This temple differs to Gunung Kawi Temple or Tirta Empul Temple in Tampaksiring, even though they are not located very far away to each other. Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple located is located northwest of the other two temples in a village of Sebatu, 40 kilometers from Denpasar or only 20 minutes drive north of Ubud.
Sebatu Village is also known for the creativity of the villagers in creating woodcarving and handicraft as seen in all the shop along the village.
The name of Sebatu is related to the ancient story of King Mayadenawa. It is said that after loosing the battle again deities Indra, Mayadenawa move to this place exhausted and his foot slip on the stone. Sebatu derived from sauh batu that literally means slip on the stone.
Settled on the valley, east of the village the temple of Gunung Kawi Sebatu is known as more peaceful water spring temple than Tirta Empul temple in Tampaksiring Several water fountain complexes within and outside the temple make the spot popular as bathing place by the villagers. An aerial view of the from hilly road southwest side of the temple, just before the parking lot. The first path to enter the middle courtyard of the temple after the ticket counter. Admission fee is Rp. 3100 per person, sarong and sash are provided as part of the fees.
A view from temple's middle courtyard with a very well maintenance garden and an interesting twin gate leading to the temple's most inner part. A big building called wantilan intended for dance and gamelan perfomances' stage is also part of this middle part.
This shrine is constructed within a small pool surrounded by wall, giving us an impression that it is floating. The bottom part of the shrine is built by concrete and lime stones while the upper carved part is made of wood with gold leaf color.
One of the fountain water complex out of seven complexes available within the temple area. Three of them consider more sacred than others. The sacred complexes, indicated by locked gate, serve for special religious and cleansing purposes while others are used as daily bathing place.