Bali is well known for its beautiful and enchanting temples, which are commonly referred as “Pura” in Balinese. A visit to this island would not be complete without a trip to see at least a couple of them. We have listed the best and most famous temples including pictures, rules for visitors and which clothes we should wear during temple visits.
Tirta Empul – Holy Springs at Tampak Siring
Tirta Empul, one of the largest and classified as the busiest water temple in Bali. Located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar regency it is about 45 minutes drive from Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. For more than 1.000 years, the Balinese have been coming to this sacred place for ritual purification. Legend has it that Indra, one of Hindu Gods created the spring that feeds the 13 fountains of the temple and infused the waters with magical power. The local Balinese believe by doing a self-cleaning in the holy water can bring good health and fortune. Visitors will need to wear a sarong before enter the temple complex. These are available for rent at the entrance to the temple.
Tirta Empul is open daily a week between 09.00 am – 5.00 pm
Pura Besakih – Mother Temple Of Bali
Largest of all the temples of Bali, “Pura Besakih” is the mother temple of the island. Located in Besakih village in Karangasem – to the east of Bali, this temple is the most important and considered as the holiest temple for the Balinese. A visit to this extensive temple complex should not be missed. This 1.000 years old temple is located 1.000 meters above the sea level on the slopes of the sacred mountian, Gunung Agung, the tallest mountain and highest volcano in Bali. Stairs ascend through a monumental split gate or Candi Bentar to the courtyard of the main temple “Pura Panataran Agung” where the central shrine is dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. There are many other shrines to explore that are open to the public, while some inner courtyards are reserved for worship and closed to visitors. Balinese has their own traditional clothing and etiquette to enter the holy places. Visitors are required to wear a sarong and sash before entering the temple area. In respect of local custom, the wearing of singlet, tight t shirts and mini tops and the like, is not permitted.
Pura Besakih is open daily a week between 08.00 am – 5.00 pm
Pura Ulun Danu – Batur
Known as a floating Pagoda, this amazing Balinese temple appears like floating on the lake. The compound is located on the shores of the lake Beratan, with some shrines standing out in the water. When the water level rises to its full capacity the shrines appear to be floating. Located about 1.200 meters above sea level in the village of Bedugul, approximately a 90 minutes driving from Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. The lake is the ultimate source of water for rivers and springs that irrigate the rice fields of Central Bali and is therefore of the utmost importance. The temple is dedicated to the e Goddess of lakes and rivers “Dewi Batari Ulun Danu”. Tourists are welcomed to visit. However, in respect of Balinese customs, a sarong and sash must be worn when visiting this holy place.
Pura Ulun Danu Batur is open daily a week between 08.00 am – 6.00 pm
Pura Luhur Uluwatu – Beyond The Golden Sunset
Another of the most iconic Balinese temples is Pura Luhur Uluwatu. This temple is located on the edge of high cliff and facing to the Indonesia ocean and popularly known as the best place to enjoy and photograph the mesmerizing sunset of Bali. Uluwatu consists of two Balinese words “Ulu” which means high place or edge and “Watu” means stone. The steep cliff, ocean view and the sunset are extremely beautiful. Arriving before sunset allows us to explore the spectacular location, sunset and surrounding area. Here one may also view the combination of the ancient rituals and dance drama of the stunning “Kecak & Ramayana Dance performance”. Visitors are expected to wear a sarong and sash that are provided at the temple entrance to cover.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is open daily a week between 09.00 am – 7.00 pm
Pura Luhur Lempuyang – Starway To Heaven
Spend a whole day exploring Lempuyang Temple, one of Bali’s oldest temple. Known for its natural beauty and cultural heritage, it is also believed as one of Bali’s most iconic temple on the island. Located in East Bali, in the foot of Mount Agung in Karangasem, approximately 2 hours drive from Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. It has a unique iconic gate overlooking Mount Agung. To reach the temple, visitors need to climb of over 1,700 steps, the stairway to heaven. However the trek offers many panoramic views and impressive sights along the way. All visitors are required to wear sarong and sash. These are provided outside the temple entrance.
Lempuyang Temple is open daily a week between 08.00 am – 5.00 pm