Elephant Cave

Elephant Cave, Ubud: Hours, Address, Elephant Cave Reviews: 3.5/5

Elephant Cave
3.5
Caverns & Caves
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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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Catherine Global
London, UK170 contributions
Nov. 2020
Apparently this place is normally packed out, but thanks to Covid I was the only visitor on the day I went. An extensive site with various waterfalls, temples and paths. Beautiful just for a picturesque walk. I would have liked a bit more information about what I was looking at. They have guides but I also like to go at my own pace and get lost in my thoughts so I didn’t opt for that. Lots of steps and water so make sure you’ve got your non slip shoes on! Good for photos
Written March 4, 2021
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Naureen Chhipa
New York City, NY220 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Small Temple but worth the visit! The carvings are truly impressive! There's a Hindu and Buddhist temple on site!
Written January 16, 2021
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blackbonanza
Bali, Indonesia198 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Friends
This place was fenomenal, hard to explain about the cave and story, believe or not.
When you come to bali dont forget to visit this place.
Written January 12, 2021
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JayandNicholas
Bali, Indonesia47 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Couples
As the only tourists here during our visit, we had a fabulous experience enhanced by a guide within the temple.

This is truly a special place in Balinese history and through our guide we were able to step right back in time and imagine what would have been happening years before.

We enjoyed a walk around the grounds but have to say, we were thankful all the shops inside the grounds were closed. This part of the walk would have been a nightmare and would have ruined the experience.

Please keep the shops/stalls out of this area completely.....
Written December 13, 2020
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quinni_224
Cowra, Australia2,757 contributions
Nov. 2019
This was the second stop for us on a private day tour with a Bali Res Centre driver.

Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave Temple, was formed in the 9th century. The exact origins of the cave are uncertain, however, it is believed to have been built as a sanctuary for spiritual meditation.

Both my brother and I were taken aback by the site, not only by the intricacies of the carvings, but the wonder at how the site was carved by hand, and how serene the environment was.
Written October 30, 2020
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_beestonjennifer
Bali, Indonesia107 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Friends
Must see , when in Ubud, Goa Gajah, is a centuries old Holy Hindu Temple, amazing ambience & history evidenced when you visit, have a kelapa Muda & soak up the vibes in this incredible , special piece of Balinese history
Written October 4, 2020
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CKF
CT2,083 contributions
Feb. 2020
The Elephant Cave is on every list of "must sees" in Ubud. For us, a complete let down.

Your 50 IRB entry fee will come with a sarong, which must be worn by both men and women at Balinese Hindu temples. We approached the cave and admired the truly wonderful and intricately carved stone entrance. Definitely a highlight, even though I could not see any resemblance to an elephant.

We entered the cave and inside. You'll see a narrow room, maybe 12 feet to the left and 12 feet to the right, with a small shrine at each end. That's it. I can't imagine what this must be like in high season.

We wandered the grounds for a while, thinking we must have missed it. We crossed a lovely stream with a waterfall and came upon a tour guide. We asked him were the temple was. He pointed to where we had been!

For us, this was a complete miss and totally skippable. Spend your extra time at the Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets nearby.
Written March 28, 2020
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KRISEK
Bishops Stortford, UK355 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
Actually two temples. Hindu and Buddhist. Very interesting conversation with a person who checked tickets about God, bielievs, history of place, excavations and meditation. Very mystic place worth to visit when it's getting dark for it's atmosphere.
Written March 26, 2020
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Shreya Saha
Phitsanulok, Thailand939 contributions
Apr. 2019
The temple complex is huge with gardens to explore. However, the cave is tiny inside with the presence of both Hindu and Buddhist elements. Mainly, it seems to be dedicated to Hindu Lord Ganesha. As Lord Ganesha represents elephants, hence the name of the temple is justified. The entrance fee is Rp 50,000 per person. I love the architecture of the old temple very much.
Written March 18, 2020
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michellebX5161FG
13 contributions
Feb. 2020
This was the first 'tourist trap' I encountered that was blatantly obvious. You purchase a ticket to walk down stairs, you see a holy water spring/font (very lovely), but the cave itself is an incense smoke filled room with an elephant relic. There Is a waterfall, great for pictures. Plenty of gift shop vendors. I think there were better places to spend some time.
Written March 16, 2020
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