How we Found Pura Gunung Kawi Temple
A couple of friends and I were staying in Tegalalang, about 30 minutes north of Ubud, around July 2015, because we wanted to be away from busy city life. We wanted to see a temple in Ubud or around it, so we searched Google Maps to see what was close by. My friend found a temple around Ubud just a few minutes from where we were staying called Pura Gunung Kawi. None of us knew anything about the temple near Ubud but we figured it couldn’t hurt to check it out. We drove our motorbikes through some jungle roads and small dirt paths through seemingly endless farm land.
Google Maps Problem and Solution
The horizon expanded uninterrupted in the distance without a single sign of urban development. Eventually the Google Maps directions led us to a small town, however there was no temple in sight. A local named Ketut told us that the directions had led us to the rear of the temple, but he’d be happy to take us there for a small donation of our choosing.
The Trail to the Temple
Ketut led us through foot paths through hectares of huge rice fields and into the jungle.
The trail was barely visible as we descended steep embankments.
Eventually, we saw ancient looking stone structures covered in moss and trickling with water from the rivers and streams nearby.
Pura Gunung Kawi is a 10,000 year old Hindu temple near Ubud nestled in the the jungles of Tampaksiring. It is about 30 minutes northeast of Ubud. The temple complex is bifurcated by the Pakerisan river, and there is a small waterfall nearby. To find the waterfall, ask one of the local shop keepers.
Pura Gunung Kawi temple in Ubud is one of the most beautiful temples I’ve seen in Bali, primarily because of its huge stone structures and natural surroundings.
Surprisingly, the amount of tourists there is fairly minimal when compared to Tanah Lot or Tirta Empul.
Please note that the Google Maps directions, at least as of this writing, will lead you to the rear of the temple where there is no clear path. Unless you’re already familiar with the trail, you may need to enlist the help of a local guide, assuming one is present at the time of your arrival. Here is how it appears on Google Maps:
To get to the front entrance of the temple, you can navigate to Kafe Kawi, as shown below:
Are you looking for other places to visit in Ubud Bali? Check out our blog post: Ubud, Bali – Jl. Raya Campuhan Bridge and Pura Gunung Lebah Temple