The great temple Pura Goa Lawah is located in the district of Klungkung. Its attraction is the holy bat cave. On the cave ceiling and over the entrance thousands of fruit bats hang on the rocks. Those visitors who are not afraid of the buzzing and the acrid smell of the animals and their droppings can experience religious Hindu ceremonies live in the temple.
The cave was probably already an ancient place of worship for animistic religions, before the temple was foundet in the 11th century was of Empu Kuturan, a Hindu priest from Java. It is one of the six holy temple on Bali. The Balinese believe in an underground tunnel that will connect the cave with the holy Besakih Temple, which represents the connection between the lower and upper world.
Things to do near Klungkung
At the coastline near Klungkung travelers find a 10km long, black sanded beach that invites for a long beach walk. The beach goes from Kusamba, along the bat caves of Goa Lawah temple, until Padangbai. At Goa Lawah temple the beach is directly across the road. Don't miss it.
Padangbai is another well known village near Klungkung. Padangbai harbour offers frequent connections to Lombok and the Gili islands. At the beautiful lagoon of Padangbai you can observe the bustle of the locals. To the left and right of Padangbai you can find good beaches for swimming and sun bathing.
At the city of Klungkung the famous hall of justice Kerta Gosa is located, which was for centuries the seat of the charge of the island's Supreme Court. The building from the 18th Century is considered one of the finest examples of Balinese civil architecture. At that time high Brahmin priests judged in the name of the king of all crimes.
Travel to Klungkung
Goa Lawah is about 9km from Klungkung on the east coast of Bali. Coming from Kuta the road winds along the coast towards Sanur. The driving time will be 1.5 -2 hours, depending on how the traffic is in the Kuta area. Unfortunately, there is no public transport available. So we recommend to take a taxi or to book at a tour operator.