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Pura Besakih, Bali

  • Besakih temple, the mother temple of Bali for more than 1000 years is on a great height of 1000 meters above the sea level on the slopes of the famous mount in Bali that is Mount Agung. A unique temple complex that showcases brilliant architectural as well as artistic aspects includes 86 temples and the main temple is Pura Penataran Agung and 18 others. 

    The biggest temple on the island is Besakih that is peacefully flanked by extensive rice fields, mountains, streams, valleys and hills. Balinese people believe that the visit to Besakih is an irreplaceable act of pilgrimage. Since the location of the temple is a mountain, its features are not usual yet immaculate. As you proceed to the mountain through the stairs, you will reach the different tiers of temples depending on the types and functions.

    Structure of the temple: Besakih temple features three temples for the Hindu trinity. Pura Penataran Agung is dedicated for Shiva while Pura Kiduling Kreteg on the right side is for Brahma. Pura Batu Madeg is for Vishnu and located on the left. Pura Besakih has a lot of temples inside but many of the temples’ courtyards are for the pilgrims mostly. 

    The largest among the temples in the complex is Pura Penataran Agung has multiple areas representing seven layers of the universe. Pura Batu Madeg displays a central stone that indicates the area where the temple is sitting was already a holy place since ancient times.

    History of the temple: There is a legend saying that in the 8th century, a Hindustani monk got revelations in order to build homes for people during his isolation. Thus, the construction of a shelter started and during the process, many of his followers died due to illness as well as accidents. 

    When the construction was over, the structure got the name Basuki, the dragon deity inhabited Mount Agung and as time passed, the name was transformed into Besakih. The other shrines in the complex were built gradually and after years, Pura Besakih was proclaimed as the main temple during the conquering of Bali by the Majapahit Empire in the year of 1343.

    Highlights: Pura Besakih is the only one in Bali which is open to all equally from any caste group. It is because of the nature acting as the prime center for all ceremonies to be conducted. The temple was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995 but yet not conferred upon it. Other major feature of the temple is that it conducts around 70 ceremonies or celebration each year.

    Timings: The best time to visit the temple is early morning and in the evening. You can get a guide to visit and explore the temple complex by paying a certain amount. Also you have to wear sarongs and sashes before you enter the temple. You can get them for rent outside the complex.

    Location: Desa Besakih, Rendang, Besakih, Rendang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80863, Indonesia.


Attractions

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Jatiluwih Green Land

Jatiluwih Green Land is prominent for its scenic landscapes that are extremely exotic and dramatic. This was once the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate.

Highlights: You can take a full day tour to the Jatiluwih Green Land. Jatiluwih is the principal attraction here along with the other prominent highlights located here such as the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest and the Batukaru Temple. The picturesque Tanah Lot sea can also be visited towards the end of your day tour just in time when you can partake in the dinner shows with the backdrop of the splendid sunset. Halfway up the view is the very alluring view accredited to the 180 degrees of the gently sloping terraces that can be seen as far as your eyes go.

Location: Jatiluwih Green Land is located at about 700 meters above the sea level in the Tabanan regency of the Penebel district.

Timings: Open round the year.

Price: Entry to the Jatiluwih Green Land is free.

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Mount Batur

While you are in Bali you should picked this Kintamani tour which permits you to trek to Mount Batur. Head out for an exciting trek to Mount Batur and welcome the sun in the early morning when the entire world is snoozing. Trek to a stature of around 1717 meter and experience the marvellous magnificence. Mount Batur is considered as one of the sacred mountains by the Hindus. This volcanic mountain draws individuals from distant locations abroad for its shocking beautiful beauty.

The dawn trekking in Bali is exceptionally well known among the vacationer everywhere throughout the world. Feel the difficulties as you trek through the dimness and achieve the top to appreciate the stunning dawn. This is a twofold treat for the photography sweethearts where they can click some astonishing photos of the dawn and the environment.

Highlights: While heading out on this trek you can also enjoy some lavish breakfast right there along with your friends.

Price: Approximate cost starts from 60 USD per individual

Location: Mount Batur is located at the center of two concentric calderas North West of Mount Agung on the island of Bali.

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Ubud Monkey Forest

Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, Ubud Monkey Forest is one of Ubud's most famous attractions; a characteristic woods asylum that is home to a crowd of dim since quite a while ago followed macaques. The site is very much safeguarded because of a group based administration program. The forest is situated close to Ubud Town Center, and inside simple strolling separation from guesthouses and resorts along the primary streets of Jalan Hanoman and the namesake Jalan Monkey Forest.

Other than watching perky monkeys in their natural habitat, swinging through shades, lazing along pathways or eating bananas, the site offers cool strolls along cleared pathways through a verdant nutmeg wood. Excellent old sanctuaries with gatekeeper statues canvassed in greenery additionally highlight all through the forest.

 Highlights: If you want to explore few other places than the Ubud Monkey Forest you can also visit the Ubud Royal Palace and head out for some shopping in the Ubud Art Market.

