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
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
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
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
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
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 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.