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BALI ELEPHANT CAVE (Goa Gajah Bali) + Temple + Ancient Pool

BALI ELEPHANT CAVE

– All Details to Know About Bali Elephant Cave –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT ELEPHANT 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.

THE TEMPLE’S RUINS

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WHAT IS ELEPHANT CAVE?

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

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ANCIENT POOLS

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*) This pool was buried underground actually. Then in 1954 a Dutch found and excavated it.

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ELEPHANT CAVE?

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 4.00 PM.

CEREMONY (Piodalan) on Elephant cave:
5 October 2017, Purnama sasih kapat
24 September 2018, Purnama sasih kapat
13 Octobber 2019, Purnama sasih kapat

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

GANESH (SON OF SHIVA) STATUE:

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*) Maybe this statue is the reason why named as elephant cave. It’s a Ganesh statue.

TRI LINGGA STATUE SYMBOLIZE OF TRINITY:

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*) These three Lingga symbolize of Brahma, Wishnu and Shiva god.

A NEW HINDU TEMPLE

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

HOW MUCH IS ELEPHANT CAVE ENTRANCE FEE?

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

UPDATE ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 50K (per November 2018).
Child : IDR 25K (per November 2018).

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

**) As updated by Roberto Vosa the entrance fee lifted up since November 12th, 2018.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR 2K
Car: IDR 5K

ELEPHANT CAVE (GOA GAJAH) ENTRANCE FEE

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NEW ENTRANCE FEE PER NOVEMBER 12th, 2018:

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WHERE IS ELEPHANT CAVE LOCATED?

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 OF ELEPHANT CAVE:

HOW TO GET TO ELEPHANT CAVE?

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.

RUINS OF BUDHIST TEMPLE:

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

HOW IS GOA GAJAH TEMPLE DRESS CODE?

PRAYING DRESS CODE:
There is a dress code for Balinese people who want to pray in holy temple. They need wearing a sarong with scarf wear on the waist. It’s a typical dress for prayer/pilgrims in whole Bali island.

VISITOR/TRAVELER DRESS CODE:
For visitor/tourist/traveler you can bring your own sarong and scarf. Otherwise you can rent sarong and scarf for free at ticket window. So, you don’t need to buy it.

*) Goa Gajah temple lend you blue sarong and orange/yellow/red scarf for free.

**) if you wore long pant or long dress, you don’t need to wear sarong. Just wear scarf on the waist.

THE HIGHEST TEMPLE

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THE LOCAL PRAYING

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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.

OFFERINGS FOR THE GOD

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OTHER NICE SPOT ON GOA GAJAH TEMPLE:

You can explore Goa Gajah (Elephant cave) temple and find these spots:

1. The tallest tree.
2. Garden & awesome root.
3. Lotus pond spot.
4. Bamboo forest spot.
5. Small waterfall spot.

THE TALLEST TREE:

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THE GARDEN

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THE ROOT

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THE BAMBOO FOREST

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

THE SMALL WATERFALL

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*) My last visit on October 2018 i realized they made a new spot. So, you can see the small waterfall from here.

ANCIENT POOL

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

WATCH THE GOA GAJAH “ELEPHANT CAVE” TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH87rn2RZcI

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. The Arca museum.
5.

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

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8 thoughts on “BALI ELEPHANT CAVE (Goa Gajah Bali) + Temple + Ancient Pool

  1. Wang Huize

    Hello,Kunzbali! I am Sissi, coming from China. Last month, I went to Bali as a volunteer, and had visited the scenic spots you posted on this website, the experience was awesome.I major in archaeology, so I am going to write an archaeological article talking about the carving art of Ubud, Bali, but my pictures relates to the carvings in Yeh Pulu Temple are not clear and abundant enough, could you please send me the photos you have posted in your article? : )

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Hello Sissi,

      I don’t mind to share my picture to you.
      But, you put the request in the wrong post/article.
      This post talking about the Elephant cave (Goa Gajah), not Yeh Pulu temple.
      Better you put your request in here:
      https://www.bali-backpacker.com/yeh-pulu-temple-pura-yeh-pulu-a-picture-of-balinese-life-in-the-past/
      I will send you my picture after you put your request in the right post. 🙂
      Don’t forget to send me your correct email address.
      Cheers.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      It’s really interesting place and the entrance fee is relative cheap.
      I love the heritage pools with the Goddess statue pouring the water.
      Also it’s very interesting history since it found buried under the ground.

  2. Ruby

    It’s a cool place to visit, but you could probably skip it if you’re not into history/have limited time in Bali. I personally think more things could be done to better exhibit the ruins.

  3. Roberto Vosa

    Since November 2018 the entrance fee has gone up to 50000 rupiah per person. Definitely too expensive for what offered. Not recommended especially if done on combination with other temples offered on tours – they’re all overpiced at 50000IDR

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Thank you for update the entrance fee and share your opinion.
      My last visit in the beginning November, but the entry price still the same.
      I will recheck it for sure.
      Thank you, Roberto!

      Update comment:
      I already checked it.
      Yes, you are correct, Roberto.
      They lifted up the price since November 12th, 2018.
      Thank you for updated the entrance fee.
      Your information really useful for our blog visitors and readers.

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