Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located on the island of Bali near Ubud, in Indonesia. Built in the 9th century, it served as a sanctuary. Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave’ is an archaeological site of significant historical value that makes it a special place to visit. The Goa Gajah owns the magical energy on the basis of Rwabineda Concept/two different matters on this basic concept hence Gua Gajah is intentionally built among two rivers. There are many resorts and hotels to stay, while visiting Goa Gajah. However, the COMO Shambhala Estate is one of the best Bali Spa resorts. COMO Shambhala Estate is a unique hotel, which promotes healthy living. All the meal prepared at the hotel is fresh and organic. There is a separate in-house dietician to overlook the guest’s diets. In addition, there are unique specially created spa packages by trained professionals to cater to individuals.
Goa Gajah is locally known as the Elephant Cave because of its close proximity to the Elephant River. A mysterious cave, relics, and ancient bathing pools set amid green rice paddies and a garden lure tourists from nearby Ubud. Despite the ancient significance of the Elephant Cave, the last excavation took place during the 1950s; many sites still remain unexplored. Literal piles of relics with unknown origins have been laid out in a surrounding garden.The leading theory suggests that Goa Gajah was used as a hermitage or sanctuary by Hindu priests who dug the cave entirely by hand. Elephant Cave itself is actually quite small. As you enter through the dark, narrow passage, the cave abruptly ends in an intersection. The left passage contains a small niche with a statue of Ganesh, the Hindu deity reminiscent of an elephant. The right passage holds a small worship area with several stone lingam and yoni in honor of Shiva. Goa Gajah is nearly surrounded by ancient Hindu temples easily accessible from the main roads.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.