Bali Travel: The Beauty of Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah), Gianyar

After our ricefield lunch experience over at Bebek Joni in Ubud, we continued our journey to the next destination at Gianyar, Goa Gajah (or in English, the Elephant Cave).

Welcome to Goa Gajah Gianyar Bali Indonesia

For the access to Goa Gajah, you need to pay entrance fee of IDR 20,000. Goa Gajah is actually a Balinese temple. The words "Goa Gajah" is derived from "Lwa Gajah" which means a monastery located in the edge of the river. 

Bali Travel: The Beauty of Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah), Gianyar

On the side of Goa Gajah, you can see the remnants of a building which collapsed during an earthquake. Such a pity. =(

Collapsed Ruin near Goa Gajah Gianyar Bali

Right in front of the entrance of the cave, you will see a pond of holy water. There are fishes swimming inside the pond. The local tour guide mentioned that there is a hearsay amongst the local saying that the fishes inside the pond stays the same in terms of the size and the quantity. 

Holy water pond at Goa Gajah Gianyar Bali

The holy water is use by the people to wash themselves when they want to pray or meditate inside the cave.

Holy water pond with three statues at Goa Gajah Gianyar Bali

On the other side of the cave, we spotted another Balinese statue. 

A Statue of Balinese Hero in Goa Gajah Gianyar

Do note that if you want to enter the cave, you need to borrow cloth to cover your legs if you are not wearing pants. It may be a good idea to wear covered clothes when visiting religious sites in Bali.

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