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.
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.
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.
TIRTA TAMAN MUMBUL TEMPLE
Sangeh Village, Mengwi, Badung