17 Best Bali Temple Tours: A Spiritual Journey through Indonesia’s Top Temples

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If you’re visiting Bali for the tropical weather, rice-terraced landscapes and beachy vibes, you’ll soon start to find that a visit to the Indonesian temples (also known as ‘Pura‘ in Bali) add to a richer more cultural and spiritual experience on your island getaway.

ok, So how am I going to visit all these beautiful temples? The combination of these 4 BALI TEMPLE TOURS below, allows you to see at least 10 of the 13 Temples on this list and other awesome Bali must-see locations.

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Lempuyang temple Gates of Heaven Bali Temples in Bali

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TOUR 1: INSTAWORTHY BALI TEMPLE TOURS

🛕Visit Bekasih Temple, Tirta Gangga and Lempuyang Gates of Heaven Temple

🛕Admire the Gateway to Heaven at Lempuyang Temple

🛕Visit Tirta Gangga, the royal water palace with ponds with lotus and koi fish

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Pura Tanah Lot sunset photography with pink and orange sunset lighting

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TOUR 2: SACRED BALI TEMPLES TOURS

🛕Visit Goa Gajah Temple, Gunung Kawi, Tirta Empul, Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot Temple

🛕Have a purification blessing at Tirta Empul holy spring

🛕Experience a magnificent sunset and see a temple floating on water at Tanah Lot

🛕Private, full-day tour

🛕Includes hotel transfers, sarongs at temples & entrance fees

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 Handara Gate

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TOUR 3: BALI NORTHERN CHARM TEMPLES & SIGHTS TOUR

🛕Visit Lake Bratan, Handara Gate, and a gorgeous waterfall and end your journey on an infamous Bali swing on a hidden hill

🛕Soak in sight of Ulun Danu temple sitting on a small lake island.

🛕Take an instaworthy pic in front of Handara Gate

🛕Private, full-day tour, includes hotel transfers, & entrance fees

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Kecak fire dance

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TOUR 4: BALI ULUWATU SUNSET, FIRE DANCE & JIMBARAN BAY DINNER

🛕Watch a spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean at Uluwatu Temple

🛕See the sacred “kecak” fire dance performed on the cliffside, adjacent to the temple.

🛕End your evening with a barbecue seafood dinner at scenic Jimbaran Bay

🛕Private, half-day tour, includes hotel transfers, & entrance fees

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📖READ MORE ABOUT BALI TEMPLES: 15 Best Temples in Bali: Exploring Bali’s Spiritual Essence

The must-see temples in Bali are such an important part of Balinese life and culture that a visit to them is a great way of gaining some insight into how the locals live.

There are over 20 000 Pura in Bali, so doing at least one of these Bali temple tours allows you to see at least more than one on your trip!

Check out this custom map of all the Bali temples listed in this article

Besides revelling in architectural beauty, most of the Hindu temples in Bali are located on unusual sites. This makes for incredible photographic opportunities, as there are natural scenic backdrops on the water’s edge, on the edge of a cliff or even surrounded by thousands of monkeys or a volcano!

📖RELATED READ: The Ultimate Bali Bucket Listall the best things to do in Bali

TRAVELIST TIP: Visiting every single temple might be a shade unrealistic. Temple fatigue is all too real, hence why Bali temple tours allow for a good combination of different temple styles and views and often also include other non-temple related activities too. You could also customize your trip if you select that option.

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Uluwatu Temple

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Uluwatu Temple at sunset

Uluwatu is one of the most famous temples in Bali. It is located on the edge of a 280 ft (70 m) cliff and makes for the perfect location to watch the sun setting over the horizon in the evenings.

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💥TOP PICK: Uluwatu Temple Sunset with Kecak Dance and Dinner at Jimbaran Bay

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Uluwatu Temple at Sunset

Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu temple

Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Bay

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ULUWATU TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta South which is East of the Bukit Badung Peninsula, the Southern Peninsula of Bali.

💰ENTRANCE FEES: IDR 40 000 (Indonesian Rupiah) is the fee to visit one of the most famous Bali temples.

