Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta Empul Temple
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Built in the 10th-century, Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple, and is considered sacred by the community. Worshippers take part in ancient cleansing rituals here and visitors are welcomed to join. Nestled in the lush Balinese countryside amid rice terraces and coffee plantations, the Vishnu-dedicated Hindu complex gets packed with devotees on full moon nights, when it takes on an even more special significance to them. You might get to watch a ceremonial dance performance too. For fewer crowds, visit early in the morning. After entering, you can rent a sarong for a small donation to wear during the ritual. – Tripadvisor
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  • chloe951x
    United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple
    We went with our tour guide and I feel like we got the full experience knowing about all the different areas and how they relate to Bali culture and Hindu religion. It was a beautiful place to walk around, a sarong is provided with the entry fee. Only downside is you HAVE to walk through the souvenir market to exit which you get constantly approached. Also, if you do the water ritual, there was more than an hour wait at 11:30am on a Friday.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • derekseah
    Singapore, Singapore700 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worshippers and beautiful koi
    Vast grounds worthy of a pleasant walk observing the ceremonies and people. The worshippers bathing in the holy water is a warm sight that touches the heart. The lively koi pound catches the eye especially at feeding time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Xanerin
    Alice Springs, Australia1,476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be At Peace
    This is another lovely temple which I have been to a few times. Tourists flocking to have their blessing with holy water but do they really know what they are doing or the significance. I feel there is a lot of misunderstanding about this place and before going, do some research and understand it is not just a tourist trap. The spring itself is beautiful and the fish feeding also is relaxing. Be at peace with yourself and take time to understand the meaning.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • eugene L
    Seoul, South Korea8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm, peaceful but need enough time
    Cool experience. Get hit the water then your mind turn calm. But for it, take your time. The queue is very long so you need to wait at least 40 minutes to go inside the pool, and then need another 1 hr to take a sequence. If you don't have your own sarong, you need to rent that. For save your time, prepare your own. 줄이 너무 길어서 물 맞으러 풀에 들어가는 데만 40분 넘게 걸렸어요. 그러고나서 또 순서대로 모든 물을 맞으려면 1시간은 추가로 걸릴거같아요. 막상 물을 맞으니 기다리는 동안 몰려온 화가 다 사하지는 느낌이 들어서 시간이 많다면 추천합니다. 사롱을 챙겨가시는 걸 추천해요. 입구에서 빌려주는 건 젖으면 안돼서 안에서 또 빌려야하는데 갈아입는 데도 시간이 꽤 걸려서 본인껄 가져가면 시간을 절약할 수 있어요
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • RS
    London, United Kingdom76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to spend a few hours although very touristy
    Nice place but full of tourists. It costs IDR25k pp to enter and visit the religious sections. If you take a private driver, unfortunately you can't purchase a guided tour once. Ground were nice and doesn't take long to cover. The blessing is separate and costs IDR10k per sarong and IDR15k for a locker. Most people get the sarongs although did notice a few that brought their own. Changing rooms were basic - central room where lockers are then curtained off are men/women changing spaces - although does the job. There is a notice to say no cameras allowed in the holy spring area but there were so many people there taking photos (both local guides and tourists). The blessing itself was really refreshing and incredibly welcome in the heat - Water is the perfect temperature. Be careful getting in as it is very slippery and saw an injury or two whilst there! Nice to tick off although apparently other less touristy temples with water blessings in Ubud if that takes your fancy.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • clearing_boxer
    Madison, Wisconsin390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything expected!
    It's beautiful of course, and the purification ritual is nice to go through when taken seriously. My guide was informative and kind. It does get busy fast, which of course can dampen the experience and make it feel less genuine. I went at 8am and there were only a few other people there. By 9am it was swamped.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Jordan L
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    This is a must place to visit when one is in bali. The place is always flooded with tourists. The rental for the sarong is 10k and the locker rental is 15k. The rental locker can fit 2 person's stuff in. There is changing room for the ladies and gents but it's just a small space where everyone will be in it. There is no personal cubicle for everyone so expect some people changing infront of you. Also please take note that the stairs going into the pool is quite slippery.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 10, 2023
  • luis2473
    Roseville, California11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spiritual
    Very spiritual place for all. I recommend hiring a guide to let you know the history and correct way to approach the water ritual. Yes it can be crowded and touristy but it is a beautiful experience. We had Kadek Pujana as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and had a great attitude with a very calm demeanor.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Lexy Lexy
    Bali, Indonesia361 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Temple
    The best place to do wounding in Bali. The location is indeed far from the city of Denpasar. This temple is very famous because there is a spring where President Soekarno's wife bathed. There are several springs, and when I and my friend went there, the visitors were so busy that they had to queue because it was a full moon. So it is very good for wounding or cleaning yourself. Entering the location there is a counter for purchasing entrance tickets and then there is a place to borrow kamen or sarongs to enter the temple. But if we want to do wounds, there are cloth and locker rentals to the right of the temple entrance. And the rental is not expensive.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Sanjiwani
    Seminyak, Indonesia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best👍
    I went with my younger brother to Tirta Empul Temple to cleanse myself, in Bali it is called "Melukat". It's very busy here and people are waiting to do Melukat. I highly recommend this place for those of you who want to Melukat and healing at the same time
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 30, 2023
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Spur0701
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Tirta Empul is a Hindu temple built in the 10th century, or so our guide Marta told us. Built on top of a spring, it's water is considered holy and bathing in the waters is considered one of those 'must do' Bali experiences