 Location: Ubud Monkey Forest is located at Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

 Timings:  Open from 8:30 AM–6:00 PM

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Taman Ayun Temple

When you visit Bali, Taman Ayun Temple is a must visit attraction as it holds a supreme position in the development of Balinese culture and tradition. The astounding landmark is in the village of Mengwi in Badung regency. Brilliantly portrayed architecture makes the temple complex separated from other temples in Bali. The traditional architectural nuances can be seen in its courtyards, enclosures and the vast garden landscapes that house lotus and fish ponds.

History of the Temple: The construction of the temple was in 1634 by the then ruler, Tjokerda Sakti Blambangan. The Chinese architectural aspects had influenced the construction of this temple as well. Hence in 1937, the temple witnessed a major restoration project.

Highights: There are the towering tiers that create the profile of Taman Ayun and the temple complex is considered to be the mother temple of Mengwi. It was meant to serve as the main worship centre for Mengwi people since they were not travelling far to other main temples like Besakih in Karangasem or Batur Temple in Kintamani. Taman Ayung is believed to be the unifying factor of the people and the royal family.

Structure of the Temple: The temple complex possesses expansive landscaped gardens and courtyards. The first courtyard which is large and open is a grassy expanse while the courtyard inside has a number of meru or multi-tiered shrines. Along with them, there are pools filled with pink lotuses and fish. The complex is part of the subak which shows the complex rice field irrigation system.

Entry fee:
     -Adult: 20000 Rp
     -Child: 10000 Rp

Opening hours: 08:00 am to 06:00 pm

Location: Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

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Lake Beratan

Lake Beratan is a hollow lake that has a caldera of about 1231 meters above the sea level. It is located at Bedugul and is an important attraction of Bali.

Highlights: Lake Beratan has a width of 3.8 km square and a depth of up to 22 meters. The water volume of the lake is approximately 0,049 km3, so it is actually a closed lake. Tourists can access the lake via the dock which is desisted or provided around the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Visitors can also carry out an array of activities for recreation such as parasailing, water skiing, riding on the motorbike to circle the whole of lake, fishing, banana boating and canoeing with the traditional boat.

Location: Lake Beratan is located at Jl. Bedugul - Singaraja, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

Timings: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: IDR 7,500 per person Children(domestic) IDR 10,000 per person Adult (domestic) IDR 15,000 per person Children (tourist) IDR 30,000 per person Adult (tourist)
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Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six fundamental temples thought to be Bali's holy pillars, is famous for its majestic location, rested on top of a sheer cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple also yields the marvelous sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple located on the island's western shores. This temple is unquestionably one of the top points on the island to enjoy the stunning sunset delight, with uninterrupted views overlooking the gorgeous Indian Ocean.
Balinese structure, traditionally-designed gateways and antiquated sculptures add to Uluwatu Temple's appeal.
Without an uncertainty, what makes Uluwatu Temple spectacular is its cliff-top environment at the end of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. Several archaeological relics found here confirm the temple to be of megalithic origin, dating back to the 10th century. There are two entrances to Uluwatu Temple, from the south and the north.

Timings: The visiting hours for the temple is from 9 AM to 6 PM. As a place of worship, however, it is open 24 hours daily.

How to Reach: Take the bypass main road to Nusa Dua and to Jimbaran and then follow the ascending road up to Uluwatu.
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Lake Batur (Danau Batur)

Another precious attraction in Kintamani which is a must visit for you is the famous Lake Batur(Danau Batur). Take in the crisp mountain air and majestic scenes of Lake Batur (Danau Batur) a crescent shape waterway in the shadow of an active volcano. Mount Batur sits at the focal point of a huge caldera- - a pit like bowl shaped by volcanic action - of which the lake fills the southeastern side. Take a boat on the lake, trek to the highest point of the well of lava for shocking perspectives, and afterward go for a dunk in the hot springs ignoring the water.

 Highlights: While you are here get a taste of the culture here as you explore the local village and then the museum and learn about the historical backdrop of the volcano. Also visit Pura Ulun Danu Batur- - considered the second most famous temple in Bali. The temple sits on the edge of the caldera, having been destroyed by the lava when it was initially situated within the basin.

 Location: Lake Batur is located at south east side of Mount Batur.

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Tampak Siring/Holy Spring Water Temple

There are a lot of temples and holy spring in Kintamani, Bali which attracts a lot of tourist from around the world. Tirtha Empul Temple or also called Tampak Siring Temple or Holy Water Temple is a place to purge our self from the awful impacts in life where we can find the conventional showers sourced from the springs at this sanctuary. The water that comes out from the shower is accepted to dispose of all sorts of maladies incorporating unfriendly adverse effect in the human life.

 Highlights: The Balinese believes that the springs ascending from the earth is the God's creation, thus in 882 Saka (990 AD) organized to be a lake refined by the sort of Indrajayasinghawarmadewa with the name of Tirtha ri air hampul. The information is contained on an engraving at Sakenan Temple.

 Location: Tampak Siring Temple is located in Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar Regency,  39 km to the east of Denpasar City