25 Temples in Bali That Are All About Architectural Grandeur
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Bali Temples

Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, Tanah Lot, Goa Gajah, Tirta Empul Temple, Pura Luhur Lempuyang, Besakih Temple and many more.

Temples in Bali reflects the magnificence of the centuries-old architecture. Amongst these temples, some temples became the must visit places in Bali, and it drives a huge number of tourists every year. These temples are perfect for taking photos, and the exotic background makes them even more vibrant. You will witness a vivid combination of colours if you visit these temples during their temple anniversaries.

Well, these events happen twice a year in the Gregorian year as the dates are dependent on the 210-day calendar.
Even on regular days, Bali temples like Goa Gajah, Tirta Empul, Besakih etc., will feed your eyes, and amaze you by the colours and the splendid architecture of these temples.

You will find the uniqueness in each temple. For instance, Goa Gajah is a temple that reflects the  distinctiveness of Hinduism as well as Buddhism. Other temples are also one of their kinds. So, if you are planning a Bali trip, then you are in the right place as we are going to have a discourse about the temples of this island that you cannot afford to miss.

Here are some of the best temples in Bali:

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01

Uluwatu Temple

The most exciting part about this temple is its location. It is alighted in the top of a cliff, which is approximately 70 meters above the sea level. This temple is one of the spiritual pillars of Bali, and it has a splendid backdrop to offer where you can cherish a beautiful sunset.

Here, you can also enjoy the Kecak dance performances which happen in the nearby amphitheatre. Uluwatu Temple also reflects the grandeur of Balinese architecture.

Timing
- 9 am to 6 pm is the visiting time of this temple

Location
- Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Entry Fee
- Adults have to pay IDR 30.000, and it is 20.000 for children.

02

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

It is one of the most epochal and picturesque temples in Bali. The urban people of the area consider this place to be one of the weekend destinations of Bali, where they can spend some peaceful time. The smooth and pensive surface of the lake provides it with the exceptional impression of floating.

The Bedugul mountain range that is surrounding the lake enhances the exquisiteness of the background and delivers an eye-catching backdrop. You can even enjoy fishing in this temple.

Timing
- You can visit this temple between 8 am to 6 pm.

Location
- Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan, Bali 82191, Indonesia

Entry fee
- IDR 50.00 for the adults and the children, it is IDR 25.000

03

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

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It is a beautiful water temple that is situated in central Ubud. When you stroll through the streets of Ubud, you will come across this temple. This temple signifies the classic-temple architecture of Bali. It also consists of a beautiful foyer with ponds, which are filled with vibrant pink lotuses.

While entering the temple, you have to carry a sarong and a sash around your waist, as it is the traditional rule of this temple.

Timing
- You can visit this temple whenever you want between 8 am to 6 pm.

Location
- Jalan Kajeng, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Entry fee
- You don’t have to pay any cost as it is free for everyone

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04

Tanah Lot

People of Bali, as well as the tourists, consider Tanah Lot temple to be one of the most significant landmarks of the island. This temple attracts the tourists and travellers for charming offshore setting and the beguiling sunset backdrop. This is an ancient Hindu shrine, which is nestled in the lap of waves.

Your tour of Bali will be considered incomplete if you fail to witness this appealing temple. So, whenever you are in Bali, you must visit Tanah Lot complex.

Location
- Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia

Timing
- It opens at 7 am and closes at 7 pm.

 
Entry fee- IDR 60.00 for adults and IDR 30.00 for child

05

Goa Gajah

If you are an archaeologist, you can't afford to miss this temple. You will witness the various structures that showcase the Hindu influences, which were crafted in the 10th century. In addition to this, many structures also signify Buddhist influences.

Inside this temple cave, you will also find three idols and those idols are wrapped in red, black and yellow clothes. There are beautiful small streams and paddy fields at the southern end.

Location
- Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Pejeng Kawan, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

Timing
- It opens at 8 am and closes at 7 pm in the evening.

Entry fee
- The entry fee for Goa Gajah is IDR 15000

06

Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul is among the most significant Bali temples, which resides in the village of Manukaya. This site narrates the traditional story of good versus evil. Moreover, it is a cultural heritage site of Bali that attracts a considerable number of tourists.

This temple was built in 960 AD and has witnessed the ups and downs of the Balinese kingdom, especially the time when the Warmadewa Dynasty prevailed.

Timing
- This temple opens at 9 am and closes its gate at 5 pm.

