Holiday in Bali would not be complete without visiting at least one temple in Bali. Temples in Bali are called “Pura” which is a unified name for temple in Bali. In Bali there are over 20,000 temples, more or less famous. I visited 5 during my stay in Bali. Some of them were really unique and magnificent, some of them a bit less. Here are couple of recommendation which one I suggest you to visit.
Goa Gajah temple in Bali
Also, known as “Elephant Cave” from the 11th century. There have noting to do with elephants at first glance. As the cave elephant is called because of Elephant river flowing aloof. The temple itself is a complex of buildings and the famous caves into which you enter through a portal carved in stone. Tickets cost 15,000 rupees ($1). In the cave there is a statue of the Hindu god “Ganesha”. The interior of the cave is very dark and smoky scented candles to give a unique and spiritualistic atmosphere. You cannot stay there for a long time, because of the strong smell of candles you could have later on a headache :). This temple is not only about a cave, there are bridges across the river and a beautiful big tree whose roots embrace the rock. Before entering the temple there is a large parking place with lot of vendors who are selling called “sarong”, This scarf which is necessary to enter the temple. Sarong is a piece of cloth that you put around the waist, so it looks like you’re wearing a skirt. If you do not want to buy a sarong from the sellers , you can borrow them for free before entering the complex. Temples in Bali have their rules to be followed so you have to follow them if you want to see some of them. To reach this great place you need to drive 10 min from Ubud for example.
TIRTA Empul temple
You will probably fell in love with Tirta Empul temple. It is a sacred place in the middle of Bali with indescribable atmosphere of this island. If you are looking for Bali scenic beauty and charming atmosphere, you will find it in the temple of Tirta Empul. Admission costs as well as the Elephant Cave, 15,000 rupees ($1) and again here you can rent a sarong, which is required to enter the temple complex. This temple visited by many visitors, who are buying a holy water, and believe that they have this beneficial bath will bring health and happiness. At time we visited this amazing place there were not many tourists at all, so we had it all for ourselfs. If you have time, make sure you visit this temple.
The temple Pura Gunung Kawi
Visiting the temple Pura Gunung Kawi for me was the TOP experiences among the temples in Bali. Indescribable nature, silence, a vast complex of buildings of all kinds. This temple is situated on the edge of the rain forest and rice fields and views here are breathtaking. The temple Pura Gunung Kawi is located in a valley, so here you have to go down after a large number of steps, which offer opportunities to take beautiful photos. To enter the temple complex, you again need a sarong again that will gladly borrow you near entrance before entering. Tickets cost 15,000 rupees ($1) and in front of the temple,(most of the temples in Bali costs 15000 rupees) . At the temple, Pura Gunung Kawi is also a beautiful waterfall, caves and countless swimming pools with water lilies. In case you need to go to the need to go to toilet, be prepared, there is only one available 🙂
Tahan Lot Bali
Rock Formations in Tabanan is one of the attractions of the island of Bali. On a small rocky island is the temple of the 16 th century carved into the rock. The island Tanah Lot can be reached in 30-45 minutes by car from the main resorts of Bali. Due to erosion, the temple gradually crumble, what the Indonesian government is trying to prevent, and in the ’90s began to repair the temple (costs around 130 million USD) . Tanah Lot is the most photographed temple on Bali and it’s a real gem. At sunset they come here crowds of tourists to the temple immortalized in the photograph. Off the coast of Bali there are another seven other temples built on the rocky outcrop sea, but the temple of Pura Tanah Lot is the most important and most cherished of all. Around at the temple stands is full of shops.
The temple Pura Besakih
Pura Besakih temple or the World famous temple called the “Mother Temple”. The complex consists of 23 structures, some of which date back to the 10th century. The complex itself is gorgeous, but very touristic place as I sad before. And not everybody likes that. Be carefull, do not pay more than is neccassary near entrance. Temples in Bali are beautiful. I visited only couple of them from the many, but I m glad I did. Sometimes is better just lying on the beach and enjoying the sun, but if you are in Bali, you should find a time and go for it. You wont regret at all, promiss :)We left Bali with full of energy and positive feelings. Bali has mainly beautiful temples, nature and peace and leave everything you have any expectations always met. In case you are still looking for some other reason why you should visit Bali, click here and read our post about Top things to do in Bali