Goa Lawah Temple

Goa Lawah Temple, Bali

Goa Lawah Temple
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zebragorda
Zihuatanejo, Mexico281 contributions
Mar 2020
With so many Temple to see in this part of the world we became a little jaded by this time but still impressed by the structure
Written 21 April 2020
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Cassie W
Windaroo, Australia894 contributions
Jan 2020
There was a ceremony happening so we could not go up through the entrance. We were given a guide who took great pains to tell us that he does not get a salary so he would welcome tips. While he put a sarong on me a lady threw a necklace over my head saying it was a gift. I knew I'd be paying for that later. They have it down to a fine art though and you kind of have to go with the flow.

The guide was pretty informative and I learned more about the temples and beliefs. The cave was incredible with the roof completely covered in bats. The ceremony involved many groups of people bringing their offerings while many others sat and prayed. I enjoyed watching the proceedings for a while.

As we left the hard sell started. The guide had told us about the Balinese calendar and he brought over a woman who wanted to sell us one. She made sure to mention karma is a thing. Then one step outside the gates, the necklace ladies were swarming around us. They were super aggressive to the point of being nasty and it spoiled the experience for me. It also felt out of place, yelling at the tourists while a sacred ceremony was going on inside.

I don't blame them for wanting to make money from the tourists - we are asking them to share their culture and lives with us. And I have no objection to paying entrance fees and guides etc. But this sort of aggressive behaviour pits us against each other - tourists vs locals. It was very calculated too - different ladies put necklaces on each of us so they could claim we were supposed to buy something from each of them. It turned a great experience into a very uncomfortable one. It doesn't have to be like that. This was the only place we experienced this to this level in Bali.
Written 2 February 2020
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sleepy155
Sunny Isles Beach, FL213 contributions
Jan 2020
This small temple has a cave behind the main alter that is the home of thousands of bats. There are many legends but the main attraction are the bats. Outside many vendors will try to sell you sarongs but they are available for rent if you did not bring your own. Nice stop on a tour of the east side of Bali.
Written 28 January 2020
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands7 478 contributions
May 2019
We rented a car with driver and guide for a whole day for € 65,00 to make a trip to Goa Lawah, Goa Gaja and The Besakih Temple. And to enjoy the view on our way. Tis is a nice little temple known for its bats. There was a ceremonie going on and at the back lots of women where making offers for a festivity. We took a guide at the temple to get more explanation, his English wasn't that good unfortunately. Nice to visit for one hour.

We hadden een auto met chauffeur en gids gehuurd voor 1 dag voor € 65,00. We hadden zelf een route gepland naar Goa Gaja, Goa Lawah en de Besakih tempel. Deze grot staat bekend om de vleermuizen. We huurden ook een gids hier maar die sprak helaas niet al te best Engels. Er was een ceremonie bezig, wat altijd leuk om te zien is. Achter de tempel waren veel vrouwen bezig om offertjes te maken voor een religieus feest. \ Leuk om even te bezoeken, trek een uurtje uit.
Written 13 January 2020
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Ni P
Taito, Japan159 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We made a quick stop at this temple and were pleasantly surprised. There was a real prayer ceremony going on .. which made it very Interesting.. . The ticket price includes matching yellow sarongs for all visitors and made for nice pictures !

Unfortunately for us- we went at 1 pm when the sun was at its peak.

The several dozen or more bats hanging from the cave - easily visible from a distant .. you don’t have to walk much .. was pretty cool.. this temple is also right across the beach / walk way.
Written 30 December 2019
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VOODOO-THANG
Whitehorse, Canada206 contributions
Dec 2019
Very interesting small temple with lots of legends. The secret to this place is to arrive about an hour before sunset with a driver that knows all about the legends. Just after sunset all the bats start to exit the cave which lasts for about an hour. Definitely worth a wait for a bit but I would not stand around for hours to see.
The entrance price is 30,000 which includes your sarong rental. They put it on properly for you and give you good luck necklace.
Definitely worth the visit if you time it correctly.....
Written 11 December 2019
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Franziska R
6 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
The whole thing starts off in the parking lot where the ladies tell you to buy a Sarong. You do NOT have to buy one because you can rent them at the temple. At the entrance you will have to buy tickets, although there is apparently another entrance for free on the other side. Here people put necklace on you “for free for good luck”but later on they use this against you to push you to buy something. Also they yell you you cannot visit without a guide which you have to pay extra of course. We didn’t really understand much of the explanation though. The temple itself is small but pretty. The cave is full of bats but you can’t enter the caves because as the guide told us, there are snakes in the cave...
At the end of the tour the guide shows you the Balinese Calender which he also wants you to buy. As soon as we said we didn’t want to buy one, the smile drops and he turns around and leaves. So he didn’t even hear us that we would like to make a donation instead.
So altogether a disappointing experience. Go if you have never seen a bat before or a temple on Bali otherwise I would definitely NOT recommend.
Written 27 November 2019
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Gergö D. N.
Varmahlid, Iceland103 contributions
Oct 2019
One of the most interesting temples you can visit in Bali.
The innermost part of the temple was built at the opening of a cave full of bats. There are hundreds of them hanging from the ceiling and flying around.
The grounds surrounding it are also really pretty.
Be careful with the really pushy sellers trying to sell you a sarong as you get out of your car. You don't have to buy one, you can borrow one for free at the entrance.
Written 14 November 2019
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JTMFraginal
Cainta, Philippines225 contributions
Oct 2019
The temple is just beside a highway but it was a rare temple as it was more advertised for its Bat Cave. Anyway, the temple grounds was amazing as it has the Hindu traditions portrayed in the artworks, sculpture and edifices.
Written 20 October 2019
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jonnyaut
Vienna, Austria46 contributions
Sep 2019
Small nice temple. We went there during a ceremonie. A ton of bats are in the cave. Definitely go there.
Written 12 September 2019
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