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5 Must-See Temples in Bali – Mystical and Alluring Shrines

The beautiful island of Bali offers a myriad of attractions for the visitor. Amongst these are a number of attractive temples that are sure to capture the imagination of the discerning sightseer.

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Tanah Lot Temple

The renowned Tanah Lot Temple is probably the temple that is featured most frequently in picture postcards depicting Bali. This is mainly due to this temple's unusual setting and the spectacular sunsets that can be experienced at this site. You will see that this place of worship features an ancient shrine that belongs to the Hindu faith; this shrine is situated on a rocky outcrop that is surrounded by constantly churning waves. You will find that the optimal time at which to visit this intriguing temple would be on the day known as Kuningan, at which time a number of pilgrimages are conducted; another highlight is the anniversary of the temple which falls five days later.

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Goa Gajah

This mysterious temple whose name translates as 'Elephant Cave' is a religious attraction that will capture the interest of the sightseer. It features an interesting complex of structures that are considered to possess great historical and archaeological significance. This intriguing place of worship dates to the 11th century, when it was constructed as a place for conducting meditation. In order to reach this complex, you must descend a flight of stairs which will lead you to an expansive compound featuring a number of attractions. At this site, you will encounter features such as a mystical cave, a meeting chamber, a courtyard containing a number of stone remnants and a pool that was at one time used for bathing.

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Uluwatu Temple

The remarkable Uluwatu Temple is undoubtedly one of Bali's best known and most picturesque places of worship. Interestingly this location is also well-known amongst surfers as an outstanding spot for the sport. You will see that this temple is perched on the top of a cliff, situated about 70 m above the surface of the sea. Visitors will find that various cultural presentations, such as the distinctive kecak dance are performed at the amphitheatre located in the environs of the temple. This temple also offers a number of attractions for the sightseer, including some fascinating ancient sculptures and architecture. A choice of family accommodation in Bali that you could consider from which this temple can be easily reached would be the conveniently located Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa.

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

This striking temple can be regarded as a prominent landmark on the western shores of Beratan Lake within the central highlands of Bali. You will see that during the time of high tide the surface of the waters reflects the image of the temple creating an unusual optical illusion. Meanwhile, the handsome mountains located in the background of the temple create a dreamy, mysterious image that will capture the eye of the visitor. The pleasantly cool environment and picturesque scenery of this highland setting have made it a favoured locality for visitors.

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Besakih Temple

This famous place of worship which is often referred to as the 'mother temple' of Bali is unquestionably one of the island's foremost sightseeing attractions. In fact, this place of worship consists of an extensive complex of a host of different shrines and temples that belong to the various local clans. It is considered to be the largest as well as the most sacred of the island's temples. Since each of the shrines found here has its own individual anniversary, as many as 70 celebratory festivals are conducted at this site each year. You will probably need an entire day to explore the entirety of this vast religious complex.

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