Bali Backpacker's Guide

TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE (Pura Tirta Empul) + HOLY WATER

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS TEMPLE?

AWESOME ENVIRONMENT
Beautiful garden and pools.
So many tree around the area.

AWESOME ATMOSPHERE
It’s located in the beautiful highland and on the natural spring.
Fresh air and the water also.

UNIQUE TEMPLE 
The temple has holy water & some ponds.
Not much temple in Bali has holy water and it’s available to be visited.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple, Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple, Fruit garden spot, Penglipuran heritage village.
You can combine to visit those places.

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DESCRIPTION:

Tirta Empul temple  is a beautiful garden and water temple which located in the valley in Gianyar, Bali. It was established on the natural spring and supplied some pools around the temple. Also it become source of Pakerisan river.

Tirta Empul consist of two words, Tirta and Empul. Tirta means water or holy water. Empul means water gushing. No argue, so many cubic of water goes out from the wellspring and supply some pools in the temple.

It was established in 962 A.D as written in the stone inscription in Manukaya village. The founder was King  Sri Candrabhaya Singha Warmadewa. It was for bathing area in first design. Then, in 1178 A.D it transform to water temple as written in palm paper inscription or ‘Lontar Usana’ by King Masula Masuli.

Water source:

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Visitor bathing to clean up karma and make a wish:

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*) The rain won’t stop people who want bathing in the ‘Tirta Empul’ water temple.

**  ) It’s prohibited entry for woman during their periods to get in to the holy area or the temple.

WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM -4.00 PM.

*) Better avoid visit on the weekend because it will be crowded by local people.

CEREMONY or any hindus special day:

5 April 2017, Galungan Day
1 November 2017, Galungan Day

*) There will be so many hindus pilgrim visit here for praying and ceremony.
**) You can see some balinese dance and the sequence of ceremony it self. Very interesting!

The temple for hindus praying:

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A hindus ceremony on the raining time:

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*) Even it’s raining, they won’t stop the ritual process of ceremony. The ceremony must go on. They are keep playing balinese music and the dance as part of the ceremony.

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HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 15K
Child : IDR 7.5K

OTHER FEE:
Locker (Safety box) : IDR 10K
Special dress for bathing : IDR 10K

*) Please bring your own sarong textile. So, you don’t have to rent the special dress for bathing.

Tirta Empul temple entrance fee:

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Manukaya .
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Tampaksiring
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 42 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour and 20 minutes from Denpasar, Bali.
About 15 km northeast of Ubud or 30 minutes from Ubud, Bali.
About 53 km northeast of Kuta beach or 1 hour and 45 minutes from Kuta, Bali.
About 55 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour from the airport, Bali.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google maps as your navigator.

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : IDR 2k
Car       : IDR 3k
Truck    : IDR 5k
Bus       : IDR 10k

Fish pool:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

*) Please, don’t change clothes in the holy area.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.

*) Please don’t bring any snacks into the holy pools.

 

TAMPAKSIRING PRESIDENT PALACE

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*) In the left side of the Tirta Empul temple you will found Tampaksiring president palace. You can walk up the stairs and see around. But, you can not get into the palace.

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Tirta Empul temple:

1. Tegalalang rice terrace.
2. Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple.
3. Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple.
4. Agriculture tourism spot.

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 1 itinerary.

*) In hindus belief, bathing here able to clean up your karma. Even you don’t believe it, you should try bathing here, nothing to loose. The water so clear and refreshing. It will tempting you.  So, don’t miss this chance. Don’t forget to bring your towel and extra clothes.

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