Pura Gunung Kawi is an 11th century temple located 15 kilometers north of Ubud (about 35min drive) that spreads accross both sides of a river. It is one of Bali’s largest and oldest monuments and what makes it so unique is that it consists of 10 shrines (called candi) each 7 meters high and carved in the rock.
To get there, you will first have to get down about 300 stone steps. Along the way you will find crafts shops and little warungs where you can buy souvenirs or refreshments. These steps will then lead you through beautiful terraced rice fields.
At the end of the stairway, you will reach an impressive stone archway with vases filled with holy water you can sprinkle onto yourself before entering.
The two complexes of the temple with five shrines each, are joined by a stone bridge where you can stop to enjoy the murmuring of the river and the incredible lush greenery of this sacred site.
Tips before you plan to visit Pura Gunung Kawi :
- You should dress respectfully and rent warongs and scarves at the entrance
- Bring enough water for the visit and save some for the way back up the 300 steps 😉