Bali : Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu


Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu is located at Sebatu about 20 minutes drive from Ubud. It is not to be confused with a more frequented,congested Gunung Kawi in Tampaksiring. Built in the 11th century, this is a worship place of Hindu origins for the god of water Vishnu.

Nyoman (taxi tour guide) recommended this place as a more quieter and less congested destination. It was on the way back from Kintamani and on the way towards Ubud.  His words were : “In Bali, all temples are the same. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen all.” His words did have some truth as the majority of the Balinese temples share twin-like similarities.

The view from the roadside.

Enclosed in a forest, Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu offers peace and tranquility. The almost non-existent tourists made this location perfect for calm reflection whilst enjoying the sound and sights of holy springs, whose water is channeled into seven walled bathing pools. The Balinese believe that water is the life force of the human race and treasure its healing properties. It makes water almost divine and holy.

Pay the 6,000 IDR entrance fee and loan the sarongs. As with all temples, proper attire is required.

The pathway after the entrance.

Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu is well kept and maintained. Very beautiful, almost botanical.

Gaze upon the clear waters. This location is very cooling.

Feeding the deer.

There is a deer family at the base of the walkway and some roosters.


Chicken awaiting some food.

Come, and see troubled mind lifted and wounded soul, healed.

Pouring the blessings.

Escape the walls that close in on you.

Off limits.

Not all pools are opened. Some are closed off and are only for worship and rituals.

Guardians of the pools.

These guardians protect and guard the pools.

Water flows from walls of the mountain behind this shrine. This pool is more steady and calmer.

If you take a look at this pool, the backdrop is actually the side of the mountain and there is a water source. Water flows into this pool very slowly and you can see that in the calmness of this pool.

This entrance is located at the side of the pool area. It leads to another part of the temple.

The many fishes who know it is time to eat, when they spot us.

There is a large gazebo erected overlooking this big pond. Feeding the fish is welcomed and you may buy crackers and bread for the fish.

Holy springs

A simple tranquil temple. Perfect for meditation and easing troubled mind.

Our arrival was at 430pm and it was getting quiet. The few tourist shops at the road level were quiet and probably closing for the day.

Entrance fee : 6,000 IDR/ rupiah / 60 cents USD.

This is a very carefree location.


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