The temple Gunung Kawi is located near the village Tampak Siring, it is about 5 km from the well-known temple Tirta Empul. Tourists should walk down from the parking lot to the river bank by the stairs of 100 steps running down the slopes with rice terraces.
The name of temple Gunung Kawi can be translated as the “Mountain poet”. The river in the area of the temple has washed the steep ravine for centuries, so Gunug Kavi can be also translated as the “Long blade or knife.” It is still not exactly known, which one of the translations is correct.
Historians say that the temple is the tomb of king Anak Wungsu and his family. However, there is an evidence that there was a temple, which did not survive to nowadays. It had existed earlier on that place. The entire complex consists of 5 small shrines located on both sides of the river. Two complexes are located on the Eastern slope, and 3 complexes are on the Western slope of the ravine. There are tombs of the King on one side of the river, as well as, there are tombs of the Queen and concubines on the opposite bank.
The traditional Balinese temple was built close to these tombs. Walking a little along the path, you can come to a very picturesque waterfall. Going on a trip to this temple, don't forget to bring a sarong and water.
You can get to the temple on a tourist bus or by an independently rented transport.
Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Tampaksiring, Bali 80552, Indonesia
Phone: +62 878-6221-6435
8° 25′ 24.19″ S, 115° 18′ 44.4″ E