Pura Goa Gajah Temple, The Elephant Cave, Ubud, Bali

Deep in the hills of the island you'll find Pura Goa Gajah Temple (read more about it here) which is a 9th Century cave sanctuary carved deep into beautiful rock. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

Before arriving on the island, Annika had found a fantastic company which provides excellent drivers. During our break on the island we used the company three times and had two great drivers share their knowledge of the island with us. 

We arrived and wound our way through the tropical layers of trees down to the temple. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple SLA Tours

In the fifties architects had discovered a beautiful spring source of water and the beautiful statues were built to feed water into sacred bathing pools. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple
Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

Just along the pools you'll find the temple cave. 

To enter you must show respect by covering your legs and shoulders. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

Once inside the cave the soft scent of petals from bowls of offerings and incense lingered in the depths of the cool darkness. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

Outside the cave stone stacks lined into rows and rows are said to be in memory of monks who have passed. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

So simple, yet so beautiful. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

Some of the newer structures within the grounds conversely are quite the opposite, layers of luscious golds to celebrate and honour the gods above. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

While wondering through the grounds our driver and guide asked if we would like a blessing. He led us into another temple where we slipped off our shoes and entered an old stone temple courtyard. Peaceful silence enveloped the space and we were blessed with a little rice to our third eye and flower to the ear. 

Pura Goa Gajah Bali Temple

Utterly content, mentally silenced, we made our way back up the long winding pathways and through the gardens.