The Thaipusam is an annual celebration of the Hindu god Subramanian and the gathering takes place on the limestone hills at Batu Caves.
- When? TBC 2018
- Where? Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
- Price: Free
Full moons are said to make people go, well, a bit odd. At Kuala Lumpur's Thaipusam Festival however, the feeling is rather more spiritual. For tourists looking to immerse themselves in tradition, Kuala Lumpur's Hindu festival at the remarkable Batu Caves is worth adding to the to-do list.
The Thaipusam is an annual celebration of the Hindu god Subramanian and the gathering takes place on the limestone hills at Batu Caves, which lie north of Kuala Lumpur. The event begins at the city's Sri Maha Mariamman Temple as a chariot bearing the statue of Lord Murugan begins its journey through Kuala Lumpur's streets up to the caves. On the second day pilgrims walk barefoot (often with spikes through their chests and backs to atone for their sins) up to Batu before the chariot returns on day three.
Even if you're not invested in the religious side of the event, the location will certainly satisfy. The Batu Caves are made up of three main, vast caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines, and a steep climb to the top of the hills rewards hikers with a stunning view of the city centre.
Mischievous monkeys tend to hang around the entrances to the caves, which adds to an already unique day trip experience. Forget baying werewolves or banshees - Thaipusam takes the importance of the full moon to a whole new level.
- Get there: The caves are a 20 minute drive (30 minutes on the train) from the city centre.
- Stay: Book accommodation north of the city centre for a shorter trip to the caves.
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