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Temples in Bali

Pura Besakih Bali temple 8

Temples in Bali

There are thousands of temples in Bali with every village and auspicious natural setting having a small or large temple depending upon the local prosperity.

Have you been to any temples in Bali and like to share your thoughts about it? Leave your comment at the bottom of this page.

Balinese Hinduism is quite different to Indian Hinduism, and is much more influenced by animism, by spirits and demons that are believed to exist everywhere and who need offerings made to them daily to keep in balance.

Sarongs must be worn in every Bali temple, and, in respect to the chauvinism of Balinese Hinduism, menstruating women are requested not to enter. There does not appear to be any desire of the Balinese to change this gender discrimination.

Following is a list of some of the more famous and important temples in Bali. Click on the link in GREEN to go their page on this site.

Bedugal temple complex

Bedugal temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan people

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in the Bedugal temple complex is very famous and popular with tourists and has a lovely park in which to relax, as well as a kids’ playground where they can be entertained while the parents take in the temples.

Here you will find that famous, 11 tired Bali temple in the lake that is currently on dry land due to low water levels!

Pura Besakih
Pura Besakih Bali temple 1a

Stairway to heaven in Besakih

Pura Besakih, the ‘mother’ temple, is by far the largest and most important of the temple complexes in Bali. With over 50 different temples here, Besakih is a day trip on its own. About 2.5 hours north from Denpasar.

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Pura Uluwatu

The Pura Uluwatu temple on the Uluwatu cliffs overlooking one of Bali’s best surf breaks, is something of a wonder.

Without the spires and peaks of other big temples in Bali, this seems to be way more active, religiously, than other Bali temples.

Uluwatu temple complex buildings

The temple on the Uluwatu cliffs

With lots of cheeky monkeys ready to steal anything loose and colourful, one needs to be careful with your things. There are lots of places to eat here. Check out Uluwatu beach after here.

About an hour from the Denpasar tourist strip, this is well worth a visit. They also have nightly performance renactments of the Ramayana myth.

Pura Gunung Kawi eastern cliff

Pura Gunung Kawi

Pura Gunung Kawi is more of a shrine to dead kings and queens than the usual, more Hindu focussed Bali temple, with shrines carved into the cliffs of a ravine split by a refreshingly cool river.

Kintamani temple complex

The Kintamani temple complex is perched on a cliff overlooking Lake Batur and is stunning, and about 2 hours north of the southern tourist area.

Pura Tuluk Biyu Batur temple entrance

Kintamani temples on the cliff overlooking Batur lake

There are two temples next to each other dating back nearly 1200 years.

More temples in Bali will be added to this over time.

See Bali Fun Day Tours for more ideas of fun ways of exploring Bali temples and other places of interest.

By Mark O’Brien, September 2015

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