OPENING TIMES: Daily for visitors from 9 am to 6 pm, for pilgrims: 24 hours.

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Bali Sunset: Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay (5 Star Rated & 1154 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Bali: South Coast Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, and Jimbaran Day Trip (4.7/5 Star Rated & 478 Reviews)

Uluwatu Bali is one of the nine Balinese temples that defend the island from bad spirits. Constructed approximately 1000 years ago in a traditional Balinese style, Uluwatu is a place of worship to Siva Rudra, the Balinese God of all elements of life and universe.

This Bali Hindu temple attracts hundreds of visitors every single day, some just visit to admire the beauty of the temple, some are pilgrims and others merely for the jaw-dropping sunset cliff edge landscape.

The Uluwatu temple Bali surrounds is inhabited by many monkeys, these mischievously cute critters are said to be protectors of the temple, but are also equally villainous thieves.

TRAVELIST TIP: Monkeys are often attracted by shiny objects like sunglasses, cameras, and watches; tourists are strongly recommended to watch and hold on dearly to their belongings.

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📖RELATED READ: 24 Epic Places to Watch a Magical Sunset in Bali

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot is probably the most well known and popular of the must-see temples in Bali given its easily accessible location and awe-inspiring oceanic landscape backdrop.

📖RELATED READ: Sunset at Tanah Lot + 4 ways to avoid the crowds

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💥TOP PICK: Full-Day Tanah Lot Tour incl Waterfalls, Lakes and Rice Terraces

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Tanah Lot Temple at Sunset

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls- Beautiful crystal clear & serene Waterfalls

UNESCO Jatiluwih Rice Terraces- offers a beautiful view of contoured rice terraces

Amazing panorama of Twin Lakes (Tamblingan Lake and Buyan Lake)

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TANAH LOT TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Tanah Lot is located in Beraban, Kecamatan Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali

💰ENTRANCE FEES: IDR 60,000 for adult foreign visitors and IDR 20,000 for adult domestic tourists.

OPENING TIMES: Tanah Lot temple opening hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Full Day Tanah Lot Tour incl Waterfalls, Lakes and Rice Terraces(5 Star Rated & 1757 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Bali: Sacred Temples and Sunset Private Tour (4.8/5 Star Rated & 323 Reviews) 3RD PICK: Private Ubud Tour: Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot (4.8/5 Star Rated & 589 Reviews)

This water temple in Bali is perched atop a coral rock and is only accessible to close-up view during low tide. Once the tide comes in the surrounding rock is covered by the ocean and gives the impression of the sea temple floating on the ocean.

Tanah Lot Temple at sunset
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Besakih Temple

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Besakih Temple

Perched on the slopes of Bali’s largest volcano, Mount Agung, lies a collection of temples that make up Indonesia’s most prominent temple complex.

Considered to be the holiest of all temples in Bali, Besakih ‘Mother Temple’ is located some 3000 ft (914m) up Gunung Agung in East Bali.

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💥TOP PICK: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour

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Visit the ‘Mother of all’ Besakih Temple with panoramic views

Admire the ancient Gateway to Heaven at Lempuyang Temple and snap some magical photos

Visit Tirta Gangga, the most beautiful former royal water palace

Enjoy an optional buffet lunch while overlooking Mt Agung, river and rice fields

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BESAKIH TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih) is in the village of Besakih, Rendang Sub-district, Karangasem District, Bali.

💰ENTRANCE FEES: The entrance fee to the Pura Besakih temple is IDR 60 000

OPENING TIMES: Daily from 8 am to 6 pm for tourists and 24 hours for worshippers.

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour (4.8/5 Star Rated & 1294 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Off the Beaten Path Temples and Traditional Village Tour (4.7/5 Star Rated & 65 Reviews)

Just like the mountains that defend it, the Besakih temple in Bali boasts sensational magnitude that will overwhelm you at first glimpse. It is on 6 levels and comprises 23 temples, with their core being Pura Penataran Agung.

Mother Temple offers gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes and rice terraces. Take your time here and take in as much as you can at different levels. This Hindu temple in Indonesia is a must-visit!

