Stepping into the large Elephant Cave located in Ubud is almost like being transported back in time. The Goa Gajah is beautiful and affords some unparalleled views of the surrounding city. Nestled within the cave is a treasure-trove of wonders. Here there is art, history and the fine craftsmanship of the skillful people of Ubud all from nearly 700 years ago. Also located in the area are several Bali 5 star hotels a standout being the reputed W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak.
The location of Goa Gajah is on a steep hill somewhere on the outskirts of Ubud. Everyday hundreds of visitors flock to this location to enjoy the scenic appeal of this spot -which in itself is a massive crowd puller. All the history and ancient wonders of the Goa Gajah is really like the cherry on the top for those of you who prefer to absorb a little Balinese culture.
700 years ago this beautiful cave came to life but with time it was abandoned and soon forgotten and nature claimed it all to itself. It was only in the year 1920 that archeologists rediscovered the location and it took another 30 years for the complete restoration. It was all there underneath the earth; the sculptures, the artifacts and the many carvings, all relatively well intact. Today you can see the many images of different demons with many various expressions adorning the structure. On the entrance of the cave, there stands a large menacing face of something that resembles a mighty elephant. It was this elephant like structure that gave the cave its name. There is an aura of the past around this historical monument that is truly intriguing to absorb. Just in front of the cave there are massive bathing pools and large, beautiful water fountains. The structure as a whole is truly worth admiration.
Bali in itself is truly a breathtaking holiday destination.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.