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Pura Goa Lawah, Bali

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Visit Pura Goa Lawah for a chance to see a quivering mass of leathery bats covering the cave's ceiling and walls. Several Hindu shrines and pagodas surround the cave's entrance, built in the typical many-tiered Balinese style. In addition to the colony of fruit bats, locals believe this cave also houses the mythical serpent Naga Basuki. Although you are unlikely to catch a glimpse of him, you may spot a large python feeding on the fruit bats. By using our Padangbai itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Pura Goa Lawah and other attractions in Padangbai.
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  • We stopped by with 4 year old in tow. About an hour drive from our location in Ubud. Stayed about 45 minutes mainly to witness a ceremony. Apparently we stumbled upon a cremation ceremony happening ar...  more »
  • The temple is located on the main road to east Bali. Not crowded and quite cheap entrance. The temple is not that big but the caves are in gorgeous amount. Spirituality feeling was strong 
  • Stopped by earlier today on my scooter ride from kuta to amed. It was a very interesting rest stop. Beautiful temple and the bats make it quite unique. You can get quite close to them. Fun to watch. A...  more »
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  • is the most important temple that is included in a series of Balinese ceremonies of the sea (Goa Lawah) to the mountain (Besakih). As the name goa mean cave there is a cave very deep no one know how depth the hole of the cave, in the mouth of cave thousands of lawah (fruit-bat) hanging on the cave wall, luckily if you see a Python creep along crack of the wall hunt the bat.
  • Very active temple, often there are ceremonies going on here (or on the beach in front), definitely worth a stop, check out the big bats, awesome! Small entrance fee for foreigners, sarong is provided at the entrance if you didn't bring your own...
  • Goa Lawah is one of Bali’s most important temples. It features a complex built around a cave opening that is inhabited by hordes of bats, and its name translates to 'Bat Cave’. This temple was established in the 11th century by Mpu Kuturan, one of early priests who laid the foundations of Hinduism on the island. Goa Lawah is located in the village of Pesinggahan, Dawan district, bordering the Klungkung and Karangasem regencies. This landmark is one of the first stops on tours to Candidasa and further eastern regions within the Karangasem regency. The Goa Lawah Temple is a large complex on the north side of the Jalan Raya Goa Lawah main road. It is a stopover for holidaying locals who come in with offerings and do short prayers before continuing with their journey. For general visitors, it is an included itinerary on temple tours for photo opportunities together with refreshment breaks at the kiosks across the road on Goa Lawah Beach. You can see the outline of Nusa Penida Island on the horizon from here. Location and Setting The Bat Cave temple is located at the south east coast of Bali, roughly 10km away from Klungkung, 10km south of Candidasa in the village of Pasinggahan. It's just beside the main road tot he eastern part of Bali such as Candidasa, Padangbai, Karangasem, Amlapura and next to a beautiful black sandy beach. From here you can see at the horizon the coast of Nusa Penida. It’s now a common stop for heading towards the east. For tourists and worshipping locals who are on their way and stop to give offerings and pray. The rather large temple complex is built around the entrance to a cave that is home to many, many, many! bats. Goa Lawah translates into Bat Cave for a good reason. You will see two large, majestic banyan trees at the main entrance. Some shrines in the centre are ancient from the time the temple has been established. Take notice of the motifs of the dragon who is in charge of keeping the universe at balance. Good to Know According to some tales, the cave has a pathway up to Besakih temple in the north at the foot of Mount Agung. It is believed that a Mengwi prince discovered the connection when he took refuge in the cave hiding from enemies. Some locals also believe that there are two more pathways, one to Tangkid Bangbang and one to Talibeng. Although those claims have never been proven. Mornings is a good time to witness many locals who come for their prayers. It’s generally a busy place because of its popularity and its easy access but one can still experience the magnificence of this place. Afternoons are also nice as it is not so hot anymore and visitors enjoy the shady places underneath the trees. Hindus on Bali celebrate the anniversary of their temples (piodalan), which is based on the Balinese 210 days cycle calendar (Pawukon). To visit main temples such as Goa Lawah or Uluwatu is a great experience. When on Bali always check with the locals if some piodalan is scheduled during your visit. The busy temples on Bali are well kept and maintained, also Goa Lawah is in great shape and some costly renovations can be financed due to the entrance fee and the high numbers of visitors. Like at all main temples on Bali you will find countless souvenir shops and little restaurants (warung) where you can buy the usual souvenirs, some drinks and food.
  • This is one of sacred temple in east part of Bali, for Balinese people who wants to go to Lombok they will be stop in here for worshipping before continue their trip. In this place also have a lot of seafood restaurants with cheap price and kindly staff and good taste of food.
  • Amazing bat temple. There is a secret path at the back where you go up the hill to the other temple and see the views of the vicinity.