Jan 7, 2017 – Campuhan Ridge Walk, Goa Gajah (Elephant Temple), and the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

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Goa Gajah (Elephant Temple)

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Ranah, Franki, and I had not done any hiking recently, so we decided to try the Campuhan Ridge Walk. It takes less than an hour to complete and provided some great views of the surrounding jungle. The three of us had hopes of seeing some rice terraces, however, the Campuhan Ridge Walk has none to offer. So afterwards, we took some lesser known paths following a nearby river. At first, we were just hiking in the jungle and didn’t find any rice terraces. I did happen to spot a rare Balinese black monkey. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of it. As we left the river’s edge and were heading back to the main road, we finally stumbled upon some rice terraces! Yay, what a relief!

Following our quest to find rice terraces, Franki, Ranah, and I took an Uber to Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Temple. The cave’s façade looks quite menacing! The interior has about a 13 meter long hallway that leads to a T-junction with several statues inside. The cave dates back to the 11th century and was discovered in 1922.

Just before sunset, the three of us headed to the Tegalalang Rice terraces which is one of the largest rice terraces in Ubud! I loved it!

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