Legend has it that the stunning rock facade at Elephant Cave was created by a giant from Balinese mythology. Historians actually know very little about the ancient cave's origins, except that it probably dates back to the 11th century. Despite its misleading name, no elephants live inside this cavern. A place built for meditation, the cave features a facade depicting a group of frightening creatures and demons--the main figure above the entrance somewhat resembles an elephant, which explains the cave's name. Walk through the menacing mouth of this creature to see a statue representing Ganesha, an elephant-headed god. Put Elephant Cave into our Ubud day trip planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ubud.
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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..... more »
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..... more »
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