ELEPHANT CAVE UBUD
Elephant Cave Ubud is located in Bedulu village, Gianyar, Bali. It is about 15 minutes drive from Ubud center. The name of Elephant Cave is coming from the words “Goa Gajah” where (Goa) in Indonesian language mean cave and (Gajah) mean elephant. The name of Goa Gajah is according to history in 1923 when a Dutch official named LC. Heyting found the Hariti statue and the Ganesha statue (Ganesha is a god who has the head of an elephant and has a human body). So the Ganesha statue was found in the area of the temple and inside the cave.
But according to historical when Warmadewa Dynasty ruled over Bali Island from the 10th to 11th centuries. The word Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave Temple comes from the word “Lwa Gajah”. In the Lontar Negarakertagama compiled by Mpu Prapanca in 1365 AD, there was the name “Lwa Gajah”. If interpreted, into Indonesian, then the word “Lwa” means river and gajah which means a temple where Buddhist monks worship. So the name “Lwa Gajah” can be interpreted as a place of retreat for Buddhist monks located on the banks of the river.
From the parking area to the location of the hermitage, tourists must descend the stairs. This place is surrounded by shady green trees, so the atmosphere is very cool and beautiful. You will see also the big trees over then hundreds years old.
The overall Goa Gajah Ubud tourism complex can be seen from the stairs. When you arrive at the bottom area after going down the stairs, you will hear the sound of water flowing from the fountain statues. The rocks of the former building destroyed by the earthquake also can be seen around the holy spring water. While the temple itself is located not far from the fountain statue.
Elephant Cave Temple Object
The Elephant Cave or Goa Gajah’s attractions favored by tourists because they offer many uniqueness. Then what are the uniqueness found in Goa Gajah Bali? Outside the entrance there are carvings and 2 statues of guards.
Inside of the cave is in the shape of a T, about 2 meters high and 2 meters wide.
Left and right parts of the aisle also have niches that might have been meditating in ancient times. But now tourists can sit or lie there.
At the western end of the aisle is the Ganesha Statue and the eastern end of the hall there are 3 phallus.
In addition, around the cave area, there are also petirtaan statues with seven widyadara – widyadari statues holding the holy water. There are seven total statues, which are symbols of seven rivers in India, the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Elephant Cave Temple Location
Goa Gajah Ubud is located in the west of Bedulu Village, Blahbatuh District, Gianyar Regency. The exact location is on the edge of a cliff and is a meeting of a small river in the village. Depart from Denpasar, the distance is around 26 km from Denpasar city with an estimated travel time of 1 hour.
Elephant Cave Ubud Transportation Options
If you want to visit the attractions of Elephant Cave Temple, you definitely need a transportation facility.
So there are many taxi services to get around Ubud, and the several transportation options that you can choose.
1.Using a Motorcycle
For cost-effective transportation options, you can use a motorcycle. There are many motorbike rental services in Bali with a range of motorbike rental prices of around Rp 100,000 – Rp 200,000 / 24 hours a day
2. Looking for Car Rental Services with Drivers in Bali Ubud Car Rental
By renting a car + driver in Bali, it will be very easy for you to travel from one tourist spot in Bali to another. Without thinking about finding a parking space, looking for shortcuts, and thinking about road congestion.
In the area of the tourist attraction of Ubud, there is very rarely a car park available. Most people park on the side of the highway and are very often full. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you find a car rental service provider in Bali with a driver.
3. Buy a Cheap Tour Package in Bali UBUD TAXI
Because Ubud is very famous and gets very high demand from tourists so a lot of travel business providers that provide Ubud tour packages. The advantages of buying cheap tour packages in Bali with the Ubud route, you get the advantages of car rental services with drivers. Besides that, your tour schedule will be planned and directed and your holiday budget in Bali will be planned.
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Elephant Cave – Bali Entrance Fee
Every tourist who travels to the tourist attractions of Elephant Cave Temple is required to pay for the entrance fee. Then what is the price of the entrance ticket for the Elephant Cave in Bali ?
The following is a table of entrance fee for attractions in Elephant Cave Temple Bali.
Ticket Price Category
Entrance ticket $ 4 USD / IDR 50,000 / person
IDR 5,000 car parking / car
Rp 2,000 motorbike parking / motorcycle
Elephant Cave Dress Code
When you are traveling in Bali, especially if you decide to visit a place with a Hindu temple, please be aware with your dress code. Otherwise, you are not be allowed to enter the Hindu temple site that you want to visit.
Most of the Balinese Hindu temple attraction in Bali, on the locket ticket or entrance gate, will provided a sarong and scarf for the visitor. If you want to have your own sarong, you can buy at local handicraft store for $ 5 USD / IDR 70.000 for one Sarong
Elephant Cave Opening Hours
Elephant Cave Ubud Temple or Goa Gajah is open everyday from 08.00 am to 05.00 pm. Bur for any worship purpose, this temple is open for 24 hours.
Entering Temples in Bali
Every visitor who wants to enter the temple area in Bali must comply with the same rules for each temple in Bali. There are rules that you must obey in order to enter the temple area in Bali such as:
Wear sarong cloth with a shawl tied around the waist.
For women who are menstruating, please do not enter the temple area.
Do not throw garbage at random.
Do not climb the place of worship.
Don’t make litter.
Don’t say harsh words.
Sitting on a temple shrine in Bali is considering not to respect the customs and Hindu religion adopted by the Balinese people.
According to Balinese belief, there are two taboos if you want to visit a temple. The first is when a woman is menstruating and the second is when someone in the family grieves (passes away).
Based on people’s beliefs, all temples are the most sacred places for worshiping God. Meanwhile, menstrual blood is considered as “cemer” or negative energy that can remove the sanctity of the temple area.
Elephant Cave Ubud Tour
Elephant Cave temple tour and interesting places to be visited around Ubud. This tour will begin with the hotel pickup at 9:00 a.m. The places will be visiting during this tour such as Elephan Cave Temple , Balinese coffee Plantation Luwak, Bali swing Ubud, Tegalalang rice terrace and Tegenungan waterfall..
Elephant cave Ubud is located at Bedulu village, Gianyar, Bali. It is about 15 minutes drive from Ubud center. The name of Elephant cave is coming from the words “Goa Gajah” where Goa in Indonesian language mean cave and Gajah mean elephant.
Bali Coffee Plantation is a product that is processed by Balinese coffee farmers in a traditional way. A new experience to process and utilize natural wealth and learn about the most unique coffee making processes that will change your knowledge of coffee and tea.
Tegenungan Waterfall is located in the village of Tegenungan Kemenuh, Sukawati sub-district, Gianyar regency. This tourist attraction offers a cool atmosphere and the beauty of panoramic views. The location of Tegenungan waterfall is very easy to reach by car with a distance of 15 minutes from the city of Ubud.