Exploring Bali – Part 2

 

Tirta Empul Carvings

Tirta Empul Carvings

 

The next stop on the tour was Tirta Empul. This temple was very crowded with both locals and tourists. This temple was built around hot springs where people can bathe and purify themselves. It was not just locals that were doing this; tourist were also welcome to go in the water.

People leaving offerings at Tirta Empul.

People leaving offerings at Tirta Empul.

Tirta Empul Pool

Tirta Empul Pool

People lining up at the springs in Tirta Empul.

People lining up at the springs in Tirta Empul.

A girl prays at the springs in Tirta Empul.

A girl prays at the springs in Tirta Empul.

A girl puts her head under the springs at Tirta Empul.

A girl puts her head under the springs at Tirta Empul.

 

The temple complex was much larger than just these springs. There were many smaller temples around the complex. There were plenty of groups praying at these temples also.

Tirta Empul Prayer

Tirta Empul Prayer

Tirta Empul Group Prayer

Tirta Empul Group Prayer

Tirta Empul Carving

Tirta Empul Carving

Tirta Empul Gate

Tirta Empul Gate

Crowds at Tirta Empul

Crowds at Tirta Empul

 

The final stop on the tour was Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave). There was a main pool in the middle with a cave off to the side.

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah Pool

Goa Gajah Pool

Goa Gajah Fountains

Goa Gajah Fountains

 

The exterior entrance of the cave is covered in intricate carvings. The inside of the cave is very small and muggy. There wasn’t much to see except a statue of Ganesh.

Goa Gajah Entrance

Goa Gajah Entrance

Goa Gajah Exterior

Goa Gajah Exterior

Goa Gajah Statue

Goa Gajah Statue

Goa Gajah Interior

Goa Gajah Interior

 

Before I left, I was told by the staff that there was another temple nearby. They pointed in a direction and just told me to walk towards that direction. I walked for a while (20 minutes maybe?) and did not find any temple. I did pass by other tourists on that were returning to the main temple complex but I didn’t ask them for directions because I just figured I would follow the path. After a while, I didn’t see many other tourists. The ones that I did see were also lost. In the end we just turned around and went back.

Goa Gajah Path

Goa Gajah Path

 

The day tour of Bali from Ubud was pretty good. The sights around Ubud are very different that the attractions around Kuta. Kuta is more of a party and beach scene while the pace is quieter in Ubud. I would recommend a tour of Bali’s interior to anyone staying in Ubud.

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2 thoughts on “Exploring Bali – Part 2

  1. I don’t remember exactly. It was probably around 100,000 RP and 150,000 Rp. Sorry, I don’t have the contact info the the driver but you’ll find tons of people offering their services.

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