Bali Backpacker's Guide

BALI ELEPHANT CAVE (Goa Gajah Bali) + Temple

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_1
WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS CAVE?

UNIQUE TEMPLE 
The temple build inside of the cave.
Hindus and Buddhist temple in one area.

HERITAGE PLACE
It was established on 11th century.
It refer to the ancient alphabet on the cave wall.

AWESOME ENVIRONMENT & ATMOSPHERE
Beautiful garden, river and high tree.
Fresh air and peaceful place.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Ubud monkey forest, Tegenungan waterfall.
You combine to visit those places.

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_2

DESCRIPTION:

Elephant cave (Goa Gajah) + temple  is a complex temple which located in the near Petanu river in Bedulu, Blahbatu, Gianyar, Bali. It was established on the natural rock hill. Some archaeologist believe it was build on on 11th century based on the alphabet style on the cave wall. But, the other archaeologist said it was build on 14th based on Negara Kertagama palm paper inscription.

Goa Gajah consist of two words, Goa and Gajah. Goa means cave. Gajah means elephant. It refer on the Ganesh statue that found inside the cave. This statue characterised by an elephant’s head.  It was found by a dutch, L.C. Heyting on 1923. He found Ganesh statue, Tri Lingga statue and Hariti (Harauhuti) statue.

On 1954 J.L Krijgman found ancient pools and excavated it. The pools consist 6 hindu angels holding vases. This pools split in two pools. One for male bathing and the other for female bathing.

ELEPHANT CAVE:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_7

ANCIENT POOLS:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_6

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 4.00 PM.

CEREMONY (Piodalan) on Elephant cave:
5 October 2017, Purnama sasih kapat
xx 2018

*) There will be balinese dance show with traditional balinese music (gamelan) and hindus praying for sure.

GANESH (SON OF SHIVA) STATUE:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_8

*) Maybe this statue is the reason why named as elephant cave.

TRI LINGGA STATUE SYMBOLIZE OF SHIVA:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_9

A NEW HINDU TEMPLE:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_5

*) a new hindu temple build for balinese hindu people who want to pray in here.

HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 15K
Child : IDR 7.5K

*) They will provide saroong. You have to wear it to respect the holy place.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : FREE

ELEPHANT CAVE ENTRANCE FEE:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_entrance_fee

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Bedulu, .
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Blahbatu
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 25 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour.
About 5 km southeast of Ubud or 20 minutes.
About 33 km northeast of Kuta beach or 1 hour and 20 minutes.
About 35 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 1 hour and 20 minutes.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this cave and use google maps as your navigator.

THE GARDEN:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_10

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop outside of the temple selling snacks and souvenirs.

RUINS OF BUDHIST TEMPLE:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_14

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_11

*) Seems it was a shiva-buddhist temple. Maybe it influenced by Majapahit kingdom in Java. A popular religion in Majapahit era.

THE FOREST:

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_15

*) You may explore the forest and found many kind of plant and flower. It’s on the south side of the highest hindus temple.

bali-backpacker_Elephant_cave_goa_gajah_temple_16

*) Some people believe this holy water can clean up your karma and your wish will come true. Believe it or not, you can try. Nothing to loose.

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR ELEPHANT CAVE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Elephant cave:

1. Yeh Pulu stone carving.
2. Samuan Tiga temple.
3. Tegenungan waterfall.

4.

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 3 itinerary.

WATCH THE “ELEPHANT CAVE” TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:

YOU CAN SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE OR UPDATE THE INFORMATION OR MAYBE USEFUL TIPS FOR OTHER TRAVELER ABOUT THIS TEMPLE. YOU CAN WRITE ON THE COMMENT BOX ON THE LEAVE A REPLY BELOW:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *