Recent Searches

Travel update: We’re doing our best to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Saraswati) Tours - page 3

Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Saraswati)
Dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning, wisdom, music, and art, Ubud’s Saraswati Temple is a beautiful spot for worshippers and visitors alike. Water gardens and lotus ponds flow up to the elegant structure, which is enriched with ornate carvings. The temple makes an atmospheric setting for Balinese dance performances.

The Basics
Set bang in the heart of Ubud, Saraswati Temple is easy enough to visit independently. It’s also one of the most magical venues at which to watch Balinese dance. Kecak dance-drama performances are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and the plastic chairs don’t detract from the majesty of the setting. Most visitors arrive independently, but some Ubud tours stop here for brief photo ops, and private guides with a focus on history and culture can explain the meanings of the elaborate temple carvings.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Saraswati Temple is lovely for fans of Balinese culture and temple architecture.
  • There is no fee to enter the temple, though donations are appreciated.
  • Wear a sarong for modesty reasons, and note that these are not always available at the door.
  • Only the temple’s entrance and initial path are accessible to wheelchair users; beyond that there are steps.

How to Get There
Saraswati Temple is centrally located within Ubud, right by the Ubud Palace, so it’s an easy walk from many downtown accommodations. If you’re coming from outside Ubud, Perama runs tourist shuttles from the airport, Kuta, Amed, Padang Bai, Sanur, and beyond, while the Kura Kura tourist bus has connections via Kuta from across south Bali.

When to Get There
Ubud is at its most appealing early in the morning before the big buses hit town—and that’s also a great time to soak up the lotus views at the Saraswati Temple. But Saraswati is the goddess of dance, so also make time to catch a dance performance one Tuesday or Thursday evening.

Ubud and the Goddess of the Arts
It was Ubud’s royal family who made Ubud the arts and cultural hub of Bali that it is today. As patrons, they spared no expense in honoring the goddess of the arts, Saraswati. The temple you see today was built by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, famed for his ink drawings and paintings but also a court architect. Some believe he made it all the way to 115 years old before dying in 1978.

Address: Jalan Raya, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Admission: Free (donations welcomed)
Read More

49 Tours and Activities to Experience Saraswati Temple (Pura Taman Saraswati)

Select Dates

Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Best Of Ubud: UNESCO Rice Terraces, Monkey Forest & Waterfall

Best Of Ubud: UNESCO Rice Terraces, Monkey Forest & Waterfall

Travelers who don’t have a lot of time for exploring Bali will enjoy this day trip around Ubud. You’ll fit a lot into a single day, as all logistics are taken care of and you don’t have to worry about getting taxis or buses. Visit a range of natural and cultural attractions, including must-see sites like the Monkey Forest and the Tegalalang rice terraces. This is a fun trip that will suit travelers with different interests.
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures