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Goa Lawah Bat Cave Bali

Friday, September 26, 2008

Gua Lawah or Bat Cave is one of favorite places of interest in Bali and it is located near of hilly bank so it is called reef of Middle hill. This cave is located in Pasinggahan countryside, Dawan sub district, Klungkung Regency, east part of Bali and about 1,5 hours from Denpasar Town. There is a nature cave dwelt by thousands of tail bat located at north side from Jeroan/center of Gua Lawah Temple . Meanwhile the main road from Klungkung to Amlapura is just in front of the temple. This cave is apposite to the beautiful beach with black sand along the coastal area.

The temple itself is built just in front of a cave opening in the coastal cliffs. The cave is home to thousands of fruit bats, and according to legend, a giant dragon-like snake called Basuki also makes the cave its home. The legends also say the cave extends all the way to Besakih temple, more than 30 kilometers (19 miles) away. Apparently, fear of the giant snake has kept anyone from checking this legend out.

Goa Lawah is Bali's most important temple for matters pertaining to the afterlife. On holy days, the beach in front of the temple is the site for funeral rites for those that can afford it.

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