Gunung Kawi Rice Terraces. Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century temple and funerary complex in Tampaksiring, 18km northeast of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. It is spread across the Pakerisan Valley, a lush area is also known as the “Valley of Kings”. At the bottom of this valley lies one of Bali’s oldest and largest ancient monuments. We already showed you this awe-inspiring temple earlier this month. If you want to see those pictures, you can check out that post HERE. From the entrance to Gunung Kawi it’s a rather steep climb down some 270 steps to reach the actual site itself, but climbing back out was more difficult than climbing in. The best part of this journey down the stairs, is the incredible views of the surrounding rice terraces. THAT is what we want to share with you today. Look at Justin’s excitement about these rice terraces….
This beautiful Balinese girl was sitting outside her parents store. I really loved the square mosaic glass bowls that you see behind her. They were on sale all over Bali, but we didn’t buy any. I wish that we did, but they would only add to an entire house of things that we one day have to somehow move or sell when we leave China.
So dreamy: The blues skies and scattered clouds…
Justin had Elijah sleeping on his back, so he followed the stairs all the way down to the temple, but I walked along a narrow stone wall to get an even better view of the rice terraces. In the picture above you can see that I was standing directly above hubby, on a wall with no railing. I leaned over the edge and zoomed in to get a picture of him sending me some love…
The above image is just awesome – a happy snack lady – but it is not mine. I found it on this guy’s website. He has some incredible pictures from his time on Bali! Notice how the guy in the above picture is wearing the same sarong as Justin. That is because as you arrive at this temple, and pay your admission fee, a kind man wraps a sarong around you, and ties a very authentic knot in the front. Since this is a religious site, it is required that everyone that enters is dressed moderately.
I stood on the steep stone wall admiring the views, and watching this local Balinese man hard at work. It turns out that I was standing near a nest of ants, and by the time I noticed they were ALL OVER ME, but I was on a very narrow path so I couldn’t react the way that you normally would when covered with insects… you know, running and flinging your arms and legs in all directions, perhaps even making some sort of high pitched noise too (well, that’s what I do!). There were a few other people ahead of me, so I tried to maintain composure while subtly slapping my arms and legs.
Gunung Kawi is a great little excursion from Ubud, and we definitely recommend that you check out this place if you are on this island. If you are lucky enough to see it with as few people as we did, then even better! These rice terraces were tranquil and serene, and worth the 300 steps each way!