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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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... more »
Small Temple but worth the visit! The carvings are truly impressive! There's a Hindu and Buddhist temple on site! more »
This temple was amazing. I highly recommend going if your in its area. There are multiple temples in the area all accessible by motor-bike and this one should not be skipped over. The cost to enter was negligible. There were no long lines or tall stair cases. Just a pleasant experience at one of the many megalithic type temple structures on the island
Its a cool place but there are no educational/informative signs around. The history of the site is very interesting but if you just visited it you wouldn't know that it was a thousand year old forest temple for both Buddhists and Hindus. If you walk down past the main cave there is a lotus pond and a cool mossy bridge overlooking the ruins of a Buddhist temple.
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