Close to Villa Jendela di Bali, just over the sacred Pakirisan River, lies the beautiful water temple Gunung Kawi Water Temple at Sebatu, shown in the video above. We think it is one of the most beautiful small water temples in Bali. Gunung Kawi Sebatu is a Hindu water temple dedicated to Vishnu, who is said to rule over water. The site is surrounded on three sides by stonewalls and the fourth by a steep forested slope. The temple complex is built on a natural spring, which feed a series of ponds and pools.
The video below takes you to the nearby, and similarly-named Gunung Kawi Temple at Tampaksiring. According to Wikipedia:
Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century temple and funerary complex in Tampaksiring:180 north east of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia., that is spread across either side of the Pakerisan river. It comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that are carved into some 7-metre-high (23 ft) sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face. These funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. On the east side there are five temples that are dedicated, according to one theory, to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta, and their sons Airlanga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata. The temples on the west side are dedicated, according to the same theory, to the king's minor queens or concubines. Read More
This video has Indonesian voice-over, but features some good photography, giving you a great feel for the beauty you will experience when you visit.
We recommend combining a stop at the two Gunung Kawi’s and Tirta Empul Water Temple at Tampaksiring as a perfect morning outing from the villa. You can then drive on the the Tegallalang Rice Fields and into Ubud for shopping, or just return to Jendela di Bali for lunch by the pool!