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

With red floral lined gardens, lush grassy shores and a mountainous landscape with skies sprinkled with clouds aplenty, this picturesque water temple makes for a postcard-perfect destination.

Located up in the mountains, approximately 1200m above sea level, this temple complex is truly a natural haven for serene and tranquil vibes. Nestled under the shadow of Mount Batur, this is a surprisingly cool location in comparison to the sweltering humidity of most of the other temples.

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💥TOP PICK: Full-Day Ulun Danu and Water Temples with UNESCO Rice Terraces Tour

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See Ulun Danu Bratan floating on Lake Beratan

Visit the lush green paradise of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Visit Luhur Batukaru Temple on the foothills of Mount Batukaru the second-highest volcano in Bali

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Tanah Lot Temple is the to see the best sunset in Bali. It lies on the ocean that you can access only when it is in low tide

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ULUN DANU TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: This Bali temple on the water is located in Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali.

💰ENTRANCE FEES: This Mengwi Temple Bali entrance fee to visit one of the best Bali temples is IDR 50 000.

OPENING TIMES: 7 am to 7 pm for this Bendugul temple Bali hosts.

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Full Day Ulun Danu and water temples with UNESCO Rice Terraces Tour(5 Star Rated & 1145 Reviews) 2ND PICK: North Bali: Sunrise Tour with Dolphins, Waterfalls & Temples Tour (4.6/5 Star Rated & 696 Reviews) 3RD PICK: Waterfalls and Ulun Danu Temple Tour (5 Star Rated & 80 Reviews)

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Batuan Temple

Pura Desa Batuan Temple

Pura Desa Batuan Temple Bali is one of the most popular and beautiful village temples which forms part of three major temples called Tri Kahyangan. It’s designed with the signature Balinese architecture with split gates, stone guardians, thatched shrines and detailed carvings.

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💥TOP PICK: Traditional Village, Temples, Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces and Waterfall Tour

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Experience how Traditional Balinese Batik weaving is processed in traditional ways and Celuk Village to learn about Balinese silver and gold jewellery making

Visit Puseh Batuan Temple – Ancient Hindu village temple

Visit the Monkey Forest and Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Get refreshed at the Tegenungan Waterfalls

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BATUAN TEMPLE

📍LOCATION:  Pura Puseh Batuan temple is located in Jalan Raya Batuan, Batuan, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali.

💰ENTRANCE FEES: There are no specific entrance fees, but a donation is highly recommended

OPENING TIMES: Daily for visitors from 9 am to 6 pm.

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: This is a smaller temple so it’s best combined with other attractions. TOP PICK: Traditional Village, Temples, Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces and Waterfall Tour (5 Star Rated & 2688 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Bali: Full-Day Trip to Penglipuran Village and Bamboo Forest (4.8/5 Star Rated & 108 Reviews) 3RD PICK: Bali: Ubud Rice Terraces, Temples and Volcano Day Trip (4.8/5 Star Rated & 1712 Reviews)

The Batuan Temple, referred to locally as Pura Puseh Batuan is a central landmark in the namesake village of Batuan, well-known for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. This is one of three village temples dedicated to the gods of the Hindu trinity.

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Pura Lempuyang Temple

Pura Lempuyang Temple

Lempuyang Luhur is one of the most photographed temples in Bali. This social media craze started with the first ‘Gates of Heaven’ shot with Mount Agung in the background. Now, thousands of visitors flock to this temple every day to capture their own version of the iconic shot.

Located in East Bali, Lempuyang Luhur is a complex consisting of seven temples, with the main temple, Pura Penataran Agung, sitting at 1,775 meters above sea level.

The significance of Lempuyang Luhur goes beyond its social media fame. It is an important Hindu temple that holds great spiritual importance for Balinese people. The name ‘Lempuyang’ means ‘lightning’ in Balinese, and it is believed that the temple was built as a form of protection against lightning strikes.

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💥TOP PICK: Bali Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour

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Tick off Bali’s main Instagram hotspots on one full-day trip

Explore Balinese culture and history with an expert local guide

Visit Lempuyang Temple and admire the majestic Mount Agung the highest volcano in Bali from the gate. This will be one of the most iconic photos of your trip.

