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Bali is an island of a thousand temples. Visiting some of them will be one of best things to do in Bali on your holiday. Imagine, there are at least three temples in every village! Not only that, every home has a small temple at the backyard.

In this guide you will find up-to-date hints from the tour guides, what you have to know about the most important temples in Bali, the most renowned ones, the most beautiful, and interesting.

TANAH LOT

PURA GUNUNG KAWI

PURA TIRTA EMPUL

PURA ULUN DANU BRATAN

PURA BESAKIH

PURA TAMAN AYUN

PURA PETITENGET

GOA GAJAH

PURA LUHUR ULUWATU

PURA KEHEN

PURA GOA LAWAH

KAWI GUNUNG SEBATU

YEH PULU

PURA LUHUR LEMPUYANG

BATUAN TEMPLE

In Bali Hindu confessions, in a slightly different form than in India. He is called by the local Agama Tirtha. This form is enriched with certain elements of Buddhism and animistic local cults.

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How to behave in the temple?

You can not go everywhere

It is very important for the Balinese people to be able to indulge in spiritual practices which they take extremely seriously. Therefore, it is necessary to respect the fact that not every place in the temple can be entered and not participate in any ceremony.

Keep modesty

This applies to dress and behavior.

One should enter the temple in the sarong, kain kamben, a girdle called selendang. Even if you’re wearing long pants or a skirt, you’ll be asked to put in a sarong.

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In most temples you can borrow a sarong under the ticket. If you prefer your own, there are usually stalls in front of the temple where you can buy it.

  • Remember to have shaded arms and stomach.
  • Tourists are also asked to maintain peace and quiet.
  • Do not take pictures of people praying.
  • Try not to trample offerings, small baskets with gifts, called canang saris, which often lie on the ground.
  • Do not put your feet in the direction of the altar. When you sit, keep your legs crossed or kneeling.
  • Do not step above the priest. If your head is above the priest’s head, it is considered very offensive.
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Do not bleed

Women during menstruation can not enter the temple area. Men with bleeding wounds are also not allowed. The blood in the temple is taboo.

Make a donation

Always give a donation in the temple. Especially if there was no fee for the admission ticket.

 TANAH LOT 

Go To Land In The Sea And Meet A Giant Snake

Tanah Lot Bali
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Why go There?

Many people say that Tanah Lot one of the best things to do in Bali. Of course! Tanah Lot is one of the most important attractions on the island. So why go there?

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Beautifully situated

The temple is located on a rock about 20 meters from the shore. The passage remains free only at low tide, and only then you can walk to the rock. During the high tide it becomes flooded and inaccessible. Just have a look at this YouTube video to get a peek.

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Important place of worship

Built in the sixteenth century, the temple is of great importance to the Balinese people. The purpose of the temple is to protect the inhabitants of the island from evil spirits that may come from the ocean.

Holy snakes

Waves, constantly striking at the foot of Tanah Lot, created a series of caves in the rock that became the home of sea serpents. Locals believe that these snakes protect the temple from evil spirits and people with bad intentions. For a small fee, you can enter the Holy Snake Cave and see the holy snakes.
But… as the legend says, in local waters there is a huge serpent who also protects the temple. It may be harder to see him, but who knows?


What To Know about Tanah Lot?

A spiritual wall against evil spirits

Tanah Lot Temple is devoted to the sea god Dewa Baruna. The temple belongs to a group of seven temples located along the coast. Together, they form a spiritual wall that protects the land and its inhabitants. The other temples are called:

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Pura Gede Perancak

Pura Mas Bitch

Pura Pulaki

Pura Rambut Siwi

Pura Sakenan

From each temple you can see the others. And so from Tanah Lot you can see Uluwatu.

Legend behind Tanah Lot
The founder of Tanah Lot was the Indian priest Dang Hyang Nirartha. He came from Java to teach Hinduism. After a night spent on a small rock separated from land, he felt that this place was sacred. So he ordered to build a temple there. From the shawl, seelendang, he created a great serpent who still lives in the local waters and protects the temple.

A magical spring in Tanah Lot
Once the caves had a magical spring. Interestingly, the water in the spring was not salty, despite the ocean waters surrounding it.

Tanah Lot after renovation
In the 80s, the temple began to decline. The Japanese government, which donated 130 million dollars for this purpose, helped to renovate. As a result, one third of the rock supporting the temple is artificial. However, you can not recognize where the rock is natural and where it isn’t.

Tourists in Tanah Lot

Only the Balinese people have access to the temple. However, tourists can count on a sip of water from the holy spring and the blessing from Balinese priest. Everyone receives a frangipani flower, and his forehead is marked with a clump of rice.
Since tourists are not allowed to enter the temple, their dress code does not apply.

Only the Balinese people have access to the temple. However, tourists can count on a sip of water from the holy spring and the blessing from Balinese priest. Everyone receives a frangipani flower, and his forehead is marked with a clump of rice.
Since tourists are not allowed to enter the temple, their dress code does not apply.


When to go to Tanah Lot?

At low tide
Each time of the day offers a slightly different experience. If you show up at low tide, you will have the opportunity to walk to the rock, watch everything up close, take part in a small ceremony.

At high tide
If you arrive during high tide, nature will give a show of waves frantically bouncing off the rocks. The evening, in turn, is a beautiful sunset in the background of the temple.

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The surrounding is constantly changing and every moment is a unique view. Especially satisfied should be the residents of the nearby hotel Le Meridien, who can enjoy the view of the ocean and the temple non-stop.

