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5 Must Visit Temples in Bali – Mystical and Enthralling Shrines

The picturesque island of Bali is invariably an engrossing place to visit. Here you will find a number of fascinating temples that are sure to capture the imagination of the visitor, like those below.

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Tanah Lot

The unique Tanah Lot has the distinction of probably being the temple in Bali that is most commonly featured in picture postcards depicting the island. This is partly due to the fact that this temple is located in a picturesque setting that will undoubtedly appeal to the discerning sightseer. Additionally, this location also makes for a lovely view of the sunset that will delight the visitor. Tanah Lot is a mysterious Hindu temple that is positioned atop a rocky outcrop amidst roaring waves. You will also find a cultural venue nearby where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the regularly conducted dance presentations.

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Besakih Temple

Your tour of Bali's outstanding temples would not be complete without visiting the significant Besakih Temple. This religious attraction is, in fact, an impressive complex of a number of clan shrines and temples. You will find that Besakih is located at a relatively high elevation on Mount Agung's slopes. Interestingly as many as 70 individual celebrations are conducted at this site every year since every shrine features an anniversary of its own. If you wish to explore the entire complex it will probably take a whole day. You will also have the opportunity to purchase colourful textiles as a souvenir at the numerous kiosks found in proximity to the temple.

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

This entrancing temple which is situated in the centrally positioned highlands of Bali is located on the western shores of the scenic Beratan Lake. You will see that the reflective waters of the lake which surround the temple create a distinctive optical illusion that will capture the eye of the visitor. The mountains which frame this temple form a picturesque backdrop creating an idyllic scene for the visitor. The impressive scenery, as well as the pleasantly cool highland temperatures of the region, have made this temple a favoured sightseeing highlight. Visitors will also be captivated by the attractive gardens situated near the temple.

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Uluwatu Temple

The remarkable Uluwatu Temple is another of Bali's renowned shrines that will undoubtedly capture the interest of the visitor. This temple is located in an extraordinary position on the top of a cliff looking over the raging waves below. This site is also famous for its splendid view of the sunset which is always a delightful spectacle. Another interesting sight that you will have the opportunity to experience in the environs of this temple is the Kecak dance performances that are staged in a nearby amphitheatre. If you are looking to stay at Bali resorts an accommodation choice to consider from which this temple would be within convenient reach would be Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort.

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Goa Gajah

This mysterious cave temple is another of Bali's treasures that is considered to be of historical and archaeological significance. The history of this intriguing shrine stretches back to the 11th century when it was constructed as a site for meditation. To reach the vast temple complex you must descend a stairway; facing the intriguing cave you will find a courtyard as well as a meeting chamber. Nearby visitors will notice a number of sizable stone artefacts as well as a pool that was used for bathing in times past. The cave itself is rather shallow, featuring a number of idols as well as a meditation area.