BALI ELEPHANT CAVE
– All Details to Know About Bali ‘Goa Gajah’ Elephant Cave –
WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT ELEPHANT 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
WHAT IS ‘GOA GAJAH’ ELEPHANT CAVE?
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 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.
GOA GAJAH TEMPLE
*) One theory says: this is the reason why this place named as Goa Gajah (Elephant cave). The front of the cave there is a carved wall looks like an Elephant.
*) This pool was buried underground actually. Then in 1954 a Dutch found and excavated it.
WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ‘GOA GAJAH’ ELEPHANT CAVE?
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
8.00 AM – 5.00 PM.
CEREMONY (Piodalan) on Elephant cave:
5 October 2017, Purnama sasih kapat
24 September 2018, Purnama sasih kapat
13 October 2019, Purnama sasih kapat
1 October 2020, Purnama sasih kapat
*) There will be balinese dance show with traditional Balinese music (gamelan) and hindus praying for sure.
GANESH (SON OF SHIVA) STATUE:
*) Other theory tolling about Ganesh statue inside of the cave is the reason why named as Goa Gajah (Elephant cave). This God statue has an Elephant’s head form.
TRI LINGGA STATUE SYMBOLIZE OF TRINITY:
*) These three Lingga symbolize of Brahma, Wishnu and Shiva God.
UPDATE STATUS OF ‘GOA GAJAH’ ELEPHANT CAVE TEMPLE:
OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST/PILGRIMS
*) Since March 22nd, 2020 Goa Gajah temple has been closed according to government instruction to avoid Corona spreads.
**) Since July 9th, 2020 Goa Gajah ‘Elephant cave’ temple has been opened with applied New Normal protocol.
A NEW HINDU TEMPLE
*) A new Bali Hindus Dharma temple build for local people who want to pray in here.
HOW MUCH IS ‘GOA GAJAH’ ELEPHANT CAVE TEMPLE 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 for free. You have to wear it to respect the holy place. If you wearing long pants, no need to wear sarong.
**) As updated by Roberto Vosa the entrance fee lifted up since November 12th, 2018.
GOA GAJAH TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE 2020
*) Child definition is 5-11 years old.
Scooter : IDR 2K
Car: IDR 5K
ELEPHANT CAVE (GOA GAJAH) ENTRANCE FEE
NEW ENTRANCE FEE PER NOVEMBER 12th, 2018:
GOA GAJAH ENTRANCE FEE TICKET
WHERE IS GOA (CAVE) GAJAH (ELEPHANT) LOCATED?
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.
MAP OF GOA GAJAH (ELEPHANT CAVE):
HOW TO GET TO ELEPHANT CAVE ‘GOA GAJAH’?
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.
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
THE LOCAL PRAYING
MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.
*) Use Telkomsel SIM card for relative better service compare to other telecom operator.
Some restroom and toilet.
*) Better bring your own pocket tissue.
Some shop outside of the temple selling snacks and souvenirs.
OFFERINGS FOR THE GOD
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:
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 visits 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.
GOA GAJAH ANCIENT POOL & STATUE
*) Goa Gajah or Elephant cave is a heritage temple. It’s quiet complete in one area. You can see the ruins, ancient pool, cave, statue, a new Hindus temple, ruins of Buddhist temple, garden, river, waterfall, trees, etc. I think is worth it to visit this place.
SOME ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR ELEPHANT CAVE (GOA GAJAH):
You can combine to visit these places when you visiting ‘Goa Gajah’ Elephant cave temple:
You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 3 itinerary.
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