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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  • The temple is pretty nice, we saw plenty local did purification on the day. We didn't go for swimming. Someday will be back  more »
  • Must see, see how the faithful purify themselves in water pipes, offerings by todqas parts, wonderful site
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  • You can not go to Bali without going to see this magnificent temple. Although on top tourist places, but a lot of local people. Truly a magical place, and it's necessary to spend time to appreciate this high places. so so avoid the tourist Bus, a click, a picture and Chao... There we understood nothing.
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Tampaksiring's small size means rather limited accommodation options; however, looking at the rest of central Bali or even Ubud, 18 km (11 mi) to the east, will prove more fruitful. Ubud has a large array of lodgings to suit a range of budgetary requirements, from the affordable and midrange, to the luxury four- and five-star. The most budget-friendly option remains the family-run guesthouses, or homestays, offering clean and basic rooms--perfect for backpackers.
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