Saturday, September 26, 2015

Goa Gajah- The Elephant Caves

There was some confusion finding this spot. While there are a number of tour guides and tourism specialists refer to this spot as the elephant caves, our guide only knew it as Goa Gajah. So after consulting with several other drivers, he managed to figure out where we were trying to go. 

The caves are down a bit of stairs past the entry point. There are no monkeys at this temple (thank God). Like Uluwatu, they have you wear a small sash out of respect for the temples.

Unlike Uluwatu, there are employees (I think) who wander the temple area offering tours. Please be advised, some of these guides can be quite rude and expect very large tips in exchange for their services whether you asked for a tour or not. I will say, the information they have is quite interesting; however, it's not really anything you can't find online. I also don't appreciate being bullied out of my money but that's beside the point.

There are a few pools of water by the front of the cave where people were hanging out. The steps were quite steep so we didn't venture down. 




Inside the cave, there were a number of offerings for the Hindu deities. The carvings on the outside of the cave were really intricate and beautiful. 




There were also a few temple areas being built and the attention to detail on these areas were also really really beautiful.




In addition to the actual elephant cave, there is an old damaged Buddhist temple at the bottom of another longer steeper flight of stairs. I didn't have the energy to walk down but what I could see from towards the top was pretty beautiful. 




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