Pura Luhur Batukau…


So anyways, this temple is different to the others we’ve been to on this and previous trips. There are no touts, no buses, and no shops.


It’s cool- well, relatively so- and quiet. We can hear birds, we can hear priests chanting, and the tingle of a little bell coming from the main temple area. But we can’t hear traffic, or horns, or any of the myriad of noises you get at most places like Tanah Lot or Uluwatu, or Tirtha Empul, or…you get the idea.


The Saturday we were there was a holy day for metal and metallic items. The previous day we’d seen people in Ubud cleaning and polishing their cars and motorbikes until they gleamed. On that Saturday, the cars and bikes were decorated, and temples along the way were busy with people making offerings to the Gods whose responsibility it was to take care of things made from metal.


At Pura Batukau, a ceremony was underway. We could see them in the main courtyard near the seven-roofed meru. According to the Lonely Planet guide, this mere is dedicated to Maha Dewa- the mountain’s guardian spirit. It was beautiful to witness.


From here, the party wandered across to another part of the grounds, held a similar ceremony there, and then proceeded down the path towards yet another shrine.


Each of the main meru (the thatched roof buildings in the pic above and below) have little doors, within which are kept small items important for ceremony. Some have platforms for shrines, or statues.


The temple is surrounded by forest, with paths you can wander,

DSC_0727 and the slopes of Gunung Batukau- the holy peak for West Bali- looming above…although you do need to be there quite early to get a decent view of the volcano. It was shrouded in cloud by the time we were there.


Of course, there’s the usual statues, stone gates (that I can never photograph straight) and shrines.



There’s also a lake with a shrine in the middle that can be pulled across for the priests to perform ceremonies from the centre of the lake.


Don’t Forget…

This is a holy area, so you will need to wear a sarong. These can be borrowed. Take some small notes as donations to the temple and for the toilets- which aren’t great…just saying…which reminds me- have tissues in your bag…


Getting there…

You really need your own transport, so the best bet is to hire a driver. Up near the temple, we passed some tourists on motorbikes who were struggling with the corrugation in that part of the road, so unless you’re used to it, and staying nearby, bikes are probably not your best option.


We came in from Ubud on a Saturday morning, with more than the usual amount of traffic, so allow at least 90mins- 2 hrs each way.

While you’re in the area…

Keep going through to Jatiluwah rice fields. It’s not that far up the road.


Other Stuff…

Sometimes this area is referred to as Batukauru…Just saying…


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