Pura Goa Giri Putri temple (also known as Karangsari Cave) is another neat hidden temple in Nusa Penida, Bali, but this one is unique because it’s inside of a huge natural cave.
Hindu ceremonies are still performed here, but it’s also open to tourists. Exploring this cave is an interesting experience, for sure.This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
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What To Wear To Temples In Bali
You'll need to wear a sarong to enter most temples in Bali.
A sarong is a traditional skirt you tie around your waist, that can usually be rented on the spot for a small fee like 5,000 Rupiah (less than a dollar).
Or, if you plan to visit a lot of temples in Bali, it may be worthwhile to shell out for a sarong of your own to keep. They're very cheap!
Goa Giri Putri Cave Temple
The Goa Giri cave is located halfway up a hill on the east side of Nusa Penida island, so you have to climb 100+ steps to reach it.
At the top, a Hindu priest will flick some holy water on your forehead as a purification rite. Then, to enter the cave, you get to crawl through a small opening in the side of the rock. With a backpack it may be a tight squeeze.
After crawling a few meters through a narrow, slightly claustrophobic passage, the inside opens up to a huge room with high ceilings. There’s a lighting system set up inside, but a flashlight could still be handy for some parts.
It’s a big, dark cave almost 300 meters long, and if you follow it all the way to the opposite end it exits into some dense green hills with monkeys.
Inside the cave, you’ll see bats and maybe a few spiders, and it’s also home to two species of endangered purplish-orange crabs that live in the Goa Giri cave and nowhere else on Earth.
All in all, it was a fascinating and unique experience!
There’s a small 5k Rupiah fee for renting a sarong and then a second small fee (‘donation’) to actually enter the cave temple at Pura Goa Giri Putri.
For the donation, we paid 10k each and that was fine.
How To Get To There
The Pura Goa Giri Putri cave is on the east side of Nusa Penida island.
The parking area is accessible by car or scooter, about 15 minutes drive from the Sampalan docks or accommodation in north Penida.
From the parking lot, it’s a short 5-10 minute walk uphill to reach the cave entrance.
Looking for more info on how to get to Nusa Penida island in the first place? You can find that here.
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This island is loaded with nice beaches, cliffs, caves, and snorkeling spots!
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