Temples in Bali

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In Bali there are many spectacular temples, each one its unique character. Try to visit as many temples as you can - you will not regret it. And remember, always show respect and dress modestly when entering temples.



Temple Madre de Besakih:

We are in front of the most important place of pilgrimage within the traditional Balinese culture. Rated as the most sacred temple, it is located right on the slope of Mount Agung, it is the largest temple that you will see on the island of Hindu worship. It is composed of 22 temples connected between them by terraces and stairs that make up an axis between them, where the highest point is the Penataran Agung temple, it is the most important temple of this compound. To visit the temple "Pura Besakih" is to enter inside the Hindu culture and to know more the sacred life of the Balinese, each one of particular relevance, since we will notice that:

Three of these temples are destined for the Hindu trinity: Shiva (the destroyer), Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the preserver).

Four of the temples of the complex reflect the four forms of God, through the cardinal points: Pure Batu Madeg to the north, Pure Kiduling Kreteg in the south, Pure Gelap in the east and Pura Ulun Kulkul in the west.

 Pura Uluwatu, It is located precariously on the top of a ravine on the southern peninsula of the island. Located about 45 minutes from Nusa Dusa. It is one of the most spectacular temples of the Island of Bali. This temple is an important part of a group of six buildings, considered the pillars on which the spirituality in Bali is based, and reaching you will give you a tremendously unforgettable view, with its 70 meters high that rise over the corner Southwest of Bali. In this place, besides an aura full of mysticism, you will have to be attentive to the monkeys, which are believed to act as the guardians of the place, but their easily irritable behavior is something to be taken into account, however a small appetite will be the solution.

 Pura Ulu Danau Bratan, It is the most picturesque temple on the island, next to a beautiful lake of the same name. It is dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu, it is one of the most beautiful temples. It stands out for its location on the shores of Lake Bratan, surrounded by mountains, vegetation and a subtle mist that make it one of the most typical postcards of Bali. This temple is also a place of pilgrimage, so if you have any luck you will see a procession of peasants who make a pilgrimage to the temple to make offerings and ask for water for their crops.


Temple Gunung Kawi, wrapped between beautiful rice fields, lush vegetation and a river with a small waterfall, is one of the most beautiful temples of Bali. This Temple, is different from others for its songs carved in rock, which were ancient tombs of the royal family. We recommend you to make several routes walking among the rice fields that surround it, considered as one of the best rice fields of Bali, the visit to this temple can be combined with Tirta Empul, since both are within walking distance.

Temple Ulun Danu Bratan, It is dedicated to the water goddess Dewi Danu, it is one of the most beautiful temples. It stands out for its location on the shores of Lake Bratan, surrounded by mountains, vegetation and a subtle mist that make it one of the most typical postcards of Bali. This temple is also a place of pilgrimage, so if you have any luck you will see a procession of peasants who make a pilgrimage to the temple to make offerings and ask for water for their crops.

 Pura Kehen, It was built during the 11th century on the terraces, under a huge fig tree. Located in the northern part of the town of Bangli.

To the north of the city center of Bangli lies at the foot of a wooded hill one of the essential and favorite temples of Bali, established at least in the thirteenth century "Pure Kehen" and dedicated to the god of fire. This pure surrounded by palm plantations, stands out for its grand entrance staircase and for the details of its masterfully carved stone sculptures. In him many ceremonies of offerings are celebrated.

Surprising and the second in importance for the Balinese after the Mother Temple, the best thing is that it is on the way to the Mount Batur volcano and the Mother Temple itself. It is advisable to visit it soon in the morning when the tourist coaches have not yet arrived and it is possible to travel and enjoy it in solitude, so you have lots of luck and you only hear the chirping of the birds, the noise of the leaves swaying in the wind and your own steps as you discover this mystic place.

Going inside you will see three levels that you have to ascend with its numerous steps that lead to the main platform that offers one of the best views of all Bali, an environment surrounded by abundant vegetation that brings peace and tranquility to this beautiful place. Pura Kehen performs state temple work for the city of Bangli, one of the nine kingdoms of Bali; and it is for that reason that it is used in multitudinous and numerous rituals, that better than to complete the experience participating in one of the cultural and colorful ceremonies.

 Pura Tegeh Koripan, located on the shore of Mount Gunung Batur is the oldest temple in Bali.

