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Mount Kawi

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Gunung Kawi is a temple complex centered around royal tombs carved into stone cliffs in the 11th century. It is located amid scenic rice terraces about 30 minutes from Ubud. Note: There are more than 300 steps to climb.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Pakrisan River, Tampaksiring 80552, Indonesia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is also call Ullungkawi and is at the based of a ravine. This ravine Wally were carved by monks hundreds of years ago and is very majestic and atmospheric. You park at the top if the steps, pay 10k to hire a sarong...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Geoff T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You need to climb down a steep hilly path to get to this place. While the climb down is easy, climbing up is treacherous. But it s absolutely worth it. There are two small streams and water falls en route to this temple that are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank anusha p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice zen place. You need to cover your feet with some cloth. If you do not have some the merchants at the entrance will be sure to provide you with some. When you enter you will be bugged by some merchants selling wooden things,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Historic place of Balinese and Javanese culture. To reach the sites you have to go down to 315 steps. Perfect scenery and the megalithic temple are beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lalapalupi
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

A very exotic and magical place. Charming sculpture. A reassuring nuance. A combination of nature that we rarely enjoy. Here we can enjoy the beauty between the mountains, rice fields, temples, sculptures, and the sound of the river soothing.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

visit these temples in june there isn't enough words to say how beautiful they are make sure you put it on the list to do you won't be sorry but you will be if you don't

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Karen L
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Possibly the best temple I've been to. Incredible huge stone tombs carved into the cliff face and lots of small caves set into the hills too. Brilliant climb down through the stunning, untouched rice terraces to reach the tombs set around the sacred river. Warning...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful complex to visit. Tombs carves jnto the mountains. Interesting to learn about how different religions treat death - similar concept to Petra in Jordan or Pyramids in Egypt.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank lslevy
Reviewed October 8, 2018

nice walk trough the fields to get to this place, the people still use this temple for ceremony. impressive statues.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dietwee
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

I don’t understand people who give this place bad rates just because of stairs, cmon people... this place looks amazing, connecting beautiful environment and amazing temple carvings in rock. One thing that might be annoying are not the stairs but those vendors on you way...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SunshineSeeker100
March 4, 2018|
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Response from Tib18 | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure there were toilet facilities as well as stalls selling refreshments.
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hayAsaki
June 24, 2017|
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Response from Randy S | Reviewed this property |
I would say one hour is enough but it does depend on your fitness. 15 minutes to go down and 15 to come up plus 30 minutes at the bottom would work. It does not leave a lot of time for pictures or to sit and relax, but it... More
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hayAsaki
June 24, 2017|
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Response from Randy S | Reviewed this property |
One hour is enough. About 15 minutes down and 15 up. That leaves you a half hour at the bottom. If you take lots of pictures or want to enjoy the site you might need and extra 15 min.
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baxirahul
Singapore, Singapore
Bali 7 nights itinerary (12 Replies)
Dear Experts and Advisers, Thank you for reading and advising. I will be travelling to Bali later this month ( 27 Nov- 4 Dec).Travelling with wife and 5 year old son. Planned for 7 nights. Need guidance on the below itinerary. Interested mainly in culture, nature, markets and temples, along with some beach and water sports may be.Planning to split to 4 nights in Ubud and 3 nights in Seminyak. I have not done any hotel bookings yet, so please feel free to suggest any change in the itinerary,...More
November 16, 2016|
Response fromjan j|
That's a hefty itinerary! Just a few pointers to help you out Day 1. There is no evening market in Ubud Day 2. There are around 270 steps down to Gunung Kawi, suggest you do this in a cooler part of the day Day 3. Campuhan ridge walk is exposed to sun, suggest you do this early morning. Do not go to a dance during the day as these are put on for tourists, wait and see one in the evening. Day 4. Tanah Lot is close to Seminyak, wait till you are staying there to visit. Give Kusamba a miss,...More
Heidi O
Accommodation in Ubud (5 Replies)
I'm arriving on Bali in less than 3 weeks time and have nothing booked as yet (mostly because we we are going to Lombok after Bali and have had to cancel Rinjani and the Gilis, so making things up as we get closer). I'm thinking we will spend the first 4 nights in Ubud. We arrive late at night so that will only equate to 3 full days - we might extend that by another 2 nights if we love it, or will move on to another area on Bali (probably for snorkeling/diving). I've done a reasonable...More
September 04, 2018|
Response fromWorld traveler|
Look at jalan Bisma (car accessible) Or Somewhere around sari organik (not cat accessible) Go to Google maps, punch in sari organik Ubud and zoom in, you will see several homestay that will left lifetime impression especially if the rice fields are yellow
tugboat9
Mount Kawi, Tampaksiring (7 Replies)
Hi guys has any one been here? Looks Amazing. How hard are the stairs, i have read reviews saying easy to hard. And do we get tricked in to paying for a guide? Or its just put on a sharong and start walking? I said after our last trip to bali we were temples out saw so many. But this looks really interesting. Thanks
December 21, 2017|
Response fromcbimages|
tugboat, there are around 300 steps, they are uneven and there are no handrails. You go down first. We did it exactly 6 months after my hubby had a hip replacement, he was 72 years old and I didn't think he's make the last 50 or so steps back up. A local guy grabbed him by the arm and assisted. We both felt it the next day and could hardly walk for a couple of days. Hubby was also carrying my camera backpack for most of the climb up, it weighed 11kg, so that no doubt just added a bit to the...More