Dropped in the Middle of a Movie Set
Okay, not really.
But this was better!
Way, way, better.
If you could only visit one place in Bali, Gunung Kawi should be it.
We arrived at the village late in the day, close to closing. As a result, we were alone as we proceeded down the path of seemingly never-ending steps which lead through rice paddy fields and small huts selling various wears. The path continued to descend further along, guiding us to a stone archway. As we cleared the archway we were rendered speechless. We both stood there for a moment awe-struck by the beauty and magnitude of this place.
Being the only two people present, it felt as though we had just been dropped on the set of Temple of Doom, Romancing the Stone, Tomb Raider, or any other movie you can think of that’s set in a tropical location with that virtually untouched-by-man feel to it. No picture you will ever see, including mine, will do justice to this place! It is unbelievable, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing, and humbling.
Now, I know there are many, many, other parts of the world that are supposed to be just as gorgeous, if not more so, than Bali. But for me, exploring Gunung Kawi with no one else around but us, will be an experience I will never forget and a memory I doubt I’ll be able to duplicate..
Couple of Tips:
* Arrive early in the morning (when it opens) or late in the evening, either before/after the tour buses full of people. Trust me, the less people, the better the experience. Maybe you’ll be lucky like us and be the only ones there!
* Wear comfy shoes and bring water. It’s a long walk down which in turn means a long walk back up – yes UP. Remember there are “steps’ leading all the way down so comfy shoes will help keep you – well comfortable – and safe.