Spirituality is one of the most important face of Bali. The main religion here is Balinese Hinduism, there are over 20,000 puras (Balinese term for temple) in Bali.
People called Bali “the island of thousand puras”. Since there are thousands of temples in Bali, eOasia selected for you the must-see ones.
Here is our Top 10 Temples in Bali for you:
Pura Besakih is the most well-known as being the mother of all temples in Bali. This is one of the oldest one, over 1000 years old. On the way to Besakih, there are several places of interest to visit like Kerta Gosa and Bukit Jambul. Besakih Temple is located in bevel side southwest of Agung Mount.
Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur, is a famous Balinese sea temple. Located on high cliff at southern area of Bali, Uluwatu temple is one of the six most important temples after Besakih temple. The wide view of the temple sitting on the edge of the peninsula & the Indian Ocean panorama is absolutely breathtaking. My tip for you is to have a dinner on at Jimbaran beach for the sunset after visiting the temple and enjoy the seafood there !
This temple is called the “land in the middle of the sea” as it is located on an incredible rock. Pura Tanah Lot is a very well known temple in Bali. It is part of the seven temples that form a ring at the southwest of Bali. My tip for you is to make it at the sunset, the view is incredible !
Considered as one of the six important temples of Bali, Pura Tirta Empul is known for its sacred spring water with healing properties. People believed that this temple brings happiness, fortune and health.
Goa Lawah, which means “bat cave” is located in the southeast of Bali. Goa Gajah dates back to the 11th century (1007), built as a spiritual place for meditation. This temple is filled with thousands of bats. One of its role is to protect Bali from the evils spirits.
This royal temple of Mengwi empire is located in Mengwi village.Taman Ayun means “beautiful garden”. This temple, built in 1634 by the Raja of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali, it is surrounded by a moat that makes it appear as if floating on water. The entire complex was designed to symbolize the mythological home of the gods floating in the sea of eternity.
7- Pura Gunung Kawi Temple
This temple known as the “valley of the Kings’ is located in the cliffs between rice fields in the south of Tampaksiring, Bali. This Buddhist temple complex is used as a residence and as a place for meditation. It consists of some nooks and it is located in the cross east of Pakerisan River. Other nooks are located spread out and near the temple bunch.
Ulun Danu Beratan temple is a Balinese Hindu temple located at Candi Kuning countryside, about 50 km north side from Denpasar to Singaraja. The name of Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is taken from the lake where the temple is built at Beratan Lake. Ulun comes from the word Hulu which means head or power.
9- Pura Luhur Lempuyang Temple
It is one of the six sad kahyangan (temples of the world) which is dedicated to the supreme God, Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and also one of Bali’s nine directional temples to protect from evil spirits. It takes 2 hours and half to get there from Sanur, 2 hrs to climb and 1 hr to get down. There are 1700 steps to the top temple but the view is incredible !
10- Pura Saraswati Temple
Saraswati temple Kingdom of Ubud is dedicated to honor the Hindu Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning, literature and art. This artistic temple has exquisite exterior design : fine carvings, bale barong, giant masks, statues of Goddess Saraswati, the statue of the devil Jero Gede Mecaling …