What to do and see in Tampaksiring, Indonesia: The Best Places and Tips

October 24, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Tampaksiring is a town in central Bali, Gianyar Regency, Indonesia. It is the home to the Gunung Kawi Temple and archaeological site and the Senang Hati Foundation.
Restaurants in Tampaksiring

1. Mount Kawi

Pakrisan River, Tampaksiring 80552, Indonesia
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mount Kawi

Gunung Kawi is a temple complex centered around royal tombs carved into stone cliffs in the 11th century. It is located amid scenic rice terraces about 30 minutes from Ubud. Note: There are more than 300 steps to climb.

Reviewed By gareemasamir - Barcelos, Portugal

It is not easy downhill walk, don't bother being hassled by locals. Once you paying entrance you can borrow a sarong at the ticket stall. There is also a temple where visitors have to take off their footwear since it is sacred site

2. Wayan Tours

Jl. Raya Payangan Br. Pengaji no. 31 | Melinggih Kelod, Payangan 80572, Indonesia
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5 based on 142 reviews

Wayan Tours

Apple (WAYAN SUSANA) is The Ultimate Licensed Tourist Guide in Bali" (Fluent in English) combines a deep seated love for the Balinese way of life with his local knowledge and professional outlook to provide his clients with an unrivaled and SAFE travel experience for the single traveler, couples and/or families. Having spent his whole life living in the beautiful Balinese countryside, he knows where to find the MAGICAL, HIDDEN PARTS of the island, and can introduce his guests to a side of Bali that few visitors get to see, creating memories to last a life time! Born in to a traditional Balinese way of life, WAYAN APPLE lives with his extended family in a small village where his ancestors have lived for almost 600 years.

Reviewed By Sally1234512345 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

The whole trip was fun and relaxed. Started by well organised comfortable pick up from the hotel. We were then escorted to a coffee plantation where we had a very informative talk and tastings. The views were amazing.
Next on to breakfast at a hill side resistant with good loos! And amazing views for breakfast.
Then the cycle back...the bikes were a little tired ,but did the job. The route down went through jungles,side roads and rice fields .you saw many aspects of the Bali lifestyle.
The village we road through we stopped and the guide explained the temples and lifestyle. You could ask questions too.
Finally back to a small family enclave for a delicious home cooked lunch. And some wonderful hand painted drawings. Then home to our hotel at about 2 30pm .
The tour was well organised,support vehicle and machanic on hand. Best feature small group of 6 max.
Ideal for any age or ability. The reason only a 4/5 was the bikes were rather tied . Recommend you take cycle gloves if you pre-book the tour ,you do need to use the breaks! I did not and it did not matter but if you have them bring them .also long sleeves and trousers to protect from sun and nippy things. I would not have missed this tour. It was fun ,informative,safe and friendly. Great value for money too

3. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Ubud 80571, Indonesia +62 361 971304
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4 based on 26 reviews

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

In this unusual place of worship, mischievous simians throng among sacred temples and lush greenery.

Reviewed By Ana Luísa F

I was pleasantly surprised by The Monkey Forest. Having read some less pleasant experiences I went in with caution. Only to find out that you do only have issues if you stop thinking about the monkeys as the wild animals that they are and start tampering with them.
Overall, had a great time! The forest itself was gorgeous and well kept by the staff. Definitely a must see in Ubud!

4. Ubud Private Driver (Made Ada) - Day Tours

Banjar Jasan Desa Sebatu | Tegalalang Ubud, Tegalalang 80361, Indonesia
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5 based on 66 reviews

Ubud Private Driver (Made Ada) - Day Tours

My name is I Made Ada . My friends call me De Ada I ‘am driver with own car, has tourism license for car and driving ” Cheap Driver Base in Ubud” I am fluent English-speaking driver offer tours of the highest quality with licensed tour Driver in Ubud. You can customize your visit of Bali and give you suggestions for your Bali Holidays. If you are looking for Private Tour in Bali

Reviewed By JoseMart78

We had the pleasure to hire Wayan via our hotel in Ubud for a transfer to Pemuteran, North of Bali. After a few negative experiences with taxi drivers in Bali, being with Wayan was fantastic: knowledgeable, professional, full of good tips and, above all, safe. If you want to be with somebody who cares for you -and you should- don't hesitate, hire Wayan's company.

5. Bali 2000 Cycling - Day Tours

Jl. Pengosekan, Pejeng, Tampaksiring 80571, Indonesia
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Bali 2000 Cycling - Day Tours

Profesional Bali Cycling Guide, Come with us and see the real Bali on our eco educational cycling tour and bring you to the rural center of Bali with mountain bike, ride your cycle or bike through the paddys filed, meet people and culture of each village life including rice and vegetable farming, See the beautifully view of lake batur and the fascinating sunrise from the top mountain while enjoying the view, our trekking guide will show you how to cook egg in the steaming fissures. Rice paddy trekking along the nice sawah view quiet back road of the village.

