Gunung Kawi Temple

gunung kawiAt the depths of a verdant river channel flowing within the tiny town of Tampaksiring rests one of Bali’s comprehensive antiquated temple network, the Candi Gunung Kawi. Gunung Kawi is a 11th-century temple located north east of Ubud in Bali and organized across Pakerisan river. This is unquestionably one of the most gorgeous uncommon archeological sections apart from being a significant divine spot for the Balinese.

Top Bali Religious Sites

  • Besakih Temple
  • Garuda Wisnu Kencana
  • Goa Gajah-Elephant Cave
  • Tanah Lot Temple
  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Ulun Siwi Temple
  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
  • Goa Lawah
  • Pura Taman Ayun
  • Pura Tirta Empul
  • Gunung Kawi
  • Pura Ulun Danu Batur
  • Pura Tirta Ganga

To reach the temple be programmed to take hundreds of steps. It is not going to be easy like approaching any other temple or waterfall in Bali. While the ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary each year the temple is exquisitely enhanced and ornamented providing a most celebratory and fascinating setting for photographs.

It includes 10 inflexible shrines that are cleft into 25 ft covered cubbyholes of the steep rock surface. These statues are committed to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his beloved queens. Devoted to the kings of old times, the complex reflects a particular cryptic climate of antiquated myths of misremembered Balinese kings. Myths state the statues were sculpted out of the stone front in one night through fingernails of KeboIwa, a distinguished military commander in the ancient Balinese Kingdom who owned mysterious powers. On the east side, you can discover five temples that are devoted to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta, and their sons Airlanga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata.

Facing the divine Pakerisan River, which also passes by the Tirta Empul saintly Water Temple a kilometer up north.The candis approximate miniature structures conquered by extensive three-tiered roofs carrying nine lingam-yoni fertility symbols. Meager rock caverns that actually attend as meditation localities enhance the memorials, where Buddhist priests practiced to sit and envision. Over the river and alongside the first rock shrine collection is the operative temple lawn that the locals actually indicate to as Pura Gunung Kawi.


How to dress :

  • Women: Should wear a sarong (clothes that wrap from waist to ankle), Kebaya and need to tie a scarf or a sash on the waist. Please note, woman during menstruation, are not allow entering the temple area.
  • Men: Should wear a sarong, a shirt, a scarf or a sash tied around the waist and Udeng (Balinese headdress create from elaborately folded clothes).

How to get there : There are three main ways to see the Balinese temples. You either sign up for a group tour, you rent a car or you rent a scooter.


Gunung Kawi Temple
Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Why you must do a Bali temple tour during your trip?

You get to discover the stunning locations and amazing vista around the temples

The spectacular architecture and unique designs of the Balinese temples worth a look

The cultural side of the real Bali is rich and tranquil at the same time. You must experience it.

You will get to learn more about Hinduism

You do not have to go too far from your hotel to find a temple. The temples are nearby most of the popular beaches. From tiny shrines to big temple complexes, choose what you want to see.