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Discover Popular Attractions in Manggis - Highlights of the City

Manggis is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Here's a guide to discover popular attractions in Manggis.

Visiting Manggis is an incredible opportunity for travellers to discover beautiful beaches, fascinating temples and a range of other amazing attractions.

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Climb Mount Agung

Mount Agung, at an amazing height of 3142 metres above sea level, is the island's highest point. In addition to being spectacularly tall, the mountain is a dominating presence on the island due to its spiritual significance to the Balinese locals. They believe that Mount Agung is a portion of the mythical Mount Meru or the seat of the Gods. Needless to say, it is definitely one of the most popular attractions in the area among more adventurous travellers. It must be noted that the climb to the top of Mount Agung is not for the fainthearted. The hike up the mountain is quite tough and the height can feel daunting, especially to those who are not savvy trekkers. Be sure to hire a guide and to do a bit of research to prepare yourself for the experience.

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Pura Dalem Penunggekan

Directly translated as the Temple of the dead, the Pura Dalem Penunggekan is just as mysterious as it is unique. The exterior wall of this fascinating temple features vivid relief carvings of evil-doers getting their just deserts in the afterlife. As morbid as it sounds it does look rather artsy; however, the panel addressing the lurid fate of adulterers may make some men even feel rather uncomfortable. Several panels exhibit mostly the gruesome side to after-life through paintings and carvings. Designed to evoke fear you find here sinners depicted as monkeys and sinners begging to be spared from the fires of hell. A tour around this temple and you will realize this is by far the scariest temple in all of Bali!

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Discover the fabulous temples

Goa Lawah, one of the most important temples in Bali, is located within easy reach of Manggis. This beautiful temple is located around a cave opening which is home to a massive horde of bats which gave it its name 'Bat Cave'. The temple, established in the 11th century is one of the earliest temples within the island. The temple is located in the Pesinggahan village in the Dawan district and is considered a must-visit destination for travellers who come to Candidasa and Manggis. Another interesting temple is the Besakih Temple which is also known as the Mother Temple of Bali for more than 1000 years. The temple is located about 1000 metres from sea level on the southwestern slopes of the famous Mount Agung. This temple is highly renowned for its unique artistry. If you are planning to travel to this part of the country, be sure to book your stay at a boutique hotel in Bali such as the Alila Manggis and witness the colourful religious rituals of the Balinese people.

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Visit the beautiful beaches

The beautiful beaches located around Candidasa are a favourite among those who travel to Manggis. The beaches are absolutely stunning with their turquoise waves and white sand. One can also pay a visit to the intriguing waterfront villages and to discover the way of life of the coastal residents. One of the most famous beaches located near Manggis is the Padangbai beach. Located in the small town of Padangbai, the beach is a favourite among divers. The small town atmosphere of the Padangbai beach is preferred by many over the all-night-rager atmosphere of Kuta.

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