6 Must-Visit Temples in Bali 2018.04.25

Bali is commonly known as the "Island of Gods" but did you know that it's also referred to "Island of a Thousand Temples"? in fact, there are over 20,000 temples (pura in Balinese) and smaller shrines throughout the island, many of them are extremely well-known while others are less famous.

We already listed our favorite temples below and all worth to visit. However, you must keep remember if the temple is essentially a place of worship so when you have a plan to visit the temple you have to wear decent clothes and behave accordingly.

1. Pura Uluwatu 

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Pura Uluwatu is located on southwest of Bali on a cliff top 70 meters above sea level which makes the scenery in this temple is magnificently fascinating. You also can see many wandering monkeys in this temple and local believed the monkey is the guardian of the temple. Kecak dance performance will take places every day during sunset hours and makes this dance more interesting for you to watch. Under Pura Uluwatu, there is also an exotic surf spot called Pecatu Beach which is often used for surfing.

Location Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Opening Hours 08:00 - 17:00

2. Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

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The name of this temple is taken from its location in the middle of the Beratan Lake or Danu Beratan and situated in the highlands in Bedugul area with beautiful green natural scenery. The environment around the temple is also quite cool with temperature 18 to 22 degrees Celcius. The temple was founded with the aim as a place to worship Goddess Danu which is believed by Hindus as the Goddess of Prosperity. To reach Pura Ulun Danu, you can use a rowing boat or motorboat that has been provided by local around.

Location Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali
Opening Hours 08:00 - 18:00

3. Pura Tanah Lot

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Pura Tanah Lot is one of the popular tourist destinations in Bali Island which is famous for its sunset panorama. Pura Tanah Lot situated 300 meters from the shoreline precisely on a large coral. The right time to visit here is when the sea water is receding because if the sea water is tide, the coral that supports the temple will be surrounded by sea water and you will not be able to get closer to the temple. Around temple area, you can see some striped snake that are believed by local as the guardian of the temple. Please be aware of the snakes which are very venomous because they are sea snakes species!

Location Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali
Opening Hours 07:00 - 17:00

4. Pura Tirta Empul


The name of Tirta Empul has meaning of “holy water that spurts out from the ground”. Pura Tirta Empul is divided into 3 parts, namely: Jaba Pura or front yard, Jaba Tengah or middle yard, and Jeroan or inside of the temple. In the middle yard, there is a pool that has 30 shower lining from east to west. The water from the shower is believed as holy water that can purify the body (pelukatan). The tourists who visit here are allowed to purify themselves in the pool, provided that they must use "kamen", a cloth tied to the waist.

A historic building Tampaksiring Palace also located near the temple, the presidential palace built by Indonesia's first president, Ir. Soekarno

Location Jalan Tirta, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency, Bali
Opening Hours 07:00 - 17:00

5. Pura Saraswati or Lotus Temple

Pura Taman Saraswati

As the name implies, Lotus Temple is renowned for its pond filled with beautiful lotus flowers. You can see this scene when heading to the main gate of the temple. Lotus Temple was built to worship the Goddess Saraswati or the Goddess of Knowledge in Hinduism. Lotus Temple is located not far from Puri Lukisan Museum which is one of the Kura Kura bus stops in Ubud area.

Location Jalan Kajeng, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali
Opening Hours 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

6. Pura Luhur Lempuyang

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[image via flickr]

Pura Lempuyang is one of the tourist destinations in Bali which is also a place of worship for the Hindus and located in Karangasem. This temple is located at an altitude of 1174 meters from sea level, so if you visit here, you can see the amazing view of East Bali with tropical trees thriving around it. In addition, the temple has a very unique building form with thousands of stairs and at the top of the hill, you can see panoramic view with majestic Mount Agung as the background.

If you want to visit Pura Lempuyang make sure your body condition is healthy/fit because you have to climb thousands of steps to reach the top of the temple.

Location Puncak Bukit Bisbis, Purahayu, Abang, Karangasem Regency, Bali
Opening Hours 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM


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