*Not to be confused with Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu. Similar names, very close location but certainly two different temples.
As you make your way down to the temple, you’re welcomed by the sound of running water followed by lush greenery. Gunung Kawi is set among rice terraces and the jungle, which makes the setting stunning.
*No there are no bodies or ashes buried here but rather these Candi’s have a little niche or small chamber beneath the Candi, accessed by a sloping shaft from the front where symbolic offerings of food and other objects, representing the necessities of earthly existence are placed.
There is a Bhuddist monastery at the rear of the complex as you cross the bridge. Within the courtyard around a stone pavilion, there are cells hewn out of the rock. It is believed that the monks lived here and were most probably the caretakers of this place. To the east of this main group of cloisters, there is a smaller and second group of cells.
*Some of the areas further up, behind the main complex can be a bit slippery with moss.
I have to admit, the walk down is rather fun but the hike back up… I burnt off everything I had for breakfast.
*What goes down must come back up. The walk back from the temple involves huffing and puffing, if you get my drift.
Its located in Tampaksiring village.
- 5km from Pura Tirta Empul
- 35 km from Denpasar city
- 50 km from Kuta
- 68 km from Nusa Dua.
- It is on the same route as Pura Goa Gajah, Pura Pusering Jagat and Pura Tirta Empul.
Entrance fee cost about Rp.15,000 per person.
Take a bottle of water and be prepared to walk!
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