Gunung Kawi│Tampaksiring. 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. It comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that are carved into 7 meter high sheer cliff face. From the entrance to Gunung Kawi it’s a rather steep climb down some 270 steps to reach the actual site itself. This is no easy feat carrying a 20 lbs child on your back in the sweltering heat and intense humidity, but Justin did pretty well, and we were in no rush at all. Luckily the pathway leads past some breathtaking scenery, and stopping for breaks to look over the terraced rice fields is almost worth the trip alone. The stairway continues to lead down to the river and at one point cuts through an embankment of solid rock. As we reached the entrance of the temple, Justin continued through the main entrance, which is carved through a rock, but I walked along a steep wall to get more pictures of the stunning rice terraces. We will have to do a separate post on that since we clearly took too many photos to show them all here – there was just too much beauty to take in. We were both taking pictures, Justin with the GoPro and me with the DSLR.
Still all sweaty, we started our climb back up the 270+ steps that led back to where our driver was waiting for us. Of course, going up is much more challenging than going down but it was a little cooler on the way back and we took it slow since Elijah was sleeping in the carrier on Justin’s back.
Gunung Kawi Temple
Temple entrance fee: IDR 15.000
Opening hours: 07:00 am – 05:00 pm.
Address: Banjar Penaka, Tampak Siring, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia