It was only a few years ago that Lempuyang Temple was relatively unknown. And then Mount Agung blew up and the volcanic eruption showed the world what a spectacular backdrop the volcano is for everyone looking for that perfect Instagram action shot. Lempuyang Temple Sunrise Tours are more popular than ever – and the best way to beat the crowds is to leave early and have a driver that knows how to get there quickly and get you in the queue for entry tickets as fast as possible.
Departure Time from South Bali
You can choose your own departure time when making a booking below, but I recommend leaving at either 4 or 5:00 am in order to get to the temple quickly, as there will be a queue to get in.
It’s a very popular destination and the Banjar (the local village council) have implemented a ticket waitlist system. You have to get your ticket on-site, you cannot buy one beforehand. My drivers can help you get there and in the queue for entry tickets as quickly as possible.
While the waiting time can be an hour if arriving at 06:00 am, it can be up to 2 hours or more if arriving at 7:00 am. If you don’t want to wait too long, leave early or go in the afternoon when there are much fewer tourists.
If you would like to visit Lempuyang Temple in the afternoon I highly recommend the East Bali Day Tour.
Lempuyang Temple Sunrise Tour
The temple is in a spectacular setting, with a steep climb up several stone stairways to get to the top of the temple complex with views looking back down the valley and across to Mt Agung, the active volcano that disrupted flights in 2018. the temple is also known as The Gates of Heaven, being the highest altitude temple in Bali. The view looking through the gates towards Mt Agung is quite inspiring and worth the wait should the weather place nice and remain clear, which it is most mornings.
Be aware that those Instagram photos making the temple gates look like they’re floating above a lake are fake. They are made by holding a mirror underneath the camera lens, a trick the local guides have learned which can earn them some extra cash. It’s also part of the reason the queue takes as long as it does, as some people insist on taking their time getting the perfect shot before letting the next in line approach the gates for their own photos.
The three sets of steps leading up to the main gates are spectacular in their own right, ornately decorated and quite imposing.
Entrance fee is officially a donation, but IDR 20 – 50k is considered acceptable. You can get coffee and water at the bottom of the temple complex, but that’s about all, so load up on breakfast if you plan on getting there early.
Tirta Gangga Temple – The Water Palace
In my opinion, Tirta Gangga is one of the most picturesque and serene temples in Bali. The surrounding valleys are just beautiful with picturesque ricefields layered across the valley floor.
Tirta Gangga has become quite famous for the photos on the stepping stones through the water-filled temple with loads of over-sized carp swimming right to the edge of the steps. Of course, they do this because the fish-food you can buy for a few Rupiah makes them so cooperative for those wonderful photos.
Anytime I have taken my guests from Lempuyang Temple early in the morning, and without a doubt, having lunch and a few relaxing hours at Virgin Beach has always been a winner. It’s a great beach for swimming.
It’s difficult to get to quite far from anywhere else — which makes it perfect after waiting in a queue at Lempuyang and visiting Tirta Gangga.
One of the reasons I love this beach so much is because the southern end is still a working fishing fleet, with the outrigger boats still being run out every day on the tide.
The route is dependent on your pickup location, but this shows the likely route from Seminyak. Your driver may vary the route to take advantage of his knowledge of local traffic conditions, and you can vary the itinerary at any time.
- Toyota Avanza/Xenia or similar 6-seater SUV w/ air-con.
- English Speaking Driver.
- Change your itinerary whenever you like.
- 12 consecutive hours of driver service (additional hours at IDR100k).
- Entrance fees, food or beverages.
Lempuyang Temple Sunrise Tour Itinerary
4:00 am – Pickup from Hotel or Villa
If you want to see the sunrise, you need to leave at 4 am.
6:00 am – Lempuyang Temple
90 kms from Seminyak, around 2 hours.
10:30 am – Tirta Gangga
10 km from Lempuyang Temple, around 30 minutes.
1:00 pm – Virgin Beach
16 km from Tirta Gangga, around 40 minutes.
4:00 pm – Drop-off at Hotel or Villa
This is 69 km from Virgin Beach, around 2 hours. Its a 185 km round trip from Seminyak.
It’s worth every penny, trust me!
I did the temple tour and had a blast! My driver Kadek was an absolute sweetheart. As I was on my own he walked me to the different entrances and made sure I got where I needed to be. As a solo traveller you might think this is a bit expensive, it's worth every penny, trust me!
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