and some monkeys who will welcome you with their everyday stunts. Finally, visit a Putrajaya, a futuristic, yet charmingly rustic structure which shares a space in an orderly fashion on 4,581 hectares of land. This combination evokes a resort feel, lending to a refreshing environment. The main highlights of Putrajaya include Putra Mosque, Prime Minister and Minister's Offices, Prime Minister's Residence, Putra Square, Palace of Justice and plenty of photo stops along the way.

Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

7. Private Batu Cave, National Mosque & Religious Tour w/ Lunch

Enjoy a half-day tour that highlights the important religious and cultural sites in and around Kuala Lumpur. Your tour will begin at 9:00AM with a hotel pickup and then you drive to the Batu Caves in an air-conditioned vehicle with your driver/guide. The Batu Caves are a popular attraction located in Selangor. The site of a Hindu temple and shrine, the Caves attract thousands of worshippers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. There are 3 main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines. A steep climb up 272 steps rewards you with views of the stunning skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and representations of Hindu gods can be seen in the Ramayana Cave. Next, visit the National Mosque, or Masjid Negara. Built between 1963 and 1965, the idea was to commemorate Malaysia’s independence. The Mosque has a capacity of 15,000 people and is located on 13 acres of green space and beautiful gardens. Its design is bold and modern, and symbolic of the aspirations of the newly independent country. Next you’ll see Thean Hou Temple, one of the oldest and largest temples in South East Asia. Located to the southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction. The 6-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, who is said to protect fishermen. There is also a shrine to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, which is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city. Enjoy a short stop at a Sikh gurdwara before visiting the Brickfield Church and returning to your hotel. Note that the tour includes not only religious sites but also other attractions such as the National Monument, the Old Railway station, Independence Square, and the Petronas Twin towers.

Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

8. Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

Discover the home of Hindu shrines and various religious deities. Listen as your guide explains the Hindu roots of the nation and climb the 272 steps to the golden statue of Lord Murugan. Once at the top, go to Cathedral Cave to see the largest cave in the complex, and hear about the background to this most intricate of Hindu shrines. Visit Thean Hou Temple, a 6-tiered pagoda temple atop Robson Heights. Completed in 1987 and officially opened in 1989, it was built by the Hainanese community of Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou. Continue to Chinatown and enjoy dozens of food stalls tended by Chinese, Indian, Malay and Bangladeshi traders. Watch as they serve up local favorites, such as curry noodles, Hokkien mee (a Fujian noodle dish), ikan bakar (barbecued fish) and asam laksa (a sour, fish and tamarind-based soup). Next, see the stunning National Mosque of Malaysia on 13-acres of beautiful gardens and designed it in the late 1950s as a symbol of the newly independent nation.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to Batu Caves & Factory Visits

9. Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to Batu Caves & Factory Visits

Enjoy a trip to the countryside, stopping at interesting factories and visiting the incredible Batu Caves. Begin your journey with a pickup at your Kuala Lumpur hotel. You will be taken to experience the outskirts of the city along the ‘Ambassador Row’, Istana Sharif Ali, and Malay Villages. Stop at the Royal Selangor Pewter, the largest and most modern pewter factory in the world, reputed internationally for its high quality and craftsmanship. You will see the different processes, such as casting, filing, polishing, soldering, hammering, and engraving. Next, visit a batik factory to see how batik is designed and printed. The last stop will be at the limestone hills of Batu Caves that comprises three caverns and several smaller caves. Pass a towering statue of Lord Murugan as you climb 272 steps into a cave shrine and follow vivid murals that bring scenes from Hindu scripture to life. Spot the macaques that live on the lush cliff face, and join a crowd of Hindu pilgrims on their way to a series of gilded altars. This tour concludes with drop-off at your Kuala Lumpur hotel.

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Colmar Tropicale Day Trip

10. From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and Colmar Tropicale Day Trip

DESCRIPTION/ITINERARY •9:30am Pick up from Hotel at Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Bukit Bintang area •Visit Batu Cave Temple. **Short Pant & Short Skirt are NOT ALLOWED** •Duty Free Shop, Local Product Shop. •Transfer to Colmar Tropical with Entrance Ticket. Free program to Japanese Village, Botanical Garden and Rabbit Park •4:30pm Transfer back to Kuala Lumpur. •5:30pm Hotel drop off in Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Bukit Bintang area The itinerary is subject to change based on weather or traffic conditions of the day

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What people are saying about Batu Caves

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,099 reviews

Chandran was our Driver and was very informative. We enjoyed the opportunity to visit three locations-Batu Caves, Batik Factory and Selangor Pewter. 3.5 hours was sufficient time and tour represented great value for money. Highly recommend.

Ruves was our tour guide and private car driver for 2. He was very punctual and friendly, and was very flexible. I would recommend this tour to others. Final stop is for shopping.

Great fun, loved the batu Caves. 1- 1.5 hours is plenty there. We really enjoyed the tours following the caves. Plenty to see and really interesting

Our guide was fantastic and the tour was super enjoyable. I have nothing negative to say, everything was perfect!

All went very fine. David has been excellent guide.