Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary.
Although the exact origins of the cave are uncertain, it is believed to have been built as place for spiritual meditation. One folklore relates that it was created by the fingernail of the legendary giant Kebo Iwa. However, examining its style, the sanctuary was probably dated from the 11th century Bali Kingdom. The complex contains both Hindu and Buddhist imagery, as the cave contains lingam and yoni, symbol of Shiva, and the image of Ganesha, while by the river there are carved images of stupas and chattra, imagery of Buddhism.
mounika reddy | Jul 22, 2018
It's an old historical place partially damaged by the earthquake. There is a small cave with Hindu Gods inside it. The place looks beautiful. There are 7 women who pour water and they consider this as a holy place. The architecture and sculptures are very nice. The area has good shops around
Adam Newman | Jul 22, 2018
Quite a strange little temple complex. The carved stone entrance to the cave is quite interesting but inside it’s just a regular cave. The ground itself as pretty decent to walk around and definitely worth the very cheap entry fee. Ignore the hustlers outside selling sarongs, you will be provided one for free at the entrance
Jan Dřevíkovský | Jul 23, 2018
Nice temple carved in the rock with Ganesh shrine and three mysterious stone eggs inside. Entrance to the temple is beautifully carved. There is a small brook with waterfall running through the area and a path loop following it. Place is nice but heavily touristic.
Nick Smith | May 29, 2018
Not a bad temple to visit. Small entry fee 15k, some good history, nice gardens. Watch the guides who try to inject themselves with your group, offering photos, stories and info then demand money for it (bit like the porters at the airport) kindly refuse and they move on. Cave is small but interesting, nice waterfalls and temple. Shops up the top are pricey and bit more aggressive in trying to sell you stuff. Overall nice to have done it. 45 mins max time spent.
deepak srinivas | Jul 5, 2018
This the the famous Elephant temple in bali but there are no elephants here !! the irony. Nonetheless worth a visit, the idols are inside a cave and the space inside is really cramped up and could make you breathless as there would be less oxygen. For people with claustrophobia just make sure that there are less people inside and take a quick visit . There might be local guides coming forward to help you out, i do not think you would need one to see the place unless you would want to know why its called as Elephant temple :P. There are also a lot of souvenir shops inside.
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