The Elephant Cave
The area around the Elephant Temple and the Cave has so many different WOW factors. It’s not just the sceneries, its culture and the sharing religions of the area. When walking around the Elephant Temple I actually got a tour guide to explain the area to me, which was really nice. I will now be passing this information to you, as well as reviewing the Goa Gajah Bedulu (Elephant Temple).
Address: Ubud, Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Cost: 50,000 IDR (A$5)
The Bathing Temple
As soon as you arrive at the bottom of the stairs you get approached by tour guides. They work on tips, so pay what you feel. Normally I would turn down such an offer but unsure of what we were looking at it was a good job we got one. It turns out we were looking at the bathing temple.
The tour guide said to me to walk through the water as it was good luck, I was so unsure and as you could see the water wasn’t the freshest. As I slowly walked through the water, I kept turning to the tour guide waiting for him to say that enough… But it wasn’t until I made it to the other side.
He then said I have to touch the water, as I didn’t want to offend I played along.
I’m still to this day wondering if its just something they get the tourists todo just for laughs.
I enjoyed the cool water on 30 plus humid day though
The Old Temple
We moved on the Old Elephant Temple. The tour guide explains why they call it the Goa Gajah (which translates to Elephant Cave) due to the only things left standing was Statues of elephants and the Cave which was used for meditation.
People are not 100% why everything was used here and how old it really but this is what the tour guide said to me in broken English.
The Temple was built 100’s of years ago (according to other sources 9th century) There was an earthquake that broke the temple and covered it. Until the 1900s the Temple was covered up where they 1st found the cave (1923) then the water baths (1954). The original building was all part of the Hinduism culture. The other side of the Elephant temples is a Buddhist temple. Which I found how close they are placed and neither religions seem bothered by the other.
The Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah)
The cave itself is poorly lighted but I can describe it for you.
As you go into the cave you will find holes in the walls that have signs that “Do not sit” these are the meditation spots where apparently to our tour guide, people would sit there for days and even months at a time. There is also a worship spot to where guides would bow their heads and say something in a pray and maybe give somthing to the gods.
The Buddist Temple
I would love to say I could tell you more about the other times but it was the same day as seeing Tegenungan Waterfall I was already tired with the hot temperature and the number of steps so I called it a day after taking a couple of photos from a lookout
Such a beautiful place, I would recommend people to this place and get a tour guide as the information and their knowledge is fantastic, I would love to say I remember everything they said and saw more but I will leave this for you! 4 out of 5 stars.
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