Tirta Empul is a Balinese Hindu temple in the village of Tampaksiring, Gianyar, in Bali province. It is known for its holy spring water, which is believed to have healing powers.
The temple was constructed in 962 and has been renovated several times. The complex includes a large bathing area with 30 water spouts where visitors can cleanse themselves. The water from the springs flows into a cleansing pool where people can perform a ritual called “MELUKAT” to cleanse themselves of bodily and spiritual impurities.
Tirta Empul is believed to have been created by the god Indra. Legend has it that the temple was created after the god Indra struck the ground with his stuff and created a spring to cure his troops of a deadly disease.
Tirta Empul is a popular tourist destination and tempts many visitors from many places in the world who come to witness the beauty of the temple and experience its spiritual significance.
There are a variety of activities you can do when visiting Tirta Empul.
- Bathing in the holy spring water
You can bathe in the cleansing pool using one of the 30 water spouts to cleanse your physical body and spiritual impurities.
- Participating in purification rituals
You can also join the Balinese Hindus in performing ” MELUKAT ” cleansing rituals to purify your mind, body, your soul.
- Exploring the temple complex
The temple complex is beautifully designed and has several shrines and pavilions that tourists can explore.
- Taking part in a guided tour
Tirta Empul also provides a Tours Guide if you need more detailed information about the temple, including the history of the temple and cultural and religious practices. For this service, you need pay extra money.
How to Access Tirta Empul Temple
If you stay in the south part of Bali, like Kuta, Legian, or Seminyak area. To reach this beautiful temple is an about 1-hour drive. You can rent a motorbike or book a tour package with a tour company to visit this Tirta Empul Temple. This temple is part of the Gianyar regency in Tampaksiring, Bali. If you stay in Ubud, this temple is only about 15 – 20 minutes drive from Ubud Central.
If you are a local tourist, the entrance fee is IDR 30.000 per person, and the price for international tourists and domestic tourists is slightly different. Kindly note to enter Tirta Empul, you need a Balinese costume to respect the temple. However, if you don’t bring your own Balinese costume, the temple provides a costume that you can use and is available at the ticket counter.
However, if you buy the tour package when visiting Tirta Empul, usually, the entrance ticket already includes in your tour package.
Other tourist destinations near Tirta Empul
Popular tourist destinations like Ubud, Goa Gajah, famous coffee plantations, and even Tegalalang Rice Terrace are not far to access from Tirtha Empul. If you plan to visit and explore Gianyar regency in Bali, you can set up an Itinerary together and see all these destinations on the same day. Ubud, in the example, is about 40 minute’s drive from Tirtha Empul, So it will be good if you secure one day and enjoy the sites.
Hopefully, All the above information will give an idea if you are planning to visit Bali or if you may know someone who plans to visit Bali.
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