Pura Luhur Batukau

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Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Entry Fee : IDR 60,000

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Pura Luhur Batukau, Bali Overview

The magnificent Batukaru Temple popularly referred to as the Pura Luhur Batukaru by the locals, is situated at the foot of the southern slope of the Mount Batukaru. Visually stunning, this sacred site is encompassed by lush forests, thus offering a fascinating environment to nature lovers. Being one of the nine directional temples that are located on the island, Pura Luhur Batukaru is believed to protect the region by warding off evil spirits.

The ancient temple was originally built in the 11th century. However, it was destroyed in 1604, after a siege conducted by the Buleleng Kingdom. Again, in 1959, it was rebuilt, and since then, it stands tall till date. The glorious Pura Luhur Batukaru is dedicated to Lord Mahadeva, a Hindu deity also regarded as the God of the Batukaru Mountain.

Frequent drizzles and the surrounding sea have led this place to have a cool, misty atmosphere. In addition to being a place of worship, Batukaru Temple is also categorized as a renowned spot for sightseeing. However, a number of areas in the inner sanctum of this temple are prohibited to those people who visit this place for reasons other than the worship of the idol.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the dignified Batukaru Temple is during the ceremonial biannual anniversaries of the temple, popularly known as ‘Piodalan’. This ceremony coincides with the Thursday that falls after the Galungan festival. The Piodalan festivities are held every two hundred and ten days apart, in keeping with the Balinese calendar.

Things to Know

1. Pura Luhur Batukaru does not require an entrance fee. However, a certain amount is expected by the temple authorities from the visitors as a donation.

2. Proper conduct and attire are required from visitors. Before entering the temple, one should get hold of a sash from the temple’s security post and wear it around the waist as a sign of cultural respect. 

How To Reach Pura Luhur Batukau

  • Pura Luhur Batukaru is situated at Jalan Penatahan-Wongaya Gede in Tabanan. It lies about forty-five kilometers to the north of Seminyak, and it takes a little over an hour to reach the temple via private transport.
  • From Denpasar, the temple lies at a distance of around forty kilometers, and one can get there within an hour via private transport.
  • Public transport is not available.

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