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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.

From Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves Cultural Temple Tour

2. 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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya & Batu Caves Private Tour

4. 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.

Group Tour: Batu Caves & Cultural Exploration Tour

5. 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.

Private Kuala Lumpur City Tour & Batu Caves

6. Private Kuala Lumpur City Tour & Batu Caves

Learn the story of the federal capital of Malaysia on a private half-day sightseeing tour of Kuala Lumpur by air-conditioned vehicle, and then transfer to the dramatic Batu Caves complex just north of the city center. Following a pick-up from your hotel, discover how Kuala Lumpur has developed from a modest tin mining town to the huge metropolis it is today. See some of the city’s futuristic structures, such as the towering Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin-tower structure). Explore the “Golden Triangle” of the commercial and business sector, with its upscale shopping malls. Go to Independence Square to admire colonial buildings and the English-style cricket ground. See the Moorish-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, notable for its mix of eastern and western architectural motifs. Then, transfer to Batu Caves approximately 13 kilometers north of the city center. Marvel at the holiest of Hindu shrines carved into the limestone rocks. See the temples that have been drawing pilgrims for more than a century.

Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to the Batu Caves

7. 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: Private Tour to Genting Highland & Batu Caves

8. Kuala Lumpur: Private Tour to Genting Highland & Batu Caves

Amidst the freshness of cool, crisp mountain air about 6,000 feet above sea level, lies Malaysia’s only casino resort. Your first stop will be at the limestone hills of Batu Caves that comprises of three caverns and several smaller caves. It is the shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu deity, and a flight of 272 steps leads up to the temple cave. Another cave, called the Museum Cave, is filled with images of deities and murals depicting scenes from the Hindu scriptures. Before proceeding to the skyway, stop at a strawberry park where you can experience plucking the fresh strawberries from the farm. Fringed by one of the oldest tropical jungles in the world, you can try your luck at blackjack, keno, roulette or a host of other casino games, or take time to enjoy the numerous recreational facilities at the indoor and outdoor theme park. Discover the corkscrew, euro express roller coaster, turbo drop, super toboggan, and sky venture – the one and only skydiving simulator in Asia. Marvel at the panoramic views of mountains and jungles, and complete the day with a shopping spree at over 80 shops lining the resort. You can stock up on souvenirs before heading back to your hotel.

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

9. 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.

Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

10. Kuala Lumpur Private Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots

Discover the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur on this photo tour of the city's highlights. Benefit from a private informative tour guide who will show you all the best photo opportunities in the city. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel at 10.30 AM. From there, make your way to your first stop at the famous street art of Bukit Bintang. Take photos in the colorful alley, then stop for lunch at a local Malaysian restaurant to fill your stomach and be ready for more shots. After lunch, head to the Batu Caves, another landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Next, have a coffee break to try out #pinklatte or cold-pressed juice at KettleBell cafe and get more likes from other #coffeelovers. Continue to other photo destinations and make sure your camera battery isn't running low because you will visit Thean Hou Chinese Temple and Kwai Chai Hong, "The Hidden Alley". Here comes the final highlight: a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, also known as#KLtwintowers, for some epic photos. You can't say you've really visited Kuala Lumpur without posting a photo of these giant twins. After a fun day out, you'll arrive back at your hotel around 6.30 PM.

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What people are saying about Batu Caves

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,099 reviews

This is one of the best day tours in Malaysia. Mr.Steven, the local pickup driver and Mr.Sebu, the bus driver are very good. Special mention to Mr.Cheng, our tour guide with excellent manners and knowledge. Overall, I advise everyone planning to go on a day trip to Batu caves & Genting Highland tour to utilise this package which is economical and worth our money.

We absolutely, 100%, enjoyed our tour with Anuar. The Batu Caves were amazing but feeding the monkeys and the fireflies will be a family favorite for a long time. Anuar was a great guide who made sure we learned about Malaysia along the way. He also happily answered our questions.

Our tour guide is the best in terms of explaining the history of place where we went to... He's the BEST for making sure we're safe plus he's friendly ❤️❤️❤️

Excellent service. The driver was on time and was very knowledgeable in sharing KL history as he toured the places. Would recommend this app service.

Very comfortable with the pick up and drop off. Nice tour and the guide is well knowledged and very helpful for everything