An unusual experience is the golf party at Nirvana Golf Resort. The golf course, located above the temple between rice paddies, offers a view of Tanah Lot. Unfortunately, at present (2019) it’s closed for renovation.

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Address: Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Tanah Lot is located in the town of Tabanan, about 20 km from Denpasar.

You can get there by bus.

Remember, however, that if you want to see the sunset, you will not return by public transport. Then it is best to hire a driver.

To reach the temple, you have to walk a kilometer long road, passing dozens of shops and souvenir stalls and restaurants.

Opening hoursFrom 7 am to 7 pm.
AdmissionIDR 20,000 for (adult) domestic tourists
IDR 60,000 for (adult) foreigners
IDR 10,000 for (child) domestic tourists
IDR 30,000 for (child) foreigners.
ParkingIDR 2,000 / 1 motor bike
IDR 5,000 / 1 car
IDR 10,000 / 1 bus

There are two temples there. The main one is Tanah Lot, second is is Batu Bolong. You will need less than one hour to see both. There’s also a cave a white snake can be spotted, but less priority to visit.

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 PURA GUNUNG KAWI 

Go Down To The 11th Century

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Why go There?

Pura Gunug Kawi is a special place, one of the most important attractions, highlight of every trip to Bali. Why?

Pura Gunung Kawi is a unique archaeological site.

The temple complex Pura Gunung Kawi includes a group of 10 ancient candi, or gravestones. They all come from the 11th century. They were carved out of the rocky cliffs on either side of the Pakerisan Gorge.

Pura Gunung Kawi is an important Balinese temple

On the other side of the river, in addition to five of the 10 ancient bas-reliefs, there is Hindu temple complex, which is one of the most important temples in Bali.

Pura Gunung Kawi has an extraordinary environment

You walk to the temple down the stairs between rice paddies. The complex itself is located in a picturesque gorge, sunk in lush tropical plants. Rocks covered with moss make a mysterious impression. And small waterfalls, water reservoirs and green nooks adds charm.

Pura Gunung Kawi is part of subak

Subak is an irrigation system, typical for Bali, part of the UNESCO World Heritage.


What To Know about Gunung Kawi?

Gunung Kawi is a royal family mausoleum

Each candi was forged in a 7-foot niche in a rocky cliff. There are monuments dedicated to King Udayana and his wife Mahendradatta and three of their sons, Airlang, King Java, Anak Wungsu, King of Bali and Marakata. You will also find monuments dedicated to the king’s concubines.

The legend of the creation of candis

As legends says, during one night, Kebo Iwa scraped them in the rock with nails. Kebo Iwa is a giant known to the Balinese legends. His monument can be found on the road from Sanur to Ubud. He is also dedicated to the Pura Gaduh temple in Blahbatuh.

Gunung Kawi has caves for monks

You walk to the courtyard of the main temple through the characteristic Balinese open-top gate. The temple is different from others, in addition to the characteristic pavilions, has numerous caves – targets carved in the rocks inside the courtyard of the complex. The monks-keepers of Mount Gunung Kawi- use them for meditation and prayers. Other caves are used to sleep or participate in collective meals.

Formerly, they were used by both Buddhist and Hindu monks, and the history of Bali shows that both religions coexisted on the island in harmony


When to go to Pura Gunung Kawi?

It is best to go as early as possible in the morning when there are not many tourists yet. It enhances the impression of mystery and uniqueness. In addition, the path on the steep stairs is cumbersome. It’s better to walk it when it’s not hot yet.

The temple is decorated during the ‘piodalan’ temple anniversary of the year. Purnama Katiga or ‘third full moon’ on the Balinese calendar.

Nearest anniversaries at Gunung Kawi Temple. 14 September 2019 and 02 September 2020


Address: Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Pura Gunung Kawi is located 12 km north of Ubud, in the town of Tampaksirig.

The word ‘tampak’ in Balinese means ‘foot’, while siring means ‘slanted’. According to the legend, the slope of the mountain on which the city is today is created by the footprint of the king named Mayadenawa. Tampaksiring was also one of the main kingdoms during the pre-colonial period of Bali.

The complex is located a few hundred meters from the main Jalan Raya Tampaksiring route. You pass the parking lot through a bazaar with souvenirs.

You go down to the temple with steep stairs, almost 800 steps.

It is worth visiting the temple, connect with a visit to Gunung Kawi Sebatu, Pura Tirta Empul, and rice terraces.

Opening hours07:00 am – 05:00 pm.
AdmissionChild/adult: 7,500/15,000 rupiah (sarong rental by donation).
Parking5,000 rupiah for cars, and 2,000 rupiah for motorbikes

Do not confuse Gunung Kawi temples. There is one at Sebatu, but this one at Tampaksiring will takes longer to visit longer because of the 300 steps down and up.

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 PURA TIRTA EMPUL 

Go Take a Dip

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Why go There?

Sacred spring in the temple

Pura Tirta Empur is visited by pilgrims from all over the island to experience body and soul purification. You can join them and be immersed in holy water too.

Pura Tirta Empul is one of the Balinese must see

This is one of those temples that you can not miss and which is on everyone’s Bali’s list of things to do. Observing the ritual of purification and even taking part in it will be a special experience. Despite the crowds, you will feel the atmosphere of concentration and sanctity here.


What To Know about Tirta Empul?

The temple dates from the 10th century

The temple was built in 962 by the Warmadewa dynasty. It is located at the sacred spring that feeds the Sungai Pakerisan River. Tirta Empul is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water.

The spring is the work of the god Indra

Legend says that the holy source was created thanks to the god Indra. The first king, Bali Mayadanawa, poisoned the army of the god Indra. In order to save his soldiers, Indra pierced the earth and from under it came the source of immortality.

