TEMPLES OF TAMPAKSIRING
The major archaeological sites in Tampaksiring seem to stand outside and beyond the reaches of time. Traces of the old Hindu civilization can be found in many corners of the area, and the excitement one feels when strolling along their ancient pathways is indescribable.
The name Tampak siring is derived from the words, “Tampak”, meaning foot, and “Siring” meaning slanted. Legend has it that the slope of the mountain where Tampaksiring nestles today was created by the slanted footstep of a king named Mayadenawa.
Visitors flock to Tampaksiring’s Gunung Kawi to admire the brilliant ancient artworks carved into a majestic cliff rock, or the Tirta Empul water temple to bask in the beauty of the temple’s pool and pristine environment. Quite a number of other temples and archaeological sites are known to be frequented by visitors.