Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)

Elephant Cave
The Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) complex at Bedulu village is just 2 km south east of Ubud on the main road to Gianyar. The centerpiece here is a cave dating back to the 11th century the entrance of which is an ornately carved demon's mouth. Inside are some fragmentary lingam and yoni (phallus and vagina) statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha. Statues stand guard around pools near the entrance. A number of the relics here strongly indicate that the site has a Buddhist as well as Hindu past. Despite its great antiquity some parts of the Goa Gajah complex were not excavated until the 1950s. Tentatively nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

At the façade of the cave is a relief of various menacing creatures and demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. The site is mentioned in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365. An extensive bathing place on the site was not excavated until the 1950s

Elephant Cave or popular with local language Goa Gajah in Ubud Bali is one of travel destinations in Ubud area. Elephant Cave/Goa Gajah Ubud located on Jalan Goa Gajah, Peliatan, Ubud, Bali island, Indonesia. Elephant Cave / Goa Gajah Ubud is nominated from UNESCO World Heritage Site. For tourist better have Elephant Cave / Goa Gajah Ubud location map for easy find street direction.

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