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Must See Temples in Bali – Island of the Gods

Bali will always remain Indonesia's Island of the Gods. The island has one of the archipelago's largest collections of ancient temples hidden along the coast, offshore, in the highlands and forests.

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Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot temple you will recognise immediately as the gorgeous temple often featured on Bali souvenir postcards. Sitting within the ideal location this offshore temple is located in the Beraban Village area. It sits on a rocky outcrop just offshore and has a constant barrage of waves breaking on its side. The place is an iconic attraction that warrants a visit. One of the oldest Hindu shrines in Bali, Tanah Lot is well known for its stunning sunset backdrops; take along the cameras folks for this ancient marvel has many magical vistas and corners waiting to be discovered.

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Uluwatu Temple

If there ever was a picturesque setting for an ancient temple it would certainly be Uluwatu. Perched at the edge of a seaside cliff this temple offers unrivalled views of Bali's famous sunsets. The sunset backdrop is on par with Tanah Lot with the exception of a bird's eye view of the horizon. There ancient architecture and culture are yours to savour while evening entertainment in the form of Kecak Dances take place. Catch one of the Ramayana ballets at the temples ancient amphitheatre located at the south edge of Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

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Goa Gajah

If you love ancient mystery and culture visit the Goa Gajah Cave Temple. Located in Ubud the cultural capital of Bali this temple is a reflection of the country's ancient heritage. The name translates to Elephant Cave and dates back to the 11th century when it first served as a meditation centre. Of course, Ubud is well known as Bali's holistic centre offering luxury wellness and spa facilities unmatched anywhere else on the island. The Ubud centre alone is home to many shops and cafes offering one a taste of organic food and holistic herbal remedies. Easily reached from COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali the temple can be entered by descending a long flight of steps from the parking lot. At the end is a huge complex where the mysterious cave is located. Within this courtyard are many stone relics and ancient pool that were discovered in the 1950's. The bathing pool is quite a treat to observe as it is surrounded by angelic looking statues that hold in their arms vases that are water spouts.

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

This beautiful temple is located along the western edge of Beratan Lake. Located in the central highlands of Bali this temple is quite magical during high tide as the water reaches the base of the temple causing a reflection that gives one the illusion of a floating temple. The area is famous for its stunning scenery and cool climate while the beautiful gardens, lakeside shrines and boat rides on the river make the experience one to remember.

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Besakih Temple

Located in east Bali this temple is best known as the 'Mother Temple' home to many shrines owned by various Balinese clans. The sprawling complex sits on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung at an altitude of 1000 metres. Explore the entire compound and its many shrines while purchasing traditional souvenir textiles is a treat to look forward to.

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