One of Bali’s best-kept secrets, Mengening temple is a natural wonderland that every traveler to Bali should explore.
Located just down the road from the more popular Gunung Kawi temple, Mengening is not really on many tourists radar.
When we visited in 2018, we were the only people there.
Pilgrims from around the island and Indonesia visit Mengening to collect its holy water and cleanse themselves in the sacred pools.
Where is Mengening Temple?
Mengening Temple is located just outside the village of Tampak Siring 15 KM from Ubud.
Tampak Siring is also home to two of the most popular temples to visit in Bali: Pura Tirta Empul and Pura Gunung Kawi.
For those willing to get some exercise, once you arrive in Tampak Siring it is actually very easy to walk from temple site to temple site which could save you some money on hiring a taxi for the whole day.
What to Wear to Mengening Temple?
When visiting any temple complex in Bali it is appropriate and often strictly enforced that both men and women wear a sarong. Women should also wear a modest shirt that completely covers their shoulders.
Some temples have sarongs you can rent, but Mengening does not so remember to pack your own.
How to Get to Mengening Temple?
Hail a Grab
The Uber of SE Asia, Grab is by far the cheapest way to get anywhere on the island!
Just download the app, input your destination, and “SNAP” you will have a car heading your way in no time… assuming your not in one of the Taxi mafia areas like Canggu and Uluwatu where the community only allows them to drop you off.
Hire a Traditional Taxi
Long Taxi rides anywhere on the island can be quite expensive.
If you have a group traveling with you for the day and plan on stopping at the other major temples in the area (Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi) then hiring a taxi for the day can be a good option.
Hire a Personal Tour Guide
Regardless of where you are staying on the island, you can hire a driver to take you to the Temple.
Our friend Wayan (Remy) lives just down the road from Mengening Temple in Tampak Siring and will give you the local experience at all of the temples in the area.
He is fluent in English and a very fun guy to hang out with. Do yourself a favor and reach out to him on Facebook.
We stayed with Remy and his family for 5 days and had a wonderful experience.
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