Since then, the Balinese people are coming to the temple, believing that bathing in the holy spring has ability to heal and cleansing the soul. The ritual of purification is called a melukat.

Ablutions are carried out in the pool

The main attraction of the temple is a long, rectangular pool, fed with water from 13 spouts. The pilgrims enter the pool after making the donation in the temple. They come, one by one, arriving at ten spouts, bypassing 11 and 12, they pass to the 13th. They put their heads under the stream of water, praying. They often take water in bottles with them. 11 and 12 should be avoided because they are intended for the deceased.

Besides the main pool there are two smaller pools. If you go further, you will see a pool with water immersing from the surface. The is the holy spring. Another pool in the area has lotuses and koi fish.

The tourist can take part in the cleansing ritual

Everybody can do the cleansing ritual. It is worth remembering that for the locals it is an important ritual, so let’s take care not to disturb the moment of solemnity.

You can not enter the pool in a swimsuit. It is necessary to have a sarong, designed specifically for ablutions, green with a red belt. Women are asked to bind their hair. You can rent sarong at the entrance. Also – there are changing rooms with lockers. The pool is surrounded with locals, who offer help in going through the ritual. They usually expect a tip. Usually you have to wait in the queue.

On the hill, above Pura Tirta Empul, you can spot the palace of the president of Indonesia

Istana Tampaksiring was established in 1957-1963 for president Sukarno. Because it was built after claiming independence by Indonesia, it is not a colonial style, like other state residences. It was built according to the rules of Balinese architecture, and it serves official guests of the state.


When to go to Tirta Empul?

It is a temple more frequently visited, so it is often crowded. If you want to meet less people, go there in the morning or late in the afternoon. Most ceremonies are around midday. The pools are often full of people, and many tourists take photos.

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It is especially crowded on Sundays

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Manukaya village, district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar, central Bali.

Tirta Empul lies in the village of Manukaya, close to Tampaksiring. It is a 30-minute drive to the north of Ubud.

There is a large parking lot in front of the entrance.

There is no public transport. You have to rent a car with a driver.

Opening hoursTirta Empul is open seven days a week.
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00.
AdmissionENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 15,000
Child : IDR 7,500

OTHER FEES:
Locker: IDR 10,000
Special dress for bathing : IDR 10,000
ParkingScooter: IDR 2,000
Car: IDR 3,000
Truck: IDR 5,000
Bus: IDR 10,000

Tirta means ‘Holy water’. Be careful! If you ask someone to take you to ‘Tirta’- it could mean the water bottle they have in their house.

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 PURA ULUN DANU BRATAN 

Go And Feel Like 50 000 Rupiah

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Why go There?

Picturesque location

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is located at an altitude of 1200 m, next to Lake Bratan, surrounded by a beautiful, well-kept garden. From the distance, the temple looks like it is floating on the water, and this is very picturesque view. At this height, it is often surrounded by fog, which does not take away its charm.

One of the most photographed temple

Choose 3 random photos from Bali. At least one of them will be Ulun Danu Bratan. You will see this temple on the covers of guides and travel magazines. For a reason. The temple is extremely photogenic.

Temple of great importance

Balinese people consider this as the second temple after the Besakih temple.

Known from 50,000 rupiah banknote

The temple has already become the symbol of the island, finding its place on the banknote.


What To Know about Pura Ulun Danu Bratan?

Dedicated to the goddess Dan

The Pura Ulun Danu temple was built in honor of the goddess Dan. The word “Danu” in Balinese means lake. The Goddess is therefore the queen of all waters.

Lake Bratan is the starting point of the subak

Subak is a drainage system of Bali, inscribed on the UNESCO list. This is where the system of canals starts, irrigating the rice fields of the island. Water flows through system of cascades all the way to the seashore. The believers make a sacrifice to the goddess Danu in the temple, because it depends on the operation of the subak system and good yields.

Compound

The temple was built in the 17th century. It features four shrines, and three of them are tiered shrines. These tall pagodas depict the mythical Mount Meru. The 11-tiered meru tower is dedicated to the god Vishnu. 7 tiered shrine is for god Brahma and the one with 3 tiers is for god Shiva. The fourth temple is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi, supreme god of indonesian hinduism. You can pracy for fertility here. Under the big banyan tree is the temple for goddess Durga. There is also a Buddhist Stupa in the area.

You can rent a boat

You can look at the temple from a slightly different perspective if you hire a paddle boat. Many local people offer a ride in a fishing boat, named jukung or speed boat.


When to go to Pura Ulun Danu Bratan?

At Ulun Danu you can witness a celebration twice a year. The ceremony is called Piodalan and takes place every 210 days since the foundation of the temple (as per Balinese calendar). A Piodalan means the birth of a temple and the celebration is considered a karmic obligation for people who live close to Ulun Danu. A large Piodalan is held every 420 days.

If you are looking for a different perspective it’s possible to hire a boat to take you out on Lake Beratan. There’s a pier located outside of the temple grounds where you can choose to hire either a traditional fishing boat or a small speedboat. This is really something for photographers who want to get a different shot of the temple. (dowiedzieć się)

The best time is before 2 PM to avoid afternoon fog.

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Address: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191, Indonesia

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is located in Jln. Denpasar-Singaraja, the village of Candikunin 45 km from Ubud.

