Goa Garba – Ancient Temple Ruins In Pejeng, Bali
Goa Garba is an ancient cave temple and 12th century archaeological site in Pejeng, Bali.
This is a peaceful hidden spot in the jungle where you can see some ruins and escape the usual tourist crowds of Ubud. There’s a hint of Gunung Kawi to it, and I find places like this just fascinating.
This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
Facts & History
It’s hard to find any historical info on Goa Garba, but according to inscriptions on the upper temple it was founded in 1116 AD by King Jayapangus.
It was a school and place of study for the king’s children, and the niche in the rock wall at the bottom was used for meditation.
Balinese legends about Goa Garba say the 14th century military commander Kebo Iwa was trained and educated here before the Majapahit Kingdom entered Bali from Java.
Goa Garba – What To Expect
Goa Garba has what I love: ancient ruins, and peace and quiet!
This is a very peaceful spot with almost no tourist traffic. We only saw two other people during the whole time we were there. Evidently the place is just not known to many local or international tourists.
The ruins sit on the bank of the Pakerisan River, and there’s two paths where you can walk down to the river for different views.
I do wish there was a sign explaining the history behind this place, because I didn’t know anything about it until I left and looked it up later. It’s hard to find any historical info for Goa Garba. But maybe that’s part of the intrigue.
FREE as of 2020.
There’s no entrance fee here. That may change over time as the place becomes more popular with tourists.
How To Get There
Goa Garba is located in Pejeng, Bali, which is only 15 minutes east of Ubud.
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