Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Gunung Kawi Sebatu is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. The temple is full of ponds and gardens that enhance the beauty of this temple. It is called Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu locally. The temple is located in Sebatu village of Ubud region in Bali.
The temple is situated in a very divine location amongst a natural water spring and lush green mountains. The huge ponds of clear water in this temple gets the water from a nearby natural water spring. These ponds are full of lovely water lilies which makes the entire setting quite picturesque.
As you enter the temple compound, the first thing you’ll witness is a huge statue of Goddess
Saraswati, besides a pond full of water lilies and golden carp.
To enter the temple, the visitors must wear a sarong and a sash around their waist, which is customary in all the Balinese temples. The main shrine of the temple called Taman Suci is famous for its beautiful setting with a lush green mountain as a backdrop and a clear water pond at the front.
As you will proceed further inside the temple, you'll see two large walls. Behind these walls are two bathing sections, where the pilgrims from all over the world come and take a bath when they visit the temple. Along with the bath, there are also some pools open for the visitors. The entry fee to pool is very minimal and the visitors can have a nice time relaxing in these pools.
There are gates called ‘candy bentar’ which leads to the elevated ground where the main temple is located. The temple compound is full of life. You can find several birds and animals inside the temple compound like baby deer, chicken, and tame fowls, etc. Visitors can also feed the fishes in the pond from one of the floating platforms called Wantilan hall.
There’s a special celebration during the ‘Piodalan' anniversary of the temple which takes place during the first full moon according to the Balinese calendar. The festival is called ‘Purnama Sasih
Kasa’ by the locals. This year it will take place on 16th July. This is the best time to visit the temple as the festivities are on the peak during this time and the visitors can have a glimpse of rich Balinese culture.
The entry fee is 15,000 IDR for adults and 7,500 IDR for children. The temple is open from 8 am to 4
pm from Monday to Friday. The place is about 12 km away from Ubud and one can reach here by rented motorbike or car from Ubud. From Denpasar airport, it's about 1 hour 15 minutes' drive to the temple. Gunung Kawi Sebatu is one of the most unique and gorgeous places to visit in Bali. You
can hire a local guide if you’re curious about the history and other details related to the temple and
Balinese culture.