The Famous Cave of Judas Escariot

A long drive from my place to one of the known tourist destinations here in the Kingdom known as Jebel Al Qharra or also known as Judas Cave in Al Ahsa. The capital city of Al Ahsa is Al Hofuf which is showed in the map below.
IMG_2457It took us about three hours trip just to get to this location. We passed by wide desert and little vegetation.1395347_351184785027494_615427151_n

But it was definitely rewarding once we arrived at the Famous Cave of Judas Escariot. We were also somehow intrigued how this attraction got its name. But according to legend, this is the place where Judas Escariot, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, hid after he forsaken Jesus Christ and betrayed Him and eventually committed suicide right at this place. We were in doubt if it is true since it is was not mentioned at all. Yet, we didn’t care about it since it was considered famous that is why we came and experienced how it looks like.1375146_351194831693156_2105258687_n 1378379_351194041693235_1621240401_n 1379574_351194928359813_2076445984_n 1381941_351194011693238_199817135_nThe view was amazing but it was just plainly a view. The place also kinda stink since other visitors or I don’t know who is doing it somehow peed in the place and smelled urine. They did not maintain the cleanliness of the place which makes it a downturn.

Since we were not satisfied with our trip in Al Ahsa, we have thought of other ways to enjoy and drove a little further for a place where quad bikes or ATVs were present just to compensate for the long trip going there.1381809_351185678360738_1888008403_n 1382312_351198915026081_173786143_n 1383387_351185728360733_2144161744_n


12 thoughts on “The Famous Cave of Judas Escariot

  1. Hi, I just came across your blog looking for some destinations in Eastern Province to spend the coming Eid holiday. I’m working and living in Dammam and thinking to visit this mountain. I just want to know how to go there from city proper of Al Hofuf and how long will it take. Since I don’t have a car and I don’t drive, is it possible to hire a taxi? How many hours do I need to spend there? Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Hello Marvin,

      I’m so sorry if I got back to you late. I had a friend who lives in Al Ahsa so, he was the one who toured me around. It would be better if you got some friends who live or stay there rather than traveling alone or hiring a taxi. Safety is the main concern I have whenever I travel alone in Saudi Arabia, so, you have to think about it too. Well in Judas cave, I spent almost half an hour there, spelunking. It would be more beautiful now since the last time I was there, they were constructing some buildings for tourists.

      I know I was not of help but hope you’ll find a safer way to get to Judas cave.

      Kind regards,
      The Lone Traveler

    • HI, Garry here… I happen to have traveled to the cave in 2014 and was closed for repairs during that time so I’m heading off from Royadh to Hufuf again these holidays. It’s about an hour drive from Khobar and should be more accessible from Dammam. PM me maybe we can go together, jje.

      Should you travel by taxi, better travel with a companion or in a group and ask for Jabel Al Qara. (Google it here:!4m2!3m1!1s0x3e3794b441cf227d:0x98249723735628e6!5m1!1e4?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZusXUmPrOAhXpK8AKHeLdDGEQ8gEIGzAA)

      • Hi Garry,


        I would have loved to travel and see the cave again with some friends but I am no longer in the Middle East and I am exploring different country. We don’t know we might bump into each other’s ways, it’s a small world after all. 😉

        Kind regards,
        The Lone Traveler

  2. I’ve just been to Judas Cave on 28th June 2014 and was so amazed by the beauty of the rock formations. It reminds me of my visit to the chimney-like rock formations in Turkey. The place is now cleaned far from what I’ve heard few years back. Workers are in place installing lightings and cameras deep in the caves. As I saw it, the site is being developed for serious tourism with new buildings being constructed to look like a business center, souvenir items stalls, hotel and restaurants. Saudis should be proud of this tourist destination.

    • Thanks for dropping by Renato!

      Yes, I saw the difference, too. I came back in Judas Cave last April and there were a lot of movements going on. It sure does make a good impact to tourists esp the centre that they were building once it is done.

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