Yeh Pulu is one of Bali’s fascinating archaeological sites that you can visit in the central Bali highland village of Bedulu. After a descent on foot following a lush forest trail, you’ll discover a rice field, freshwater springs and an impressive 25-metre-long array of carvings etched into a rock face. These reliefs depict mythological wayang or shadow puppet characters, Hindu gods, as well as people going about normal village life.
Yeh Pulu is located in a ravine between two of Bali’s most historically significant rivers, the Petanu and Pakerisan. Its name means ‘water of the stone vessel’ in archaic Balinese, which matches its rugged natural setting with a combination of stone carvings and freshwater springs.
The site that dates back to the 14th century is only several minutes’ transfer southeast from Goa Gajah, another historical complex within the Bedulu region. Some 200 metres to the north of this main site is a sacred bathing place, also decorated with sets of naturalistic stone reliefs. The site was excavated by the Dutch authorities in 1929 during the occupation in Indonesia.
Among the most prominent are reliefs of the elephant-headed god Ganesh, horsemen, an ascetic, and a seated woman. Compared to Goa Gajah, Yeh Pulu is less visited, and the combination of fresh air and green paddies can be very rewarding.
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