WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS CAVE?
The temple build inside of the cave.
Hindus and Buddhist temple in one area.
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
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.
*) This pool was buried underground actually. Then in 1954 a Dutch found and excavated it.
WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?
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:
*) Maybe this statue is the reason why named as elephant cave. It’s a Ganesh statue.
TRI LINGGA STATUE SYMBOLIZE OF TRINITY:
*) These three Lingga symbolize of Brahma, Wishnu and Shiva god.
A NEW HINDU TEMPLE:
*) a new hindu temple build for local hindu people who want to pray in here.
HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?
Adult : IDR
15K —> IDR 50K per November 2018 (As updated by Roberto Vosa).
Child : IDR
7.5K —> 25K.
*) 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.
Scooter : IDR 2K
Car: IDR 5K
ELEPHANT CAVE ENTRANCE FEE:
NEW ENTRANCE FEE PER NOVEMBER 12th, 2018:
WHERE IS IT?
Village (Desa): Bedulu, .
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Blahbatu
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali
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.
HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?
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:
*) 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.
THE HIGHEST TEMPLE
THE LOCAL PRAYING
OFFERINGS FOR THE GOD
MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.
Some shop outside of the temple selling snacks and souvenirs.
THE TALLEST TREE:
THE BAMBOO FOREST
*) 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
*) My last visit on October 2018 i realized they made a new spot. So, you can see the small waterfall from here.
*) 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 “ELEPHANT CAVE” TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:
SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR ELEPHANT CAVE:
You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Elephant cave:
You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 3 itinerary.
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