When visiting Temples Bali
-Make sure you wear a sarong and sash when upon entering the temples in Bali.
-When visiting temples in Bali, villages, and cultural places in Bali, it is suggested that you cover your shoulders, chest, midriff and thighs. Shorts are ok at an appropriate length. It is a sign of respect and modesty.
-Refrain from wearing tight, revealing clothing such as dance or beachwear, unless you are at the beach, dancing, or in yoga class.
-Bring a spare pair of clothing, a towel, and even another sarong when visiting water temples and waterfalls in Bali. You are required to wear the sarong in water temples and will need dry clothes to change into.
-Never walk in front of someone praying or stand higher that the priest or the offerings when visiting temples in Bali.
Banjar Hot Springs- Lovina
Bali’s own Buddhist monastery. The monastery is about 4km from main road LOVINA. The hot springs are beautifully landscaped with lush tropical plants. To get in you’ll have to pay 5,000 rp, and if you want a locker it costs 3, 000 rp. There a different baths you can choose from ranging from hot to cold, and the water quality is excellent. The showers and the changing rooms however are not in the best condition.
Mt. Batur / Kintamani – Kintamani
Kintamani presents an incredible view of Mount Batur and its clear lake. You can sail across the lake to reach to the Balinese village of Truyan. In this village, the locals have a ritual of laying down their deceased under a sacred tree.
Mount Batur has an active volcano and Kintamani is full of nature and ancient villages.
You can get some great snapshots from the many restaurants around the mountain – in our opinion the restaurants are over priced due to tourism. Insider tip: bring some snacks and bottles of water with you, or eat well beforehand to save money.
Pura Besakih, considered the most important Hindu temple in Bali, is actually a complex of 23 separate temples that can be explored by tourists in Bali. The Pura Besakih temples date back to somewhere between the 10th and 14th centuries (different sources argue over the exact time.)
Pura Besakih can be explored on a day trip from Ubud or Denpasar, where you can wander from temple to temple, as each site differs according to deity and purpose. A must see! Just make sure to avoid scams: guides are not necessary; make sure to bring your own sarong; and expect inflated food, drink and souvenir prices. It is open from 9 am until dusk.
Elephant Cave (Gua Gajah) – Ubud
Located 27 km from Denpasar in Ubud. At the entrance of the cave is a relief of various menacing creatures and demons carved right into the rock. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave.
There is a pool as a place to take holy Tirtha water for Hindu ceremonies, which is located in the middle of the cave courtyard. Goa Gajah is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and the entrance fee is approximately 60 cents. Proper dress is required; knees must be covered for both men and women.
Puri Saren Palace – Ubud
Located in the centre of Ubud, opposite the traditional art market. It contains beautiful Balinese traditional houses and is the residence of the Ubud King. This palace is an artistic cultural life center. The existence of Puri Saren as a palace is equipped by an auditorium that serves as a large meeting room and a banyan tree that serves as shelter during the hot days.
Tampak Siring is a Hindu Temple in Bali containing big springs and is considered sacred by the local residents as a place to melt all the bad energy in the body, while purifying the mind and soul. The water is believed to eliminate all kinds of diseases and to have curative powers. Crowds seek this temples special bathing pools to be healed.
Tirta Gangga Water Palace – Candidasa area
Tirta Gangga is a former royal water palace in eastern Bali, about 5 km from Karangasem. The centerpiece of the palace is an eleven-tiered fountain and there are many beautiful carvings and statues within the gardens. The area around Tirta Gangga is noted for its rice paddy terraces.
Pura Tanah Lot
Located in Tabanan, about 20 km from Denpasar, the Pura Tanah Lot sits on a large offshore rock (approximately 3 acres in size), which can be reached during low tide. Currently, you are not allowed to enter the temple, only take photos from outside.
While it can be crowded with other tourists, it is a beautiful place to see and watch the sunset. Tanah Lot means “small island floating on the sea.”
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan – Bratan
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a water temple that was built in 1663. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan and in the mountains near Bedugull. This temple is used for offering ceremonies to the Balinese water, lake, and river goddess Dewi Danu.
Uluwatu Temple – Uluwatu
Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple) is regarded as one of the six most important Hindu temples in Bali. It is located 25 km from Denpasar, and is thought to guard the Balinese from the evil spirit of the ocean.
This temple was constructed by eleventh century priest Empu Kuturan, who came to Bali to bring religious law and to form traditional villages. Perched high up on the edge of a cliff, this location is home to many wild monkeys and offers a breathtaking view of the sunset.
Taman Ayun Temple – Mengwi
Taman Ayun Temple in Bali is a Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire, and is located in Mengwi Village, about 18 Km north of Denpasar. Taman Ayun is surrounded by a big fishpond, and looks like it’s a drifting on the water.
Displaying beautiful Balinese architecture and a plush garden in the front courtyard, this temple is definitely worth checking out!
Kebo Edan Temple – Ubud
Pura Kebo Edan is near Goa Gajah in the east of Ubud. It is said that this temple was built by the Javanese in the 12th century. Pura Kebo Edan, which also means the Crazy Buffalo, has two main statues outside. One is of the buffalo, and the other is a statue of dancing Bhairawa. Inside, more ancient statues can be found- such as the Ganesha statue, and the Nandi statue, to name a few.