Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

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Also known as the Waterfall Temple, the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple is one of Penang’s oldest Hindu temple, with Lord Murugan as its main deity. First established as a shrine in the 1800’s, its gradual expansion evolved it into the grand building that you see today, with its main attraction being the focal point of the annual Thaipusam festival. To reach the temple, visitors must climb 513 steps. At 7 stories tall, its main tower has been said to be the largest temple of Lord Murugan outside of India.

Travelling here: 13 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Address: 17, Jalan Kebun Bunga, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Opening hours: Early morning -12:30pm, 4:30pm - 9:15pm

Tip 1: Be prepared to climb.

Tip 2: Be mindful of your surroundings as there might be monkeys around.

Tip 3: Remember to take your own water to stay hydrated.

Tip 4: As this is a temple, it is advisable to dress appropriately.

Tip 5: If you’re here during Thaipusam, you could check this place out as the celebrations are usually held here.