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GOA GIRI PUTRI
THE CAVE OF THE PRINCESS

"Very nice to have seen. We were through quite quickly (not even 45 minutes) because we have been outside the tourist season. Island is mainly for beaches and views + good food!
That's why it's nice to have this temple! Impressive to see, you can easily get through the entrance. At the foot of the stairs he is expected (due to short clothing) to pay 5,000 rupiah per person for sarong."


 

          One of the most unique attractions of Nusa Penida is the extended cave temple of Goa Giri Putri. If you have visited other famous cave nipples such as Goa Gajah or the Goa Lawah in Bali, the Goa Giri Putri is at a completely different level. This cave is so large that it could accommodate thousands of believers at the same time. Apart from the various priests, the only permanent residents are a large number of bats. This limestone cave on the east coast about 4km north from Suana village.

To enter the cave, you must first do some climbing. A long staircase brings you to the entrance of the cave temple. The entrance is a small opening between two rocks. Behind it is a gigantic cave filled with incense fumes and the sound of murmuring priests and ringing bells. Although admission is free, that is not the case in reality. You are expected to make a donation.
After the priests have given you a sarong and cleansed you with holy water, it is time to enter the entrance: a small opening just big enough for an average adult. But once you get through that, you see that the contrast between the entrance and the cave is very striking in size.

 

Goa Giri Putri is a Shivaite and Buddhist temple, which is fairly normal in Bali. What is unique about it, apart from being in a huge cave, is that it is also a goddess temple. "Putri" basically means "princess." As you walk through the dark caves and corridors of the temple, you will come across a number of smaller religious spaces that are dedicated to various female gods.

Perhaps most striking is the space for the Chinese Buddhist goddess of compassion, Guanyin. Although it is known that the Chinese had an early influence on ancient Balinese culture, it is quite unusual to see goddess statues of the regular Chinese belief in a Balinese temple.

Goa Giri Putri is also known for its holy water. The significance of holy water in the Balinese religion cannot be underestimated because it is necessary for just about every type of ritual. Although certain types of holy water from normal water are used with the blessing of a priest, this water from the cave temple comes from a natural source. Goa Giri Putri is also known for its holy water.
 

 

From a travelogue:

"You can only climb the steep stairs with a sarong that you can rent for 500 Rupia. On top you have to pay 20,000 Rupia pp, not 50,000! and then lower yourself through a man's narrow opening to reach the enormous Hindu temple after 3 meters. It is moist, warm, dark and impressive. Something different than the viewpoints and the beaches. You must have done this if you want to believe it. And note: you do not have to go the same way. At the end there is a staircase down, so you don't have to worry about a tricky clambering back. Photography is allowed, even with flash!"

 


Hotel Arsa Santhi

Situated in the Nusa Penida area, Hotel Arsa Santhi Nusa Penida is the perfect place to experience Bali and its surroundings. Only 60 km away, this 3-star property can be easily accessed from the airport. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Hotel Arsa Santhi Nusa Penida offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Bali. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour room service, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, ticket service.
Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include closet, air conditioning, balcony/terrace to help guests recharge after a long day. The property offers wonderful recreational facilities such as boats, snorkeling, outdoor pool, diving, fishing to make your stay truly unforgettable. Hotel Arsa Santhi Nusa Penida is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort, and convenience in Bali.

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