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  Me, at the entrance to the elephant cave
by bryINpoland

Goa Gajah, or "Elephant Cave" is located about 20 minutes south/east of Ubud, and about an hour north of Kuta.

The temple was built in the 11th century, and sits on a bottom of a hill side, about 50ft below the main entrance. The cave, with its beautiful carvings on its outer face, strectches back into the hillside forming a T-shape. Inside you can find charming art works such as Shivite and Buddhist statues, that sit in little cubbyholes carved into the caves walls.

The large bathing springs which were unearthed in 1954, were used for bathing in what was considered holy water. Behind the spring, sits a beautiful towering tree which is over 200 years old, and is believed to be the temples mother tree.

Entrance into the temple is 3,100 Rp, and Sarongs are recommended. Guides are available at the bottom of the steps, but remember to agree upon a price, before excepting their tour. Dont be surprised if they give you a tour first, and then suddently ask you for a donation. It always feels rude or strange to ask someone how much they are going to charge, but it saves you from a more akward situation at the end.

This is a wonderful temple, and worth paying a visit to while in the Ubud area...

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  • Updated May 28, 2005
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