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Mandala Bungalows Pliatin - Tuesday 19/12/78 - sunny and warm

Brad woke up and is feeling good. We had breakfast of fruit salad and toast. We drove to the Monkey Forest which is along a track outside of Ubud, but we couldn't find any monkeys. We had a look around in the markets and bought some material. The markets absolutely stunk where the food part was. In the afternoon we decided to go to the Elephant Cave near Bedula. However, we couldn’t find it but had a beautiful drive up to Tampaksung. The countryside is lush with spectacular narrow V-shaped valleys with deep fast flowing rivers. It was all rice fields and palms. We then drove to Granyan and on our way back asked the way to the cave. We got pointed down a track and after a while a lot of children said to follow them. There must have been 7 or 8 kids and 1 grabbed each of our hands and proceeded to lead us through the paddy fields and put a hibiscus in our hair. We ended up at some sort of shrine with a holy spring and not the cave. When we got back to the bikes they all expected payment (naturally), so we gave our individual guides 25rp (5c).

On the way back to Ubud we stopped at some tourist markets and bought some leather goods and would you believe that opposite was long-searched elephant cave. We paid 100 rp and went down. There were some old baths with statues spouting water and then the cave, with a big carving around the entrance. It was really dark inside and there were 2 little shrines. We then went home. For dinner we went to Murni’s Restaurant and had sweet and sour pork. It had been a good day.

Looking for the Elephant Cave

Looking for the Elephant Cave

Our little helpers

Our little helpers

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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