Bali, one of the most famous island destinations in the world, is a place that shouldn’t be missed for any traveler planning their Indonesia trip. Known as the "Island of the Gods," Bali is a top destination for travelers from all over the world with its countless beautiful attractions. Not only famous for stunning waterfalls and diving sites, but Bali is also a place for people who are after unique cultural experiences and rich heritage. At the heart of the island’s vibrant and diverse culture are the thousands of temples that play a central role in Balinese life.
In this article, we have broken down why Bali temples are so unique, and what we believe are the nine must-visit places from the 1000s of temples to choose from are nice of Bali's best places to visit.
Serving as places of worship, community gathering spaces, and centers of art and learning, Bali's temples offer visitors a fascinating window into the island's traditions and beliefs. Every detail in the temple’s architectural design is not only designed to showcase the artistic and cultural heritage of the island but also to promote happiness and harmony in life. To achieve this goal, Balinese temple architecture follows three important principles.
The first principle is to maintain a good relationship between humans and God, which is essential for spiritual well-being.
Now you know why you should visit Bali’s temples on your Indonesia trip, let’s find out where to go. From ancient structures perched on hilltops to temples surrounded by lush forests and rice paddies, below you will find Bali's nine most awe-inspiring, must-visit religious sites for your Indonesian trip.
Located on the slopes of Mount Agung and comprising a complex of over 20 temples, Besakih is the largest and holiest temple on the island of Bali. It is believed that Besakih dates back to the 8th century and is dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu.
Sitting on a rocky outcropping overlooking the ocean, Tanah Lot is one of Bali's most iconic and popular temples. With lots to explore and stunning views of the surrounding ocean, Tanah Lot is especially beautiful at sunset.
Located on the slopes of Mount Lempuyang, this temple complex of seven temples is known for its iconic Gates of Heaven. With stunning views from the top of the complex, Pura Lempuyang Luhur is considered one of Bali's most sacred sites.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali's most picturesque sights. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god of the sea and is believed to date back to the 11th century. In addition to exploring the temple complex, visitors also have the opportunity to watch the traditional Kecak dance performance which are held daily at sunset.
Located on the shores of Lake Beratan, this temple is known for its stunning setting and intricate pagodas. The complex is dedicated to the goddess of the lake and features several beautiful pagodas and shrines to explore.
This unique temple is known for its sacred spring water which is believed to have healing properties. Tirta Empul offers visitors not only the chance to explore its wonderful grounds, but also the opportunity to participate in its ritual purification baths which are found in the temple's ancient pools.
Built in 1946 by the King of Karangasem, Tirta Gangga is known for its stunning water palace and serene gardens featuring beautiful fountains, ponds, and statues. The temple is located in the village of Ababi, Karangasem and even provides the option for visitors to enjoy a swim in the temple's pools for an additional fee.
Located in the heart of Ubud, Taman Saraswati is known for its traditional Balinese architecture. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of knowledge and the arts, Saraswati and is especially beautiful when the temple's lotus flowers in its pond are in full bloom. Visitors can also enjoy traditional dance performances held in the temple's courtyard.
Located in Tampaksiring, this unique temple comprises of a series of ten stunning rock-cut shrines which were built in dedication to King Anak Wungsu and his wives. To reach the shrines, visitors are required to descend over 300 steps, but the stunning views and peaceful surroundings make the journey well worth it.