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Tampaksiring

The sacred spring of Tirta Empul is situated here and revered by all Balinese. It is said that the god Indra created the spring when he pierced the earth to build the amerta, the elixir of immortality. 

The water is used by the Balinese for its curative powers for good health and prosperity. Regular ceremonies are held for purification, especially pregnant women and those who have survived a long illness. 

Tampaksiring also famous with its Bone Carving Handicrafts and Jewelry made of Cow Bone, Cow Horn, Coconut and Wooden. Shops are along the main street of Tampaksiring.

Bone Plug Tampaksiring
Bone Plug

Coconut Carving
Coconut Carving

Bone Earring
Bone Earring

Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring (20 km northeast from Ubud). 

8AM-6PM daily. One of the holiest temples in Bali built around hot springs that still bubble in the central courtyard. The Balinese come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan, the sacred barong masks are bathed here. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are largely modern reconstructions.

Tirta Empul
Tirta Empul

Gunung Kawi (Poet Mountain), Tampaksiring (18 km northeast from Ubud). 

7AM-5PM daily. Dating from the eleventh century, this is presumed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives. Reached by climbing down 371 steps, the location at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields, is quite stunning. The smaller complex on the south side of the river is presumed to have been built for the King's wives, while the larger complex is thought to have been the residence of the King himself, and perhaps his concubines. The structures are carved into the sides of a steep river valley, and the river crossed by twisting trees and vines. You must take off your shoes before entering into the central pura complex. About 1 km downstream there are further tomb cloisters.

Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi

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