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Not without a reason Bali is called the “Island of a Thousand Temples”. It is said that there are over 20,000 of them, which is just unbelievable. For this reason, no visit to Bali would be complete without a trip to see at least one of Bali’s temples.[box type=”info” size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Before visiting the temples, make sure you wear appropriate clothes. If you wear long pants or a long skirt you will need a sash tied around the waist. Locals are very sensitive about the way tourist dress, so please respect the local customs.[/box]
Here are our top 5 favourite Bali’s puras you can’t miss when exploring the island:
#1 Tanah Lot Temple.
Tanah Lot is one of the most picturesque spots in Bali and the best place to watch the sunset. It is placed at very scenic location- on a rock just offshore. It is said to be the work of revered 15th century Hindu priest Nirartha and forms an important element of Balinese spirtualism and mythology.
There are lots of stalls here where you can buy souvenirs, and the sellers are not pushy and they are a fair price. If you enjoy photography, you mustn’t miss the view. Even with all the tourists, it’s a serene, beautiful place to visit.[box]Entrance fee: 30000 rupiah ($2.63), free after 6 pm.[/box]
#2 Goa Lawah Temple.
It’s an interesting little temple, with the bats the main drawcard. You can clearly see the bats in the cave flying around, though you aren’t able to go into the cave itself (that is reserved for the priests).[box]Entrance fee: 6000 rupiah per person ($0.53).[/box]
#3 Ulun Danu.
After Tanah Lot, this is perhaps the most photographed temple on the island and is certainly one of the iconic images of Bali. It was built on the lake, nice scenery and unique. Locals will pray from the temple on shore and go all the way out to the temple on the lake by crossing two bridges.
Make sure to visit it in the morning, when the view is clear and the air is so fresh. Allow yourself a good 1 hour in this temple and enjoy it by walking alongside the beautiful lake. Contemplate the scenery. It’s one of the most beautiful serene places in Bali.[box]Entrance fee: 30,000 rupiah ($2.63).[/box]
#4 Besakih Temple (Mother Temple).
The Mother Temple of Besakih is the biggest Hindu temple in Bali located in East of Bali Region of Karangasem. t is a huge complex with multiple temples and is situated in a beautiful location. Mount Agung forms the background of this temple and the top of the mountain is mostly covered in mist. You get an awesome view of Bali from this temple.[box]Entrance fee: 10,000 rupiah ($0.88). Besakih Temple is open to visitors all year round during the official opening hours between 8 a.m. up to 5 p.m.[/box]
#5 Pura Luhur (Uluwatu) Temple.
This is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali. The inner sanctum of the temple is perched majestically on the edge of a steep cliff that towers above the legendary surf breaks of southern Bali. If you are around Bali don’t miss the chance to visit Uluwatu: the ocean, the cliff, the Kecak dance the sunset – a magnificent way to spend a couple of hours in Bali.[box]Entrance fee: 20,000 rupiah ($1.35).[/box]