Ancient Balinese temples adorn the highlands and the coast. Some of them have become the most iconic landmarks on the island. They display ancient architecture that is magnificent for centuries. Good for photos, usually set with exotic backgrounds. It is best to watch them during the temple memorial. Such events occur twice in the Gregorian year, because dates are based on a local 210 day calendar. On other days, these temples are a great place to visit at least once during your time in Bali. Every temple is unique. Try Bes Pura Besakih ‘against the cloudy peaks of Mount Agung. Or, the mysterious ruins of Goa Gajah near Ubud. Sunset and golden silhouettes in Uluwatu and Tanah Lot are also magical. Remember to wear decent clothes on every visit to Bali. Most sarongs and slings are provided ‘for rent’ in all locations.
1 Tanah Lot Tabanan, West Bali Tanah Lot is probably the most frequently displayed temple on a Bali postcard. It features a unique offshore setting. The sunset here should not be missed. This temple is located on the coast of Beraban village in Tabanan Regency. An ancient Hindu temple above the outcrop stands in the midst of the waves that continue to hit. This is just one of the main highlights of Bali that should not be missed in a tour to Bali. This temple is also an easy independent journey, because it is only a 45-minute drive from Kuta. The onshore site consists of smaller inland village temples in addition to the visitor’s recreational facilities. This includes restaurants, shops and cultural parks that feature regular dance performances. The best time to visit this Balinese temple is on the holy day of Kuningan and on the anniversary of the temple, five days later. A festive pilgrimage usually takes place during these Bali events.
2 Uluwatu Uluwatu Temple, Jimbaran Uluwatu is one of the Balinese postcard temples. This temple is also known among surfers as an exotic surfing spot. The temple is at the top of the southwest cliff, 70 meters above the waves. ‘Pura Luhur Uluwatu’ also shares a beautiful sunset background in Tanah Lot. However, its higher altitude provides a wider seafront. Ramayana ballets or Kecak dances appear in the nearest amphitheater. The program takes place during the golden sunset hours, perfect for impressive images. This is definitely one of the top places on the island to visit when the scenery and sunset. You will also watch ancient architecture and sculpture up close. A dense forest inhabited by long-tailed gray apes surrounding the temple.
3 Besakih Karangasem Temple, East Bali Often referred to as Bali’s ‘mother mother’, Besakih is a large complex of various temples and clan shrines. Besakih is at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level on the southwest slope of Mount Agung. At least 70 celebrations are held here every year, because each temple has its own warning. Exploring the entire site can take a day. However, most visits only cover the largest and central complex, Pura Penataran Agung. Another temple called the Pasandangan Temple is east of the Penataran Agung Temple. On the higher slope is Pura Pengubengan, which offers beautiful views. Gloves and belts are available, usually with a ‘donation fee’ at the main entrance. You can also buy some colorful souvenir textiles at many kiosks around the parking area.
4 Goa Gajah Ubud, Central Bali Although the name translates to ‘Elephant Cave’, you will not find the pachyderms here. Goa Gajah is an archeological complex with historical significance. This is great for a short stopover on tours to the Ubud area. This cave was originally built as a meditation site in the 11th century. Down the stairs from the curb, you reach a vast complex. In front of the mysterious ‘cave’ is the ‘Wantilan’ meeting room and the temple courtyard. Near an open collection of large stone relics is an ancient bathing pool unearthed in 1954. You can enter the pond with statues of angels holding the waterspout vase. The ‘cave’ is shallow, contains stone idols and meditation rooms. The legendary Petanu River flows behind the temple courtyard, towards a beautiful expanse of rice fields.
5 Ulun Danu Temple Beratan Bedugul, Tabanan This beautiful landmark temple in the central highlands of Bali is on the west side of Lake Beratan. The reflective surface The soft object surrounds most of the temple base, creating a unique floating illusion. Mountains provide temples with a background that is blurred and daydreaming. The stunning scenery and cool atmosphere in the highlands has made this temple a favorite tourist spot. The large flowery lakeside park offers a fun time with lots of photography moments.
6 Tirta Empul Temple Gianyar, Central Bali Tirta Empul is a national cultural heritage site. 960 AD during the reign of the ancient Balinese kingdom of the Warmadewa Dynasty. Its name means ‘holy spring’ and is actually the name of the water source located inside the temple. These springs flow to various baths, ponds and fish ponds. Water then flows to the nearby Tukad Pakerisan River. Various archeological sites and relics throughout the region relate to local myths and legends. Other sites near and prominent on the hill are the presidential palace, Tampaksiring Palace. This landmark was built during the years of the country’s first president, Soekarno.
7 Gunung Kawi Temple Northeast Ubud Gunung Kawi Temple Complex is one of the most unique archaeological sites in Bali. This temple consists of a collection of ancient temple reliefs carved on the face of a rock cliff. The main site faces the sacred Pakerisan River. This is the same river that flows by the Tirta Empul Temple, one kilometer north. The temple courtyard featuring ancient Hindu temples is located across the river from ancient reliefs. You can reach the temple on foot along the paved path, past art shops and food stalls for local small shops. Lush rice terraces and beautiful green valleys accompany 300 steps to the river. The whole look brings you back to the past, far from modernity. Don’t confuse this temple with a temple that has the same name: Gunung Kawi Sebatu.
8 Taman Ayun Temple Ubud The 17th century Taman Ayun Temple is the main landmark of Mengwi village in Badung Regency. This is a great example of traditional Balinese Hindu temple architecture. This temple has an extraordinary courtyard and appendix. Inside is a large tropical garden and water features with lotus ponds and fish. This temple is a royal heritage site of Mengwi and its late ruler, Tjokorda Sakti Blambangan. You can find clues to Chinese influence throughout the architecture and temple reliefs. The tower level from the place of worship makes most of Taman Ayun’s profile.
9 Pura Saraswati Temple Ubud Ubud Pura Taman Saraswati is a beautiful water temple in the center of Ubud. You can access the temple from the side of the Kajeng road from the main road Jalan Raya Ubud. This temple is an extraordinary stopover along your relaxed path through the city of Ubud. You can enjoy sightseeing and the opportunity to take pictures with its classic Balinese temple architecture. The beautiful porch features pools filled with pink lotus in bloom. Enter Pura Taman Saraswati for free. However, like a visit to a temple in Bali, a sling and a sarong at the waist is mandatory. You can also enter the Café Lotus with a minimum additional dinner fee of IDR 200,000 or USD 15. This will give you the best view of the lotus and to the open stage of the temple. Traditional traditional dance performances are held at night here starting at 7:30 p.m.
10 Lempuyang Temples East Bali Lempuyang Temple is one of the oldest and most respected temples in Bali. This is equivalent to Pura Besakih (see above). The temple is also believed to overtake most Hindu temples on the island. This is a great addition to all travel plans that are suitable and adventurous. The main temple is located at 1,175 m above sea level, on the top of the same Mount Lempuyang in East Bali. Meanwhile, the more magnificent Penataran Agung temple on the slope of the mountain (photo here) is the highlight of the photo. If you want to reach the temple at the top, it is a steep climb of up to 1,700 steps. At the top, the gift display is a vast panorama of lush East Bali topography.