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Batukaru Temple (Pura Luhur Batukaru)
Batukaru Temple (Pura Luhur Batukaru)

Batukaru Temple (Pura Luhur Batukaru)

Free admission
Wangaya Gede

The Basics

As the setting of Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple is reasonably remote, many visitors prefer the convenience of a tour or a private driver over self-drive. Many Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple tours include a trip to the Jatiluwih rice terrace, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Tanah Lot, the sea temple sacred to the Indonesians, not far from Tabanan.

Entrance tickets are affordable and include the rental of a sarong so that men and women can meet temple standards of decency.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bali

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Mandara (Tour Guide) was...
Ron, Jan 2015
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
Mandara (Tour Guide) was knowledgeable but was too serious throughout the trip. Driver was pleasant and the van was clean. Despite the rainy weather- we all enjoyed. Highlight was the stop in shopping area. The restaurant in the Rice Terrace served cold food and it didn't look too clean :(
star-5
Great all day tour. The guide and...
Michelle W, Oct 2017
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
Great all day tour. The guide and driver were so nice. It's nice being able to have someone else drive you around to the sites. So nice being able to see all the Temples and history of the country!
star-5
Absolutely loved the temples and the...
Tyler H, May 2017
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
Absolutely loved the temples and the highlights of this tour, very friendly and professional guides.
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This tour was so much fun! We...
Lisa T, Jul 2016
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
This tour was so much fun! We learned so much and Darta was an amazing guide! I recommend it for a nice day outing to see Bali
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The Bali Pura Luhur temple has a...
LYE HENG L, Mar 2016
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
The Bali Pura Luhur temple has a very rich history. Witha great tour guide, he was able to make history come alive and interesting
star-4
This is an excellent half day trip...
Prana77, Oct 2014
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
This is an excellent half day trip. The temple was very tranquil. Would recommend to anyone wanting to get out of the central area for a few hours.
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The temple was, well just like the...
Bruce G, Dec 2014
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
The temple was, well just like the other 20000 temples in Bali but much larger than most. Stopping off at arts and crafts manufacturers was good. The Luwak coffe and local coffee sampling was great. Rp 50000 for a cup of the worlds best coffee was a bargain for the coffee conesur.
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We had a wonderful day. Recommend it...
Chris, Nov 2014
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
We had a wonderful day. Recommend it to anyone. Certainly worth the money and we were really looked after.
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Tour was fantastic and our extremely...
Lucy B, Jul 2014
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
Tour was fantastic and our extremely helpful and friendly. Highly recommend
star-5
This was an excellent sightseeing, art...
Imtiaz K, Dec 2013
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
This was an excellent sightseeing, art and cultural tour. The guide was very knowledgeable.
star-4
If you're looking for a low-key day...
JonDoh, Sep 2014
Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
If you're looking for a low-key day in Bali learning more about their unique culture with ample opportunities for buying local handicrafts, this is the tour for you! This tour happened to be our first day in Bali and was a lovely primer into the culture of the island and the incredible scenery of the surrounding volcanoes and rice terraces. You will end up with lots of photos of green rice paddies because each time you see them from the car windows, you can't resist trying to capture the beauty. The trip to the plantation was our favorite part because we got to sample 10 different types of teas and coffees then we got to buy some to take home and brew whenever we want. Still not sure about the coffee that is produce by the feces of local mongoose, but there you have it. There were only 3 other people in our tour so it was definitely a small group and we loved getting to chat with our fellow travelers. Be warned that the tour guide might entice you to go to something called Turtle Island as ours recommended it since he knew we had a free morning the next day. By all means, do not go there and please read the reviews on TripAdvisor so you're well informed of that disturbing tourist trap. He kept pestering us to make up our mind by the end of the day and we're so glad we went with our gut to not do anything we didn't have enough objective information about. Overall, the company used for these tours was excellent and was able to accommodate a last-minute switch in our itinerary given a flight cancellation. The others in our small group said they had a similar experience with the customer service as being very understanding and helpful. It was a great day in Bali!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • As always at Balinese temples, a sarong (included in the entrance fee) is a must for both men and women at Batukaru Temple.

  • As at other Balinese temples, menstruating women are forbidden from entering the site.

  • The scenic setting and absence of tourists makes Pura Luhur Batukaru a must for aspiring photographers.

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How to Get There

There is no public transport to Pura Luhur Batukaru, so your options are self-drive to Penebel, a private driver, or an organized Bali tour. With patchy signposting and unreliable traffic signals adding to Bali’s roadway hassles, many will prefer to leave the driving to the professionals and opt for a Tabanan day tour with round-trip transport, which might also visit Tanah Lot and Jatiluwih.

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When to Get There

Open year-round, Pura Luhur Batukaru, like other temples, is particularly appealing during the key Balinese festivals, when worshippers come to bring offerings and the grounds are alive with colored cloth and bamboo decorations. When visiting during the rainy season, weather is generally more clement in the mornings.

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Bali Temple Etiquette

It’s important to show respect at Balinese Hindu temples, such as Pura Luhur Batukaru: Both men and women should wear sarongs. The Balinese welcome visitors to the main sections of their temples, but areas they consider most sacred are typically reserved for worshippers.

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