Tirta Empul is located close to the town of Tampaksiring in the village of Manukaya. The village is a 30-minute drive to the north of Ubud. Tirta Empul is clearly signposted from the town of Tampaksiring. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said if you are coming cross-country from the village of Sebatu.
The entrance to Tirta Empul is set away from the main road. There’s a large car park in the front of the temple, which is always full of tour buses and cars. You will need to put on a sarong before you can enter the temple. You can rent a sarong for a small donation at the entrance to the temple.
Like many of the temples around Ubud, Tirta Empul is open seven days a week. The opening hours for the temple are between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The entrance fee is Rp 15,000 for an adult and Rp 7,500 for a child.
Tirta Empul is a large temple complex and it takes at least 30 minutes to an hour to explore the entire site. There are four main parts to the temple. As soon as you pay the entrance fee for the temple you walk through the large stone Balinese doorway and arrive in the central courtyard of the temple. This area of the temple is called ‘Jaba Pura.’
The central courtyard of Tirta Empul is a large open space paved underneath with worn stone. The courtyard is enclosed on three sides by large stone walls. Dominating the right side of the courtyard is a large open-air pavilion.
Tourists mingle in small groups around the courtyard and local sellers gather around offering small bananas to tourists. At the end of the courtyard are two large doorways built into the wall. If you walk through this doorway you arrive in the inner courtyard.