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Bali Temple Guide: Pura Mengening

One of Bali’s best-kept secrets, Mengening temple is a natural wonderland that every traveler to Bali should explore.

The lush landscape surrounding Pura Mengening and its sacred bathing pools
The Most Serene Temple in Bali

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.

The empty courtyard of Pura Mengening walking down to the sacred bathing pool
A Gentle Breeze Guided Us as We Explored the Temple

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.

TJ of Life Is Meant For Exploring entering Mengening temple

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.

Mengening temple

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.

An offering laid out at Mengening temple
Traditional Offering You Will See All over Bali

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.

The view looking up from the sacred pool at Mengening temple
We Would Never Have Known About Mengening Temple Without Remy’s Local Tip

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.

Don’t forget to check out the other two amazing temples around Tampak Siring: Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul.

Click to explore the ancient Balinese temple Gunung Kawi
Ancient Statues at Pura Gunung Kawi Dating Back to the 11th Century
Local balinese and tourists performing the water purification ritual inside the pools at Tirta Empul Temple
Tirta Empul – Photo Credit: Discover Your Indonesia

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2 thoughts on “Bali Temple Guide: Pura Mengening

  1. Such temples always interested me. There is this air about them… Mystery in a way… I’d love to see some of them. Great photos + report + tips.

    1. Bali is home to some of the most mysterious and interesting temples we have ever visited. Highly recommend checking out all of the temples near Tampak Siring if you ever visit Bali.

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