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BALI: 9 Favorite Temples

Bali is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating places in Asia and it is not surprising that it attracts millions of visitors every year. They come from all over the world attracted by its party, its beaches, rice fields, gastronomy, people … and in this case what concerns us: its incredible temples. 

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Pura Tanah Lot


Pura Luhur Uluwatu


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan


Pura Tirta Empul


Pura Gunung Kawi


Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang


Pura Besakih


Pura Goa Gajah


Pura Ulun Danu Batur

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Bali has thousands of temples, the area of ​​the world with the highest density of them in fact. Most of them are beautiful and interesting but there are some that for some reason stand out from the others. After my multiple visits to the island (already around 8 still counting) these are my favorites and the ones you can’t miss.

1- Pura Tanah Lot

8°37'16.4"S 115°05'12.6"E
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Probably when people think of Bali, the temple of Pura Tanah Lot is one of the images that is associated with the culture and religion of the island. Before visiting Bali, this temple was one of the ones I wanted to visit the most, I found a temple on a rock in the sea very suggestive. However I must admit that the first time I saw it I was incredibly disappointed by the number of people with whom I shared the visit. On the other hand, the size of the parking lot and the town made up of hundreds of shops is nothing like what the traveler has in mind. However, even if full of people, the temple is very special and spectacular if you visit it at dusk. 


Entrance fee:

Adult, IDR 60,000 / person.

Child, IDR 30,000 / person

Temples are actually found everywhere in the island, you just have to take your scooter and explore. This one was in the north, close to Amed.

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2- Pura Luhur Uluwatu

8°49'45.2"S 115°05'05.4"E
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The next temple is also a favorite of visitors. On the peninsula south of Bali and in the area called Uluwatu, Pura Uluwatu is found. This time I was more realistic on the amount of tourism and I did not mind visiting it together with many other tourists. For me, in terms of views this is probably the best temple in Bali. Sunset on this 70 meter cliff is one thing you cannot miss on your visit to Bali. The temple also has daily Balinese dances at dusk.


Adult, IDR 30,000 / person.

Child, IDR 20,000 / person.

Uluwatu temple Kecak dance tickets, IDR 100,000 / person.

3- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

8°16'30.6"S 115°10'00.3"E

This temple is also one of the most popular views in Bali. It has often been used as a postcard to represent the island and its mysticism. Although I have to admit that in my opinion the temple itself is not as remarkable as the environment itself. Ulun Danu temple is located directly on the Beratan Bedugul lake which is a spectacular lake inside a gigantic crater.


Adult entry fee, IDR 50,000 / person.

Child entry fee, IDR 25,000 / person.


4- Pura Tirta Empul

8°24'56.8"S 115°18'54.5"E

Once again one of the images with which the traveler visiting this Indonesian island for the first time may be familiar with. Literally translated as “sacred spring”, it is located, as expected, directly above a spring that can be clearly seen in one of its pools. The activity to which the locals are engaged is to bathe in all the fountains from the image, bowing their heads 3 times.

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Of course the tourists unite without hesitation thus creating large queues. I personally recommend visiting the temple just before closing to have a more intimate and spiritual experience (the temple closes at 17:00).

Entrance 50,000 IDR per person


people praying in water temple

5- Pura Gunung Kawi

8°25'21.8"S 115°18'44.7"E

This was undoubtedly one of my favorite temples since there were fewer people and from the entrance it was difficult to imagine that the temples would be so beautiful. The entire complex is a set of various temples on both sides of a river. The truth is that being surrounded by jungle and a small waterfall the site is idyllic. I highly recommend this temple also because it allows you to walk inside it and explore the whole area.


Entry fee, IDR 15,000 / person.

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6- Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang

8°23'29.3"S 115°37'52.3"E

This is probably one of the most photographed in Bali and by far the most disappointing. In Pura Lempuyan we can find the famous door with the image of the Agung volcano in the back. The truth is that the picture is spectacular but it is a bit spoiled by the number of tourists queuing to take theirs. If you intend to visit it, do it very early in the morning or outside rush hours or prepare to wait around two hours in line. 

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On the other hand, the temple complex allows you to take a short walk and see the surroundings, but without a doubt the main attraction is the door. It is also a key place for the Balinese religion since it belongs to one of the Sad Kahyangan Jagad or one of the 6 most sacred worship points on the island.

Entry fee, Donation

lempuyan temple door

7- Pura Besakih

8°22'27.1"S 115°27'03.7"E

This is for the Balinese culture the most relevant temple on the island. In fact it is called the mother temple and it is made up of 26 different temples that mix with each other, the Pura Penataran Agung being the most relevant. It is also located in a very iconic enclave for the Balinese culture since it is on the slopes of the Agung volcano and is organized on 6 different levels. Every year numerous festivals are held in this temple that attract believers from all over the island.


Entry fee, 60,000 IDR per person

Mother temple besakih

8- Pura Goa Gajah

8°31'24.5"S 115°17'13.8"E
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The Goa Gayah temple literally translates as the elephant cave and is famous for the large face carved on the wall that can be seen in the photo. In addition to the famous image, it is possible to walk around the temple and find some natural fountains and other interesting buildings.

 Entry fee, IDR 15,000 / person.

9- Pura Ulun Danu Batur

8°15'17.0"S 115°20'11.1"E

The last temple on the list is Ulun Danu Batur and is also crucial to the Balinese Hindu religion. This temple aims to maintain the stability and harmony of the island and marks the north direction. It is also dedicated to the god Vishnu and the local goddess Dewi Danu who is the goddess of Lake Batur.

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The original temple was destroyed and relocated to its current position in 1926. I remember that it was a very interesting visit for me since it is not a very touristy and I was able to get a closer look at Balinese culture in a ritual that was taking place. The location also, on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Batur lake, is spectacular and the views will not be forgotten.


Entry fee, IDR 35,000 / person (weekend 50.000)


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There are many temples in Bali and all are in an incredible good condition due to their constant maintenance. Visiting them is undoubtedly one of the most interesting things to do in this Indonesian gem. 


Finally some advice to visit the temples in Bali.


  1. Always carry a Sarong with you (traditional Balinese fabric that is placed as a skirt) otherwise you must rent one every time you enter a temple and it might cost you even more.
  2. Sometimes the most famous temples are full during the noon or mid-afternoon hours but surprisingly empty at sunset or very early in the morning. Try to arrange your schedule to visit them in the quietest hours and have a more quiet and authentic experience.
  3. Respect the locals in their places of worship, such as not making noise or dirtying.
  4. Dare to explore not only the best-known temples on the island but any other that catches your attention. Often houses have their own temples which can be interesting, if you see their owners nearby talk to them and they will be happy to show them to you.

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