Nusa Penida Island is Bali’s little brother. In terms of beauty, it is indeed similar to Bali Island. However, the region offers some distinct allures to tourists. For example, there is the famous Goa Giri Putri Temple. The location is in Suana Village at Klungkung Regency. Unlike regular temples, this one resides inside a cave! “Goa” means a cave, after all. This sacred place is considered one of the biggest temples in Nusa Penida. Due to the uniqueness, lots of tourists visit it over time either to conduct exploration or photography.
As mentioned before, the temple is located inside a cave. Thus, it would be challenging to get to the temple later. For the information, the temple resides on 150 meters above the sea level and it has the length of about 310 meters. Due to the popularity, it has a high number of visitors as well. No wonder, the nuance becomes both sacred and merry. When it comes to the name, “Giri” means a hill while “Putri” means a princess or a girl. In order to get in the site, tourists should conduct some efforts. They also need to pass through 110 stairs to reach the mouth of the cave. The size of the entrance is only 80 cm, so it takes some efforts to get in it.
Exploring Goa Giri Putri Temple
It is true that Goa Giri Putri Temple has a prime function, which is to accommodate local Hindu when it comes to worship. However, it turns into a new vacation destination these days. Tourists are interested to visit the temple due to the unique location. They won’t find other temples that reside in a cave, after all. As for tourist activities, the most common thing to do is photography. They take photos in front of the temple, especially when there is no worshipping time.
What is next? Aside from photography, people also come to Goa Giri Putri Temple to learn legends related to the temple. The site even features a sacred fountain! It is said the water is able to cure some diseases in a mysterious manner. No wonder, some visitors carry some of the water as a souvenir and use it later to cure their family members. The only consideration is the difficult accessibility. In fact, tourists need to bow down when exploring the cave.
Despite the small entrance, Goa Giri Putri Temple is able to accommodate lots of people. Thanks to the vastness. Here is an important rule. Any menstruating women are not allowed to enter the location. It is because the cave is considered sacred, so visitors should take care of its purity. Even littering is highly prohibited.
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