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Meeting The Local Monkeys At Batu Caves

Meeting The Local Monkeys At Batu Caves

The Batu Caves, located seven miles north of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.

Renowned for the 140-foot gold statue of Murugan and the 272 concrete steps up to the temple caves, Batu Caves is an extremely popular tourist attraction for visitors to the Malaysian capital. The site is also known for its population of long-tailed macaque monkeys.

Baby Monkey at Batu Caves

These monkeys are allowed to roam freely because Hindus believe the monkeys serve their gods and you are guaranteed to encounter at least one of these creatures on your way to the cave, if not several of them. And some of them are actually pretty damn cute…

But appearances can be deceiving! Extremely deceiving.

Monkey at Batu Caves

A typical macaque monkey’s diet consists of fruits. However for the residents at Batu Caves, they take whatever they can get!

Monkey at Batu Caves

Visitors to Batu Caves often feed these monkeys (sometimes without a choice!) and you’ll see them devouring a variety of treats from bananas to potato chips.

Aggressive Monkey Eating at Batu Caves

The monkey above was extremely aggressive and swiped one of his claws at a member of our group after she got too close! It was very territorial.

Another monkey was more daring, jumping out at a few Asian tourists and relieving them of their plastic bag (and the delicious coconut that was inside). As the saying goes, fortune favors the brave and this monkey certainly got his rewards.

Thieving Monkey at Batu Caves

If you are planning on visiting Batu Caves in the future, don’t look these monkeys in the eye. And don’t smile. Eye contact and the showing of teeth are signs of aggression in monkeys and they may just bite you. And for the love of god, please don’t bring any food with you!

Follow these three steps and you’ll probably leave Batu Caves unscathed after a great day of sightseeing.

Have you encountered the monkeys at Batu Caves?


  1. Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    We got super lazy in KL and didn’t visit the Batu Caves. Kinda glad we didn’t because I always have some sort of snack or food on me at all times. Lol. Probably would have smiled at one too! Haha. Yikes.
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    • Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      Haha they probably would have sensed your fear as well! Don’t worry too much about missing the Caves, there are many other attractions in KL that I would visit before this one (although it’s certainly still worth a quick stop to see the monkeys and the giant gold statue).

  2. Posted March 20, 2012 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Oh I loved the monkeys at the Batu Caves!! All was going well, they were being very cute and touching the kids and their bags while I videod. Then a lady unwrapped a bag of bananas!! Instant pandemonium!!! Shrieking and running – and that was just from the 5 of us!!!!!!
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    • Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Oh god! That would have been quite the experience… I remember hearing the screams of the tourists when the monkey stole the coconut in the photo above and it was pretty amusing (and I was thankful that it wasn’t me!).

  3. Jesslie
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I have never heard of Batu Caves before and with the things you stated here, it looks like a nice place…I want to try having vacation here…

  4. Posted March 24, 2012 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    We went to the Batu Caves a couple of months ago and you are right – the monkeys are insane! Couldn’t believe how many there were, and so many babies!! Out of control 😀 Beautiful temples & shrines though.
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  5. Posted April 7, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Watching these monkeys grabbing tourists’ belongings sounds like an experience! Glad you were able to capture some pictures of them sitting still.
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  6. Posted April 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Those monkeys are nuts! And they crap EVERYWHERE!!!!
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  7. Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    We visited Batu caves last year and really enjoyed it, some of the monkeys had babies which were sort of cute, in a hairless disgusting way. I’m really not a fan of monkeys so was pleased they didn’t come too close, but it was fun taking pictures of them.
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