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Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar

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Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Gunung Kawi refers to a set of 10 shrines that are cut from a rock face in Bali's lush Tampaksiring region. The shrines are each about 25 feet tall, and thought to be memorials to Bali's 11th-century royals. According to lore, they were carved from the cliff face in just one night by Kebo Iwa, a legendary Balinese figure. Visiting the site will include some exertion: there are 270-plus steps to climb. 

Some visitors recommend touring the memorial with a guide, who can offer the back story on the shrines. Others suggest bringing along your own water since the hike up can be quite strenuous, and the stalls located at the memorial can be expensive. All agree it is a must-visit when in Bali thanks to the beautiful scenery and serene temple. 

Gunung Kawi is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and costs 15,000 rupiah (abut $1) for adults and 7,500 rupiah (about $0.50) for children. The price includes a sarong, which visitors will need for touring parts of the memorial considered holy. Parking costs an additional 2,000 rupiah (about $0.14).

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