Everything is constantly in motion, so be especially careful if you’re taking pictures or movies. Watch out for sharp objects. You can run into knives, hooks, and all kinds of odd things during the pilgrimage.
Be prepared to climb stairs
The ascent to the Batu Caves is 272 steps through heat and humidity. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Fortunately, the view from the top gives you a great vantage point.
Head to the caves in the morning
The Hindu mythology wall paintings are best viewed without the crowds.
Use common sense
Don’t make an impromptu decision to pierce your torso with hooks. This ritual is not for amateurs.
While Thaipusam is celebrated in Singapore, India and various parts of Malaysia, the best of them takes place at the Batu Caves outside Malaysia’s capital city. When you get to Kuala Lumpur, you can follow the procession to the caves or take a taxi, a 15-minute ride on non-festival days (otherwise be prepared for traffic).