Pura Tirta Empul is a Balinese water temple and is one of the most important temples in Bali. Tirta Empul is founded around a natural spring over a thousand years old. In Balinese the name Tirta Empul means holy water, the Balinese people come to this spot for ritual purification.
Holy spring water of Tirta Empul
The water here is believed to have magical curative powers. Both locals and tourists can go into the purification pools where you can bathe along all of the 30 stations. They believe you start at the left and move along cleansing yourself at each of the waterspouts in the two purification pools, finally finishing on the right. You must not enter the water in your sarong you collect at the entrance. you can use a special green one found in the changing rooms. At the end you are belived to be blessed with holy water and therefore should not use a towel.
Location and entry
The Tirta Empul Is located in the village of Manukaya, near the town of Tampaksiring about 30 minutes drive from ubud.
Travelling around in Bali you have a couple of options. We recommend hiring a scooter you can hire them for between 55,000 IDR – 70,000IDR per day though if your having it for a longer period you might be able to negotiate a lower price.
If you are not confident on a scooter you can hire a driver for the day there all over the island and costs from 500,000IDR a day which is about £26.90
We also downloaded the GOJEK app which was a total lifesaver and cheep,for taxi.
Entry cost 150,000IDR and a free sarong is provided
The legend of creation
Whatever you may believe, it’s a very spiritual place. Tirta Empul is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water. The Balinese people believe that it was created from a great battle. A battle between a powerful and magical king Mayadenawa and the god Indra. And that god Indra created the sacred healing springs. Balinese people carry out this ritual at least once per year.