Discover Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple - Bali
The Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple is a special gem for travellers, as it is one of the temples that very few people frequent. As a result, it is also the most tranquil and beautiful. If you're the type of traveler that dislikes getting caught up in the crowd, Trip Guru can't get enough of this little Temple hideaway. It was built for the god who rules over water, Wisnu, and the Balinese believe that water is one of the most important forces of life. The temple lies to the west of Sebatu village.
The temple features gorgeously green gardens surrounding a pond swimming with carp and lotuses, complete with ancient shrines surrounded by water completely fed by natural springs. You can also view the temple from Jalan Raya Tegallalang Road, where you can get a bird's eye view of the place and snap a photograph of the entire complex's mysterious water gardens. You can also visit a shrine called the Taman Suci, that resides next to a large, ornately decorated pond with a rich green hillside in the background. Relax and contemplate before a unique water garden, and see the sun sparkle off the backs of the golden carp swim in holy water.
There are also two separate bathing sections available for the devotees of Gunung Kawi Sebatu, where photography is forbidden. Across a beautifully kept verdant lawn are the temple gates leading to the temple grounds, where free-roaming rare chickens, miniature deer, and other fowls can be seen walking around, adding a bit of movement to the still life of statues and temple structures. The Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple is not to be confused with another temple, known simply as "Gunung Kawi." Don't forget to keep hydrated, and go early. 7:30AM is a good time as it is still cool and quiet, a perfect place to feel as if you are alone with your camera in a wonderous land.
To get to Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple from Ubud, continue to Jl. Raya Andong for about 10 km, pass Tagallalang rice terraces and continue for other 3km on Jl, Raya Pujung until you see the signal for the temple on the right.