Surrounded by lush trees in a tranquil area in the Campuhan River Valley, near the many tourist attractions of Ubud, stands the Gunung Lebah Temple, dedicated to Dewa Danuring Mount Batur, built in the VIII Century by an Indian priest named Rsi Markandeya. Its name means “temple of the mountain valley” in ancient Balinese and can be found under a bridge in the valley where the tributaries of the Sungai Clerk meet. A place of meditation, it is one of the island’s largest temples and can be reached by a stone-paved path marked on the main road of Jalan Raya. It offers a pleasing stroll through nature, among the rice paddies of Campuhan and the high cane fields with which farmers create thatched roofs. The walk passes alongside the Campuhan Ubud River, where inhabitants gather to pray at sunset and, on clear days, it is possible to admire the majesty of Mount Agung and the rural huts of the village. Not everybody knows that the enchanting lateral pathway leads to a hidden monument. Around three-hundred steps lead down to the entrance of the temple which, on the Wednesday which falls every 210 days in the Balinese calendar Pakuwon, is colourfully decorated for its anniversary celebrations.
Traditional shadow play, guided by a lively puppeteer, introduces the public to local folklore.