Exploring Bali: Ubud and Beyond

Bali: Holy Water Temple, Tirta Empul

Bali: Holy Water Temple, Tirta Empul

While staying at the Alila Ubud hotel, my sister and I also signed up for a day tour where we visited Tegalalang rice terrance, holy water temple and a spice and coffee plantation. I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the tour.

Rice Paddies

Rice Paddies

Hard at Work Harvesting

Hard at Work Harvesting

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

By far, my favorite part of the tour was visiting the holy water temple, Tirta Empul. Founded in 962 AD, it is a Hindu temple where people travel far and wide for the ritual purification. Before you enter the temple, you must wear a sarong (including men) and they are available in the front entrance.

Love the Beautiful Structure

Love the Beautiful Structure

Purification Pool

Purification Pool

If you’re interested in going in the water, be sure to bring an extra change of clothes and your own sarong (you’re not supposed to enter the water with the temple’s provided sarongs). The water is extremely clean and I’m sure quite refreshing in the hot weather. If you’re in Bali, this is definitely a must visit destination.

Temple3

Prayer Area

Prayer Area

Koi Pool

Koi Pool

The darker circles is were the natural spring water flows in

The darker circles is were the natural spring water flows in

Bali is actually quite famous for its coffee and chocolate so it was neat to visit a coffee plantation. Probably the most famous coffee is the Kopi Luwak, which is coffee beans that are digested by lemaks. Apparently during the digestion process, there’s a natural fermentation that occurs and gives the coffee a unique flavor. It’s one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

Lemak Being Fed Coffee

Lemak Being Fed Coffee

Tasting Area

Tasting Area

Coffee and Tea Tasting

Coffee and Tea Tasting

While not technically part of the same tour, my sister and I also go to visit a local wet market as part of the cooking class that we took at the Alila. It was a raining and muddy morning, but we enjoyed seeing all of the exotic fruits and vegetables.

Wet Market

Wet Market

Flowers for Offerings

Flowers for Offerings

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