Reviewed By Jodie D - Chico

This was my favorite Bali experience! It was my 5th time to visit Ubud, and I'd never thought to do a biking tour! I sure am glad that I took the chance, and got away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and slowed down for a morning of slow riding along the roads and Neighborhoods surrounding Ubud. To feel the fresh morning air, to smell the fires and breakfasts cooking, to hear children's' laughter, and see authentic Balinese residents beginning their day, was to experience the REAL Bali!
Small groups (mine was 4 riders plus our great guide) was the reason I chose Bali 2000 over others. When I heard about the experience of others on another tour, I knew mine was better! It is locally owned, the bikes well maintained, and I was picked up right on time at my hotel and driven a few minutes to the company's owner's home where the equipment and crew were waiting.
On my tour, there was myself (62), and a father (40) and his two kids (10 and 17). We had a great time stopping at a local school to go inside, a temple, rice fields, and even a local swimming hole for a cool off dip! Any time we wanted to take a photo or ask questions or explore a site, our guide enthusiastically encouraged us. He was aware of fatigue, so kept a good pace and had plenty of water. (I also brought a protein bar)
On the way back, I felt my age... and a little worn out. I didn't want to slow down the group. When I mentioned it to our guide, he asked, "Do you want to ride in the car?"
Sure enough, there had been a car trailing us the whole three hours, driving on the road when we rode on narrow paths around rice fields, and keeping a good distance at other times, so that we had not even noticed it! With humble gratitude, I let them quickly take the wheel off my bike and store it in the back of the air conditioned SUV. I rode back, having a great conversation with the driver, yet still stopping and getting out to join my fellow cyclists when they stopped for a photo or other item of interest.
Listening to other tourists talk about their biking your experiences, I know I joined the BEST CYCLING TOUR in Ubud! Bali 2000 may be small and not as well advertised, but this is the real deal! Professional locals showing you the place they love... the place they call home. DO IT!
Bring: hat with visor, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, snack.

6. Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

Jl. Tegal Bingin | Banjar Tengkulak Tengah, Sukawati, Indonesia +62 361 8987493
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Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

Reviewed By Catherine T - Les Pavillons Sous Bois, France

And unjustifiably so....
The home of 1000 masks and 4000 puppets of different origins that are perfectly kept is astounding and well worth a visit. The Gardens surrounding the Houses are a treat to the eyes.
I urge you to make the detour for a visit when in Bali.

7. Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tembuku 80671, Indonesia
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Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Reviewed By Wiryawanb - Denpasar, Indonesia

Coming for the first time, we're not lucky due to the rain. It highly recommended to visit in sunny day. You need to walk about 15 minutes from the parking area to reach the waterfall.

Jl. Raya Ceking Tegallalang | Between Tegalalang and Ubud, Ubud 80517, Indonesia
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the famous tourist objects in Bali situated in Tegalalang Village north of Ubud Bali featured by the amazing rice Terrace set the cliff. Tegalalang Village is located on 600 m above sea levels covered by good temperature where most of the villagers as a farmer.

Reviewed By Thomas T - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There are some spectacular views to be found here. Some parts have been taken over by the tourism industry but there are still some spots left with a bit more peace and quiet. Plenty of nice places around to have a drink or a meal aswell, many of them offering a great view.

9. Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

Jl. Raya Bayad, Sebatu, Tegallalang | Sebatu Village, Tegalalang 80561, Indonesia
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Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

Reviewed By Jesseecar

We came here after the busy Tirta Empul and it was our favourite stop of all the temples. You walk down about 400 steps to an 11th century temple and beautiful rainforest. You can hear water running everywhere from the river or the water systems up in the hills. It's very spiritual and a real magical moment.

10. Tirta Empul Temple

Tampaksiring 80552, Indonesia
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Tirta Empul Temple

A very active temple built around a bubbling spring, Pura Tirta Empul is an interesting place to observe Hindu devotees purifying themselves by means of ritual bathing. It is especially recommended to visit on a full moon day, which has special significance in the local religion.

Reviewed By Keshira haLev F - Sydney

After driving a fair distance (more than an hour) to see the Holy Springs, we were disappointed that the Temple was so crowded, we could barely see the water, let alone take a nice photo of it. And, when leaving the temple, we spent more time trying to get through the winding path of hawker stalls than we did in the temple itself.
The one thing which was beautiful was the source of the spring itself which is uninhabited by humans and clear.
If you really want to see/experience holy water, it might be worth a trip but there are less crowded, equally beautiful places in Bali to see!

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