The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is one of Nusa Penida’s most underrated tourist spots but not to be missed on your adventures around the island!
Here is a complete guide to Goa Giri Putri including where it is and what to expect!
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WHERE IS PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI
Pura Goa Giri Putri cave temple is located on the north-eastern tip of the island. From the main harbour of Toya Pakeh, it is approximately a 30-minute ride.
There are a number of scooter rental shops on the beachfront at the harbor that will be able to sort you out with some wheels. My friends and I paid 70,000 Rupiah per day with a full tank of gas.
Be sure to get a helmet as an extra precaution for riding on the roads in Nusa Penida as they are not very well maintained with potholes and loose gravel everywhere.
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The altar inside Goa Giri Putri
ARRIVING AT GOA GIRI PUTRI TEMPLE
There is a small carpark at the entrance to Goa Giri Putri Temple and here you will also be asked to put on a sarong which they rent out for 5,000 IDR before being allowed entry to the temple.
Take the winding staircase midway up the mountain and you’ll be greeted by a man that will bless you with some holy water to the forehead. The entrance fee is by donation so we each paid 20,000 IDR.
The road entrance to Goa Giri Putri
Holy water blessings at Goa Giri Putri
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI
At first, I thought the man was joking when he said “enter here” and pointed to a small crack in the rock. It was a challenge trying to squeeze through this crack with my backpack and then having to crawl down into the cave.
I was absolutely jaw-dropped at how insanely huge the Pura Goa Giri Putri cave is, my guess is 300 meters long and 15 meters tall. It was like walking into a scene from the movie Alice In Wonderland, from feeling too big to squeeze through a tiny hole in a rock to feeling like the size of an ant once inside the cave.
We wandered deeper into the Pura Goa Giri Putri cave and stumbled upon a small group of locals sitting in prayer around an altar. Incense filled the air and we pretty much went unnoticed as we walked around the cave.
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The Goa Giri Putri cave entrance
Locals praying around the altar inside Goa Giri Putri Temple
Inside Pura Goa Giri Putri
The pathway inside Pura Goa Giri Putri
GOA GIRI PUTRI – CONTINUED
Follow the pathway to the end of the Goa Giri Putri cave to a viewpoint of a small village in the lush green mountainside. You can exit the cave here or head back the same way you came and crawl back through the hole in the rock.
I was lucky enough to experience a local man playing some very nice tunes on his steel xylophone in front of another altar at the end of the Pura Goa Giri Putri cave.
After he finished playing, he introduced himself to me and asked where I was from. I said “I’m from Australia”, and he was quick to respond “G’day mate.”
If you have been to Indonesia before, you will know what I’m talking about when I say that Indonesian’s are the most genuine and friendly people you will come across.
Local man playing his xylophone
BEST TIME TO VISIT PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI
You can visit Pura Goa Giri Putri as early as 7am and until 5pm. I am to believe that there are mass prayer ceremonies on the weekends where some 100+ locals fill the cave.
If you are able to, try not to miss one of these mass ceremonies as this would truly be an unforgettable experience.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA
Nusa Penida has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Nusa Penida to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa
This amazing beachfront 5-star resort is centrally located on Nusa Penida island. Pandawa Beach Resort offers beachfront rooms, outdoor swimming pool, free wifi and ocean views. The rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen tv’s, private bathrooms and modern interior. A continental or buffet breakfast is included for all guests.
Mid Range: La Roja Bungalows
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida! These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people featuring spacious rooms, private bathroom, air-conditioning and free wifi. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge and restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included. Perfect place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Nusa Garden Bungalow
The best budget accommodation in Nusa Penida! There are dorm rooms, double rooms and family rooms available at Nusa Garden Bungalow at a very affordable price. These Balinese-style bungalows are fitted with a fan, mosquito net and ensuite bathroom. Perfect for solo travelers and friends.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
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AIRBNB NUSA PENIDA
Another option for accommodation in Nusa Penida is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Nusa Penida Island.
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