Bali Backpacker's Guide

“Balinese Petra” of GUNUNG KAWI TAMPAKSIRING TEMPLE (Pura Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring)

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS TEMPLE?

UNIQUE TEMPLE 
The temple build by carved the rock hill.
Just like Petra in Jordan. But, it’s in Bali.

HERITAGE PLACE
It was established on 11th century.
Old inscription found on the site.

AWESOME ENVIRONMENT & ATMOSPHERE
Beautiful rice terrace, river and high tree.
Fresh air and peaceful place.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Tirta Empul temple, Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple.
You can combine to visit those places.

THE FOUR TEMPLES:

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DESCRIPTION:

Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple  is a complex temple which located in the near Pakerisan river in Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali. It was established on the natural rock hill.

Gunung Kawi consist of two words, Gunung and Kawi. Gunung means mountain. Kawi means carving. So, Gunung Kawi means carved mountain. It was found by a dutch, H.T. Damste on 1920.

It was established in 11th century as written in the stone inscription in Gunung Kawi, Tampaksiring. The founder was King  Anak Wungsu, the son of King Udayana. It was for funeral monument, praying and meditation place. 

THE FIVE TEMPLES:

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*) You will found The Five temples after you across the river.

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

CEREMONY on Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple:
5 September 2017, Purnama ketiga
xx 2018

HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 15K
Child : IDR 7.5K

*) They will provide saroong. You have to wear it to respect the holy place.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR 2K

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*) There are two temples who has the same “Gunung Kawi” name. Here is Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple. The other is Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple. Both place are near to each other. Make sure you visit the correct temple.

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Penaka, .
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Tampaksiring
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 41 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour and 20 minutes.
About 15 km northeast of Ubud or 30 minutes.
About 52 km northeast of Kuta beach or 1 hour and 45 minutes.
About 54 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google maps as your navigator.

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*) A room for meditation. Cold, quiet and dark. But, it has good air circulation and exotic smell from incense.

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop selling snacks and souvenirs.

RICE TERRACE VIEW BEFORE THE TEMPLE:

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PAKERISAN RIVER AND BIG TREE:

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*) Before arrive on the temple you will step down the stairs and found amazing view. A rice terrace. Then, between the temples you will found a river with the big tree.

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR GUNUNG KAWI TAMPAKSIRING TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple:

1. Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple.
2. Tirta Empul temple (Water temple).
3. Agriculture tourism spot.
4. Tampaksiring president palace.

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 1 itinerary.

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*) You need to hike to found this temple.

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*) A new temple was build near the site and used for hindus praying.

WATCH THE “GUNUNG KAWI TAMPAKSIRING” TEMPLE FROM VIDEO:

*) Since the temples made from limestone, it will easy broken/damaged by dripping or flow water. I think government archaeological & conservation board should concern about this issue. Sterilize the upside area from the water maybe is a wise step. Otherwise, this heritage will be damaged.

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