Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi is not just a historical site; it’s a journey into Bali’s spiritual past. Its serene beauty and cultural significance make it a must-visit for anyone exploring Bali.

Gunung Kawi
tombs of Gunung Kawi’s royal family,

Discover Bali’s Ancient Temple Complex

Introduction to Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi is a captivating ancient temple complex in Bali, Indonesia. Located in Tampaksiring, this site offers a glimpse into Bali’s rich history. Carved into a river valley surrounded by lush greenery, Gunung Kawi is a serene destination.

Historical Significance

Dating back to the 11th century, it is believed to serve as a memorial to King Anak Wungsu and his favorite queens. The complex comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that stand majestically about 7 meters high.

Unique Features

The candi are carved into the rock face, resembling doorways to another dimension. This site combines natural beauty with architectural genius, showcasing Bali’s spiritual heritage.

Access and Best Times to Visit

It is accessible from Ubud by a 30-minute drive. The best time to visit is early morning to avoid crowds and experience the mystical atmosphere. The site requires walking down stairs, so comfortable shoes are recommended.

Surrounding Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Tirta Empul Temple, known for its holy water spring, and the scenic rice terraces of Tegallalang. These sites provide a full day of exploration in Bali’s cultural landscape.

Local Cuisine

Trying local cuisine is a must. Warungs (local eateries) offer traditional Balinese dishes. Babi guling (suckling pig) and ayam betutu (spiced chicken) are popular choices.

Events and Festivals

Bali’s calendar is full of cultural events and festivals. Visiting during Galungan, Kuningan, or Nyepi offers a deeper understanding of Balinese culture.

Gunung Kawi tours from Ubud

There are several tours available from Ubud. Full-Day Kintamani Gunung Kawi Private Chartered Car Tour from Bali has pick-up points in Kuta, Denpasar and Ubud.