To discover a different culture in a different land is perhaps one of the greatest educations one can have. Here in Bali, the culture is rich, alive, visible. It is one of the reasons this island will forever be a place of genuine discovery and intrigue for people around the world.
The island of Bali in Indonesia is the most visited destination in the country, not to mention the island has attractions for every taste and budget. Bali is an island that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
If you are planning a trip to Bali and you probably wondering what to do in Bali or what the best places to see are, here is a list of the 5 must see temples in Bali that you cannot miss.
5 Must See Temples in Bali
Uluwatu Temple - One of the main attractions of Bali, the Uluwatu temple is located at one end of the island, on the edge of a cliff. It is a mystical and beautiful place to meet in the late afternoon when the sun goes down.
Anyone who wants can also enjoy a Balinese dance show "Kecak Dance Show" that takes place on the spot. Kecak Dance Show is one of the most popular presentations that takes place daily in the Uluwatu Temple, including panoramic views of the ocean. Dancers (all men) sit in a circle and make sounds only with their mouths, while the dancers do an incredible show, using every part of their bodies, moving their eyes and making beautiful gestures with their hands.
Performance takes place every night at 6pm. Also check out Ubud Palace performances at Water Temple, also in Ubud.
Cost Adult IDR 30.000 / person
Child IDR 20.000 / person
Kecak Dance IDR 100.000 / person
TANAH LOT TEMPLE
Tanah Lot Temple -Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks. The temple was built of stones that are "in the middle of the sea" and famed for its unique setting. When the tide is low it is possible to go to the place, but when it is high the temple is isolated. The sunset from here is one of the most beautiful on the island.
Adult IDR 60.000 / person
Child IDR 30.000 / person
PURA ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple - This temple is located in the heart of Bali. This Ulun Danu Bratan Temple is a temple complex on the shores of lake Bratan in Bedugul and surrounded by mountains. This temple has significant meaning to the local people. Leaving from the city of Ubud, it takes about two hours by car to reach the temple but this temple totally worth it as the temple is one of the most iconic landmarks in Bali.
PURA BESAKIH TEMPLE or MOTHER TEMPLE
Pura Besakih Temple - Pura Besakih is a complex of temples in the village of Besakih, Besakih temple is the mother of the all temples in Bali Island. The temple was built on the South slopes of Mount Agung, the principal volcano of Bali, Indonesia. Pura Besakih is the most important, the largest and most sacred temple of the Hindu religion in Bali, and one of a series of Balinese temples. If you go on a clear day, you will be able to see the Mount Agung.
I have read a lot of negative reviews about Pura Besakih "being a real tourist trap". However if you still want to give it a try, here are a fews tips to help you have a great experience and not feel cheated at all.
1 - Make sure that you bring you own sarung "Women, Men and Children's" as the entrance fee is not included sarung like many other temple offer.
2 - Make sure you bring some small change just in case that you need to use the toilet as there will be a small charge for using the toilets.
3 - It is recommended going there with a driver plus license guide,so that you do not need to hire local guide there.
PURA LEMPUYANG TEMPLE
Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang: is a Balinese Hindu temple or pura located in the slope of Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem, Bali. Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang is considered as part of a complex of pura surrounding Mount Lempuyang, one of the highly regarded temples of Bali.
This temple has become incredible busy in recent months with the increase of social media photos taken there. There is even a great queuing system so that everyone can get a great photo with a perfect view of the volcano through the gates on a clear day.
I would recommend that you hire your own vehicle (preferably a motorbike as traveling by cars in Bali can be terribly). If you are not comfortable riding a scooter, there are plenty of taxi driver that will be willing to take you around the island for around 35 dollar per day, that include driver of course and petrol. Alternatively you can use App Grab which is like UBER. Grab is the cheapest airport transfer.
How do you book a Grab in Bali?
Few thing to take note.
1 - Do not book grab if the hotel does not permit, you can walk down a metres down the street and you will able to hop onto one without any issues.
2 - Make sure you have wifi/data access as there are so many tiny/side streets in Bali that sometimes your driver would be misled into different street. In fact, wait for your ride along the main street.
3 - Never pay more than the Grab App suggests because some driver will argue that it does not worth the ride for them or some other excuses, instead let them cancel the ride and book another one.