10 must see temples in Bali

10 must see temples in Bali

Bali has more than 20,000 temples (« Pura » in Balinese), so you will cross mandy during your journey. Here is a non exhaustive list of some temples you should visit during your stay on the Island of Gods.

Pura Besakih

Besakih temple is the biggest Hindu temple (it is composed of 22 temples). It is also the most sacred temple for the Hindus of Bali. This temple is dedicated to the three Hindu divinities: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and is situated on the slopes of the Agung volcano.

Tanah Lot

The temple of Tanah Lot was built in the 16th century and is the most important édifice religious dedicated to the sea. It was constructed in homage to the gods of the see. This temple is known for being one of the most beautiful place to admire a sunset in Bali.

Gunung Kawi

This temple was built during the 10th century, close to Ubud. It is divided in two parts by the Pakrisan river and it is one of the most ancient site in Bali. After descending 230 steps, surrounded by beautiful rice fields, you will discover the temple, composed of 10 sanctuaries dug into the rock in a cliff of 7 meters high.

Tirta empul

Situated close to Tampaksiring, the temple Tirta Empul is venerated by the Balinese for the water sources, which are considered sacred and are coveted for their purification and medical virtues.

Luhur (Uluwatu)

The temple of Uluwatu was constructed around the 11th century and is located at the top of a cliff. Like the temple of Tanah Lot, the temple of Uluwatu is dedicated to the gods of the sea. You will enjoy the serenity of the temple while watching an amazing sunset. A dance show is also performed at night. Be careful of the monkeys!

Luhur Batukaru

Built around the 11th century, the temple Luhur Batukaru is located in Tabanan, on the slopes of Mount Batukaru (west of Bali). This temple is one the of the temples « kayangan jagat », designed to protect the island of Bali from evil spirits. The temple is the garden of the West region of Bali, which sanctuary is dedicated to Mahadewa, the god Batukaru who represents the west in the compass rose.

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah, « elephant cave » is one of the oldest Balinese sanctuary as it was build around the 11th century, close to the city of Ubud. Firstly Buddhist it was transformed into an Hindu sanctuary.. By entering the cave through the mouth of the monster (to ward off evil spirits) you will admire different structures of Buddhist and Hindu influence in the form of statues and basins. The name of the temple remains a mystery as there never were elephants on the island of Bali.

Ulun Danu Batur

This temple, situated in the Bratan lake, is dedicated to the goddess of the lakes and rivers Dewi Batari. It is the second biggest temple of Bali. It includes nine temples containing more than 250 sanctuaries and pavilions.

Pura Taman Ayun

This temple is one of the most majestic temples of Bali. It is the witness of the past power of the sovereign kingdom of Mengwi. It is dedicated to mountain and forest divinities. You will admire magnificent meru towers, from three to eleven stages. The highest is dedicated to Mount Agung.

Located all around the island, enjoy visiting the various temples and explore the Island of Gods. Remember to cover your legs for the visit. You can, if necessary, rent a Sarung at the entrance of temples.

Enjoy your visit!