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
The Trip to Gunung Kawi Temple
After arrivead at the car park, we continue by walk passing some shops with shopkeepers occasionally push us to buy. It took 100 meters walk to reach the ticket booth where we paid IDR 15.000/person and they give us sarong to use before entering the temple. From there we continue to walk the concrete steps with some shops on the left side and ricefield on the rightside. At that time the rice paddy was already 2 month so everything look green and beautiful. After 15 minutes walk, we arrived at the temple gate where we springkle holy water on our body. We arrived there at 11am and not many tourists around. The long walk with many steps might be one of the reasons why tour agents do not to include this temple on the tour package, instead they put the easy explpred nearby Tirta Empul Temple on the package.
Gunung Kawi is one of the favorite Bali Temple. Detailed carvings right on the hill are stunning and lush nature surrounds you. As a hidden bonus, when you make it all the way to the “end” of the temple grounds (when you turn left after the bridge) follow the little path on the left until you see a sign that says “Stop” – but keep going. You’ll have a short but beautiful walk in the rice fields, forest and will eventually reach a secluded waterfall where you can go for a swim!
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