Bali is island that is also said to have the element of paradise. It is so full of life while still delivering the tranquility full of wonder. Bali is also famous for its temples dotting around the coasts and highlands. They are sacred and mostly old-centuries architectures. Aside from beautiful architectures what makes temples in Bali more beautiful is majestic backdrops provided by Mother Nature. Bali is now opened for tourists from 19 countries. And if you plan on visiting Bali in the near future, here are recommendations of temples you must put in your itinerary:
Tanah Lot Temple
This is one of the best temples in Bali because of its unique location. It is an ancient Hindu temple located offshore. It perfectly sits on top of an outcrop amidst accompanied by crashing waves from the Indian ocean. It is about forty minutes drive from Kuta. Its opening hours is from 7 am to 7 pm. Most people visit this temple during sunset. However, you can also do it early in the morning to enjoy morning breeze from the ocean along with the sunrise.
This temple also serves beautiful view of the ocean. However, it is located on top of the cliff, which makes it more interesting and beautiful. It sits 70 meters above the crashing waves. With its elevated perch, you can see broader seascapes from this temple. Surrounding the temple is gray long-tailed macaques inhabiting the dense forest. Its opening hour is from 9am to 6pm. During sunset hours, you may get to enjoy Ramayana ballet or kecak shows from the perfect viewpoint here.
Goa Gajah Temple
This is one of the most unique temples in Bali due to its complex architecture and historical significance in general. Goa Gajah means Elephant Cave. However, do not expect for elephant here. This temple was built in 11th century and contains meditating spaces and stone idols. The inside of this temple is very interesting because you will find many historical significance such as gallery of stone relics, ancient bathing pool, statues of nymphs, and many more. Its opening hour is from 8am to 4pm.
Tirta Empul Temple
This is a national cultural heritage site that dates back to 960 AD during Warmadewa dynasty, the old Balinese Kingdom. Tirta Empul means holy spring water which actually describe the setting. There is water source located within the temple flowing into purification baths, pools, fish ponds and the Tukad Pakerisan River nearby. Its opening hour is from 9am to 5pm.
It is often referred to as Bali’s mother temple. Over 70 celebrations are held every year here. It is a grand complex of different clan temples and shrines. Each shrine has its own anniversary so that’s why there are so many celebrations each year here. The most popular and most visited complex include Pura Penataan Agung, Pura Pengubengan, and Pura Pasimpangan. To visit the temple, you need to wear sarongs or sashes as they are the compulsory attires. Its opening hour is from 8am to 5pm.