Elephant Cave
Elephant Cave
3.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 11th-century cave is entered through the carved mouth of a demon.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sarah
    Denver, Colorado67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique temple experience
    The cave and surrounding temple is a must-see! It is very touristy, so note that there will be many vendors when you arrive and guides that will attempt to sell their services. There is also a restaurant nearby to the entrance that can be visited if you need a bite to eat!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Durga M
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,095 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple
    This was one of the best temples that I visited in Bali in last two days. Very clean not crowded at all and I could resonate with our God they have Ganesha and Shiva and also there is a Budha temple in the complex. Serene and must visit
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • NoellePig
    Cork, Ireland183 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique temple worth seeing
    This is very different to any of the other temples we have seen. There are a lot of steps, especially if you want to go down to the Buddhist area, which is well worth the walk - it is very beautiful. Sarongs are included with admission and are required for both men & women in shorts.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Jase
    York, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty History and beautiful place
    There’s a lot of history here - make sure you take a guide or listen to someone else. There’s ruins near a Buddha temple as well as the elephant cave. The cave is small and hot, and the outside area is very hot - it traps the sun. You must wear a sarong to enter. Worth a visit but you can’t spend too long here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Johnny
    Hong Kong, China31 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to visit but not a must
    Beautiful temple with a cave (elephant cave). it’s quite nice to visit however there are quite a lot of stairs to climb. There are not many people when I visited in the afternoon. There is an entrance fee of 50k and i get a sarong to cover my knees in order to enter
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 October 2023
  • Sophie D.
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much larger and more beautiful than expected
    The temple and the cave inside totally lived up to my expectations as it looks gorgeous. I was however not expecting there to be even a purification bath and a lovely waterfall in the back garden. It was very atmospheric and worth a visit, not a sight to miss!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Kvsn Raju
    Visakhapatnam, India75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see place
    When i reached the place it's mid day. It's so hot and humid. U have to go down to reach the place through steps. If u are in shorts u have to wear sarong which is available free. It's a cave temple.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Ashan Gnanasegaram
    Sydney, Australia209 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting cave and temple near Ubud
    A pretty interesting cave close to Ubud which doesn't require too much time to cover. The temple has figures carved directly into the stone. The inside of the temple is small and there is a stone statue of Ganesh. I don't think this is one of the attractions that draws large crowds which means you can spend less than an hour here and still cover it properly
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • P G
    Perth, Australia56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    I’d seen this cave and religious site on a list of temples in Bali, and decided to include it on a day trip itinerary. It is well worth the visit. The site is fairly compact, though with a few flights of stairs to access. The carvings and cave setting is fascinating, and a good contrast to some later religious sites.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Travelling Pixie
    Adelaide, Australia423 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing sight
    Beautiful cave with the elephant god caved into it. You need to pay to enter and will be wrapped in a sarong before heading down stairs to the temple area. The elephant cave itself is a very small temples, not much inside, just a couple of small alters. The around surrounding it is very interesting however there is no signage to explain what you are looking at which is a real shame. There is a garden with a a waterfall behind the temple area.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 January 2024
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Mayi Barov
Los Angeles, CA889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Exploring the Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, in Bali is like stepping back in time. The ancient carvings and structures within the cave offer a glimpse into Bali’s rich history and spirituality. Surrounded by lush vegetation and serene ambiance, it’s a peaceful retreat perfect for both cultural enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. A truly captivating experience worth adding to your Bali itinerary.
Written 15 February 2024
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Openyoureyes12
Norfolk, UK138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
A very peaceful and beautiful place. When you walk innit eh cave it’s almost like you feel how the energy of the millions who have passed through it. It was very moving to respectfully walk through and visit this sacred place
Written 28 January 2024
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Sirisha
Omaha272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This temple is located in a very scenic location. The temple gives a sarong to cover up and then you walk down a few steps to reach the elephant cave. At the bottom, you will find some old people waiting and they will volunteer their services as a guide. In fact, they will tell you that it’s okay if you don’t pay them, but they expect you to give them at least 100,000 IDR at the end of the tour. It is not worth employing these guides as they don’t speak good English and you really cannot understand what they are saying. They also don’t really know much about the history. It seems to be a way to make extra money.
I really enjoyed the temple though. It has the tri- Murti(Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar) inside the cave and also Ganesha. And I actually felt very peaceful praying here. They also have holy water that can be sprinkled on your head as a blessing. We then walked around the property which has a small waterfall and a pond. We really loved this place and I highly recommend it.
Written 14 January 2024
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Travelling Pixie
Adelaide, Australia423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful cave with the elephant god caved into it.
You need to pay to enter and will be wrapped in a sarong before heading down stairs to the temple area.
The elephant cave itself is a very small temples, not much inside, just a couple of small alters.
The around surrounding it is very interesting however there is no signage to explain what you are looking at which is a real shame.
There is a garden with a a waterfall behind the temple area.
Written 11 January 2024
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P G
Perth, Australia56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I’d seen this cave and religious site on a list of temples in Bali, and decided to include it on a day trip itinerary.

It is well worth the visit. The site is fairly compact, though with a few flights of stairs to access.

The carvings and cave setting is fascinating, and a good contrast to some later religious sites.
Written 3 January 2024
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Much A
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Have been to Ubud several times but for some reason never came across this gem before. Add it to your list. You wont be disapointed.
Written 18 December 2023
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Eric T
Ko Samui, Thailand19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
don't expect too much, hardly a cave and not really very much to see. If you don:t go you wont miss much. Picture much better than the real thing
Written 11 December 2023
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Steve Odemis
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Goa Gajah, often referred to as the Elephant Cave, is a captivating historical site that dates back to the 11th century. Located in the vicinity of Ubud, Bali, an area celebrated for its profound historical roots and stunning natural beauty, Goa Gajah stands as a testament to Bali's rich cultural heritage.
This archaeological wonder enchants visitors with its mystic allure. This is a must-visit destination for those intrigued by history and spirituality. I recommend it.
Written 9 December 2023
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Ashan Gnanasegaram
Sydney, Australia209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A pretty interesting cave close to Ubud which doesn't require too much time to cover. The temple has figures carved directly into the stone. The inside of the temple is small and there is a stone statue of Ganesh. I don't think this is one of the attractions that draws large crowds which means you can spend less than an hour here and still cover it properly
Written 3 December 2023
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Wanderer42356309982
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We arrived there. I was with 2 friends, one British Chinese and one Indian American. We don't need a tour guide. BUT, one man keep approaching us and keep talking about the place. Then, he stop awhile then ask, if he can continue explain.. HE DIDN'T SAY anything about PAYMENT, RATE, FEE... Then, when we wanted to leave the place, because it is too long to listen to him, just for a small place. Then, HE DECLARED, WE NEED TO PAY for HIS TIPS, RP. 150.000 FOR JUST 30 MINUTES THERE.. HE ALSO TOLD LIes, that WE AGREED And AWARED for the price... Then, I warned him, that tips is up to US... Not HIM.. Be careful with the GUIDE THERE.
Written 22 November 2023
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