Scenic water temple
The water temple, lake, bathing pools and surrounds at picturesque Tirta Taman Mumbul Sangeh is an idyllic and serene spot to take a break and maybe partake in a ritual water cleanse.
Not far from Sangeh Monkey Forest, 250 metres down a short steep road from Jalan Raya Sangeh, the area was mostly only visited by locals prior to early 2016, when it was developed as a tourist attraction. Huge trees, shading an expansive clear green pool, more akin to a lake is edged by a beautiful temple, Pura Ulun Mumbul.
Across the road what was once a popular fishing pool has been transformed into a bathing area with another spring for collecting drinking water. Lakeside a banyan tree shelters a small statue of a water-bearer, the legendary old woman water seller, who tired from travelling between villages bearing the heavy weight of her water jug, stopped here to rest.
The dry season was harsh and the plants in the area had all but shrivelled. Rather than selling her water, she took pity on the land and watered the plants. The water continued to pour from the small jar until the lake we see today was formed.
The spring-feed pool remains important in the agriculture of the area, and channelled to local crops forms part of the subak irrigation system. The newly developed bathing area features a walled shallow pool with waterspouts watched over by statues of various gods from the Hindu parthenon. The water here is a beautiful jewel-like aquamarine colour, unmistakably holy water!
Change rooms are available for folk who wish to bathe, and lockers can be rented for 10,000 rupiah. A sarong must be worn in the pool, and can be hired for 5,000 rupiah. Back towards the road, another enclosure screens five waterspouts guarded by another five deities. This area is for collecting fresh spring drinking water, charged at 2,000 rupiah per gallon — BYO bottle.
A sign in Indonesian requests that menstruating women don’t enter the water collection area, and although there is no sign, we guess that’s the case in the bathing pool too. At the time of our visit the area was free to enter, however this may change. Most of the time this is a peaceful spot with very few visitors, but on Balinese ceremonial days it can be very busy, with limited parking space. Combine a stop here with a visit to Sangeh Monkey Forest for a pleasant half-day trip.
Address: Around 15 kilometres northwest of Ubud
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º12'45.03" E, 8º29'3.78" S
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Admission: Parking is 2,000 rupiah for motorbikes, and 5,000 rupiah for cars.
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