There is an entrance fee of 50000K per person, you get a sarong to cover your knees.....but we skipped actually getting in the water and performing the purification rites. We arrived latter in the afternoon shortly a rain shower so it was not as crowded as some other have commented.

Definitely an interesting experience, beautiful venue, definitely worth seeing as long as it's not too crowded.

Be aware that as you exit the complex you'll have to run a long gauntlet of tourist shops, pretty much all selling the same thing, some of the shop keepers can be a little aggressive.
Written April 9, 2020
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JustJyv
Makati, Philippines572 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It's one of those places that you'll feel a little different - grounded and connected.

This place is crowded with locals trying to get their blessings and foreigns who want to try the experience.

I thought since it's crowded it will be pretty much just one of those things that you do just to get it done with, surprisingly it didn't feel that way. Through Kadek's information and guidance (they do it for free but of course just give tip - he takes nice candid photos/videos too), I have really felt a connection and put forth my intention into the universe.

The water was a bit cold since it rained that afternoon and we got there pretty late (almost closing time).

Note: the entrance fee is 50kIDR which includes the sarung to enter the temple. If you want to experience the holy spring/water fountain then you'll pay extra 30k IDR for locker and another set of sarung that you can wear while you dip and get blessed.
Written December 21, 2022
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CKF
CT2,162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Tirta Empul Temple shows up on every list of "must sees" near Ubud, and for good reason. This is a truly special experience, where you can watch believers in a water purification/baptism type ritual. You will see a series of spouts. Each person begins at the far left spout and works their way to the right. I don't know too much about Hinduism, but I found this fascinating to watch.

