For thousands of years, the Tirta Empul Temple(The Holy Water Temple) of Bali is visited by Balinese Hindu worshippers who believe that the sacred springs of the temple were created by Lord Indira and the water of the spring possesses curative powers. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter, which all flow to the Tukad Pakerisan River. This centuries-old tradition still continues and people from all over the world flock to this temple to take a dip in this blessed holy water and marvel the beauty of the surroundings. Located in the lush forest of central Bali, the islands near Trita Empul lies the Presidential Palace of Tampaksiring.
Built in 1957 by Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, the palace provides an important landmark of the island and is now used as a place to host visiting dignitaries and important guests. The Tirta Empul is not only the famous temple of Tampaksiring but also the most important part of this beautiful town. Divided into 3 regions namely a front, secondary and inner courtyard. The main focal point is the large rectangular pool which is fed by a holy mountain spring, where locals come to pray and soak in the healing waters that gush from a series of sculpted spouts. If you wish to join the locals in the cleansing ritual, it’s best to ask an experienced guide first to make sure you respect the customs.
Top 3 Places To Visit On The Islands Near Tirta Empul Bali
Tirta Empul is a major temple complex and holy mountain spring in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. If you are looking for stunning places to explore on the islands near Tirta Empul Bali, the following list will help you out.
To the west of Bali lies the cultural hub of Indonesia Java. Thanks its myriad temples, architectural marvels, crude Indonesian culture & heritage, and a handful of volcanoes Java is rightly called mini Indonesia. Jakarta, Bandung, Jogja, Malang, and Bogor are the famous cities of this traditional island near Bali. The ancient Hindu temples of Borobudur and the Sultans place are embodiments to the royal Indonesian culture.
Distance from Bali: 613 km
How to reach: On a ferry from Bali
Things to do in Java: Sightseeing, exploring the monuments & temples, witnessing the cultural performances, and hiking
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2. Serangan Island
Also called the Turtle Island, this tiny island makes for a fulfilling day trip especially with the kids. The quiet island boasts of a wonderful mangrove forest, a hatchery for green turtles (which the kids will love) and a nice beach. While the spiritually inclined can visit the Sakenan Temple, the outdoor enthusiasts can try their hand at fishing or surfing. Earlier accessible only by wooden boats, the island can now be reached by crossing a small bridge just 25 minutes away from Nusa Dua.
Location: South Denpasar, into the road from opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
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3. Gili Islands
Located near the northwest coast of Lombok island, Gili Islands is a group of tiny islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Why you should visit this island group near Bali is because of its bewitching beauty and seclusion. Gili Air, characterized by sandy beaches and fringed palm trees, is the favorite island for couples and regarded as one of the best honeymoon places in Bali. Enjoy watching sea turtles swimming at the Turtle Point or watch the sunken shipwreck at Gili Trawangan.
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The Balinese culture has its roots deep into its religious beliefs and thats the reason Balinese people have kept the centuries-old beliefs alive in the form of its temples. Even though the development in the region and large number of tourists coming from all over the world has changed the place a bit, but the simplicity of the people and the mystic aura of the place earns it a lot of attention. Make sure to visit this beautiful place and take a bath in the holy water for a refreshing trip.
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