There is no public transport

Opening hoursOpening hours from 08:00 am – 18:00 am.
AdmissionAdult: IDR 50,000 / person
Child: IDR 25,000 / person
ParkingMotor Bike Parking: IDR 2,000 / 1 motorcycle.
Car Parking Fee: IDR 5,000 / 1 car.
Bus Parking Fee: IDR 10,000 / 1 bus.

I got this question a lot. If Pura Ulun Danu opening hours from 08:00 am – 18:00 am, can I get sunrise photography with the temple as the foreground of the photos? The answer is Yes! Sunrise at Ulun Danu temple is around 05:45 am – 06:30 am, depending on the sun position. Click this link, Sunrise, Sunset, and Moon Times for Bali to get the accurate timing.

If you want to take sunrise photography at Lake Beratan with Ulun Danu temple as the foreground, you need to come at least by 05:00 am. On the entrance gate, there is a security guard, and you can ask permission. Just say that you want to take sunrise photography.

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 PURA BESAKIH 

Go To The Mother

Pura Besakih Bali Indonesia
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Why go There?

This is the “mother” temple

Besakih is the largest and most important temple of Bali. It is considered a sacred from ancient times. The oldest mention of Besakih is in the inscription from 1007, and it is known as the “Temple of the Mother” since fifteenth century.

Beautifully located

The terrace temple is located on the slope of Mount Agung at an altitude of 1000 m above sea level. Spread over 6 terraces, it consists of 22 complexes, 200 building sin total, connected by stairs.

Nominated to the UNESCO list

Besakih is included in the nomination list of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.


What To Know about Pura Besakih?

Compound

Pura Besakih was built in the eighth century. The temple was dedicated to Naga Besuki, the dragon guardian of mountains and oceans. After that, the complex was gradually expanded. The center of the temple complex is Pura Penataran Agung, symbolizing the mountain of Meru and dedicated to the god Shiva. It is worth paying attention to Padmasana, Lotus Throne.

Tri Hita Kirana

The philosophical premise of the temple is Tri Hita Kiran. It is based on the conviction that life on earth should be in balance, so care should be taken for the harmony between man and God, man and society, and between man and nature. Indeed, as you walk in the silence between the temples you feel this state of balance.

Temple – a miracle

Every 100 years Eka Dasa Rudra ceremony is celebrated at the temple with numerous processions, ceremonies and tributes. This is a ceremony aimed at purifying the world. When the festivities took place in 1963, the Agung volcano erupted. Thousands died. But… the lava flowing down the hillside bypassed the temple a few meters away. It was considered a miracle and confirmation that the temple is holy.

Tourist in Besakih

It is forbidden to enter temples. Only followers of Hinduism have this opportunity and this is respected. A small part of the entire complex is available for tourists (mainly the surfaces of the terraces themselves)

Before entering you can meet self-proclaimed guides. They will argue that you can not enter alone, without their assistance, into the temple grounds. It’s not true. You do not have to rent their services. Be determined.


When to go to Pura Besakih?

The temple is open to followers 24 hours a day, however, for visiting visitors it is 8am to 5pm.

It’s best to come in the morning or in the afternoon. Then it’s more quiet..

During the year, the temple celebrates about 70 holidays, based on the traditional 210-day Balinese calendar.


Address: Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80863, Indonesia

Preferably a car or scooter. 90 minutes from Ubud.

There is no direct public transport to get there.

Opening hours8am to 5pm for tourists
AdmissionForeign Tourist : Rp. 60,000,- / person
Domestic Tourist : Rp. 40,000,- / person
Parking5000

Besakih is up the mountain and not an easy drive. However, please be aware of “mandatory guides”. Some might be very pushy, but remember you do not need to use their services.

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 PURA TAMAN AYUN 

Go To The Beautiful Garden

PPura Taman Ayun Bali Indonesia
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Why go There?

Beautiful garden.

Taman Ayun literally translates as ‘beautiful garden’. Indeed, the temple is surrounded by a nice, straight channel, and wooded park with ponds is extremely picturesque and relaxing.

The main temple of the Mengwi kingdom.

It was built in 1634 by Raja of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. The kingdom existed until 1891, when it was conquered by the kingdoms of Tabanan and Badung. The temple is said to be Pura Kawiten, meaning a family temple. Here, one honors the royal ancestors as the gods. The descendants of the Mengwi royal family still sponsor the temple.


What To Know about Pura Taman Ayun?

Compound

The temple is built in a traditional Balinese style. It has three terraces. One represents the world of people, the other gods, the third god Shiva. On each terrace there are tiered shrines, representing the mountains of Meru.

Sea of ​​milk

To enter the temple, you have to pass the bridge. The water flowing around the temple does not let evil spirits to get inside. The temple surrounded by a moat represents the mountain of Meru, surrounded by the sea of ​​milk.

UNESCO

In 2012 UNESCO awarded Taman Ayun Temple as part of the world cultural tourism site.

After renovation

Pura Taman Ayun covers the area of ​​250 m by 100 m. The temple was renovated in 1937 and the area was enlarged. The renovation works lasted until 1979. The area is well maintained, and in great condition. You can say that it is immaculate now.

Museum

Museum Manusa Yadnya is located across the road from the temple site.

You can get to know the Hindu rituals that every Balinese goes through the next stages of life, from conception to death.


When to go to Pura Taman Ayun?

The odalan of the Taman Ayun temple takes place every 210 days on a day called Anggara Kasih, the Tuesday of the week Medangsia of the Balinese Pawukon calendar. The ceremonies of this odalan cover a period of several days.

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Address: Jalan Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Village of Mengwiis about 17km northwest from Denpasar.

Located beside the major road between Denpasar is Singaraja.

There is no public transport.

