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Elephant Cave, Ubud

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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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  • The site is restored with machines (yes, machines) lava. No wonder UNEACO withdrew world heritage status in 2015. The restoration has spoilt what might otherwise be believably 800 years old. However.....  more
    The site is restored with machines (yes, machines) lava. No wonder UNEACO withdrew world heritage status in 2015. The restoration has spoilt what might otherwise be believably 800 years old. However.....  more »
  • The sellers outside ruined this place for me. Hounding you the minute you pull up on the bike, telling you that you need to purchase a sarong to visit, which I saw a couple of people do begrudgingly.....  more
    The sellers outside ruined this place for me. Hounding you the minute you pull up on the bike, telling you that you need to purchase a sarong to visit, which I saw a couple of people do begrudgingly.....  more »
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  • A beautiful place you can visit easily. There is also a good size traditional market outside that you can find and buy souvenirs. Don't expect to see something special inside the elephant cave but the place around is very beautiful. There are steps to go down and you will find a small waterfall and a lake which are nice spots for photo. If your program is not too busy you can arrange a visit here. If you are not having many days in Bali prefer something else.
  • Reasonably touristy temple which costs 50,000 rupiah to enter and this includes sarong rental. As you enter the carpark, rather aggressive old ladies will demand that you buy a sarong and you must wear one in the temple. Do note that this is very rare in Bali. The temple is famous for its small cave site, but there is also a nice garden to walk around.

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