The town of Kapal itself isn’t much to look at and is only worthy of a daytrip from the beaches, or perhaps for a stop-off on the way to Mengwi. The main attraction in Kapal is the innumerable stone carvings in the many crafts shops on the main road into town. They are fine examples of local craftsmanship although a typical stone figure or house temple is very heavy to take home.
The other main attraction in Kapal is Pura Desa (Desa Temple). It is a pretty temple on the main road through town with richly decorated gates and nice foliage surroundings. Pura Desa shares its grounds with Pura Puseh, although they look like one temple. Keep an eye out for the superb carvings at the entrance.
The nearby Pura Sada is also a must-see for culture-vultures. It is just outside Kapal and is one of Bali’s most important temples.
Getting There & Away
Kapal is just 15kms northwest of Denpasar on the main Singaraja Road to Mengwi. Buses and _bemos _serve all day on the Denpasar-Mengwi run. Bali itself is served by the international Ngurah Rai Airport, which receives flights from all over Asia, including from Jakarta. The airport is about an hour or so from Kapal by road.
Things to Do
- Kapal craft shops
One of the main reasons visitors come to kapal is to see and buy stone carvings.
- Pura Desa temple
Right in kapal on the main road, this temple has wonderful reliefs and a nice setting.
Side trips from Kapal
- Pura Sada temple
Just a few kilometers outside town on the road to mengwi, this fine temple was founded by the rajas of mengwi and is a bit of a walk from the road.