Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Goa Lawah - The Famous Bat Cave Temple of Bali

The famous Bat Cave Temple of Bali is located on the coast near Kusamba village, east of Klungkung, west of Candidasa.

I would love to assist you in getting to it to experience its majestic structures and magical feeling.
I'm a local, English speaking guide and driver and have taken hundreds of people literally to see Goa Lawah, the Bat Cave Temple which was built by Dang Hyang Niratha in the 16th century.

The cave is named for the hundreds of bats who live in it.  These fruit-eating bats are considered to be holy, and a shrine marks the entrance to their home.   Entering the cave (for priests only) is challenging because of the low roof completely covered with bats and a thick coating of guano on the floor.  It is, however, easy to see and photograph the bats from outside the cave.

Legend has it that the cave extends all the way to Besakih temple, possibly continuing to an underground river.  Goa Lawah is also associated with the mythological snake, Naga Basuki.

Across the road from the temple on the black and beach, you can observe locals making salt in the tradition way.  Also, you can see Nusa Penida Island from the beach across the Indian Ocean.

Let me help make your visit to Bali spectacular.


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