Stop at Tirta Gangga Water palace to see the beautiful crystal-clear water garden

Enjoy the hidden waterfall of Tukad Cepung by walking through a valley and jungle pathway to see the waterfall just under the cave

Finally, conclude with Tegalalang Rice Terrace with its luxurious landscape of rice paddy fields.

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📍LOCATION: Pura Lempuyang Luhur Temple is located in Bunutan, Abang, Seraya Bar., Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali., there is also an IDR 45 000 shuttle bus fee for the trip from the parking lot to the temple.

OPENING TIMES:  Bali Lempuyang temple is open from 7 am to 6 pm.

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour (4.8/5 Star Rated & 4895 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Bali: Besakih Temple & Lempuyang Temple Gates of Heaven Tour (4.8/5 Star Rated & 1294 Reviews) 3RD PICK: Gates of Heaven and waterfall and beaches tour (5 Star Rated & 25 Reviews)

With the fast-growing tourism in Bali and the rising popularity of the Balinese temples, there are now significant lines to take the infamous photo that has made this Bali Lempuyang temple one of the best temples in Bali.

TRAVELIST TIP: Wear comfortable shoes to visit Lempuyang Temple Bali for the wait in line, It’s also important to wear a sarong (or rent one for IDR 10 000) and cover your shoulders.

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Tirta Empul Temple

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Tirta Empul Holy Springs

The sacred spring that feeds Pura Tirta Empul Bali provides holy water for priests and a dip here is also believed to bring good fortune and health. It’s also known as Tampaksiring temple

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💥TOP PICK: Best of Central Bali: Waterfall, Elephant Cave & Rice Fields

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See the beautiful temple of Tirta Empul and bathe in the Tampaksiring

Take a stroll through the Ceking Rice Terrace at Tegalalang in Ubud

Go for a swim in the waters of Tegenungan Waterfall

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Visit Goa Gajah the elephant cave

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TIRTA EMPUL TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Pura Tirta Empul temple is located in Jalan Tampaksiring, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali.

💰ENTRANCE FEES: The entry fee for the holy spring temple in Bali is IDR 15 000

OPENING TIMES: The opening times for Tirta Empul Temple are 7 am to 5 pm

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Best of Central Bali Waterfall, Elephant Cave & Rice Fields (4.9/5 Star Rated & 495 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Ubud All-Inclusive Tour with Optional Lunch (4.9/5 Star Rated & 634 Reviews) 3RD PICK: Bali Sacred Temples and Sunset Private Tour (4.8/5 Star Rated & 323 Reviews)

The Balinese visit to purify themselves in the waters of a spring that comes out from twelve pipes.  This water is considered to have healing properties. I suggest seeing the religious rituals performed in this temple.

Having a bath is allowed in only 10 out of the 12 pipes, as the other two are reserved for the deceased and their families.

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Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

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Saraswati Temple

Taman Saraswati is the temple of Bali that honours Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, literature, and art. It is located on the main street of the cultural capital of Bali, Ubud, so visiting this water temple in Ubud is, without a doubt, the best thing to do in the area.

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Begin at Pura Taman Saraswati, a beautiful water temple featuring classic Balinese architecture and impressive ponds filled with blooming pink lotuses

Then onto Gunung Kawi, one of Bali’s most unique archaeological sites. Gunung Kawi Temple is two rows of ancient royal tombs on the banks of the Pakerisan River

Travel to Kintamani to enjoy spectacular views of Mount Batur

Finally, end at one of Bali’s holy springs called Toya Devasya. An infinity hot spring pool sitting on the edge of Lake Batur

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PURI TAMAN SARASWATI TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is located in Jalan Kajeng, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali

💰ENTRANCE FEES: Free entry is noted for this Ubud water temple

OPENING TIMES: Daily for visitors from 7 am to 5 pm

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Ubud Half-Day Semi-Customized Private Tour with Guide 2ND PICK: Puri Saraswati Tour & Bali Natural Hot Spring

The breathtaking Saraswati Temple Ubud is located in the heart of the area and stands out mostly because of its lotus pond and water gardens.

