Goa Giri Putri, a place of pilgrimage for the Balinese
The temple of Goa Giri Putri is accessible in 30 minutes from Toyapakeh following a brand new road. It is located inside an impressive cave. Many Balinese make the trip from Bali to Nusa Penida specifically to follow the complete course of purification which includes about twenty stations inside the cave. You will spot people coming for the ceremony easily on the speed boat, dressed in white and bearing their offerings. But most of them will come back on the same day to Bali because they are scared by the reputation of the island.
How to get to Goa Giri Putri
You can rent a sarong in the small shop selling drinks if you do not have one. Cross the road and climb around fifty steps. After a donation (20,000 IDR per person) and a quick purification ceremony you will be ready to enter the temple. The priest will probably show you the entry because it is not easy to find. You enter almost crawling through a very small passage. After a few meters you will reach a huge cave. There is artificial light so you will not remain in the dark. Follow the path and walk among the different temples. The purification process takes place at each temple inside the cave and lasts about 2h30 but you can go faster.
The Trimurti bracelet
But do not miss the last ceremony at the last temple of the cave. You will have to ask for it and even maybe wake up the priest from his nap. The priest will perform the ceremony and the give you a bracelet consisting of three cords : black, white and red. These cords represent the three gods of the Trimurti : Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Don’t forget to give a small donation. You will then normally come out of Goa Giri Putri through the other end of the cave which offers a beautiful panorama.