Discover 5 Best Iconic Temple during Your Trip to Bali
Bali is known as an island with thousands of beautiful and exotic temples that worth a visit. You can see in every corner of the Balinese houses or even in the middle of the sea. Each temple has a unique architecture which is built according to traditional rules. However, temples in Bali can be quite unique in their own way, some giving a spiritual flavor with ancient figurines of demons and gods, while others boast outstanding beautiful architecture. Further, the best time to visit the temple attractions is when there is a religious ceremony.
Therefore, you will find out the ritual process of Hinduism in Bali. During the ceremony, you will see the decoration with many religious ornaments that you never see it before or in any places. Nevertheless, if you want to visit exotic temples in Bali, always remember to use appropriate clothes. For example by wearing a sarong and a scarf at the waist. Let’s take a look here 5 Exotic Temples that will impress you!
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1. Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the exotic temples in Bali that has natural beauty with stunning Tanah Lot Bali sunset. It is one of the best places in Bali to see unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. Further, Tanah Lot comes from the word “Tanah” which means land and “Lot” (Lod), which means the sea. Since it is positioned on the sea or on the beach like floating when the tidal seawater can be interpreted. Tanah Lot Temple is located in Beraban Village, Kediri District, Tabanan Regency. On the southern coast of the island of Bali, approximately 25 kilometers from Denpasar City. Tanah Lot Temple stands on a large sea reef overlooking the Indian Ocean.
In fact, the existence of this temple as a worship of God in His manifestation as the God of the Sea or the God of Baruna. For the safety and welfare of the world and the balance between the sea and the earth. The temple area and its surrounding temples are also known for its holy water. While visiting the temple, make sure to get some holy water sprinkled on you by one of the local priests or drink it yourself.
This temple is particularly beautiful for sunset pictures. So it is better to visit between 4 until 6 pm or early morning before 10 am. Lush tropical gardens as well as souvenir shops, restaurants and a cultural park that holds regular dances, are featured in Tanah Lo Temple. Several small temples are also in the area such as Batu Bolong and Penyawang, as well as residents temples.
2. Ulun Danu Temple
Ulun Danu Temple taken by two words, firstly Ulun means edge in while Danu means lake. So Ulun Danu temple means a temple on the lake. It is located at the edge of Beratan Blake, which is in the highland area about 1,200 meters above sea level. Therefore, you will feel fresh cool atmosphere than in the main city area. The location of the Ulun Danu Temple is on the west side of Lake Bedugul. The address is on Bedugul Highway, Candi Kuning, Baturiti District, Tabanan Regency. This temple is the perfect spot for pictures with a backdrop of Swiss looking mountains. The temple grounds with flower gardens and several temple buildings give a nice time to relax and recharge.
However, it is better to visit the temple in the early morning since this temple is a highlight on the tourist itinerary.
3. Taman Saraswati Temple
Taman Saraswati temple is a holy place for Hindus in Bali. According to its name, this temple is the place of worship of Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge). Taman Saraswati Temple is one of the popular tourist attractions in the central area of Ubud. The architect of Pura Taman Saraswati Ubud is by Mr. I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. While the construction of the Saraswati temple at the behest of Prince Ubud Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati. Mr. I Gusti Nyoman Lempad is a sculpture artist and architect. In 1951 the construction of Pura Taman Saraswati began and the construction was completed in 1952.
The location of the Saraswati Ubud temple is on Jalan Kajeng, Ubud. Location of the temple adjacent to Lotus Cafe and Starbuck. If you depart from the tourist attractions of Kuta Bali to the location of the Saraswati Ubud temple. You will travel approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Taman Saraswati Temple also featured by the bridge over a pond filled with lotus flowers on both sides. On the other hand, it is a good opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping streets and take some pictures of this classical Balinese style temple. Since the ponds with pink blooming lotuses and the beautiful entrance. Likewise the temple is free of charge. However, wearing proper clothes for a visit is a must, e.g. a Sarong and a sash around the waist.
4. Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple has status of a Sad Kahyangan Jagat Temple or a supporting axis of the Bali island’s wind. Location of the temple is on a rock hill with a height of about 97 meters above sea level. Since the temple positioned on a rock hill it makes all tourists who come to visit not only enjoy the sacred and religious atmosphere, but also beautiful and unique scenery. The location of the Uluwatu Luhur temple is precisely in Pecatu village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali.
Besides offering a magnificent ocean view with rock hill, you can also watch performances of Balinese Kecak Dance. Moreover, there are 50 – 100 people dancing in this Uluwatu Kecak Performance. Kecak dancers will sit in a circle and wear a black and white sarong. This dance usually telling a story of Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic story.
The temple can be accessed through either the Northern or the Southern entrance. In addition, you will meet bunch of monkeys which locally believes as a guardian of the temple from evil spirits. So whenever you visit this temple it is advised to leave shiny objects in the bag. The best time to visit the temple for great photo shoots is at sunset time. After taking some pictures, you can enjoy a Kecak Dance Performance as well as start between 6 – 7pm on the cliff-top.
5. Besakih Temple
Besakih Temple or Pura Agung Besakih is a place of worship for Hindus in Bali. Besides, you will find out not only one temple, but many temples. Therefore, Besakih Temple regarded as the largest temple in Indonesia. The location of Besakih Temple is in Besakih Village, Rendang District, Karangasem Regency, Bali. Situated on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung, Bali´s Volcano, it gives a picturesque setting for photographers and amateurs alike. More than 1,000 years old and 1,000 metres high, the temple features a unique compound that comprises around 86 temples. Including the main Pura Penataran Agung, the Great Temple of State, and 18 other temples.
Besakih Temple is the biggest and holiest temple on Bali. And it has breathtaking and scenic nature, including rice paddies, hills, mountains, rivers and jungles. For the Balinese visiting Besakih Temple is a special pilgrimage. The many stairs leading up to it, also pass by the many temples that are part of the complex. And with Mount Agung in the backdrop the location gets a mystical flair around it. Also features three temples that are representing the holy trinity Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the destroyer. The name of the temple refers to the dragon deity ‘Naga Besukian’, which is commonly believed to inhabit Mount Agung. Nevertheless, several eruptions of the volcano passed by the temple complex without destroying. It completely and it will be restore to its full beauty. Locals believe that this were the Gods demonstrating their power to their devotees.