Opening hoursOpening Hours: 09:00-16:00
AdmissionForeigner: IDR 20,000 / person.
Indonesian Citizen: IDR 10,000 / person.
ParkingMotorbike Parking: IDR 2,000 / 1 motorcycle.
Car Parking: IDR 5,000 / 1 car.

To reach Taman Ayun you can go through Mengwai to see nice rice field view areas, then go to the Botanical Gardens right before Pura Ulun Danau. Nice strawberry cafes on the road as well.

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 PURA PETITENGET 

Go And Look To The Magic Box

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Why go There?

Temple by the beach

This is one of the few temples that are on the beach. It is also one of the famous sea temples (together with the more well-known temple of Tanah Lot), which protect Bali from evil spirits. Many come here to watch the sunset.

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A ‘chest’ is imprison the evil spirits

Petitenget is the ‘magic box’ in Balinese.Apparently, there is a chest here in which the evil spirits tormenting the area are closed.


What To Know about Pura Petitenget?

Legend behind this

The temple was founded in the 16th century, and it was founded by the Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha who came to Bali to spread Hindu religion. According to legend, Nirartha fell asleep on the beach when he suddenly saw a figure with the body of a man, but the face of a monster. It was Buto Ijo. Nirartha caught him, and Buto Ijo admitted that for centuries he was bugging Petitenget residents. Nirartha decided to fix it. He cleared the area of ​​the evil spirits, locked them in a wooden crate, and ordered Ijo to watch them. In this very place he built a temple, and put the crate there. Since then, the inhabitants of Petitengent are free.

Surrounded by numerous resorst, the temple is simple, but it is an important place of worship for the locals and still serves them in everyday ceremonies.


When to go to Pura Petitenget?

The Pura Petitenget Temple often hosts religious ceremonies. They often take place on the beach, so they are witnessed by sunbathers.

The temple is famous for its anniversary celebrations

During temple anniversary, which is on a ‘Merakih’ Wednesday every 210 days on the Balinese Pawukon calendar, temple is made beautiful with the colourful parasols, as well as the pilgrims wearing their colourful outfits. And prior to the ceremony, traditional dance rehearsals by the local Balinese Hindus normally take place at the grand pavilion nearby.

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Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Opening hoursEveryday 08:00 am – 06:00 pm
AdmissionTicket Price: 50000 IDR
Parking

This is great area for walking. If you are interested I would like to redirect you to this comprehensive guide about this.

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 GOA GAJAH 

Go And Look Into Elephant Cave

Goa Gajah Bali Indonesia
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Why go There?

Intriguing reliefs

Scary faces carved in stone were supposed to repel evil spirits. In fact, the entrance to the cave is a huge open mouth. Maybe this is not the most beautiful or subtlest view, but undoubtedly interesting. By the way, you can be sure there are no evil spirits anymore.

Mystery

Not much about Goa Gajah is known. A cave from the eleventh century, discovered only in the nineteenth century poses many questions. It is not known what it was for. There is no certainty why it is called Elephant Cave.

UNESCO

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 19, 1995, in the Cultural category.

Beautiful surroundings

Humidity is here like in a tropical forest, it is quiet, calm and really captivating. Behind the temple is a path leading, among the vegetation or waterfalls, to the jungle.


What To Know about Goa Gajah?

History

The first mention of this place appears in the Javanese poem Desawarnana, written in 1365, although the cave itself is about 400 years older. Discovered by a dutch, L.C. Heyting in 1923. JL Krijgman found a buried swimming pool only in 1954.

The pool contains figures of six women with pitchers that pour water inside.

It is said that the cave was a temple or was meant to serve meditation purposes. There are Hindu and Buddhist elements like 3 lingams, one for each of the Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, the image of Ganesha and the image of a stupa. Buddhist sculpture was found next to the river. It is believed that Buddhists also used the cave.

Legend

As the legend says, this temple was also created thanks to the nails of the giant Kebo Iwa. The same who is responsible for Gunung Kawi.

Why elephant cave?

It is not clear. There are several theories. According to one of them, the Petanu River was once called Lion Gajah, an elephant river. According to another theory, the name comes from Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god, whose image is in a cave. There is also a reference to the elephant in the inscriptions.


When to go to Goa Gajah?

Goa Gajah temple celebrates its’ piodalan ‘temple anniversary on Anggara Kasih Prangbakat’ Tuesday on the Balinese 210-day Pawucon calendar, corresponding to different dates on the Gregorian calendar each year.


Address: Goa Gajah, Blahbatuh, Gianyar

How to get there: Go east from Ubud 3km towards Jalan Raya Goa Gajah

There is no public transport to get there.

Opening hoursThe complex is open daily 08:00 – 16.00.
Admissionentrance fee is IDR 20,000 / person
Parking5,000 IDR for cars, and 2,000 IDR for motorbikes

Goa Gajah just a few minutes from downtown and small and easy to see. Please note that sometimes guides who work for the temple can take you around the temple and talk through the history of Goa Gajah. The guides expect a tip from 10,000 to 20,000 IDR.

 PURA LUHUR ULUWATU 

Look at the world from a bird’s eye view

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Why go There?

Beautiful location

“Ulu” means head, and “Watu” means rock. The temple was built on top of a 70-meter cliff above the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The silence here is disturbed only by the screams of monkeys and the sound of waves breaking on rocks far below. A stunning view and a sense of religious calm that, as it hangs in the air, puts into a relaxing reverie.