Location
- Jalan Tirta, Manukya, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Entry fee
- You have to pay IDR 50,000 to visit this temple and to park your car; you have to pay IDR 5000

07

Pura Luhur Lempuyang

It is one of the ancient temples in Bali, and it is also one of the critical Bali temples. If you are looking for adventurous temples, you can head towards Pura Luhur Lempuyang.

Here, you have to visit the top of this place, and you have to reach there through a steep staircase. Once you touch the top, you will be mesmerized by the scenic beauty of it. It will take approximately 2 hours climb to the top.

Timing
- 7 am to 5 pm, daily

Location
- Jalan Pura Telaga Mas Lempuyang, Tri Buana, Abang, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia

Entry fee
- You may have to provide them with a donation, which is between IDR 10000 to IDR 30000

08

Besakih Temple

People consider the Besakih temple as Bali’s mother temple. The temple is a thousand years old, and it resides in the lap of Mount Agung. It is one of the most brilliant temples in Bali, which will mesmerize you with its artistic beauty and uniqueness.

It is a temple complex that comprises of at least 86 temples, and the Pura Penataran Agung is the main temple here. It also stays amongst the most significant and holiest Bali temples.

Timing
- You can visit this temple between 8 am to 5 pm

Location
- Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem, Bali 80863, Indonesia

Entry Fee
- You have to pay IDR 60000 per person if you are an adult and you have to IDR 30000 for your kid.

09

Gunung Kawi Temple

This is one of those temples in Bali that will provide you with a rustic charm. This temple consists of a collection of ancient shrine reliefs, which are carved into a rock cliff of central Bali. It is among the most notable sites of Pejeng region, which is famous for its archaeological sites.

 According to the legends, this carved relief symbolizes the memorials of King Udayana, his family as well as his concubine.

Timing
- This place opens at 7 am and closes at 5 pm.

Location
- Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Entry fee
- IDR 4100 for the adults and IDR 2100 for the children

10

Garuda Wisnu Kencana

It is a brilliant cultural park that will bring you to a state of trance. It resides on the hilly coast of Bali. The major attraction of this cultural park is the enormous statue of Vishnu, who is riding on the back of the Garuda.

Moreover, you will witness numerous cultural and art performances if you ever visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Other facilities that you can enjoy here are an amphitheatre, open-air venues, an exhibition gallery and a message centre.

Timing
- You can visit here between 8 am to 8 pm.

Location
- Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan village, South Kuta sub-district, South Kuta sub-district, Badung district

Entry fee
- IDR 125000 for each person


11

Ling Gwan Kiong

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It is a Chinese temple situated in the seaport complex in Singaraja, North Bali. The construction of this temple dates back in 1873, and it had connections with the Ching Dynasty.

It is a very vibrant and colourful temple that has witnessed the vivid past of the town. Once you set your feet in this temple, your heart will melt after seeing the mini gardens. Well, this is a very psychedelic temple of Bali to visit. The locals call this temple as ‘Klenteng’.

Location
- Jalan Erlangga No. 65, Kampung Bugis, Buleleng

Timing
- You can visit this place between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Entry fee
- You don’t have to pay any entry fee to visit this temple as it is free.

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12

Vihara Dharmayana Kuta

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It is one of the very few cultural landmarks, that is nestled amongst the chaotic traffic of Kuza and the glamour of surfing.

It is one of the Buddhist temples where Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama visited in the year 1982, during his world tour. So, you can understand the significance of this temple. Once you set your feet in the Vihara Dharmayana Kuta, you will get a glimpse of a rich and vivid culture of Kuta.

Location
- Jalan Blambangan, Kuta

Timing
- The visiting hours of this place is between 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Entry fee
- To visit this temple, you don’t have to pay any entry fee as it is free of cost. 

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Batuan Temple

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It is a Hindu temple in the heart of Bali, and the residents of the Batuan countryside takes care of it. This is an attractive temple, and it is crafted with beautiful Balinese ornaments. The roof is tailored by the fibre that comes from the chromatic black palm tree.

This is an 11th-century temple that consists of a large communal hall from where the visitors start their journey. If you want to cherish the temple to the best, you must visit during the time of their celebrations.

Timing
- This temple will be open to you from 9 am to 6 pm.

Location
- Jalan Raya Batuan, Batuan village, Sukawati, Gianyar

Entry fee
- Free entry

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Batukaru Temple

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Local people consider Batukaru temple one of their key temples. It dwells at the foot of Mount Batukaru, from where it gained its name.

