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Goa Gajah

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 50,000

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"For a peaceful experience at Goa Gajah in Bali, try to visit early in the morning before the crowds arrive, when the ambiance of the ancient sanctuary is most serene. Also, don’t miss out on the small meditation caves beyond the main courtyard—they offer a fascinating glimpse into the spiritual practices of ancient Balinese culture."

Only a short short ride from Ubud centre in the Bedulu village, you'll find Goa Gajah, an interesting old 9th century Hindu cave temple complex, also known as 'The Elephant Cave'. 

While most visitors come here to see the famous cave, the real attraction to Goa Gajah is actually in its beautiful surroundings! It's no wonder it's a popular attraction amongst all the tours in Bali available on the island.

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The cave itself only takes minutes to explore but you'll find true beauty in the nearby rice paddies & gardens in the adjoining valley, the small waterfall, the bathing pools and the ruins of the Buddhist temple in the rest of the complex.

The entrance of the cave is pretty spectacular as a massive demon shaped face with a gaping mouth is carved out of solid stone, it's almost like walking into the Devil's belly! After entering the cave you'll find a statue of Ganesha and representations of Shiva and other Buddhist gods. This makes Goa Gajah a special temple, because you will find both elements of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Fun fact: Goa Gajah was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 so that this incredible site can be preserved forever!

Best time to visit Goa Gajah

The best time to visit Goa Gajah is during the dry season between April and October since a long walk down the stairs is required to get to the cave's entrance, preferably early morning to avoid the heat and crowds.

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Best spot to take photos

The most loved photo spot is of course the world famous cave entrance, but the whole complex is pretty much photogenic!

How to get there

Goa Gajah Temple is one of the most famous attractions in Bali, and every driver will know where it is! You can get here by car, taxi or scooter and is very easy to find as it is only a 10 minute drive from Ubud center

Tips

Goa Gajah is still an active worship site - Don't photograph people during their prayers or meditations.

Proper dress is required; knees must be covered by both men and women. Sarongs are available at the entrance of the site.

Frequently asked questions

What is Goa Gajah?

Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is an archaeological site of significant historical value located on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It features a cave with intricate carvings at its entrance and is thought to date back to the 9th century.

Where is Goa Gajah located in Bali?

Goa Gajah is situated in the central part of Bali near Ubud, in the village of Bedulu, Blahbatuh District, Gianyar Regency.

What can visitors see and do at Goa Gajah?

Visitors to Goa Gajah can explore the cave with its ancient rock-wall carvings, visit the nearby temple complex with its relics and meditation caves, and enjoy the peaceful gardens and pools surrounding the area.

What is the historical significance of Goa Gajah?

Goa Gajah is considered an important historical and spiritual site, believed to have been used for meditation and rituals. Its carvings and relics are a testament to the island's Hindu and Buddhist heritage.

Is there an entrance fee to visit Goa Gajah?

Yes, there is a small entrance fee for visitors to enter Goa Gajah. The fee helps in maintaining and preserving the site for future generations.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

IDR 50,000

Find it on google maps