Kecak fire dance shows

At sunset, shows take place in the amphitheater overlooking the sea. The show of the traditional Kecak theater is very spectacular. There is a group of men without shirts in sarong in black and white grate. While sitting in a circle, they emit rhythmically repeated “chaka” sounds. Kecak performances do not use musical instruments. The human voice replaces them.

Kecak’s dance was created in the 1930s. It is an adaptation of the Ramayana epic, or the story of the adventures of the Hindu deity of Rama (which is the embodiment of Vishnu, his wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and their friend, Hanuman).

Monkeys

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is also known for the monkeys living nearby. Numerous Javanese macaques can be found virtually everywhere. They are bold and intrusive and are famous for stealing tourists what they can. When entering the temple area, you should hide everything that monkeys can collapse: hats, glasses, jewelry. You have to translate the straps of cameras and bags through your neck and shoulder.

Locals believe that they are temple guards, but armed guards hold macaques at a distance from the main sacred objects.


What To Know about Pura Luhur Uluwatu?

Pura Luhur Uluwatu belongs to the spiritual wall

Pura Lahur Uluwatu is a temple dedicated to the spirits of the sea. One of the seven that form a wall that protects the island from evil. It is one of the oldest temples in Bali. It was founded in the 10th century by a Hindu priest, Empu Kuturan, who came from Jawa. In the fifteenth century, another pilgrim priest, Danghyang Nirartha, founder of the Pura Tanah Lot temple, came to Pura Uluwatu. Thanks to him, Pura Luhur Uluwatu became one of the seven temples in the spiritual wall.

Danghyang Nirartha ended his life here

Nirartha came to Bali in 1546. During this period, the plague was haunting the island. The priest made a promise to King Dal Waturenggong that he would get rid of those immediately. And he succeeded. In this way he gained the favor of the king. During his lifetime, Nirartha built many temples and did much for the development of Hinduism on the island. And he ended his life in a temple that already existed here, Uluwatu. Here, in the temple of Uluwatu, during the prayer of Danghyang Nirartha reached the state of oneness with the gods. Pura Luhur Uluwatu became the last place of his pilgrimage and the place of earthly rest.


When to go to Pura Luhur Uluwatu?

It’s best to come to Pura Uluwatu at sunset. At 6 pm the kecak dance show begins.

Today (2019)  Pura Uluwatu still celebrate the anniversary of the temple. The ritual is performed in Anggara Kasih day, Tuesday in Saka calendar. A Hindu ceremony for Hindu people.


Adres: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Desa Pecatu, Kecamatan Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung. Denpasar-Bali 80361.

Uluwatu Temple is 30 km away from the city center Denpasar.

Opening hoursOpening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00.
As a place of worship, it is open 24 hours daily.
AdmissionAdult: 30,000
Children: 15,000

Kecak Dance Ticket Uluwatu Temple 2019
Adult & Children 100,000
Parking

Luhur Uluwatu is located high on a cliff the south western part of the island. During the sunset you would have a nice view over the ocean.

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I Wayan

Bali Guide

 PURA KEHEN 

The Main Temple Of Bengali Regency

Why go there? What to know? When to go? Where is it?

Why go There?

Majestic Temple On Hill Side

It is one of the most beautiful temples to visit, Pura Kehen is known for its marvellous structure. It is built in the surrounding of lush palm trees making the location mystical. The temple has 38 long stairs to climb under the shelter of Banyan trees. It is a colourful sight to see the women carrying large fruit baskets on their heads offering up the stairs. The temple has a well-decorated entrance with a gigantic front-facing courtyard.

It is one of the most beautiful temples to visit, Pura Kehen is known for its marvellous structure. It is built in the surrounding of lush palm trees making the location mystical. The temple has 38 long stairs to climb under the shelter of Banyan trees. It is a colourful sight to see the women carrying large fruit baskets on their heads offering up the stairs. The temple has a well-decorated entrance with a gigantic front-facing courtyard.

Detailed Architectural Beauty

Pura Kehen temple has been carefully designed with the use of natural stones. It has multiple sculptures of Hindu Gods in its courtyard. It has the tallest courtyard that has 11 roofs altogether. You can walk around the temple and capture the pictures to save memories of your visit.


What To Know about Pura Kehen?

It’s Amazing History

The word KEHEN means fireplace or household and symbolizes the fire god, Brahman who protects the temple. Pura Kehen temple is a clone version of Pura Besakih. It was built in the 11th century for worshipers and Bali tourists. It is one of the finest and the largest temples of East Bali. The temple is linked with three Gods; Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu.

The Special Dress Code

You must comply with the required dress code on the entrance. Everyone’s legs must be covered. A beautiful temple scarf must be tied around the waist. Women must wear a sarong. If you do not have one, you can rent on a donation from the temple.


When to go to Pura Kehen?

It is best to visit the temple in the evening when the sun sets. At this time, traditional dancers perform the ritual dances of Bali.


Address: Jl. Sriwijaya No.8, Cempaga, Kec. Bangli, Kabupaten Bangli, Bali, Indonesia.

Pura Kehen is located approximately on a 40-minute drive from Ubud. During the journey towards the temple, you can see beautiful rice fields.

Opening hoursPura Kehen can be visited daily by tourists from 9 am to 5 pm.
AdmissionThe entrance fee for the temple is;
Adult: 10,000 IDR
Child: 5,000 IDR
ParkingParking at the temple is free, yet the caretaker of tourist cars can be given tips for their work.

I recommend to see quite detailed vlog by Julius Sutjiadi with his views regarding the location.

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Komang

Bali Guide

 PURA GOA LAWAH 

Temple Of Bats

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Why go There?

