Goa Gajah Temple - Bali Buddies

Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah Temple

Entrance to the cave of Goa Gajah temple in Bali

Goa Gajah Temple


  • Nusa Dua: 49 km / 1 h 25 min
  • Kuta: 42 km / 1 h 30 min
  • Seminyak: 31 km / 1 h 15 min
  • Sanur: 27 km / 45 min
  • Ubud: 15 km / 5 min
  • Singaraja: 74 km / 2 h 15 min

Entrance: IDR 15,000 per person

Even though the name suggests otherwise (Goa Gajah means elephant cave), this holy archaeological site is not filled with elephant statues or carvings. The only references to elephants are the statues of Ganesh, a Hindu god with an elephant head, and the gigantic menacing face at the entrance, which is believed to be an elephant face. Goa Gajah is a very popular tourist site and is located only 5 minutes away from Ubud. Hindu priests chose to build the temple on this particular hillside, where two small streams met and together formed a river junction, thus making this site a sacred place. Wearing a sarong is therefore mandatory (you can loan one at the entrance) and as the temple is still an active worship site it is obvious you are expected not to get in the way of local worshippers.

Combine Goa Gajah with a few other temples in Ubud’s neighbourhood. Please e-mail us at relax@balibuddies.com to book your temple trip!


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