Goa Gajah (or Elephant Cave), Ubud
Explore Goa Gajah (or Elephant Cave), a grotto of elaborate stone carvings from the 9th century, with a ceremonial bathing pool nearby.
Ponder the impressive entranceway, a dramatic carved facade of what appears to be menacing creatures and demons, then enter into a small underground cave.
Inside, you can see fragmentary lingam and yoni statues including a statue of Ganesha as well as several small ledges possibly used by priests to meditate on or even sleep.
The primary carving at the entrance was once thought to be an elephant, hence the name Elephant Cave.
Stroll around the bathing pool decorated by six semi-clad female figures holding urns pouring water. Women bathe on one side and men on the other. The pools appear to have been built to ward off evil spirits; large, carved guards stand around pools near the entrance.
A small pathway leads to a waterfall, rice fields and some Buddhist stupa fragments.
The site is mentioned in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365.
Location: Bedulu Village, Blahbatu, around 18km northeast
Admission: Rp6000 (includes sarong rental)
Hours: Daily 7am-5:30pm
Latest update on this Bali honeymoon destination: 21 April, 2022