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

If you are interested in visiting this wonderful place, Please book our special tour program “Ubud Eat Pray Love Tour Package“.

Notes:

  1. Located in Tampaksiring this is about 18 km northeast from Ubud.
  2. Admission is 15,000 rupiah, sarong gives rented for a symbolic donation.
  3. 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.
  4. There were not many tourists around, so you could walk through the rice fields and the temple peacefully.
  5. 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.
  6. Take off your sandals and enter one of the many temple caves – incense, offerings and darkness makes for a perfect space to meditate.
  7. Go early, bring water and a hat
a greenery rice terrace is welcoming you at the entrance of Gunung Kawi

a greenery rice terrace is welcoming you at the entrance of Gunung Kawi

We follow the stairs to get to the entrance of the temple.

We follow the stairs to get to the entrance of the temple.

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We need to sprinkle our self with the holy water at the entrace before entering the inner-part of temple.

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We can find the sign of the temples location near the entrance.

We can find the sign of the temples location near the entrance.

Turn left from the entrance and we will see this amazing view.

Turn left from the entrance and we will see this amazing view.

We can find some cave which is consider sacred

We can find some cave which is consider sacred

On the other side we can see the other temple nestled above the beautiful river.

On the other side we can see the other temple nestled above the beautiful river.

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We need to take of our shoes before entering the most sacred part of this temple which is The place of meditation of The King of Udayana in 11th century.

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Balinese in front of meditation place of King Udayana.

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A Balinese kid is standing in front of the meditation place of King Udayana.

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Stair path on the way up to the car park lined with souvenir shops.

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