After considering a list of agencies, I booked for rockybalitours because he is the only tour guide who would agree on my itinerary. His friend Agung picked us up at the hotel as early as 8am.
It took us around 1.5 hrs to reach our first stop (from Legian).
Tirta Empul Temple (Indonesian: Pura Tirta Empul) is a Hindu temple in the middle of Bali Island, Indonesia, famous for its holy water where Hindu Bali people go for purification. [Reference]
This is also one of the featured destinations of Samantha Brown's Bali. The same as one of Kris' and Zsa Zsa's destination too.
Entrance fee for an adult is 15,000Rp (60Php, 2013). We roam around the area on our own.
We went there because we wanted to see the place, it does not necessarily mean that I wanted to go to the water. It is just simply to witness their practice.
Wearing sarong is required when you wanted to get into the water or if you wanted to visit the temple. Offerings are available on the entrance for the tourists to buy, but most of the locals bring their own set of offerings.
How holy the water is? I don't know, but it is said that the water is coming from a spring. Other locals, bring big jars to actually get water that they can bring back home. On Samantha’s Bali episode, each water fall has a meaning, and you should not pass the “fountain of death”, it is where they get the water when cleaning the body of someone who left.
Don't fall on its tourist trap - there is an exit sign that will lead you to chains of market sellers of batiks and souvenirs. They are a bit aggressive on pushing the tourists to buy something from their store.
Destination: Tirta Empul Temple
Location: Tampak Siring Village
Entrance: 15,000Rp (60Php)
Duration: 1 hour
Travel Date: May 5, 2013