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Elephant Cave

This mysterious place just outside of Ubud houses a Hindu temple, statues, ponds and fountains from a time gone by.

The Elephant Cave, also known as Goa Gajah, is an archeologically significant Hindu temple. The stone structure is believed to date back to between the 10th and 14th centuries. The history behind the temple’s name is unconfirmed.

Enter through the dark looming mouth of a demon to step inside the cave. The demon is a kala head and has the bulging eyes typical of these sculptures. The cave itself is only small. See the ancient inscriptions and follow the narrow passageway to the end. On the left is a small alcove with a statue of Ganesh and on the right is a small worship area with representations of lingam, a symbol of Shiva, and yoni, a representation of female creative energy.

Descend the stairs to the gardens with the pond of Patirtaan, which is said to contain holy water and is used for ceremonies. Check out the statues around the fish pond and lily pond; these depict Widyadara-Widyadari angels.

You need less than 15 minutes to see the Elephant Cave complex. It is still worth coming here, however, because the journey is scenic and the surrounding rice paddies and other temples in the area are good photo opportunities. Set out exploring and visit the small waterfall in the valley, stroll through tropical gardens, or inspect the nearby Buddhist temple.

Elephant Cave is open daily and there is a small fee to enter. The site is located west of Bedulu Village in the Blahbatuh District, Gianyar Regency. This is just 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Ubud. To get there, book a tour or rent a vehicle. Free parking is available.

You can pay a local guide to show you around, but if you don’t to do this, it’s useful to know the word “tidak” (no), because the local guides can be persistent. Women need to cover their shoulders and both men and women should wear a sarong. You can buy a sarong at stalls near the entrance.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ubud, this spa villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Goa Gajah and Puser Tasik Temple. Ubud Peliatan Balerung Stage and Agung Rai Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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    Jalan Gianyar goa gajah, bedulu, Ubud, Bali
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Ubud, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Goa Gajah and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ubud Monkey Forest and Ubud Royal Palace. Ubud Traditional Art Market is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

      Nuaja Balinese Guest House
      Nuaja Balinese Guest House

      Nuaja Balinese Guest House

      Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Bedulu, Ubud, Ubud
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana NT$9,632
        Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

        Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

        Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Gianyar, Ubud, Bali
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Ubud hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Goa Gajah, Ubud Monkey Forest and Ubud Royal Palace. Ubud Traditional Art Market and Pura Dalem Ubud are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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          Ubud Dedari Villas

          Ubud Dedari Villas

          Banjar Lebah, Bedulu.Gianyar, Ubud, Bali
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            VILLA JULIA, UBUD
            VILLA JULIA, UBUD

            VILLA JULIA, UBUD

            Jl. Raya Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Gianyar, Ubud, Bali
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ubud, this villa is close to Goa Gajah, Ubud Monkey Forest, and Ubud Traditional Art Market. Also nearby are Ubud Royal Palace and Puser Tasik Temple.

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              Dwaraloka House

              Dwaraloka House

              Jl. Ki Pasung Grigis No 28, Ubud, Bali
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Ubud, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Goa Gajah and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ubud Monkey Forest and Ubud Royal Palace. Ubud Traditional Art Market is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

                Villa Cella Bella
                Villa Cella Bella

                Villa Cella Bella

                Jalan Hrdaya Tengkulak Kaja Ubud, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Ubud, bali
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Ubud, this villa is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Goa Gajah and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ubud Monkey Forest and Ubud Royal Palace. Ubud Traditional Art Market is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.