Ubud Bali is a homeland to various ancient functioning Hindu Temples called Pura. In Ubud tour we will see puras like Goa Gajah, Pura gunung kawi and Lebah. Here we look how to travel to Ubud Temples and their highlights to see.
Along with temples tourists also get to see waterfalls, spring water ponds, caves, sacred monkey forest, greenery and much more in Ubud tour.
From the early 20’s the tourism in ubud Bali has increased rapidly due to the development of transportation infrastructures, many 5 star hotels, restaurants and spas.
Temples to travel in Ubud, Bali :
- Pura Tirta Empul
- Goa Gajah
- Pura Dalem Agung and monkey forest
- Temple Taman Saraswati
- Pura Gunung Kawi
- Pura Gunung Lebah
1. Pura Tirta Empul Temple
This is one of Bali’s famous water temples, built around a natural spring in the 10th century, generally dedicated to God Vishnu. The highlight of this temple is the collection of freshwater pools lined with over 20 carved fountains. Also the locals visit this temple to bathe in the healing waters of this pool.
They queue on the left side and wash underneath each of the spouts until they reach the end of the pool. Bathing in this sacred natural spring is believed to bless you with good fortune and health. You too can take part in this ritualistic dip called Melukat and then explore the courtyard built around the spring.
Timings: 9am to 5pm Cost: IDR 15,000 Cost: (Rs 70, or US$ 1.5) Packages : Check Best Bali Holiday Packages
2. Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah means “Elephant Cave”, which probably gets its name from the nearby Elephant River, or also the fact that the temple holds the statue of the Hindu god Ganesha, who has an elephant head.
The highlight of this temple is the striking face carved into the rock wall at the entrance of the temple. If you explore further, you’ll find many structures here that reveal Hindu as well as Buddhist influences. Whereas Inside the cave there are many Carved idols of stone, ponds, and greenery surrounding with very old Banayan trees.
Timings: 8am to 4pm Cost: IDR 15,000 (Rs 70, or US$ 1.5)
3. Pura Dalem Agung and Sacred Monkey Forest
The name of this temple also means the great temple of death. The temple is located in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in the southwest part of Ubud. Generally it is used for worshipping the god Hyang Widhi, who is the personification of Shiva. This in travel to Ubud temples is one of the three located in the Monkey Forest, the other two being Pura Beji and Pura Prajapati.
Timings: 8.30am to 6pm Cost: No entry fee for the temple but entry for the monkey forest is IDR 50,000 (Rs 240 or US$ 3.5)
4. Temple Taman Saraswati
This temple in Ubud tour is located right in the centre of Ubud’s main street. The temple’s architecture generally honours the Hindu goddess Saraswati, goddess of knowledge and art. When you enter the premises, you’ll be awed by the beautiful orange and grey Balinese structures in front of you. whereas to reach the temple, you have to walk a pathway that’s flanked by two ponds of pink lotuses on either side. Also every evening the temple hosts the popular Kecak dance performance in the temple.
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Timing : 8am-6pm (Kecak dance: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm) Cost: Entry is free; also a Kecak dance performance ticket costs IDR 100,000 (Rs 480, or US$ 7) Duration : 1 hour
5. Pura Gunung Kawi
This temple in Ubud tour is located close to Pura Tirta Empul in Tampaksiring, Ubud Bali. It is a unique temple in the list of travel to Ubud temples with impressive high shrines cut into the cliff and yet hidden in the Pakerisan River valley. You need to take 200 steps down from the parking lot to access the shrines, but this is a scenic descent as you will pass beautiful terraced rice fields and the river.
Timings: 8am to 4pm Cost: IDR 15,000 (Rs 70, or US$ 1.5)
6. Pura Gunung Lebah
This is another centrally located temples in Ubud tour. It lies at the western end of the Jalan Raya Ubud main road. Also this temple is beautifully set amid a lush natural setting, overlooking the eastern side of the Campuhan Valley. The name Gunung Lebah translates to ‘small hill’ in the local dialect, because it is located in the valley where the tributaries of Sungai Cerik merge. It comprises three courtyards, generally hosting Balinese-styled shrines and structures. Moreover the temple has a calming vibe, as it is quiet and all you hear are the soothing water sounds of the two rivers.
Timing : 7am to 5pm Sunday-Saturday : 12 AM to 11:59 PM Cost: IDR 10,000 (Rs 50, or US$ 0.7)
This blog guide covers the 6 main Temples that are must-visit temples in Ubud tour, Bali. Visiting all these Temples can take one day or two depending on your will. Apart from visiting these temples you will also get the chance to visit local museums, markets and other attractions like sacred monkey forests, Elephant Park, Tegallalang rice terraces, etc
8. Frequently Asked Questions
Ans. 1) Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu temple also called as water temple, located near the town of Tampaksiring, Ubud, Bali.
This Ubud temple is famous for its bathing in holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification called “melukat“
Ans. 2) The main attraction at Goa Gajah is generally the mouth of the cave depicting a giant monster face and other intricate carvings depicting flowers and animals.
Goa Gajah is a cave temple, generally built for worshipping Lord Ganesha in the 11th century,
Ans. 3) The pura Taman Saraswati is actually built in order to worship Goddess Saraswati.
The Balinese people worship Saraswati for about 7 months according to the Balinese calendar, through a wide range of worship activities that are done like offering flowers to Saraswati, chanting mantras, and religious kecak dance to express gratitude towards the Goddess.
Ans. 4) Pura Taman Saraswati also known as the Ubud Water Palace.
This temple Known for its beautiful lotus pond.
Ans. 5) Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is also referred to as the “main temple” in Balinese Hinduism.
Because this temple is dedicated to the god Hyang Widhi, a personification of God Shiva.
Ans. 6) Pura Gunung Lebah Temple was built in the 8th century by an Indian priest, Rishi Markandeya.