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5 Beautiful Temples to Visit in Ubud

Bali is iconic for the number of places of worship, giving Bali its nickname “The Island of 1,000 temples”. Most of the beautiful temples are located in Ubud and surely worth to visit.

The structures are of different categories ranging from small shrines to enormous temples. As you walk along the streets, you will come across these temples and occasionally see sacrifices being offered or worshipped. 

Here’s our list of 5 outstanding temples in Ubud that worth to visit: 

 

Pura Tirta Empul Temples in Ubud
Pura Tirta Empul | Photo By: Thomas Kim

Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul (Tirta Empul Temple) located 20km northeast of Ubud, in the small village called Tampaksiring. The Tirta Empul temple is a place where worshippers go to cleanse themselves with the flowing holy water from the sacred spring, therefore the origin of its name. This cleansing ritual is called “penglukatan” or “melukad” among Balinese people. It considered okay for tourists to have their own ‘melukad’ – if you would like to try it by yourself.

Most Balinese people will come here during Full-Moon, either for praying or ‘melukad,’ so be prepared to face the crowd if you happen to visit this temple during that time. 

You can always ask your driver or your villa butler when is the right time to visit this beautiful place.

Location: 30 min drive northeast of Ubud. (Click to get the direction)
Open Time: Open everyday, 8 AM– 6 PM
Ticket/Entrance cost: Rp 30.000/pax for adult
Duration: Expect to spend 1 hour – 1.5 hours. Up to 3 hours if you try ‘melukad.’

 

Pura Taman Saraswati in Ubud
Pura Taman Saraswati | Photo By: Vincent van Deudekom

Pura Taman Saraswati

Known as the Water Palace of Ubud, Pura Taman Saraswati is a must-visit temple when you are staying in Ubud or even in Bali. The most well-known characteristic of the temple is its lotus pond – the symbol of Dewi Saraswati, Hindu Goddess for Knowledge. Surrounding the exterior area is the water garden, marking the lines of the actual temple.

The decoration inside the temple is magnificent. You will see the gigantic statue and the authentic Balinese stone carving decoration surrounding this temple. Kindly note that tourists are forbidden to enter the praying area because it is strict for prayers only.

This temple is one of the temples in Ubud that held a cultural dance performance. It held every day (except Friday) during the night around 7.30 PM. The dance performed here is different every day, so if you would like to see a particular dance performance, you can ask the villa butler to find out the schedule.

Location: Central Ubud. (Click to get the direction)
Open Time: Open seven days a week, 7 AM– 5 PM (temple), 7 PM – 9 PM (dance performance)
Ticket/Entrance cost: Free (temple), Rp 80.000/pax (dance performance)
Duration: Expect to spend 1 hour. Up to 2.5 hours if you watch the dance performance.

 

Pura Goa Gajah Temples in Bali
Pura Goa Gajah | Photo By: Trover

Pura Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located around 20mins drive from Central Ubud. The cave itself has a temple that built-in the 13th century. This temple is served as a sanctuary for Monks to have their meditation. You can expect a tranquility atmosphere in this area, with the sound of the fountain slowly splashing inside the temple.

There is a lot of uniqueness in this place. You will notice the entrance is only for 1 person and surrounded by stone carving with 2 ‘temple guardian’ statue. On the inside, the cave is T-shaped. And… we can give you a lot of spoilers, but we think that you should experience it by yourself.

Location: Bedulu, Ubud. (Click to get the direction)
Open Time: Open everyday, 8 AM– 4 PM
Ticket/Entrance cost: Rp 30.000/pax
Duration: Expect to spend 1.5 hours amazed by the beauty of the temple.

 

Pura Gunung Lebah Temples in Ubud
Pura Gunung Lebah | Photo By: 田中洋一

Pura Gunung Lebah

If it’s roughly translated, it would mean Bee Mountain Temple. But, in the Ancient Balinese language, it means a temple nestled in the valley. This temple overview the well-known Campuhan River.

Since the Gunung Lebah Temple located in the valley, you can expect that trees surround the area. It’s very calm and tranquil, such a perfect place to concentrate. That’s why most of Ancient Balinese people are using this temple to meditate. 

Since it’s located near Central Ubud and Bukit Campuhan, you can visit this temple before or after you go to the famous Campuhan Hills. Please be careful since the entrance to get to this temple requires you to go down around 300 steps of stairs.

Location: Central Ubud, Near Renaissance Museum. (Click to get the direction)
Open Time: Open seven days a week, 8 AM– 4 PM
Ticket/Entrance cost: Free
Duration: Expect to spend 45 minutes in this temple.

 

Pura Gunung Kawi Temples in Ubud
Pura Gunung Kawi | Photo By: MasterOfDestiny

Pura Gunung Kawi

Pura Gunung Kawi was known as one of the most stunning temples on the island. This temple is located not far from Ubud. You will be amazed by the magnificent sculpture of the temple in the valley’s stone wall. 

This temple also served as a grave for former King of Bali, the Raja Udayana. The Gunung Kawi temple complex is also known as the graveyard for the Warmadewa Dynasty, the dynasty of the King of Bali. On the middle side, the temple divided by the stream of Pakerisan River.

This legendary temple is undoubtedly worth to visit, although you need to go down a little bit far from the main road. 

Location: Tampaksiring, Gianyar. (Click to get the direction)
Open Time: Open everyday, 8 AM– 6 PM
Ticket/Entrance cost: Rp. 15.000/pax
Duration: Expect to spend 1.5 – 2 hours in this temple.

 

Visiting temples in Ubud
Dress Properly in Temple | Photo Source: Artem Beliaikin

Visiting the Temple in Ubud

If you plan to take a trip to Ubud, make it a duty to visit some of these famous and impressive temples. However, we have tips before you visit these temples:

• Be sure to respect the traditions of the locals.

• Most of these temples are often requiring you to dress properly. On the entrance of each temple, the locals usually provide Sarong or any other proper attire, though you have to pay for renting them.

• If there are any ceremonies/rituals, you should take pictures with no flash, and be quiet during ceremonies.

• Do not speak loudly and use polite words.

Enjoy this once in a lifetime experience with Dedary Kriyamaha Ubud by Pramana Experience, the only heavenly and luxury villa in Ubud that fit for individuals, couples, and families. Our butlers are more than happy to assist you in visiting these temples while you’re staying with us in our lovely villa in Ubud.

For more information regarding the availability, you can contact us directly or check if there’s availability on your preferred dates.

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You and yours can start this new year by making some romantic and intimate travel resolutions together, regardless of your time and budget restraints. Put aside those new travel habits and make some new ones! Let this be the year that your travel designs focus on fun, romantic, and festivities! Here we already compiled a list of new years of romantic travel resolutions in Ubud to regain back your intimate moment.

Tips on Traveling to Bali

Everybody wants to ensure that they will have an under-control situation when it comes to traveling. Making a travel plan surely takes time to research. No matter where and what means of transportation you’re using or with whom do you go, and you can simplify your travel plans in a variety of ways. If you want to go to Bali or Ubud, these tips will provide you with information on how to have a safe, comfortable, and relaxing holiday.

When traveling to Bali, please note that the tap water is unsafe to drink. This means that it must be boiled before you can drink it, or if you want a convenient option, buy some water at the groceries or convenience store.

Traveling to Pura Batu Bolong Bali

What to bring when traveling to Bali?

Bring a tumbler everywhere you go. It’s cost-saving, and most of the restaurants or cafes here are offering discounts whenever you bring your tumbler. Even some of them are giving free water for you. In our room, we are already preparing a complimentary mineral water bottle for you to drink, and we will refill it once a day. Remember, when traveling, it is better to avoid drinking from the local fountain or try the water from the waterfall! Most visitors will be unaccustomed and can get quite ill. As we said before, it’s much easier to go to the traditional store – or we said Warung Kelontong – or convenience store and buy bottled water instead. Usually. Bottled water here is produced to the highest of standards, and it’s not too expensive.

When traveling to Bali, don’t forget to stay at Ubud. Don’t just drive around the town. Ubud has so many to offer. You can find a magnificent traditional cultural dance performance in the Central Area. If you’re into cooking, we have a hut where you can improve your cooking skills with local as a Chef. If you love to explore nature, we can show you the natural beauty of waterfalls and ricefields around. Get out and explore on foot. It is a great experience and sees all that it has to offer. The only way to do that is to find a hiking trail and explore the area.

Atmosphere in Ubud Bali

Preparation

If you’re going around, don’t forget to bring a power inverter with you. It is a handy device that you plug into and charges your device while taking a rest at a cute cafe. It’s great if you’re traveling with kids since you can plug video games or a laptop in. If you have a power bank, you can charge it in your room. In our villa, we have a lot of plugs and using Europe-type plug. If you need an adapter, you can always ask it from your butler.

Look for package deals on local attractions that can save you large amounts of money. You can also ask our butler to get some information on some ‘rare occasions’ rituals or ceremonies that cost you almost nothing. We also offer admission to these destinations in special visitor packages. If you’re going on a trip, make sure to bring a plastic bag that can be dedicated to the trash and a shopping bag for groceries. Bali has banned the use of the plastic bag, so be careful.

When you do packing for a vacation or business trip, pack a number of both lighter and heavier weight clothing. You can use these tips from Marie Kondo. Because, in Ubud, you do not want to be freezing or overheated. It is also a good idea to pack clothing and accessories that will not weigh down your luggage.

Going to Waterfall in Ubud Bali

Are you ready traveling to Bali?

Whether for business or pleasure, traveling can be a hassle. However, if you follow this advice, you can save both time and money and make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable. If you happen to stay in Ubud and do want to have a tranquil atmosphere and enjoy your holiday at the most, you can stay with us at Dedary Kriyamaha Villa Ubud by Pramana.

We do have a package selection from romantic until family packages that accommodate all your needs. We have a free shuttle from our villa to Central Ubud, where you can find most of the cultural events, cafes, and shops.

Contact us now to get your special price for a holiday trip to Ubud! Please look forward to other tips on traveling to Bali!

Stay in a Villa in Ubud

Bali is a beautiful island situated in Indonesia, the ultimate tourist destination in South East Asia that is worth to visit. Most people come to Bali for its beach, waves, culture, nature, and the weather.
Some other people also come for business, or for its undying art and culture, or for its breathtaking landscapes. If nature, art, and culture is your preference, then you might need to come to Ubud.

scenery while staying in villa in ubud

Welcome to Ubud!

Ubud is a small town located in Gianyar Regency. It’s about 1 – 1,5 hours far from Kuta Airport – not counting the traffic jam. A place where nature is on your eyes, everywhere you go.

Ubud is the heart of the arts and cultures of Bali. There are many small cafes, yoga places, and lounge, the most blend of typical Balinese and modern amenities. Situated either in town or in the countryside, most have beautiful gardens and views.

While located far from Kuta, Ubud is a paradise for shopping too. There’s a lot of branded shops or traditional art shops in the Central Ubud that you can choose. Most of the shops here are also eco-friendly shop. This means that the product that they create is made from the recycled thing. Some of the shops also need you to bring your own shopping bag.

Other than shopping, you can also enjoy traditional Balinese events here in Ubud. Ubud Palace is one of many places where the traditional events are held regularly. If you want spectacular photos with your family or your loved one, and having a Balinese decoration as your background, then you might have to visit this place.

Our tips when you are choosing Ubud for your holiday destination, staying at a villa rather than a hotel. Of course, you should select and decide your preferred villa in Ubud, which would match your interests.

Stay in a villa in Ubud

Ubud offers the most restful vacation that you can imagine if you’re staying in a villa. Imagine that you have all your quality time in place. By staying in a villa, you can have your most romantic holiday, or having a family-bonding time. Because in most of the villa in Ubud has a garden or a lounge where you can hold your own occasion.

Some villas in Ubud let you see a natural green lush as your scenery whenever you open your window. Because most of them are located in the countryside, far from Ubud’s bustle. A place where relax and tranquil offering themself to you.

Some villas are also offering traditional Balinese style decoration, thanks to most of the local owners here. The aesthetic of Balinese decoration lies in every detail. Don’t forget to get your camera/phone ready all day because there are a lot of exciting spots for you to take some photos!

If you are a first-time visitor to Bali, or a frequent traveler looking for a new experience while you travel to Bali, you are welcomed to stay with us at Dedary Kriyamaha Villa Ubud by Pramana, a luxury villa in Ubud.

Yes, we have a great villa in Ubud!

At Dedary Kriyamaha Villa Ubud by Pramana, we are ensured that you will have the most of your holiday when staying with us. Don’t worry about the service here; we do have Villa Butlers that always ready to cater to your needs. Whenever you are feeling tired, we also have excellent spa facilities. Enjoy your breakfast with the view of ricefields, and you can even cook yourself! We do have a cooking class.

Contact us now to get your best price rate, or you can directly check the availability of our villas. Do not hesitate to let us know what we can do to make your stay beyond expectations!