Gunung Kawi Temple Complex Ubud Bali

Pura Gunung Kawi is one of the oldest temple on the island of Bali which is located in Tampaksiring, close area of Tampaksiring Palace, is the ancient site of Mount Kawi, has a very broad area that is divided into two regions (east and west) and separated by a large river called Pakerisan. First discovered in 1920, these ancient relics preserved by the local government in a way makes it one of the spiritual tourist attraction which will make you fascinated and (awe) be prepared with this place the first time you visit it for the tour.

The most prominent and interesting of this place are two very high cliffs standing and rigid, respectively each is home to the five temples on the east bank and four temples on the west bank. This temple serves as a place to meditate. Turned to the southeast corner of the two cliffs, cave resembling found several small holes without a temple, a bush shelter some wild animal that is widely available around the jungle like monkeys, forest birds and snakes.

According to local stories, Gunung Kawi temple was founded by King Marakatapangkaja and perfected by King Children is Anak Wungsu. While the Kawi mountain name is derived from the two kings is to describe the gratitude of the people Tampaksiring on fertility and prosperity of their kingdom located on the coast of Tampaksiring. But the etymology, explained about two word that the first is gunung has a meaning area of mountain as the mountain air is cool and there are rice paddies, fields, gardens stretched very beautiful and kawi means carving and painting of high value and very ancient. So if these two words are combined into one sculpture that will have meaning attached or numerous in the mountains or rocks and cliffs around the Tampaksiring royal. Cliffs resemble others found in the mountain landscapes of  Bali is mountain Kawi temple reliefs outside Kerobokan area, Tegallinggah, and Jukut Paku (Singakerta, Ubud).

Another uniqueness of this tourist attraction is a pair of pretty typical carved Balinese gate and stairs 315 Pakerisan river bank is a river that has the most clean water flow in Bali where you can see the beauty yourself  in the mirror above the water level of the river is very cold and clear, there are also plenty of fish swim swiftly river tempt you to do interesting hobby is fishing, and rock big shiny black stone where you stand or jump if it can not swim and wild mushroom thrives around the river current season rain arrived.

Walked towards the southeastern part of this temple complex, there is an ancient building that is the Holy Temple (the place of residence or dormitory of the monks and Buddhist monks). Remains of temples and monasteries in the mountain areas this Kawi is a historical building that was founded in the 11th century.

Your journey continues to the bottom of the temple complex, after going down the stairs along the 400 m, you can enjoy exotic buildings of the temple are carved on cliff or rock wall. This temple serves as a place to store the ashes of some king Bali who have close ties to the history of its manufacture, which made a day and night by Kebo Iwa. Kebo Iwa is a Balinese folk legend described as a big man with a very powerful and magic powers to defend the kingdom from enemy attacks out of Tampaksiring.

Currently Kawi mountain is open for foreign and domestic tourists who had come to the island for a tour or holiday destination. They come in groups with the services of a rental vehicle or rent a car, there are also come in person to use the car and was accompanied by a tour guide. Sightseeing is included in Tampaksiring region, about 40 km from the city of Denpasar. If you want to enjoy the sunset and ancient sculpture in a mountain climbing mountain Kawi of Tampaksiring, plan your vacation schedule from now !