Your 50 IDR per person entry fee includes a sarong and is well worth the money. Enjoy!
Written March 28, 2020
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hyd_foodexplorer
Hyderabad, India593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Post breakfast at the hotel we visited the Tirta Empul Temple. The temples here are more of architecture and nature. You have to wear a sarong to enter. They are given for free outside so that shouldn’t be a problem. You are not allowed to go to the main temple where they shrine is located but you can cover the rest of the temple.
You can also take a dip in the bathing complex but you wont be allowed inside, so i would recommend you to take a dip on your way back.
Written May 3, 2020
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Where_to_travel_next
Vancouver, Canada6,508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Our private tour guide explained how locals come here e.g. monthly to purify themselves with the holy water. With a brush he splashed water on our head and we sipped a touch of holy water sprinkled to our hand. They bring an offering and pay their respect. We got to see the springs where the water comes from. There is koi fish pond as well where you can buy fish food to feed them. Very enlightening experience. Men or women must rent a sarong before entering.
Written July 11, 2023
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SBal
Penang Island, Malaysia262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A very spiritual place in Bali to experience the Hindu rituals as well as nature. The temple is situated amidst a forest which gives a very pleasant feel inside the temple. Dipping ourselves in the tirta pool with a huge crowd makes us feel grounded. It is quite crowded though. So have to wait for a long time in the queue for each tirta. Better to visit late in the evening so that the crowd will be less hence could enjoy the tirta as well as the temple campus well. Also could get relaxed after a long day.
Written September 15, 2020
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Olga
Beijing, China55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went there at about 11am, there were many people by that time. Entrance fee is 50000 IDR per person, locker 15000 IDR, sarong for swimming 10000 IDR per person. You should start with a walk around the temple because after you get wet, you're not allowed to do that.
We were waiting to wash in the holy water for 1 hour. You should wait in water which is cold.
It has some special spirit, we liked the place!!!
Written January 2, 2020
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Jim
314 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We are attracted to Pura Tirta Empul by the video scene of people bathing in the sacred temple water. However, we found that this is a tourist trap that you can avoid if you are on tight time budget.
The entrance charge to Pura Tirta Empul is IDR 500,000. For that, you get a Sarong to wear at the front counter, no matter how you have dressed. I believe that the Sarong serves simply as a visible mark that you have paid the entrance fee to the temple. You can explore the temple ground wearing the Sarong. If you are interested to purify yourself with the holy water, you are directed to pay another fee for the locker room (doesn’t seem to be clean), undress yourself, and wear another Sarong (doesn’t seem to be clean to me). During my visit, I do notice may people (mostly young westerners) practice the water purification routine in the holy water pool.
After you have finished the visit, you are directed to the exit (No, you are not allowed to exit from the entrance), which is a long narrow winding alley which you have to battle merchants from both side of alleys in close quarters that try to sell you overpriced tourist souvenir. This leaves a very bad experience for the tourist.
Plus, once you have battled your way through the exit, you will find that all cab hailing Apps (Grab/BlueBird/GoJek) are disabled in the temple area, and you may have to use pricy local taxi service. It might be a good idea to use private car hire for the day during your visit.
Written January 25, 2024
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ConquerorsOfSummits
Bangkok, Thailand350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Apart from the fact that this is an absolutely stunning and spiritual temple, this place gives an opportunity to purify hearts and minds for those who’re truly ready for it. If you’re one of those, you should not only visit this temple but also do a purification ritual by taking a dip into holy spring water pools. To do everything right and know more about history of the temple, we’re strongly advise you to hire a guide: you’ll easily find them on the territory of the temple. The guide will explain you what, how and why is happening at the temple, and you can express your gratitude to your guide after the ceremony, by giving him tips in your discretion, at your heart dictation. The water in pools is a bit cold, however, if you try to stay positive and concentrate on your thoughts, you’ll get used to it rather quickly.
Talking about numbers, we paid 50k per person as an entrance fee, 5k for parking, 10k per person to rent lockers, and 200k we paid to our guide as tips.
In short, we do believe that this place helps people to get a better. At least, a little bit.
Written September 28, 2022
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Siobhan C
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
It was beautiful and lovely to be there but be warned, the queues are very long and we gave up going into the holy springs after waiting for ages today and guessing it would be a further 2 hour wait in total (we arrived at 9.30am).

If it helps anyone to know what happens, when you arrive they give you a sarong once you reach the temple area and then you head to the locker room if you want to change for the holy springs. You pay to rent the locker and to rent a special sarong to wear in the water, and you leave your original sarong in the water as they don’t let that one get wet.

Then you queue up for the holy springs - be prepared for a long wait both in and out of the water!
Written January 20, 2023
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