The temple is built in front of a cave opening inhabited by thousands of bats, which are regarded sacred and therefore protected from hunters. Legend says, the cave leads all the way up to the mother temple Pura Besakih, 30 km away, which however cannot be checked and confirmed due to the giant snake living inside the tunnel. According to another story, the tunnel was destroyed in a large earthquake in 1917.

The close connection between Pura Besakih and Goa Lawah is represented in the mythological belief that Goa Raja -a temple at Besakih- forms the tale of the dragon Basuki, while Goa Lawah forms its head. The dragon Basuki is one of three dragons that were brought to earth to save it. He symbolises the balanced cycle of nature: Water evaporating from the ocean, coming down onto earth as rain, and returning to the sea with the rivers.

Established in the 11th century, Goa Lawah is one of Bali’s nine directional temples and thus one of the most important ones.

Goa Lawah Cave

Goa Lawah

Inner Court


Access is possible through a side entrance but not step-free. Inside the small temple it is easy to stroll around. We provide portable ramps carriers where needed. For detailed information with photos about accessibility at Goa Lawah contact us.