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Top 5 Temples in Bali – Mystical Sights for the Culture Enthusiast

The fascinating island of Bali offers an array of attractions for the culture lover. Amongst these are a number of engrossing temples that will undoubtedly capture the interest of the sightseer.


Uluwatu Temple

This entrancing shrine is considered to be one of Bali's most picturesque temples. Interestingly this location is also well-known amongst surfers as an outstanding spot for surfing. The temple is situated perched on a cliff about 70 m above the churning waves; visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views over the ocean from this lofty vantage point. Another attraction that visitors will be able to enjoy are the various cultural shows, including the famous Kecak dance, which is presented at an amphitheatre located in proximity to the temple. In addition to splendid sunsets, you will have the chance to view various ancient sculptures and architecture at this temple.


Besakih Temple

Besakih is often called the mother temple of Bali, which reflects the significance of this intriguing shrine. Considered to be the holiest as well as the largest of the island's temple complexes, Besakih is situated on Mount Agung's slopes. At Besakih, you will encounter a myriad of shrines and clan temples that will capture the interest of the visitor. As each of the shrines features a separate anniversary, as many as 70 festive occasions are celebrated here in the course of a year. If you make the effort to explore the entire complex you will be rewarded by an array of engrossing sights and experiences.


Tanah Lot Temple

This entrancing temple has the distinction of being probably the most featured of Bali's temples in postcards depicting the island. This is due to the fact that it is located in a picturesque setting where visitors will also have the opportunity to experience enthralling views of the local sunset. You will see that Tanah Lot is an ancient shrine of the Hindu faith situated on a rocky outcrop in the midst of churning waves. Meanwhile onshore in proximity to the temple, you will find a number of minor temples as well as facilities for visitors such as shops, restaurants and a park where cultural presentations are held. A choice of accommodation that you could consider from which this temple can be reached would be Alila Seminyak Bali which may be considered to be a pleasingly located Seminyak beach hotel.


Goa Gajah

Despite the fact that the name of this temple is translated as 'Elephant Cave' you will not actually find any elephants at this site. On the other hand, this temple is regarded as an important archaeological site, being considered to be of vast cultural significance. This temple which dates to the 11th century was originally constructed as a place for meditation. After descending a stairway you will encounter the various features of this expansive complex which include an intriguing cave, a meeting chamber, a pool for bathing and a courtyard featuring an array of mysterious stone artefacts. This complex will undoubtedly capture the imagination of the culture lover.


Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

A striking religious attraction, this temple is located on the western shores of the appealing Beratan Lake in the central hilly regions of Bali. During the time of high tide, you will see that the base of the temple is surrounded by the waters, with their surface reflecting the temple buildings creating a remarkable optical illusion. This picturesque scene is further enhanced by the surrounding mountains which give it a dreamy mystical backdrop. The eye-catching scenery and pleasant atmosphere of this site have made it a popular destination for sightseers.