BALIPura Luhur Batukaru temple
BALI’S BEST KEPT SECRET
We couldn’t believe our eyes when we started the uphill drive towards Pura Luhur Batukaru. No one on the road but us, surrounded by jungle and fast approaching the foot of Mt Batukaru, where the temple lies.
Bali has an extraodinary amount of temples and even though the largest temples generally receive heaps of tourists waiting to take their pictures on every corner, we noticed we were the only tourists there. The grounds were tranquil, no one tried to sell us anything and we could just walk around and observe the prayers and the surrounding forrest.
ABOUT PURA LUHUR BATUKARU
Pura Luhur Batukaru is a Hindu temple and was originally built in the 11th Century. It is dedicated to the ancestors of the rajas of Tabanan and is one of Bali’s directional temples, which protects us from evil spritis. The most important shrine at Pura Luhur Batukaru is the 7-tiered meru that is in honor of the God of Gunung Batukaru, Mahadewa.
Pura Luhur Batukaru
VISITING THIS TEMPLE
It took us a bit over an hour to get here by motorcycle from Canggu. The ride there is lush and scenic, and there are plenty of locals waving hello once you pass the small villages and rice fields.
In January 2019 it cost us 20.000IDR for the entrance fee, including the loan of a sarong. There is a big parking in front of the temple and you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring here. Always make sure to respect the temple grounds and behave appropriately when you see signs warning you off the prayer spots.
EXPLORE THE GROUNDS
The raw vibe of the grounds is what really makes this place. The branches reaching out on the staircases and the moss growing on walls, with the prayer bells ringing in the background. Try to really relax here and sit on one of the benches, you’ll really appreciate you took the time for yourself here.
Have you been here before or have another great tip to share for us to visit in Bali? Then let me know below!