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Address: Mount Batukaru | Tabanan Regency, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia
Phone Number: +62 813-3834-9417
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Luhur Batukaru Temple is one of Bali's key directional temples (Bali...

Luhur Batukaru Temple is one of Bali's key directional temples (Bali attractions) and a site of pilgrimage for Hindu Balinese. The Pura Luhur Batukaru lies in solitary clearing 1,300 meters above the sea level, all around the Batukaru temple you'll find a garden of flowering frangipani and hibiscus, with a gigantic, inhabited, humid tropical forest all around it. The impressive placed Batukaru is situated on the slopes of Mount Batukaru since the 11th century, which is an especially sacred site, even by Balinese standards. That's why all visitors have to carefully read and abide the temple rules posted clearly at the entrance.The temple is high on the slopes of the mountain and the often misty, drizzly micro-climate here just adds to its undoubtedly mystical atmosphere. Due to the cool climate and high rainfall (has the highest rainfall on Bali), the shrines in this temple are covered by moss

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Away from the crowds

After visiting Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu, this temple was a nice change. The setting amidst the forests and the fact that we saw no other tourists made it the best temple to visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After visiting Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu, this temple was a nice change. The setting amidst the forests and the fact that we saw no other tourists made it the best temple to visit on our daytour. Nice photo opportunities. You have to wear a sarong, but these are available at the entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not easy to find, but once you get there, through small and sinuous roads, you really are rewarded of your efforts. A visit early morning or late afternoon adds some magic to the situation, as the temple is surrounded by what looks like a very thick forest. It's really worth the visit!

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Ubud, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine a place that is as remote as one may think on a touristy island - that is Pura Luhur Batukaru (or Batukau as some locals say). A long drive through villages, then through jungle, with a black gate that rises in the middle of nowhere after another turn, with the road steeply climbing up and up, arriving to a... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the temple is not the most beautifull we saw in Bali, but the setting in the forest is amazing. The center of the temple is forbidden for tourists, but there is enough to see

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This temple is surrounded by beautiful mountains and greenery all around. Several flights of steps down we reached a platform where the temple rituals are performed. There is a temple in the midst of a lake which can be reached through cemented step stones. Beautiful and serene surroundings. Most definitely a place to visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

In advance: Lonlely Planet hypes this place, so maybe my expectations were high. And of course due to the same fact there is now a significant entrance fee. You cannot access all areas and the temple is rather small and graceless as compared to the Bratan for example. Yes, it is romantically remote in the jungle. On the other hand,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

So quiet after many places full of people! The small temple in the middle of the lake is very picturesque. I suggest it as an alternative route if you're tired of fighting with other people in order to see something or want to take a photo without tourists in it!

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Liege, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The temple at Batukaru is really nice. It is lost in the mountain's jungle and the atmosphere is special. Coming in the morning you may have a small fog over the temple, giving it a mystical atmosphere. Sarong are needed but they will supply you one for free if you don't have.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We visited this place morning and it was without a tourist,few local people only,very nice! Its not large temple but really recommended for visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is one of the nine key temples in Bali and its main purpose is to protect the island from evil. We were fortunate enough to be allowed into the inner sanctum with our Balinese friend to pray, though tourists are not normally permitted. It was a very special experience. The surrounding forest is full of wildlife including monkeys, lizards... More 

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