Batu Caves situated about 15km from Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves is a limestone hill, believed to be around 400 million years ago, originally been use by local people as a transit shelter when they went out hunting from surrounding area. Founded in 1878 by American Naturalist William Hornaday.
Batu Caves is said to have been discovered by K.Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader in the 1800, later in 1891 Pillai, install the Murti of Sri Subramania Swamy. Since 1892, the Thaipusam festival has been celebrated here. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu Shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Muruga, its attract more than 1.5 million pilgrim during Thaipusam festival annually. (Late January/early February)
Rising almost 100 meter above the ground, Batu Caves actually consists of three main caves and few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a 100m high ceiling, to reach it visitor have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps.
Standing at 49.5 meter or 130 feet the highest Lord Muruga statue in the world will greet you before you start climbing the caves. Cost of the build about RM2.5 million, its took about 2 years to completed, 50 skills sculpture from India and 600 liter gold paint imported from Thailand.