Pura Lempuyang is quickly becoming one of the most sought after photo locations in Bali due to its mesmerizing view of Bali’s most popular volcano, Mount Agung. Getting to Pura Lempuyang isn’t the easiest due to its location on the east but if you make the effort it is definitely worth it.
How to get to Pura Lempuyang
We left Canggu at 4am to arrive early enough to view the sunrise over Mount Agung from the temple. The drive to Pura Lempuyang took us 2 hours and we drove there ourselves on our scooter. A popular option to get to Pura Lempuyang is to hire a driver to take you there and back. You can speak to a tour company and arrange it through them. Pura Lempuyang is a quiet spot and not yet full of tourists due to its far location from central Bali.
The unique part about the Pura Lempuyang entrance fee is that there is no set price. They only ask you to donate how much you wish. However, you will have to rent a sarong to wear inside the temple which costs 10K IDR per sarong.
Everyone who enters the temple must wear a sarong. They will ask you to rent and wear a sarong even if you wear long pants or a skirt. Sarongs are traditional to Indonesian culture and since Pura Lempuyang is a sacred area, it is custom to wear one. You will also have to cover your shoulders when entering this temple complex.
What to expect
On the drive up to the temple, the sky was full of colour and we could clearly see the incredible Mount Agung. The temple staff are very friendly and will give you a quick briefing about the temple. We were told which way to head to get the iconic photo through the temple gates with the volcano in the background. Pura Lempuyang is a complex of various temples, however the gate is very close to the entrance and is only a 5 minute walk up a few stairs.
Once we arrived at the gate we were a bit unlucky as the sky was covered in thick, grey clouds. We took photos and videos and spent in total 2 hours there. We managed to get some shots where there were no clouds covering the volcano. Although you will have to be very patient. Once the clouds disappear it is an incredible sight to see the large volcano through the temple gate.
To get the iconic photo of the volcano looking large in the background, it is best to stand far back near the stairs with the dragon heads so that the volcano appears larger than the gate. If you’ve seen the pictures where it looks like there is a mirror lake at the bottom, they are fake. Those pictures are taken using a mirror or reflective surface to make it seem like there is a lake in front of the gates.
After visiting Pura Lempuyang, be sure to also visit Tirta Gangga Royal Garden which is only a short drive away.
Where to stay in Bali
Bali has a large variety of accommodation options, although we believe the best place to stay is in Canggu! You’ll find a variety of quirky cafes, awesome stores for shopping and laid back vibes. If you’re after some amazing beach front bars to enjoy the sunset, then you’re in the right place!
Theanna Eco Villa and Spa – Luxury: If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway in Canggu, then we definitely recommend Theanna Eco Villa. They have different villas for you to choose from with some even having their own swimming pool. The villas are incredibly modern, clean and well maintained. They also offer spa services for when you want to have some ultimate relaxation time.
The Apartments Umalas – Midrage: The style of The Apartments Umalas is a combination of beautiful white Greek architecture combined with tropical Bali vibes. It’s the ideal place to stay for anyone hoping to get some perfect vacay photos lounging by the pool. The rooms are large, clean and have everything you’ll need! They even offer massages so you can have a relaxing massage without having to leave your villa. You can’t beat this place for the price and the insane boho vibes.
Riyuri Guesthouse – Budget: Riyuri Guesthouse is our go to accommodation when we’re in Bali. It has everything we need for a super affordable price. For roughly $17AUD per day, you’ll have your own private room with a patio, private bathroom and large glass windows so you can look out into the beautiful garden. The rooms are also very clean and are cleaned daily by the maid.
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