Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is one of the must see places of Ubud, and, maybe, of all Bali! It not a place where elephants live, and it is not only a cave. Far from that! This is a place of several temples around an ancient saint spring (dated IX century b.c.), there are also a cave, a tree and a garden. And a lot of local guides to tell you a lot of local stories!
When we just entered – of course, in sarongs – even if you have a long skirt or trousers, you must dress up a blue textile belt around waist – I was fascinated by this tree! It looks like it holds the skies!
Under the tree is a sacred spring: the water can clean your thoughts. Maybe, if we would use it, we won’t do what we did 🙂
And, finally, this is a cave! Outstanding ornament of the entrance made a little queue to go in, but when we did it – puff, don’t expect it to be so unusual from inside! There are only three small altars, one – with Ganesha-elephant (the first and last elephant we found here), another – with Lingams of Shiva (just for case, Lingam is a stone believed to be his divine fallos). The third altar was so full of flowers and fruits for the gods, that I noticed one of the famous Balimese cockroach on that, omg! Leaving the cave, I was very attentive to the floor!
Around the cave there are several temples (once I will learn how they are called, but not today!), and some of them look quite modern 🙂 They are, still, very pretty!
We went straight through all the temples and find out a rice field – actually, no matter where you go around Ubud, you will come to a rice field!
On the right side a trail with wood carving sellers lead us down – to the temple garden. But we saw another trail, away from the temple to the jungles. Do we need an adventure? Of course!
The jungle were, at first, dark and wet; we passed another small temple, and a cement box supposed to be a shop, or a temple, or a hidden place for monks – we found a small bottle of whisky 🙂
We left the bottle as it is, maybe someone really needs that, but in several meters we found a thing we couldn’t just pass over – a jackfruit tree! With the real jackfruits! Mmm!
The way to the tree, however, was not that easy: mr. Cat’s first step started a sneaky movements in the falling leaves, and… We decided to change the way! I took a stick to check the undergrowth before every step (but even without the stick I noised as a small bear), and in a minute I grab a real, pimply and imperfect fruit. So different with the ones in supermarket!
Mr. Jack was holding a tree not really strong, spit some sticky white liquid and came with me to the way. Yes, the first tropical fruit I found! And we came further: by the wild pounds, abandoned temples, and slippery path under bamboo. Forward to nowhere! But, actually, we go to a village nearby…
It’s a pity to come to a habitat place after this wild forest! We choose to come back, but next time we can go to this river downstairs:
On the way back the sun finally appeared and colored the jungle!
After return to Goa Gajah (no-one asked our tickets, by the way) we found ourselves in a garden with a wonderful tree – with the roots looking like lizard tails!
In this garden we also found a sneaky person living under leaves: here we go! I’m not a poison snake 🙂
And these stones supposed to be Buddha statue some years ago, before a big earthquake. Do you see Buddha parts in them?
After the garden we came up to the tall tree. The day was ending, and the colours of the garden were melting. We went back to the scooter – the parking was free for us, but parking boy had a lot of money in his hands, so who knows. The visit to Goa Gajah (from the main entrance) costs 15 000 per person.