It’s Astonishing Structure

I highly recommend to visit this temple for the astonishing Bali sight from the top. The temple was developed as a cave with mysterious bats hanging at its entrance. The literal meaning of the temple is ‘the bat cave’. You might get a little shivering, as the caves can be seen lined with sleepy bats during the day time.

Its Critical Compound

Located in the North of Bali gives you a breathtaking sight view. Nearness to the highway attracts visitors travelling to the city. You can take some beautiful pictures during your tour. What is really interesting, the local believes that the holy river runs under the caves contain healing powers.


What To Know about Pura Goa Lawah?

It’s Attractive History

Pura Goa Lawah was built in the 11th century by a Hindu priest. The temple’s history also explains the hiding of the Mengwi Kingdom’s prince from his enemies. The Agung mountain is another monument which formed in the temple.  

Critical Maintenance of the Temple

You would witness the well-maintained temple on every of your visit despite of constant flow of pilgrims and visitors. The gates and walls of the temple are renovated on every new-year for the celebration of the Nyepi event. You also can be part of a special celebration.


When to go to Pura Goa Lawah?

Glimmering Mornings is the best time to visit the temple when it opens for peaceful worships. The afternoons at the temple are equally splendid. I suggest you visit the temple on every 210th day of the Balinese Pawukon calendar. This day marks the anniversary of the temple. Bali tourists can enjoy the event as entertainment.


Address: Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan Village, Dawan District, Klungkung.

Located at a stopover point, the temple is approximately a 60-minute drive away from the city.

Opening hoursThe temple can be visited at any time. It is open 24 hours the whole year.
AdmissionThe entrance fee for the temple is 15,000 IDR for everyone.
ParkingA charged parking is available at the temple with a fee of 5,000 IDR/hour.

Bali Magazine has taken a step to explain to you the interesting things about the place. Check it out on YouTube here.

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Banat

Bali Guide

 KAWI GUNUNG SEBATU 

Let the water temple give you a relaxing atmosphere in Central Bali

Why go there? What to know? When to go? Where is it?

Why go There?

An Eye-catching Monument

The grass-covered gardens along with ponds filled with small fishes and lotuses make this place a breathtaking landscape. It is located within the highland village of Sebatu and is the least visited temple complexes on the island Bali.

Refreshing Stopover

I love Kawi Gunung Sebatu, since it is a refreshing stopover. The main Jalan Raya Tegallalang road approaching the temple allows you to easily have a bird’s eye view of the whole complex and it’s water gardens where golden carps are kept. The perfect site of this temple for photographers is the goddess Sarasvati and the floating Wantilan hall as well.


What To Know about Kawi Gunung Sebatu?

History Of Kawi Gunung Sebatu Temple

The sight is marked historical for its unique collections. Its history includes the bad king Maya Denawa who ran away to Sebatu after being defeating the war that occurred in Tampaksiring village. God Vishnu then along with his companions challenged Maya Denawa to a war. The bad king was killed in a fight.

Later, the small shrine was built for their saviour Vishnu by the villagers. The atmosphere of the temple is very peaceful.

Location

Kawi Gunung Sebatu is located within the highland village of Sebatu in Tegallalang, Gianyar, approximately 12km northeast from the main Ubud hub. The place is small and easy so you might not need to hire a guide.


When to go to Kawi Gunung Sebatu?

The best time to visit this temple is on every first full moon of the Balinese calendar.  On this occasion, the colourful events take place at the temple. Balinese Hindu pilgrims from all over the island visit this temple. Visit the temple before the sun sets to enjoy its unique and magical atmosphere.

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Address: Jl. Raya Bayad, Sebatu, Tegallalang | Sebatu Village, Tegalalang, Indonesia

Kawi Gunung Sebatu temple located around 40 kilometres from the main city.

Opening hoursThe temple can be visited from 8 am to 4 pm every day.
AdmissionThe temple can be visited at an entrance fee of;
Adult: 15,000 IDR
Child: 7,500 IDR
ParkingAmple space is available at the temple for the visitors to park their cars at their ease. The parking is free of cost.

Before paying a visit, a complete experience package, covered by Joop Terpstra on YouTube.

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Kadek

Bali Guide

 YEH PULU 

Let the stone to tell you about ancient life in Bali!

Why go there? What to know? When to go? Where is it?

Why go There?

The breathtaking landscape

You should visit Yeh Pulu especially for the beautiful surrounding. Rice paddies, tall palms, springs of freshwater around and the path leading through the thick forest make this place idyllic. It’s out of the way venue, so not many people visit Yeh Pulu. That’s why, if you look for solitude and serenity, Yeh Pulu is the best attraction for you.

History carved in the stone

Yeh Pulu is an interesting archeological site, 25 meters long rock panel with carvings made in the 14th century. What is really interesting, the carvings depict the everyday life of this time. You can walk along looking at hunting scenes, working people, a man carrying water jars with a pole on his shoulder, man on a horse and beautiful, elegant women standing aside. It’s real fuel for imagination or as I like say – time machine.


What To Know about Yeh Pulu?

History of Yeh Pulu archeological site

Yeh Pulu was buried for centuries until Dutch painter Nieuwenkamp discovered it in 1925. After restoration works in 1949 and 1953 serves now as an archeological heritage site. It’s not a temple, but because there is a Ganesh statue among the other reliefs, it became a worshipping place for local villagers.

Location

Yeh Pulu is situated a 45-minute walk from the other great attraction of Bali, Goa Gajah. There is a charming path going through the rice fields between two places. It’s easy to be lost so to hiring a guide can be a good idea.


