Serene getaway of Goa Gajah in Bali

Goa Gajah cave entrance

Bali has quite an enticing, rich cultural history that has been the source of attraction for everyone. The place never fails to surprise you. One such place in the paradise island is the serene getaway of Goa Gajah.

Located in the heart of Ubud, just three kilometers away from sacred monkey forest, Goa Gajah got its name from the elephant carving at the entrance of the cave. Gajah or elephant, is the primary carving besides other demon looking figures.  The cave is said to date back since 11th century. The dim lit cave houses the idols of Lord Shiva, and Ganesha. Rest of the complex has both Hindu and Buddhist imagery.

Goa Gajah Cave’s Entry

Spread over a large area in an untouched, lush green forest, Goa Gajah besides the iconic cave has a cemetery, Buddhist temples, gorgeous gardens, sacred pools, a tiny waterfall, colorful flea market and religious structures resembling Hindu architecture.  We loved the well maintained garden. 

Sacred Pool
The vibrant garden of Goa Gajah
Smaller temples in Goa Gajah premises
Smaller temples in Goa Gajah premises
Grave stones close to the entrance
Grave stones close to the entrance

The path to Buddhist temple is a long stairway dotted with bright hued flowers.

A huge Banayn Tree which we suppose is a century old, got our attention.The humongous tree has its magnificent roots spread across a large diameter and the roots resemble a lifestyle sized harp. Sheer brilliance of nature. And a noteworthy thing is the respect people have for nature. No deforestation or harm to flora is allowed in Bali. We salute their spirit and love for the Earth’s natural wonders.  

The centuries old tree

Goa Gajah is a vast area to cover on foot. Advisable to wear flats or sports shoes and avoid heels. Also, not wheelchair friendly.

View from the top
The Flea Market

Entry tickets– 15000 IDR

Rule– Like all sacred places in Bali, Goa Gajah too strictly follows the rule of covering legs . Sarongs are available free of cost in case you are not dressed as per the custom. They asked me to tie a scarf around a waist since I was dressed in full length pants.

Parking available– Yes

Total time to spend- 1-2 hours

Did you know– Goa Gajah was added to the UNESCOWorld Heritage Tentative List on October 19, 1995, in the cultural category?

P.S- This trip of ours dates back to August 2017. Also, this post made it to the top in Indiblogger home page

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