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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Sujatha M
Bengaluru, India82 contributions
Couples
Entering and walking down the steps, we were not feeling very enthusiastic. It was a humid afternoon and all we saw all along the steps were shops selling stuff - sarongs, souvenirs. The rice terraces on the sides were good. But once we reached the temple, we were blown away, by the natural beauty of the place and the large stone carvings. And there was hardly anyone else, which added to the charm. Loved the experience and glad we went.
Written May 21, 2022
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Expatleen
Ubud, Indonesia79 contributions
Beautiful location, amazing surroundings on the way down. Currently very empty, health protocols are not very obvious, also not very needed when visiting this site as you are pretty much alone. The local people that are still around are friendly and good spirited.

Make sure to bring or buy water at the shop near the entrance as nothing much is open on your way down and the stairs are steep.
Written October 31, 2020
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Red Fox London
London, United Kingdom402 contributions
Couples
I would say best time to visit is after lunch. You will hardly meet any tourists then. Do not be put off by the reviews mentioning so many steps. It is not really too hard to climb. You can go left off the main path to see one small candi. The rest is well maintained, easy to walk, plenty of souvenir shops, a coffee shop close to the main entrance. The price for locals and people with KITAS is 30.00, for tourists 50.000. Parking 2.000
Very easy place to visit. Nothing special or extra spiritual there, but OK to go and chill. A good place to get nice curved coconut lamps, mad on site. Couldn't find such nice ones anywhere else in Ubud.
Written February 7, 2020
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands7,487 contributions
We combined The Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul in one day. Two of the most beautiful templegrounds we have visited on Bali.
This 11th century temple complex (one of the oldest on Bali) is thought to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu, his wives and favorite concubines. There are shrines (7 meters high) carved out of the rocks. To get to the temple and shrines you need to descend 371 stone steps. Next to the stairs there are lots of nice souvenirshops and on your way you have a beautiful view at the surroundings. This templecomplex is quite large, located in a jungle environment. There are lots of stone walkways and stairs. A unique templecomplex surrounded by beautiful nature. You have to wear a sarong which you can borrow at the entrance. We had our own sarong with us. A must see!
Written May 21, 2020
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IWayanSuteja
Kerobokan, Indonesia8 contributions
I love this place so much. I can feel a very positive energy of this place. A beautiful scenery of the rice paddy and the crystal clear water of the river chilled me gently. Spent some time for meditation in this place is an extra benefit. Great site to put on must visit tourism object
Written January 28, 2020
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Robby
Bali, Indonesia24 contributions
Friends
This place was really beautiful, so much meaning at there. Religion , culture and legacy. When I came here I was very amazed because in my opinion this is one of the relics that must be preserved. as tourists, we should be able to maintain the purity and cleanliness there. come to Bali must see this place. really a recommendation

Written May 18, 2021
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Emily P
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After parking our bikes and purchasing our entry tickets, we headed to the gate. The four men checking tickets demanded we leave our helmets with them, we politely declined. They were pushy about so we just left them and headed into the ruins. The whole place was beautiful.
On the way out we went to collect our helmets. I looked inside mine and there was what looked like ash stuck to the roof. Upon peeling it off, we discovered inside was a capsule containing some powder, it was secured there by some kind of dried clay. I know it wasn't there before as I always check my helmet before putting it on my head.
While we were investigating this capsule all four ticket checkers had turned to face away from us. We left it on the ground and rode away uneasy.
I don't want to make assumptions, so I'll leave it at that. Watch your things no matter how pushy they are.
Written January 22, 2015
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Bec PM
Canberra, Australia322 contributions
Family
We recently visited Gunung Kawi temples, which was part of a day trip to Ubud area, from Seminyak. The Gunung Kawi area was kid-friendly, in that it had a cool bridge to walk over, and a pretty flowing creek down below. The carvings in the rock wall were huge. Our kids liked to see the terraced rice paddies from the café (though having soft drinks whilst doing it probably helped!) and it was an easy way to see the rice paddies being worked (from a distance), without having to go on a separate trip specifically to rice fields. There were some areas to explore, and some amazing gold and ornate detail on the dais, made it all interesting enough for kids. We didn't drag them around for ages, or spend time discussing it, just kept moving.

It is about 20 to 30 minutes north of Ubud, and about 90 minutes from Petitenget/ Seminyak area, depending on traffic and time of day, of course.

Our driver parked in the parking area (costs about 5000 rupiah) just off the main road, and we walked along the street to the entry area and ticket booth (couple of minutes walk, though your driver could possibly drop you off down the street at the ticket booth area). Of course, the walk talks you past loads of shops and stalls! There were some pushy sellers upon arrival, but plenty of places to buy sarongs, drinks etc. In fact, the handicrafts and things for sale (heaps of stalls/ stores along the road and down the stairs) were reasonably priced (compared to Seminyak anyway!).

