Bali is as popular for its temples as it is for its beaches. In fact no trip to this Indonesian province is complete without paying a visit to the region’s grand temples. Here are some of the popular temples in Bali that you can visit while holidaying in the region.
Also known as the “Mother Temple of Besakih”, Pura Besakih is the largest and among the most beautiful Hindu temples in Bali. The temple complex has as many as 23 separate shrines, some of which date back to the 10th century. It is located in southwest side bevel of Mount Gunung Agung and offers panoramic views of surrounding forests and valleys.
Tanah Lot, one of Bali’s most famous landmarks, impresses visitors with its unique offshore settings atop an outcrop. Although tourists are not allowed inside the temple premises, many still visit the area just to enjoy the glorious sea views. Be here on the holy day of Kuningan to experience the revered heirloom pilgrimage and various cultural events at and nearby the temple. Only a 45-minute drive away from Kuta, Tanah Lot is among the top highlights of every Bali holiday.
Dating back to the 11th century, this cave complex was initially a site for meditation. A vast complex featuring a mysterious cave, a temple courtyard, ancient bathing pool and a selection of large stone relics, it is now a place of historical and religious significance for the Balinese. Spectacular views of the legendary Petanu River and green rice fields at this gorgeous archaeological site will also delight you.
Pura Luhur was built during the 11th century. The temple is situated on the edge of a 70 metre high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. Apart from the expansive sea views, the temple offers an intriguing cultural experience to visitors. Beware of the monkeys here. They are infamous for snatching visitors’ belongings.