When visiting Bali, you are probably enjoying the beautiful beaches, nature, great food and the Bali nightlife. One other thing that should be on your list is something cultural: temples. With Bali’s rich cultural and religious history, visiting the temples is a very special experience. To help you out, we’ve listed the temples that are worth it to pay a visit for sure. Enjoy!
Posted January 11, 2019
The best temples in Bali
The Uluwatu temple is one of the most iconic ones in Bali, that you can find on many postcards. The temple itself is located on a 70 meter cliff above a beautiful sea. The beautiful sea view also provides you with a breath-taking sunset. During the golden sunset hours, the Ramayana ballet or Kacak dance performs a traditional dancing show in the amphitheatre. While visiting the Uluwatu temple, you might come across some monkeys, so make sure to watch your stuff!
Also called Bali’s valley of the Kings, the Candi Gunung Kawi Temple located at the bottom of a lush river valley, is the largest ancient temple complex you will find in Bali. The temple is very close to Ubud and exists of a collection of ancient ‘Candi’ or shrine reliefs carved into the a rock cliff. This temple is absolutely stunning to see and still plays a big role when it comes to Hinduism in Bali.
Located near to the town of Tampaksiring, the famous Titra Empul Temple can be found. This temple is mainly known for its holy spring water that is used by both tourists and domestics for ‘spiritual self-cleaning’. People stand under the holy water that comes from showers which has three different purposes. First, you wash away the bad and evil spirits. Then the water gives you prosperity and lastly, the showers will purify the body and soul. There are some rules visitors have to follow, which are clearly indicated in the temple.
Almost in the middle of Bali, located in the beautiful nature and 1200 meters above sea level in Lake Beratan you can find the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, also called ‘the floating temple’. A thing that is often misunderstood about this temple is that you don’t actually visit the temple, because it is floating in the lake, but you can come close. Worth to visit!
Of course, it is the best to make your Bali trip as diverse as possible. Combine culture, nature and other activities for a great experience. A surfing lesson will make your trip complete, so book your lesson here.