If you are a nature lover, this place is a paradise for you as it is surrounded by the cool natural forest, which makes it wonderful to sightsee. Once you set your feet inside the temple you will witness many ancient structures, which are dipped in green moss.

Timing
- This temple is open for 24 hours, so you can visit here whenever you want

Location
- Jalan Pura Batukaru, Penebel village, Tabanan

Entry fee
- It is free of cost, but the locals will expect some donations for the maintenance.

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Pura Petitenget

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This temple is standing in the heart of Bali for centuries. It has seen many ups and downs of the place. It is one of the very few cultural landmarks, which is nestled in Seminyak’s beach resort area.

If you want to enjoy this temple to the fullest, you must visit this temple during its festive day anniversaries. The traditional dance will not only soothe your eyes, but it will also soothe your heart.

Location
- Jalang Petitenget, Seminyak

Timing
- To enjoy the beauty of this temple, you have to visit this here between 8 am to 6 pm.

Entry fee
- The entry fee for this temple is IDR 50000 and visitors have to wear a sarong to cover their knees and ankles.

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Kehen Temple

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It is a Hindu temple complex which was constructed during the ancient times. The main attraction in the temple is its unique architectural features. To reach the temple’s courtyard, you have to conquer 38 stairs from the ground level.

While going up, you will witness some surreal statues of mythical sandstone animal as well as the figures that come out from the Balinese folklore. The walls are also decorated with the Chinese porcelain plates.

Timing
- 9 am to 5 pm, daily

Location
- Jalan Sriwijaya, Cempaga village, Bangli residency, East Bali

Entry fee
- The entry fee for adults is IDR 60000, and for the children, it is 30000

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The Underwater Temple

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It is one of the unique temples of Bali. It will not only provide you with enlightenment but also deliver you an experience that you have never witnessed. Well, it is also known as Taman Pura, and it consists of a Hindu temple compound. It is located on the Pemuteran Bay, and it is designed by Chris Brown, an Australian who is living in this area for a long time.

According to the studies, this temple is their underwater water for 5000 years. And it only proves the fact that the level of the ocean has risen significantly. Again, some of the more in-depth studies have established the fact that it was just a hoax. Well, the temple was built in recently as it is one of the parts of the artificial reef creation project. So, if you want to witness a surreal Hindu temple under the sea, you can visit here.

Location: Near Pemuteran Beach (North West Bali)

Timings: Depends on the diving/snorkelling company you choose

Price: Depends on the diving/snorkelling company you choose

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Goa Giri Putri Temple

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It is one of the most significant cultural attractions of Bali. A lot of people visit this place to witness the unique cave temple of Bali. It is residing in the village of Sauna, and it is a beautiful place to visit.

To enter this temple, you have to squeeze yourself a bit, and after that, you will find out the big courtyard of this cave temple. The final praying spot is one of the unique features of this temple.

Location-
Suana, Nusa Penida Island

Timing
- You can visit this temple from 5 pm to 10 am.
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Entry fee- Here, the entry fee is accepted as a donation. And the amount of the donation is IDR 20000.

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Goa Lawah Temple

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Goa Lawah is one of the most noteworthy temples in Bali. It is constructed around the cave opening, and this place is home to a lot of bats. The literal meaning of this place is ‘bat cave’. It is an ancient temple, which was raised by Mpu Kuturan in the 11th century.

He was among the early priests he sowed the seeds of Hinduism in this land. It is a well-known stopover for tourists.

Timing
- You can visit this temple whenever you want as it is open for 24 hours.

Location
- Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan villages, Dawan District, Klungkung

Entry fee
- IDR 6000 for the adults and IDR 4000 for the children

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20

Taman Ayun Temple

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One of the six famous royal temples in Bali, the Taman Ayun Temple is no less than a crown jewel of Balinese heritage. Tourists, both local and foreign, never cease to throng the grounds of this magnificent feat of architecture, which was initially a family temple (not that you would get the impression from its formidable stature).

Built-in the year 1634, by the then king Tjokerda Sakti Blambangan, the name of the temple literally translates to “garden temple in the water”, and it is not far from describing the actual pristine beauty that the temple grounds revel in. Built with exquisite architecture, the temple is surrounded on all sides by a fish pond, adding the effect that it is afloat on it.

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

Timings:
08.00 AM- 06.15 PM on all days 
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21

Gunung Lebah Temple

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A name that has by now been almost synonymous with the prime holiday destination in Bali, the Gunung Lebah Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. Known for being one of the most famous Hindu temples in the country, it attracts Hindu devotees and tourists alike throughout the year to its delicately picturesque shrine.