Although the temple is on a busy street, the atmosphere inside of the compound is enigmatically calm. It is an extremely small but beautiful Saraswati temple Bali will not take you more than 10 minutes to visit.

The highlight is its entrance, flanked by the two ponds filled with lotus flowers and water lilies. Truly one of the most tranquil and best temples in Ubud.

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Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah Temple Bali Temple
Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah temple in Bali is known as the Elephant Cave or Elephant Temple Bali, and it is one of the most interesting temples to visit in Bali. The interesting part of this temple is in the name itself as it lacks any elephants. Its name is derived from the proximity of the Elephant River which too is free of any elephants.

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💥TOP PICK: Best of Central Bali: Waterfall, Elephant Cave & Rice Fields

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See the 7-meter tall Goa Gajah cave built on the cliff with unique and interesting carvings.

Visit the holy springs at Tirta Empul

Experience tranquillity at the lush green Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Get refreshed at the Tegenungan Waterfall

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GOA GAJAH TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: It is located in Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Bali, a 20 minutes drive from Ubud and one of the unique temples of Bali

💰ENTRANCE FEES: IDR 15 000 (Indonesian Rupiah) is the fee to visit this Bali temple.

OPENING TIMES: This temple is open 24 hours a day.

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Best of Central Bali: Waterfall, Elephant Cave & Rice Fields (4.9/5 Star Rated & 495 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Bali: Full-Day Spiritual Cleansing and Shamanic Healing Tour (4.8/5 Star Rated & 608 Reviews) 3RD PICK: Bali: Hidden Canyon, Waterfall & Temples (4.7/5 Star Rated & 475 Reviews)

The Elephant Cave Bali is carved from a rock wall face that resembles the huge mouth of an intimidating demon. Inside the temple, you’ll find a statue of the Hindu god, Ganesha. This is the true attraction.

Legend says that the Goa Gajah Bali sanctuary was created by the nails of a giant, whose name was Kebo Iwa.

Elephant temple Ubud is supposed to date back to the 11th century. This is one of the most unique and interesting temples in Indonesia.

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📖RELATED READ: Visiting the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces- a UNESCO Heritage Site

Taman Ayun Temple

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Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun temple gets its name from the fact that it is a beautiful garden. It also has a moat surrounding the temple and the lush vegetation of the area.

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💥TOP PICK: Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot Temple Sunset Tour

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Visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Taman Ayun Temple

Then head to Tanah Lot Temple and discover the most romantic view in Bali at sunset

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TAMAN AYUN TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Taman Ayun temple is located in Jalan Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kec. Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

💰ENTRANCE FEES: The entry fee for Pura Taman Ayun Bali is IDR 20 000.

OPENING TIMES: The opening hours for this Mengwi temple are 8 am to 6:15 pm

TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS: TOP PICK: Bali: Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot Temple Sunset Tour (4.6/5 Star Rated & 95 Reviews) 2ND PICK: Bali Monkey Forest, Mengwi Temple, and Tanah Lot Afternoon Tour (4/5 Star Rated & 123 Reviews) 3RD PICK: UNESCO World Heritage Temple Tours (5 Star Rated & 51 Reviews)

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Gunung Kawi Temple

Gunung Kawi Temple Bali Temple
Gunung Kawi Temple

Gunung Kawi is an ancient temple complex and is a unique archaeological site in Bali. The uniqueness is in the reliefs of the temples carved on the rock cliff.

Known for its “Candi”, which are shrines carved into the rock that serve as spiritual representations of the tombs of the royal family (the bodies are buried in a nearby cave).

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💥TOP PICK: Balinese Temples and Rice Terraces Tour

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Visit the 11th-century shines at Gunung Kawi

Experience a holy blessing in Tirta Empul’s temple holy spring

Taste Bali’s renowned Luwak coffee at a local plantation

Walk along the beautiful rice fields of Tegalalang

Spot the long-tailed macaques in a monkey forest

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GUNUNG KAWI TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Gunung Kawi temple is located in Sebatu, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali.

