PURA GOA GIRI PUTRI: Nusa Penida Cave Temple

Aug 29, 2022 | Bali, Indonesia

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Pura Goa Giri Putri cave temple was one of the most surprising tourist spots on our entire Nusa Penida tour and unlike anything we’ve seen anywhere else in the world. You don’t have to be Hindu, or even religious, to appreciate the beauty of Pura Goa Giri Putri, and we recommend it to anyone visiting Nusa Penida island.

Keep reading this guide for everything you need to know about Pura Goa Giri Putri Temple, including dress code, entrance fee and what to expect.

Best time to visit Pura Goa Giri Putri Temple

Pura Goa Giri Putri is open from 7am until 5pm daily, with special ceremonies every weekend and on other significant Hindu dates.

There is also a sign at the bottom of the stairs stating that you should not enter the temple if you are menstruating, after childbirth, or if your thoughts are not pure. Just a few things to keep in mind before planning your trip.


How to get to Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave

The best way to get around Nusa Penida is by scooter – this island is just not made for cars. Most accommodations will be able to arrange a scooter rental for you, and if you hire for multiple days you can usually haggle down to around 60,000 IDR per day. If you’re not comfortable driving a scooter, a popular option is to hire a car with a private driver.

Pura Goa Giri Putri is on the northeast of Nusa Penida and took us around 40 minutes to reach from Toya Pakeh. It’s only around 15 kilometres from the Toya Pakeh harbour, but the roads are pretty slow going in Nusa Penida.

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Entrance Fee

Once you arrive at the parking area, you’ll be required to rent a sarong for 5000 IDR before you enter Pura Goa Giri Putri. We tried to plan ahead and bring our own cover-ups but they weren’t permissible and we ended up having to rent the ones in the parking lot.

Aside from the 5000 IDR sarong fee, you’ll also need to make a “donation” to the temple. Making a donation is not optional, but how much you donate is up to you. It’s unclear exactly how much they expect from tourists, but we paid 20,000 IDR each and that seemed fine.


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What to expect at Pura Goa Giri Putri

A staircase of more than 100 steps will take you up the hill to the entrance of Pura Goa Giri Putri. This is where you will pay your donation and meet the monks who will show you how to enter the cave.

When we were told the entrance to Pura Goa Giri Putri Temple was a tiny hole, we honestly thought they were joking. If you have claustrophobia, you may not fare well here. Once you slip through the entrance, you’ll need to awkwardly crab walk a few metres until the cave opens up and you can stand.

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Given how small the entrance was, Pura Goa Giri Putri absolutely stunned us. It is by far the largest cave we have ever seen, and we were shocked that this could possibly exist through that tiny hole in the rocks.

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This enormous cave is over 300 metres long and around 15 metres from floor to ceiling. A pathway leads from the entrance to the end, with several different spots of worship along the way.

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There were only a handful of locals at Pura Goa Giri Putri when we visited, praying and making offerings. The offerings involve incense making the air hazy and thick. It was incredibly humid in the cave and if you have asthma you should definitely bring your inhaler.

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Towards the end, you will reach a section of Pura Goa Giri Putri where tourists aren’t allowed to cross. It’s important to be respectful of the rules and considerate of the people there to worship.

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Once we reached the end we turned around and exited back through the tiny hole we came through. However, this is not the only way in and out! No one had told us and we didn’t realise until doing our research to write this that there is another exit at the end of the cave. 

Apparently, it’s a much larger exit and leads to a viewpoint overlooking a dense forest with monkeys around. From there, you hike back down and along the road to the parking lot. Let us know if you exit this way!

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