Tirta Empul Temple, Tampaksiring

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Visit Tirta Empul Temple, an interesting Hindu place of worship built around a natural spring. Located directly by a water source and with a main building surrounded by a bathing structure, worshipers enter the holy water to be ritually purified. The rustic structures, flowing water, bathing devotees, and surrounding forest complement one another to create an inspiring and unusual sight. Remember to bring your camera to capture it. Tirta Empul Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Tampaksiring Edition.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Be there early to avoid the crowds. Wear a sarong before entering the temple grounds. If you plan to bathe in the spring water pools, bring two. Ignore the vendors who will try to sell you overpriced ...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    The temple is very beautiful and interesting to look at. It was also exciting to people taking a bath in the the "Holy waters" to watch, I have waived a bathroom yet, because it was unfortunately very Crowdy. That was of course to expect, yet I found it somewhat questionable whether this has to be done really with the original idea given the whole Selfiesticks as taken into the bathroom,.
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  • October 4, 2017
    After doing the ridge walk, we decided to have a quick look around here. The grounds were beautiful and well maintained, the bridge was fun to bounce on but the kids got bored quickly. I’d recommend a...  more »
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  • July 14, 2017
    We went with a guide who really helped us out you need to but a ticket to enter about 30,000 and you get a sarong to wear (for small donation) if you want to enter the water you need to hire a different sarong and a key to a locker (this want that much) you get changed in to your sarong enter the water. The guide was really helpful you only wash under 11 of the 13 water fountains in the first pool and then under 2 on the second pool. The place has a great energy and you feel really refreshed after going in the holy spring water. You can go without going in to the holy water but for me this was the best part!
  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful temple with a nice surrounding, many people do the cleaning in the water here. Pretty much touristic though. Many shops you have to pass on exit. It's not the quiet and natural temple you might look for.
  • July 13, 2017
    What a powerful place! Whether you're spiritual or not, this spot will make you feel a unique energy. Watching the springs well up from below is mesmerizing. It's a meditative place, and I hear the moonlight festival is something to behold.
  • August 1, 2017
    Surreal experience. The crowd may be off putting at times but the structures and ambience will bring you back in time and relive the Hindu way of life. You will come across a lot of souvenir shops upon your exit. Be sure to bargain by at least 70% off the quoted price.
  • June 6, 2017
    Very nice area, walk around in the rural area before you enter the temple! It's way more authentic than closer to Ubud. Also, the temple and it's ceremonies are beautiful! Yet many tourists seem just to do the ceremony for fun, and only a few people come along and do the proper ceremony. Overall though lovely, and a really beautiful water source that inspired the ritual!

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