Goa Gajah if translated into English, it means elephant cave. Unlike the name, this cave was not inhabited by elephants, or elephant-shaped. Only the outer walls of the caves are carved to resemble the face of an elephant. Amazing at this place is not a cave, but the situation surrounding nature.
Goa Gajah, or the stranger is often called the elephant cave, located in Gianyar regency, Bali Indonesia. To get into the area of Goa Gajah, travelers must pay a fee in advance. This cave is located lower than the road. Most of the structure of the soil in this area is a stone wall.
To get to the cave area, you have to go through the steps, and through the stairs down to the bottom. This area is quite extensive. It's just that, while the stairs, you will hear the sound of the music from bamboo. It's just that the music was coming from the loudspeakers, not played by the artist.
Goa Gajah (elephant cave) is an artificial cave used as a place for religious study. Very old age, around hundreds of years. This cave is a place for Buddhist Hinduism. Religion that developed long ago in Bali, and is different to that of today.
Goa Gajah or elephant cave, has a pretty nice at unique and interesting. In front of the cave there are two ponds with six female statues spouting water. Water and the pond was purified, so no one was allowed to bathe in this pond, visitors are only allowed to wash your face with a little water to take a hand in the statue are within easy reach. Although the possibility of yore this pond is used as a bathing place of the kings. In the pond there are a lot of fish. Some of them have a very large size, making it difficult to move. This fish is also very purified.
A large tree that was in front of the cave, showing how old this cave age. Goa Gajah was first discovered by people from the Netherlands. Since Bali was colonized by the Dutch. When the cave is covered by soil / buried. Then the Dutch government a dig against this place, and make this place as a cultural heritage with high historical value.
In the area of Goa Gajah, also a temple complex called the Budha Temple. The temple is located at the bottom of the cave area. You have to go down to the river area to be able to see the ruins of the temple. The temple has been destroyed. Not known to cause destruction of the temple.
Budha Temple area is amazing. The sound of a water fountain in the river with the chirping of birds and crickets, making the atmosphere very comfortable to linger stay ti this place. There is also a large tree with a stunning large roots at the bottom of the tree. You can sit at the roots and rest awhile. Do not forget untup take photos while sitting under the tree.
Down to the pond area to the west, then you will see dindin stone around the pond area. This stone is very menakjupkan dindin, because lebuk dihat rock by the water flow, with the green color of the moss growing on the stone walls.
Goa Gajah is a very amazing place. This area is to calm down as it takes place from the bustle of the city. If this search for peace of mind and soothe the soul, then Goa Gajah is a very inappropriate place to visit.