Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century temple and funerary complex in Tampaksiring north east of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia., that is spread across either side of the Pakerisan river. It comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that are carved into some 7-metre-high (23 ft) sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face. These funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. On the east side there are five temples that are dedicated, according to one theory, to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta, and their sons Airlangga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata. The temples on the west side are dedicated, according to the same theory, to the king's minor queens or concubines.
Inscription: on the north shrine (east side) a legible inscription reads: "Haji Lumahing Jalu," meaning "the king made a temple here."
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Matthijs van der Veer | Feb 28, 2018
Very beautiful temple. As always, you can borrow sarongs. They are included with the ticket and you get them when you go down. So don't buy any, the saleswomen will gather round you to sell them.
Mohammad Mostafa | Jan 26, 2018
Very big place, nice, I like it because of its unique architecture and site seeing. Also you can buy ther nice souvenirs but you should reduce thr price 4 or 5 times less than the seller says. That if you like to pay the real price. If it doesn't make deference, so you can buy and pay that price which seller says. Any way people are good and friendly. Place is amazing.
Pablo Figueroa | Feb 5, 2018
This was a cool Temple! It was less crowded than some other sure. It was 2k for motorcycle parking and 15k for the entrance fee. The carved rock was really cool, and being partially covered in the jungle was a cool touch. It was only a 30 ish minute scooter ride from Ubud, so not too bad
Danny Standing | Dec 30, 2017
An awesome site, with some spectacular views. Beware of the steps, particularly in the hot weather. Even younger people were struggling with the steep steps. Wear sensible shoes and don’t be pushed into buying a sarong from the traders en route to the entrance. The ticket price includes sarong hire if required.
Intan Maya | Feb 18, 2018
Recommended place! You will see temples in the walls! It is difficult for me to explain, but you can search by yourself.
Deny saputra | Mar 23, 2018
Distance is far from denpasar city. To go to the temple should go up and down the stairs are quite tiring. But not in vain, because the temple looks still very beautiful and awake. For visitors are expected to keep polite because this is a temple that is still actively used for places of worship. Usually the worship service is done in the afternoon.
Akihabara Bananya | Mar 23, 2018
315 steps. Carved into the local rock, interesting and not crowded. Probably not worth a special trip, but if you're in the area might as well.
yunus emre | Mar 12, 2018
The temple is quite large, consists of several parts. Pass up and down the stairs. Quite exhausting, but it pays off with a very unique and cool temple amazement.
Sling Adventures | May 15, 2018
Make sure you arrive first thing in the morning (6-7 am). You will then have the this special place to yourself. The light filtering through the trees makes this spiritual place also magical. Descend the stairs to the valley temple through a small village and cascading rice paddies. As a sacred place you need to wear clothing to cover your legs and shoulders. Sarongs are available from the village but not in the early hours of the morning, so bring your own.
Jaclyn Kline Torres | May 2, 2018
Not as crowded as you'd expect for a UNESCO world heritage site. You need to go down about 300 steps across small bridges and rice paddies to get to the royal tombs -- definitely not for expecting mothers! Also, they expect a small donation for the sarong.
Jenian Marin | Apr 22, 2018
Fascinated by this place after seeing it in The Fall, one of most beautiful movie ever made. It situated in a river valley. You must walk down the valley to visit this temple. The temple is a carved and sculptured rock wall, with several traditional ritual houses. The river itself is surrounded by lush green scenery, clear water, and relaxing natural sound. Although its very tiring to climb back, but this place is worthed to visit.
Anuthinan Suthanthiranathan | Apr 20, 2018
One of the best view and best food path routed to this temple. You need to prepare your self to walk around 5-6 KM or 15-20 minutes walk. You can have an access to the rice terrace view and etc. You can find so much of peaceful time in this temple.
Anandie Klaasen | Apr 29, 2018
This was one of my favourite temples in Bali. The entrance fee is 15k Rupiah pp adult. So it's quite fair, and you can get a sarong. The stairs are the worst from anywhere else as they are quite steep and there are a lot. But you can rest. There are a lot of stalls along the way and they will all ask you to buy something, but just keep going past them if you want. You can also stop and take photos along the way as there are great viewpoints. The main area is a stunning carved rockface with water running, a mini waterfall and a river within the trees. Gp early so you can manage the steps and walk in cooler weather. But definitely worth it.
Bruno Schwizer | Jun 7, 2018
Went 9:30am after volcano sunrise tour. Was nice. Small walk down valley past small rice field. Small entrance fee. Some old stone statues carved into the cliff face. I wouldn't brave this place after 11am in the heat and the crowds and I don't think it's a super attraction but it can be "nice".
C A | Jun 13, 2018
Exquisite ancient funerary temple, over a 1000 years old, nestled in a valley accessed by several hundred steps. At the bottom, a boulder filled river, ancient Buddhist monastery, rock cut tombs and tropical greenery. It's worth an informed, aware visit.
Iraj Dam | Jul 14, 2018
Really nice Temple and stone carvings. Come around 5 or 6 pm for a quiet experience with no one around. You need long pants or a Sarong (Indonesian skirt) to enter but you can borrow one at the entrance, so don't buy one from the shops offering.
Adam Newman | Jul 22, 2018
Very beautiful temple complex, really sure large with a beautiful landscape of carved cliffs, temple buildings and surround jungle and rice paddies. Don’t worry about the people outside trying to sell sarongs, one will be provided for free when you get there.
Wayan Mudika | Jul 27, 2018
Bagus, alami dan masih lestari! Sempat beberapa kali kesini. Pemandangan dibawah masih alami. Tempat bersih dan terawat. Banyak yang datang untuk sembahyang kesini. Pemandangan sungai dibawah sangat menakjubkan dengan keindahan alam dan kebersihan sungai. Adapula banyak batu besar dikali sehingga membuat tempat ini sangat eksotis. Saran: tidak disarankan untuk orang yang kurang mampu berjalan karena harus naik turun banyak anak tangga.
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