The Goa Lawah temple is one of the six most important temples in Bali. The others are Lempuyang temple, Uluwatu temple, Andakasa temple, and also Seleyukti temple. The Goa Lawah name come from 2 words which are Goa  (cave) and Lawah (bats). So you can say that this is a temple with the form of a cave where you can see thousand of bats inside the cave.

goa lawah temple sign

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The Goa Lawah temple is located in the Pesinggahan Village, Dawan district, Klungkung Regency, Bali, which is about 10 km to the east of Klungkung city or around 50 km from Denpasar city. You will need to travel for about one and a half hours to reach this place from the Ngurah Rai International Airport through Prof. Ida Bagus Mantra bypass road. This temple is also in line with Candidasa tourist attraction.

It is said that this temple was built to honor the sea gods and beside the bats, it is also said that 2 giant snakes live inside the cave that considered as the guardian of the cave. The snakes are a couple, where one of the giant snake is a male and another one is a female. No one ever said to meet these snakes, except for one man, the Jero Mangku or holy man that leads the ceremony.

bat cave at goa lawah temple

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Overall, when you visited this place, you will be amazed by the view of the Goa Lawah temple and the mystic atmosphere in this place. Across the temple is a beautiful beach, which you can enjoy while relaxing and eating in the small restaurants scattered around this area. Have a nice trip!

Goa Lawah Temple

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