6 Bali Temples Every Tourist Should Visit
There are a staggering 20,000 temples in Bali, with the Indonesian Island boasting one of the widest range of cultures in the world. Here are just six of the best for you to visit when you’re there.
1. Goa Lawah
Located within the confines of a cave populated largely by bats, the Pura Goa Lawah is a spot tourists should visit if they’re after something different. The beach, which runs alongside the entrance is covered in black sand, making it a popular destination to also scatter ashes after cremation.
2. Ulun Danu
This picturesque Bratan temple is somewhat uniquely located in the middle of a large lake, making Ulun Danu a must see for any tourists in the area. The temple is constructed in honour of Dewi Danu – goddess of the lake that it stands on, which was carved out naturally 30,000 years ago during a volcanic eruption.
3. Tanah Lot
This Hindu temple is located on a rock on the edge of the sea. It is said to have been constructed in the 15th century and offers a fantastic view of the sunset in the evening. Multi-billion- dollar restoration measures were taken to ensure the rock supporting the famous temple did not fall into the ocean – highlighting its importance to Bali culture.
4. Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi translates literally to “valley of the kings”, but is situated in the less than grandiose location of a ravine that separates two rice fields. Despite that, the temple still boasts a wide range of majestic sights for everyone to see, with intricately carved monuments and fantastically preserved Candis (the temples themselves). In fact, the Candis here are some of the best kept in the whole of Indonesia, making this temple a hot spot for appreciators of archaic architecture.
5. Luhur Lempuyang
For those tourists who are a little more in touch with their spiritual sides, the temple of Luhur Lempuyang is one of the most important and highly regarded from a religious perspective. Located 1,017m above sea level, it unsurprisingly offers breath-taking views for anyone willing to make the hike up to see it. The temple is situated within a natural haven; surrounded by greenery on all sides and looking out over a mass area of extreme natural beauty.
6. Goa Gajah
This temple stands out as a little different to other locations on our list, as it’s more of an entrance into a cave rather than a large sight like the other Candis we’ve covered. While it’s known as the ‘Elephant Cave’, there are none of the tusked mammals to see here – with an intricately carved fountain surrounded by angels standing out as the key feature. This sanctuary was used as a meeting place in olden times, but has now opened its door to the public.
These are just 6 of the many, many temples available to visit in Bali. Why don’t you try out a few for yourself while you’re there on your holidays?