If you want to visit the Pura with the distinction of being the highest point on the island (1,745 meters) it is a matter of arriving on the road north of the Penulisan village in the village of Sukawana, at the top of Gunung Penulisan, there you will come across the ancient and mysterious Pura Tegeh Koripan. Before getting off the vehicle or motorcycle, the best place to park is on the other side of the road at the Warung temple located nearby, where they also serve a great nasi goreng and kopi bali, a delicious Bali dish that you can not miss.

This temple is also known as "Pura Puncak Penulisan" and access to it is through 335 steps, which when completed you can see in the multi-terrace several of the mystical stone statues dating from the eleventh century, including one of Queen Mahendratta. Built in the ninth century, it is practically made up of a series of terraces where its most striking features are the bullets that house the ancient stone statues dating from the 11th-13th centuries, although many of the statues are eroded by the climate. they are partially destroyed by a civil strife between government forces and those accused of being communists in 1965, despite this they remain surrealist and a space that does not stop enchanting not only for its history but also for every natural element.

 Pura Bukit Dharma Durga The small village of Kutri is the home of the Pure Bukit Dharma Durga Kutri.

The Pura Bukit Dharma temple is located at the top of the hill Kutri in the village Hurry, located a short distance from Blahbatu. This temple presents a series of sculptures and statues that date back more than 800 years. The most prominent statue dates back to the eleventh century, and belongs to the goddess of the six arms Durga, it is believed that the goddess Durga surpassed the demon Mahisa.

You will have access to the temple through 80 stone steps located at the back and that cross the roots of a powerful fig tree. The elegant interior courtyard is the venue for the most important ceremonies of the temple. This Pure One is guarded by 2 stone pigs and a pair of Nagas, who are often considered as figures represented by goblins. The interior area is carefully decorated and each of the many wooden structures with a thatched roof has a special purpose and a symbolic meaning, in the center of the courtyard is the "Gedong Peruman" which is an empty pavilion where the guests are invited Gods to meet, without a doubt a great place to enjoy the festivals of the temple.


 Pura Luhar Batakau

Not far from the rice fields of Jatiluwih and at the foot of the sacred Mount Batukaru (second highest volcano on the island) is the Luhur Batukaru temple, one of the largest Hindu temples in Bali and the least known by tourists. It is one of the nine directional temples or "kayangan jagat", charged with protecting Bali from evil spirits. Although its architecture is not spectacular, it is an especially sacred place for Balinese Hindus and an important pilgrimage point. It is located in the middle of an exuberant tropical forest, among bamboo, ferns and banana trees, all surrounded by an intense mist, confer a mystical and sacred character. To all this is added its remote location, far from residential areas, which make it an ideal place to perform more intimate cults, and you will be amazed with its seven-story pagodas.

Founded in the eleventh century, it was destroyed in the year 1604 and later rebuilt in 1959. It is composed of different sanctuaries that are dedicated to the ancestors of the Tabanan dynasty, the most important being that of Mahadewa, god of the mountain. You will also find several secondary roads that lead to lovely adjacent gardens and a pond. Throughout the complex you can see beautiful religious stone sculptures covered with moss.


 Pura Sada,

Built at the beginning of the 18th century and with an exterior wall built entirely of red brick, Pura Sada was once the sanctuary of the Mengwi kingdom. Located behind the Prasada temple, it has about 54 seats / shrines that pay tribute to the 54 followers who brought the cremated remains of one of Mengwi's rulers to be thrown into the sea from a boat. During the ceremony they perished in the sea so their story was immortalized.

The Mengwi dynasty, which ruled the Tambanan kingdom, west of Bali, has established several monuments to commemorate the dead members of the family. Pura Sada is one of those monuments and it was the ancient dynastic temple before the change to the new royal temple of Pura Taman Ayun in 1740. Interestingly, there are several unoccupied thrones in the temple precincts, this testifies that the temple was associated with the dead.


 Pura Panataran Sasih is where the famous 'Pejeng Moon' is located

A short distance from Pura Kebo Edan you will find the Penataran Sasih Temple which is located about 4 kilometers east of the center of Ubud, also known as the Temple of the Moon, it has a great mythological Bronze Gong. In Bali it is considered as a beautiful temple with many ancient stone statues of Gajah or Elephant, Siwa and other deities; its central piece is the Moon of Pejeng, having an estimated age between 1000 to 2000 years.