Small cost to enter (15,000 per adult, 4,500 per child) and you need a sarong (or covered legs & sash). Pay at the ticket office at the top of the stairs, then a ticket checker is about 2 metres away, takes half the ticket off. Then just near that, is steps going up to Kafe Kawi. The rustic cafe at the top is good for cold drinks & amazing view, before or after (there is a 'western' toilet here too, but don't expect too much & BYO tissues or TP).

The stairs were not as bad as we expected from reading about it, but yes, they could be an issue for some. My husband did carry/ piggy back the 9 year old up part of the stairs on the way back! Towards the end, we could have all done with a Sherpa, but just took our time, stopped at some of the shops on the way up (they had coconuts on offer, some had cold water, no idea how much, probably depends on how sweaty you look!) and rested in the shade.

There was plenty of shade too around the temples, and I am sure it can be very hot and humid here in the middle of the day. We were there fairly early but it was quiet, peaceful area, not many other visitors.
Written March 10, 2015
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EredGorgoroth1
Jakarta, Indonesia9,912 contributions
Family
The only shrines that is carved into mountain rocks in Bali at 7 meters heights. The ten rock-hewn temples are Candis, named after the goddess of death, Candika, consort of Shiva. The four are located by Pakerisan river, the next five is across the river, and the one is hidden down the stairs, and not as majestic as the other nine. Gunung Kawi (Mount Poem) temples are not tombs. Little known about this place, but most used theory is that these temples are monuments to King Udayana and his consorts. Near the temple complexes are a Buddhist monastery, thought to take care of this place. A few hundred meter from Gunung Kawi temple, on the same Pakerisan river, is Pura Pegulingan. An ancient Buddhist Shaivite temple that has Bali's largest stupa. Fragments of Panca Dhyani Buddhas were found, among others, Aksobhya, Amogasiddhi, and Ratnasambava. More Buddhist artifacts can be found in Gajah cave, also nearby. King Udayana is known to call the five Buddhist monks from Java to establish a harmony between Buddhism and Hinduism in Bali, where Mpu Kuturan is believed to formulate a Balinese religion, an amalgamation of Buddhism and Shivaism.

In lush green rice terraces and trees, a small road with souvenir shops ended at the entrance of Gunung Kawi. Around 400 steps climbing down the river with beautiful scenery of the rice terraces, coconut trees, verdant valley and Pakerisan river. It was raining since early in the morning. The temple complex down below can be seen from the stairs. We passed an irrigation waterways, a bridge and arrived at the valley by the Pakerisan riverbed. On the left is four rock-hewn Candi, carved into the mountain rock in the shape of Candi, an Indianized Javanese temple architecture. Stood 7 meters high is majestic, mystical and so ancient, during the era when tantra were spread out in the vast region of Sumatra, Java and Bali. Across the river is the five Candi in similar shape and size. View from the bridge is scenic, huge trees are grown by the riverbed, and the rain added more gushing water. In front of the five Candis are long rectangular pond. At the left end of the complex is a coconut shell art shop. On the right side, more caves can be seen. A rock mountain deeply carved to be a meditation center is the King Udayana's meditation chamber (Jero Gede Payogan Raja Udayana). People are asked to remove their shoes before entering the meditation center. Water drips from some corner of the all-rock chambers. A very quiet place, secluded by mountain high stone rocks.
Further going right, more smaller caves can be seen, and a Balinese pura temple. There is a Temple at the peak of a hill but we didn’t go there.
Written February 29, 2016
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Paul_Jarvis
Perth, Australia38 contributions
Solo
You arrive at Gunung Kawi and are met by a huge car park clearly made to handle buses and loads and loads of little shops.
I arrived a little after 8am following a sunrise walk in ubud. Very few of the shops were open and the car park was empty making for a very pleasant visit. I'd imagine later in the day it would get ugly.
Gunung Kawi has steps... Lots and lots of steps down the hillside into the valley. If you're unfit or not sturdy, don't even try it! It's a long way back up.
Even leaving so early the walk up the hill was hot, very hot, drink water or you'll be on the floor by the time you reach the top.
The complex is gorgeous and intriguing. I got to enjoy it completely solo which was amazing. This temple apparently was made for meditation and I truly could get a grasp of that with no one else around.
The walk down to the stream is well worthwhile too, down into the shade where the water cascades down from the hills, it's a beautiful experience looking up at the temple and downstream to the crossing.
I'm very pleased I came here, next time I'd do it even early and explore the surrounding countryside as it looks fantastic.
Written November 3, 2013
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