Ubud Bali is famous for its natural beauty. Some of the ancient Hindu Temples in Ubud are more than a thousand years old. In Balinese culture temples are called pura.
One can plan to go Ubud as there are several sightseeing opportunities such as the rice terraces, sanctuary, monkey forest, Elephant park, waterfalls, spring pools, oldest and beautiful temples. We will cover some of the best temples that are must-visit in Ubud Bali.
The 6 must-visit temples in Ubud, Bali are :
- Pura Tirta Empul
- Goa Gajah
- Pura Dalem Agung and monkey forest
- Temple Taman Saraswati
- Pura Gunung Kawi
- Pura Gunung Lebah
1. Pura Tirta Empul
This temple in Ubud dates back over 1,000 years and it is a truly fascinating place to spend some time and get soak in some Balinese culture.
Tirta Empul remains busy with enthusiastic visitors and regional Hindu devotees.
One can listen to a lot of divine and soothing prayers that keep going on in the temple. One can also take part in the worshipping ceremony and can put his/her offering on the altar.
Also in the end part of the temple there are large pools of spring water to take a bath in sacred water ancient styles. In this spring pools a cleansing Ritual Called ‘melakut‘ (purification by holy water) is performed, many worshippers stand in long queues to dip their heads under the water spouts.
Note : However, there are two spouts (no. 11 and 12) that are meant only for cleansing the dead and are prohibited to be used by the living beings. So please ask before taking the bath there.
Also, there is queues to take bath and on special dates it can take longer than 3 hours to complete the whole melukat ritual. So check the date before going there.
2. Pura Goa Gajah
In Bali, if you are going on the Ubud tour, then this ancient Hindu temple Goa gajah is a must-see temple!
Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) temple is one of the ancient temples build in the 11th century. Generally dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
After entering the boundaries of this temple you will be taken aback by the Stunning Beauty of the ancient architecture, stone carvings, sculpture, design, etc
There are beautiful gardens with its tropical greenery, waterfalls & Stone carvings of gods in this magnificent Hindu temple. Buddhist temples also exist adjacent to this temple.
The peaceful serenity and tranquillity of the entire area is absolutely wonderful for some relaxation. Going to the adjacent Buddhist temple involves covering a fair amount of stone steps downhill and climbing back in reverse order.
There are plenty of shops inside the temple, which sell souvenirs, woodcraft & worship items. A Sarong/Loincloth need to be worn to enter in this temple.
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3. Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal and Sacred Monkey forest
After your visit to the Goa gajah you can move towards the sacred Monkey forest which is at a distance of 15 minute drive.
Sacred Monkey forest in Ubud Bali
The Ubud Monkey Forest provides home to over 700 grey long-tailed macaques.
This natural sanctuary has paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest as well as several ancient temples under dense foliage. It’s a popular wildlife reserve in Bali.
You can see these playful macaques in their natural habitat, swinging through canopies, and feeding on bananas.
The forest also has several ancient temples with guardian statues covered in moss. Some Popular sites are the 14th-century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal and Pura Prajapati, which is dedicated to village funerals.
In addition, the relics and statues under dense foliage with little sunlight, results in a mysterious and ancient vibe.
Pura Dalem Agung Temples in Ubud Bali
In this monkey sanctuary only there is a very famous and important Temple named Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is located.
This pura is also known as the Padangtegal Great Temple of Death, is one of three Hindu temples making up a temple complex located in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
Also referred to as the main temple, as this temple is dedicated to god Hyang Widhi, a personification of Shiva, the Recycler or Transformer. Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal lies in the southwestern part of the Ubud Monkey Forest. Like the other two temples in the complex, it is thought to have been built around 1350 AD.
This temple complex plays an important role in the spiritual life of the local community.
4. Taman Saraswati Temple
Pura Taman Saraswati officially known as Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati also known as the Ubud Water Palace, is a Balinese Hindu temples in Ubud. This pura (temple) is generally dedicated to the goddess Sarasvati and notable for its lotus pond.
This temple is very beautiful and artistic, many tourists come to see its charm. Taman Saraswati has a water garden and lotus pond at the center of its attraction.
This temple is decorated with so many fine carvings and inside there Padmasana shrine located in the northeast. It contains bale barong, giant masks and statues of Goddess Saraswati. Also the famous statue of the devil Jero Gede Mecaling as high as 3 meters in front of the temple.
In this pura entrance is free and you can explore the whole place within 20-30 minutes.
5. Pura Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi is one of the oldest Balinise Hindu temples in Ubud located on Mount kawi.
It was built in the 11th century by king Anak Wungsu, one of the great Balinise Hindu rulers of the warmadewa dynasty. This temples in ubud is considered as a burial complex of King Anak Wungsu, his wives and favorite concubines. There are various shrines of 7 meters height carve out of the rocks.
This temple is located around Tegalalang rice terraces filled with greenery and the presence of the rice terraces makes it more beautiful to visit.
This temple is quite big, located in a forest environment with lots of stone walkways and stairs surrounded by the beautiful natural greenery.
Before actually entering the temple and shrines you need to climb about 370 stone steps. You will find a lot of souvenir shops and beautiful view of the surroundings while climbing to the stairs.
6. Gunung Lebah Temples in Ubud Bali
This temple is located in the central region of Ubud Bali. The name Gunung Lebah means small hill in the local language beacause, it is located on the hill. This temple is located in the valley where the tributaries of Sungai Cerik merge.
Hence the temple has a rich natural lush and greenery around it.
Pura Gunung lebah comprises three courtyards, generally host Balinese-styled shrines and structures. This temple in Ubud has a peaceful vibe, and from the temple you listen the soothing water sounds of the two rivers.
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8. Frequently Asked Questions
Que. 1) How many foreign tourists does Ubud receive each year?
Ans. 1) Approximately more than 3 million foreign tourists visit Ubud each year.
Also Ubud’s population is about 112,490 people. So this place always remains full with encouraging and supportive people.
Que. 2) Which is the oldest temple in Bali?
Ans. 2) Pura Besakih is the oldest temple in Bali.
The Besakih temple is around 40 Kilometers far away from Ubud, Bali. It will be almost a 1-2 hours journey from a cab or a bus.
Que. 3) Is Ubud, Bali safe ?
Ans. 3) Yes, Bali is really safe to tourists and a lot of people do tour in Bali.
But you have to take care of yourself, because cases of Chain snatchings and thieves have been recorded previously.
Que. 4) Is Ubud Bali worth visiting?
Ans. 4) Yes, Ubud Bali is a wonderful destination.
Ubud offers many exciting attractions, thrilling holiday activities, ancient temples, spring pools, natural scenery, culinary tours, spas, 5 Star hotels and much more.
Que. 5) How to go Ubud from Bali ?
Ans. 5) If you exit from Bali airport, also Called as Ngurah Rai International Airport, then you can take a taxi or public bus to Ubud.
Taxis have a set rate fare of 25 USD (300,000 IDR) and will take 40 minutes to reach Ubud Bali. While the public bus takes around 2 hrs but costs about 4.5 USD.
Que. 6) What to wear before entering into any worshipping place ?
Ans. 6) Take a bath before visiting the temples and dress appropriately. Also remove your shoes outside the temple. Women should wear a long dress covering the knees. Other things will be told by your guide.