The uniqueness of this ancient temple is a large Nekara (statue) that has a height of 186.5 m and a diameter of 100 m, decorated with a magic mask, this mystical character was dedicated to worship the ancestors as protectors, in addition Even more symbolic, Nekara has the function of being a means to advocate for rain, delivering the local offerings.

 Pura Goa Lawah. The temple of the cave of bats. It is located southeast of Bali.

Goa Lawah

It is one of the Key Pure of Bali, near a town called Dawan, when you go along the road be careful not to pass it because it is right on the same road that joins Sanur with Candidasa, it is a temple and a cave at the same time the roof in black tone for the large number of bats that hang from it; It serves as a guardian against the evil spirits of the sea; quite appropriate, since the temple is located directly on the seafront, facing the island of Nusa Penida in the distance. Legend has it that Nusa Penida is the home of Jero Gede Macaling, a destructive and revered demon and the original inspiration for the Barong dance.

This temple of small dimensions is very ancient and of great importance to the Balinese, representing a sacred place designed to honor the God Maheswara, who resides in this section of the island. Religious processions visit the temple every day, and it is a particular focus for religious rites associated with death. In front of the cave there are small Shivaita shrines that perfectly complement the experience. It is also said that the cave leads to Pura Goa in Besakih, about 30 km away. It is believed that frugivorous bats provide sustenance for the legendary giant snake, Naga Basuki, who is also believed to live in the cave.

 Pura Taman Ayun It is a magnificent garden temple. The interior fencing is surrounded by a moat and a paved road from which tourists can see the complex of the temples.

Pura Taman Ayun is the Balinese name for "The Royal Temple of Mengwi" which was built in the 18th century by Cokorda Munggu, the largest king of Mengwi, and is the second largest temple complex in Bali. The meaning of the name is 'Garden Temple in the water'. It is partially surrounded by a wide moat filled with lotuses that gives the appearance of the pure fleet and was designed to represent Mount Meru, the mythological home of the gods, floating in a sea of eternity. It was built as a series of landscaped terraces with patios on different levels.

With an eleven-story roof it is dedicated to the rice goddess Dewi Sri. You can not miss visiting this temple especially during its three-day Odalan ceremonies, moments in which it is filled with colorful processions and activities. Pure Taman Ayun was expanded in 1937, turning some of its structures into the most modern temple architecture in Bali.



Other places

 Celuk, North of Denpasar, it is the silver center of Bali. This is the place to find jewelry at good prices.

 Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Denpasar means, north of the market. There is an art center, a museum, a colorful and cheap market on the street of Jalan Sulawesi and several shopping centers. In the center of the city we find two markets: pass Badung and pass Kumbasari, where you can find handicrafts, basketry, spices or fruits. In some streets we find distributed by guilds, the jewelers in Hasannudin street, in Cajah Mada street, electronics shops and in Sulawasi street fabrics.

There are also 3 night markets: the Kereneng bus station market, the Mamba Pekambinan market and the Diponegoro street market.


Menjangan Island, on the western tip of Bali is where the Bali Barat National Park is located. The boundaries of the park are open savanna, tropical jungle, and mangrove swamp. This is a perfect place for diving. There are numerous quality hotels

 Sengeh Monkey Forest is located near the town of Sangeh, 20 kilometers north of Denpasar. Jungle full of giant nutmeg trees that can grow up to 40 meters high. The main attraction is the monkeys that live in the trees and the temple, Pura Bukit Sari.

NOTICE. Attention at all times, it is common for monkeys to jump on top of tourists and try to tear out the most luminous objects or flowers they carry

 Bona It is located between the city of Gianyar and Blahbatu and is the place to buy bamboo furniture at reasonable prices. Bamboo products abound. You can enjoy the cool evenings. It is also known for its dances, especially the fire, which can be seen in many hotels in the area.

Ubud It is a beautiful mountain village, located in the center of the island. It is known for its abundance of art and nature. Nestled among terraced rice paddies and the mountains of central Bali, Ubud has a number of palaces and temples, museums and art galleries and cafes and restaurants.

The Puri Lukisan Museum is an introduction to Balinese painting in all its styles.

 Ubud Monkey Forest is a small nature reserve in the south area of Ubud. Along with its green surroundings and the beautiful temple there are many monkeys.