Ensconced by the foliage of lush greenery all around, and interspersed patches of forest, the temple is truly an exotic sight to behold and still retains its characteristic aura of ephemeral transcendence that a divine place of worship ought to have. Its glory reinforced by its elegant structure, the Gunung Lebah Temple is a must-visit for every tourist.

Location:
Jalan Raya Ubud No.23, Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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22

Penataran Sasih Temple

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Bali is, like every land, rich in its own fair share of cultural heritage and myths, and amongst Bali temples, there are perhaps few better archetypes of the country’s rich and extensive culture than the Penataran Sasih Temple.

The temple interests right from its name itself; “Sasih” literally translates to “the moon”, and as you might have guessed already, it is a temple dedicated to the magnificent silver saucer in the sky.

The temple derives its name from a huge kettledrum within it, which is believed to be a remnant of one of the moons that fell down to Bali. Beautiful beyond description, this temple is a favourite of tourists from across the world.

Location:
Jl. Raya Tampaksiring, Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Timings:
Monday-Friday:11.00AM- 05.30AM 
Saturday: 11.00AM- 03.30PM
Sunday: Closed 
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23

Samuan Tiga Temple

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The Samuan Tiga Temple is one of the oldest Bali temples, and its history is intricately enmeshed with that of the country itself. Bali as a land is a symbol of cultural unity, owing to the unanimous peace that its various demographics have always maintained and upheld.

The Samuan Tiga Temple is considered to be one of the earliest witnesses of this phenomenon, and is in many ways the starting point of it. The temple’s shrine is a place of unity between Buddhism and Hinduism, and it embodies fragments from both religions as a symbol of ensuing and persevering harmony between the two. If you visit Bali, this temple should definitely be on your checklist.

Location: Jl. Mataram No.47, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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Blanjong Temple

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Despite being one of the most beautiful Bali temples for tourists to feast their eyes on, the Blanjong Temple (also known as the Pura Blanjong Temple) is often overlooked by tourist itineraries. Nevertheless, the temple is neither short of architectural beauty, nor is it at all bereft of contribution to the country’s cultural heritage.

Like so often in the county, the name of the temple is tied to an interesting cultural anecdote. “Blanjong” translates literally to “fishing boat”, which testifies to the community’s belief that the temple was named after a large and stranded fishing boat that was found near its location.

At any rate, the temple’s beautiful architecture and intricate attention to detail are more than enough reasons why you should definitely not miss out on this hidden gem.

Location: Jl. Danau Poso Pura Blanjong No.80227, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia
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Beji Temple

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Beji Temple, also known as the Pura Beji Temple, despite being one of the least visited temples in Bali, is also one of the most beautiful. The size of the temple is not ginormous, the reason being its close proximity to settlements.

But its relatively compact presence embodies intricate carvings of flowers and vines, which spare not an inch of the temple, starting right at its gate. The immaculate attention to detail of its architecture makes it a magnificent example of North Balinese traditional architecture and is a tremendous addition to the country’s glittering array of temples.

Location: Jl. Mataram No.47, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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  1. What are the best temples to visit in Bali with family?

    1. Tanah Lot: Settled amidst the emerald blue sea, Tanah Lot is a magnificent temple carved out of a rock. The sight is extremely eye-catching and spellbinding which makes it one of the temples of Bali you should never miss.

    2. Goa Gajah:
    Goa Gajah is a 9th-century cave temple with its mouth carved with traditional Balinese designs. Located on the island Ubud, the temple also offers you extravagant views of the exotic Balinese nature.

    3. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple:
    Located amidst a huge lake, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is considered the most picturesque temple of Bali. With the Bedugul mountain range in its backdrop, the temple is surely going to amaze you with its beauty.

    4. Besakih Temple:
    The oldest temple of Bali, Besakih Temple is a picturesque place where a lot of couples get their pre-wedding and wedding shoots done. Although not professional, you can surely get some great pictures to post on your social media to show off the amazing trip you had.
  2. What is the best time of the day to go to Tanah Lot?

    Although the temple remains open from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM, you must pick your time between 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM when you can enjoy a great view of the setting sun.
  3. How much time does a temple visit require?

    You must have around 2 hours in your hand while visiting a temple in Bali. It is great to have some extra time in hand so that you can enjoy the beauty of the temple as well as the surroundings with a peaceful mind.
  4. Which is the oldest temple in Bali?

    Besakih Temple is the oldest temple in Bali. It is an example of a typical Balinese style of architecture which holds its roots as late as 1343.