Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century temple in Tampaksiring that is spread across either side of the Pakerisan river. It comprises 10 rock-cut shrines that are carved into 7-metre-high. Sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face. Carved by hand into the hillside rocks a thousand years ago, this temple showcased the worshippers’ determination in an ancient time. There are four groups of buildings sculptured, three temples and a Buddhist temple on the Gunung Kawi. This is presumed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives.
This temple, known as the “Valley of the Kings” is beautifully located in a river valley surrounded by beautiful rice fields, forest and river. You first along a steep staircase to walk down. Along the way you will have stunning views of the valley and rice fields. As you walk through the stone entrance turn left to view five magnificent 7 meter high statutes. If you look directly across the boulder strewn creek, you’ll see the other four shrines. Reached by climbing down 300 steps, the location at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields is quite stunning. The structures are carved into the sides of a steep river valley, and the river crossed by twisting trees and vines
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- Located in Tampaksiring this is about 18 km northeast from Ubud.
- Admission is 15,000 rupiah, sarong gives rented for a symbolic donation.
- It is quite an effort to reach this temple, from the car park area you need to descend about 300 steps. However the effort is totally worth it because the natural beauty of the natural environment is amazing. It is surrounded by river, hills, rice terraces, coconut trees and just greenery everywhere. The view from the steps was just fantastic. Take your time and you will be ok.
- There were not many tourists around, so you could walk through the rice fields and the temple peacefully.
- Lots of nice backdrop to take your photos from architectural, cultural, or nature. The scenery here includes a beautiful river, a nice ancient bridge, rice terraces, ancient sculptures embedded in walls, etc.
- Take off your sandals and enter one of the many temple caves – incense, offerings and darkness makes for a perfect space to meditate.
- Go early, bring water and a hat