Photo: Delightfully peaceful.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu

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In an island with thousands of temples swarming with tour buses, for the casual visitor it’s easy to overdo it and feel “templed out”. Gunung Kawi Sebatu, a small-scale but splendid holy-spring temple, 14 kilometres north of Ubud, is not only delightfully peaceful, you’re likely to be uninterrupted by the multitudes.

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Set in a narrow valley on the western edge of Sebatu village, Gunung Kawi Sebatu features attractive gardens and crystal-clear spring-fed pools with a dense jungle-covered mountain backdrop. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and used locally for purification rituals (malukat).

Approaching Gunung Kawi Sebatu. Photo taken in or around Gunung Kawi Sebatu, Ubud, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Approaching Gunung Kawi Sebatu. Photo: Sally Arnold

The name Sebatu is said to originate from “sauh batu” literally, to slip on rocks, and the accompanying legend tells that when the evil King Mayadenawa was fleeing one of the many battles with Indra (which led to the creation of several landmarks around Bali), innocent pursuers lost their footing. Realising they were in danger, Vishnu created the holy springs to give life and protect the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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