When to go to Yeh Pulu?

Yeh Pulu can be visited at any time of the day. To feel nature and enjoy the beauty consider visit before the sunset.


Address: Jl. Suweta No.5, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Being a village it is almost 20km away from the city.

Opening hoursYeh Pulu can be visited between 10 am to 6 pm by tourists and the worshippers.
AdmissionThe entrance fee is;
For Worshippers: Free
For Tourists: 15,000 IDR (1USD)
ParkingBeing a village in an open area, the place has a greater parking space for visitors. Parking is free for everyone.

You can have a complete overview of the experience to visit this place. It is covered in a vlog by Molo Di, available on YouTube. Yeh Pulu is just a couple of minutes from Goa Gajah. It’s a relief of old carvings and usually very quiet. If you get lucky, you might find an old priest and his unconventional wife who live there!

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Juniasa

Bali Guide

 PURA LUHUR LEMPUYANG 

let’s take some adventure to reach Sky-high Temple!

Why go there? What to know? When to go? Where is it?

Why go There?

One of its kind Location

This is important temple of Bali, and it is highly popular among the tourists. The location is marked being adventurous in Bali itineraries as it is built 1,175 m above the ground. You can enjoy some thrill during your visit. On entrance of this temple offers a magnificent sight with its towering dragon staircases perfect site for photography.

Temple’s Accessibility

The breathtaking top of the temple can be reached crossing 1,700 steps! Several other beautiful temples surround your way to the top. You can experience a chilly atmosphere every step you climb up the mountain.

Hiking Adventure

Hiking is highlighted for tourists in Bali itineraries. Your cameras can save beautiful memories all the way up to the mountain’s peak. The top of the mountain lets you see the beautiful country through a bird’s eye, amazing is that!


What To Know about Pura Luhur Lempuyang?

24/7 Taxi Services

Reaching the destination of the temple is not a problem anymore. Local villagers operate motorcycles as taxis to take you to the temple’s entrance. The rates of the ride are much convenient.

Remain Affirm to your Belief

Climbing to the top is difficult and challenging. The villagers believe that you must follow respectful behavior and not complain about anything. Doing against the belief would not let you reach the mountain’s peak. Heavy hearted pilgrims are also believed to fail the task.


When to go to Pura Luhur Lempuyang?

Visit the temple before the sun sets. The daytime lets you store some beautiful memories. There is no specific occasion linked with the temple. Sacred worship continues to be held every day.


Address: Mount Lempuyang, Bunutan Village, Karangasem, East Bali.

Opening hoursThe timings to visit Pura Luhur Lempuyang are;
Worship Purpose: 24 hours daily
Tourism: 9 am to 6 pm every day
AdmissionThe temple can be visited free of cost. The visitors can give their donations into the donation box.
ParkingParking at the temple is charged at 7,000 IDR per hour.

A bottom-to-top story explained in short video by Bali Go Live.

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Hery

Bali Guide

 BATUAN TEMPLE 

enjoy famous dance performances of Balinese dancers

Why go there? What to know? When to go? Where is it?

Why go There?

Its Design

The Temple is well-known for its amazing structure. It is also known as the “Tri Kahyangar” which means “Three Statues”. The three statues are of the three Gods of the Hindu Sect. Hindus of Bali and those in Bali for Tourism pay a visit here as it is linked with pure spirituality.

Balinese Art

The Temple is surrounded by delicate art. Beautiful paintings have been carved on the Temple’s Walls. You can take some of the most amazing pictures in front of Temple walls.

Traditional Performances

You can also enjoy famous dance performances of Balinese dancers. Performers of the Temple are well-trained for your amusement and joy. There are famous “Gambuh” and “Pendet” dances held every evening at the Temple.


What To Know about Batuan Temple?

Art and Architecture

Design of the Batuan Temple explains its 1000 year old history through carvings on its walls. You can save the complete historic timeline just through a click of a picture. I find dit amazing!

Compound

The Temple was originally built in the 10th Century for the Hindu community of Bali. There are three religious monuments in the Temple. These are known as “Tri-Murti” representing Three Gods of the Hindu sect. It is an interesting monument of Bali Vacation.

The Dress Code

The bottom line is the importance of dress code at the Temple. The worshipers and the tourists must obey the rules. Males are required to cover their bare knees and shoulders. Females are required to wear a Sarong. It is a traditional and a beautiful long scarf of Bali.


When to go to Batuan Temple?

Best time to visit Batuan Temple is on every 210th day of the year (since the foundation of the temple, and nearest dates are: 29 June 2019, 25 January 2020 and  22 August 2020). Read more here.

At this time, the famous festival of “Galungan” is celebrated. It is a national festival of Bali. It marked as the day of arrival of the Temple’s Gods. This festival attracts most of the tourists towards Bali for Vacations.


Jalan Raya Batuan, Batuan village, Sukawati, Gianyar regency, Bali, Indonesia

It takes 25 minutes from Semiyank City to get there. The Temple is on a distance of 55 minute drive from the International Airport of Denpasar Ngurah Rai.

Opening hoursThe Temple can be visited 24 hours a day to worship or be a part of religious gatherings.
The tourists can visit the Temple between 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM.
AdmissionThe Temple has no entrance cost as it is a religious place. The Temple has a donation box. You can put your contributions to support the Temple’s maintenance.
ParkingThe area has enough land space to assist Bali Tourists to park their vehicles. An open ground secured by guards is there for parking purpose.

A complete Vlog to catch your eyes and make your plans towards Bali for Vacation has been compiled by SM Travelling.

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Mardika

Bali Guide