OPENING TIMES: The opening hours for this Sebatu temple are 8 am to 6 pm.

💰ENTRANCE FEES: IDR 50 000 (Indonesian Rupiah) is the fee to visit this magnificent Bali temple.

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To be able to reach the location of Gunung Kawi temple from the parking lot, visitors must walk by the footpath and approximately 371 stairs.

As you walk along the route and stairs, you can enjoy the scenery of rice fields and valleys with green trees.

This is also considered to be a holy spring, therefore if you are looking for the holy water properties, take a dip in the holy spring water here

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Tirta Gangga Water Palace

Tirta Gangga Temple
Tirta Gangga Water Place Temple

Tirta Gangga is one of the most popular temples in Bali Indonesia and again has become so due to some incredible photos making the rounds on social media.

This temple’s name means ‘sacred water of the Ganges’ and it’s known for its exquisite gardens brimming with exotic plants, rock sculptures, stunning ponds and fountains.

The most impressive area is a koi pond! This is the most coveted Instagram shot too! Here you’ll find small platforms over the water which allow you to step through to the majestic fountain of eleven falls.

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💥TOP PICK: Besakih, Mother of All Temples, Lempuyang & Tirta Gangga

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Visit Tirta Gangga, the most beautiful former royal water palace in Eastern Bali

Visit Besakih Temple, known as the mother temple of Bali

Admire the ancient Gateway to Heaven at Lempuyang Temple and snap some magical photos

Enjoy an optional buffet lunch while overlooking Mt Agung, river and rice fields

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TIRTA GANGGA TEMPLE

📍LOCATION: Tirta Gangga temple is located in Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat, Ababi, Abang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali

💰ENTRANCE FEES: IDR 50 000 (Indonesian Rupiah) is the fee to visit one of the most famous Bali temples.

OPENING TIMES: Daily for visitors from 8 am to 7 pm.

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Goa Lawah Temple

The temple of Pura Goa Lawah also known as Batcave Temple Bali in East Bali is centered around a cave inhabited by thousands of bats.

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Visit the Goa Lawah shrine cave where thousands of bats now call home

Learn about Bali’s Hindu culture and traditions

Visit 2 water temples

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GOA LAWAH

📍LOCATION: Goa Lawah temple is located in Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan, Kec. Dawan, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali.

💰ENTRANCE FEES: IDR 10 000 (Indonesian Rupiah) is the fee to visit the temple.

OPENING TIMES: This temple is open 24 hours.

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In front of the Goa Lawah temple Bali, which is across the main road, there is a black sand beach. From the beach shoreline, you can see the island of Nusa Penida.

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5 Reasons to Do Bali Temple Tours

Here are the key reasons why Bali temple tours are a must-do when in Indonesia:

  • Dive into Balinese Culture: Embarking on a Bali temple tour is like getting a front-row seat to traditional Balinese culture. You’ll witness first-hand the customs and rituals that make up the soul of this beautiful island. From observing religious ceremonies to joining in local celebrations, the experience is nothing short of enriching.
  • Step Back in Time: The temples of Bali aren’t just places of worship – they’re portals into the past. Many of these architectural marvels dating back to the 10th century or even earlier, each with its own tale to tell. A temple tour offers an insightful journey into Bali’s rich history and fascinating mythology.
  • Marvel at Majestic Architecture: Bali’s temples are a testament to the island’s architectural prowess. Their intricate details and unique designs are awe-inspiring, to say the least. Set amidst breathtaking natural landscapes, these temples provide panoramic views that are as spiritually uplifting as they are visually stunning.
  • Discover Hidden Gems: One of the best parts about a Bali temple tour? It takes you off the beaten path. While most tourists flock to the popular beaches, a temple tour lets you explore the lesser-known yet equally captivating corners of Bali. It’s a fantastic way to escape the crowds and experience Bali in its purest form.
  • Hassle-Free Exploration: Planning a DIY itinerary can be quite a task. With a Bali temple tour, you don’t have to worry about logistics. Everything from transportation to tickets is taken care of, leaving you free to immerse yourself in the experience.

