Goa Lawah Temple is a Bat Cave in Bali which is used as a Hindu temple for worshipping the Hindu gods. Located around 30 minutes drive north of Sanur on the east coast of Bali, Goa Lawah is a small cave which has hundeds, if not thousands of small bats living inside the cave. The local Balinese Hindus have built a Hindu shrine out the front of the cave which is used for praying. Also around the temple grounds are other shrines and a tall Hindu pagoda, a multi level tower.
Goa Lawah Bat cave is located on the main road that travels along the coastline of Bali. The Hindu temple is located directly opposite the seaside in area called Klungkung Bali.
To enter the Hindu temple you need to be dressed appropriately, covering your legs and shoulders. If you are wearing shorts you can rent a sarong and special Hindu sash which is wrapped around your waist. The rental fee to use the sarong and sash is only 2000Rp (around 20 cents).
The entrance fee to go inside the Goa Lawah Temple costs 6,000Rp for adults and 4,000Rp for children.
You can walk up behind the main shrine area and can see the bats hanging from the roof of the cave and flying around. You are not allowed to walk up the steps to the main shrine unless you are a Hindu.
As this is a sacred place to the Balinese Hindus there are strict rules for visitors:
- All visitors must wear sarong and sash to respect Hindu worshippers and Balinese Culture
- Women on period (menstruation) are strictly forbidden to enter the temple.
- Do not climb on the steps of the temple shrines and entrance gate of the sacred cave.
- Do not walk in front of worshippers!
- Smoking is not permitted in the temple grounds.
Getting to Goa Lawah Temple Bali
It is around a 30 - 40 minute drive north from Sanur to get to Goa Lawah
From Kuta it would take around 1 hour - 1 hour 20 minutes to get to Goa Lawah depending on traffic.