In a nutshell, a Bali temple tour offers a unique, immersive, and hassle-free exploration of the island’s cultural, historical, and architectural highlights. It’s an adventure that promises to leave you enriched and inspired. So, pack your bags and get set for an unforgettable journey through the temples of Bali!

Temple Etiquette on Bali Temple Tours

Let’s dive right into the top things you need to know before visiting Bali’s magnificent temples:

  1. Dress Modestly: One of the most important things to remember when visiting Bali temples is to dress modestly. Both men and women are required to cover their shoulders and knees. In many temples, you’ll find sarongs available for rent or purchase at the entrance. I remember my first visit to the Uluwatu Temple, where I wrapped myself in a beautiful batik sarong that added an authentic touch to my temple tour!
  2. Respect the Temple Grounds: These temples are sacred places of worship for the Balinese people. Always walk on the designated paths and avoid touching any religious artefacts or structures. Refrain from climbing onto the temple structures for photos – it’s considered disrespectful.
  3. Mind Your Photography: While most temples allow photography, there are certain areas where it’s prohibited. Always look out for signs or ask a local guide if you’re unsure. Remember, these are places of worship first and tourist sites second. I’ve found that sometimes, putting the camera away and simply soaking in the beauty and serenity of these temples can be a deeply rewarding experience.
  4. Public Displays of Affection: In line with respecting local customs, avoid overt displays of affection within the temple premises. The Balinese people are known for their warm and welcoming nature, but it’s essential to respect their cultural norms in return.
  5. Understanding Local Customs: The Balinese follow unique customs that you may not be familiar with. For instance, women during their menstrual cycle are discouraged from entering the temples. Also, the head is considered the most sacred part of the body, so never touch someone’s head, not even children.
  6. Hiring a Local Guide: Consider hiring a local guide for your temple tour. Not only will they provide valuable insights about the history and significance of the temples, but they’ll also guide you on the dos and don’ts. I had an incredible guide during my visit to Besakih Temple who shared fascinating stories behind each shrine – it truly enriched my experience!
  7. Participation in Rituals: If you happen to visit during a ceremony or festival, you may be invited to participate. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Balinese culture. Just remember to follow the locals’ lead and respect their traditions. I recall being part of a purification ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple, where I followed the locals in making offerings and bathing in the holy water – it was an experience I’ll cherish forever!
  8. Donation Boxes: You’ll often find donation boxes at the entrance of temples. While it’s not mandatory, a small contribution goes a long way in helping maintain these ancient sites. Plus, it’s a nice way to show your appreciation for the enriching experience these temples provide.
  9. Respect the Wildlife: Many temples, like the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, are home to wildlife. While it’s exciting to see these creatures up close, remember to observe from a distance and avoid feeding or touching them. It’s about respecting their space as much as we respect the temples.
  10. Stay Hydrated and Protected: Bali can get quite hot, especially during the day. When you’re exploring temples, remember to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. Carry a water bottle and wear sun-protective clothing or use sunscreen. Trust me, nothing dampens a temple tour like a nasty sunburn!

Remember, the goal of visiting these temples is not just sightseeing, but also understanding and respecting the Balinese culture. These guidelines will help ensure you have a memorable and respectful temple tour experience in Bali. Happy exploring!

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And there you have it, fellow wanderers – a comprehensive guide to exploring the enchanting temples of Bali. These sacred sites are more than just places of worship; they’re windows into the soul of Bali, each with its own story to tell. From the majestic architecture to the captivating rituals, every moment spent in these temples is a step deeper into the heart of Balinese culture.

I hope this post has ignited a spark of curiosity and wanderlust within you. Trust me, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of standing amidst these ancient structures, taking in the breathtaking views, and immersing yourself in the serene atmosphere. It’s a journey of discovery that goes beyond sightseeing – it’s about connecting with a place and its people on a profound level.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to turn that travel dream into reality. Go ahead and book one (or more!) of these incredible Bali temples tours. Believe me, it’s an adventure you’ll look back on with a heart full of awe and a soul enriched with experiences. See you in Bali!

Safe travels and happy exploring!

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