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Must-See Temples in Bali Indonesia – Immerse yourself in Spiritual Serenity

From the scenery to the history there is so much substance to Bali. Spirituality played an important role in sculpting Bali to what it is today. Below are a few temples that are testament to this fact.

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Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is a breathtaking temple and it is that one structure that is symbolic to Bali. One of the island's most spiritually venerated places of worship, Tanah Lot is so much more than the epitome of beauty on a silver platter. The temple features an ancient Hindu shrine that is perched on top of an outcrop that is constantly caressed by crashing waves. The temple has both an onshore and an offshore site the former of which is where most religious rituals are held while the latter is better known for its scenic appeal. If you want to do justice to what Tanah Lot has in store, make sure you visit the temple during the holy day of Kuningan or on the temple's anniversary which falls five days after.

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Uluwatu Temple

This is yet another well known sea temple located in Bali that is perched on top of an outcrop that is 70m high. Surrounded by wild and wonderful waves, the beauty of this temple goes without saying. To top this, the temple also affords some spectacular panoramic views- the best of its kind, especially since it is slightly higher than Tanah Lot. Every day at sunset a specially designated amphitheatre is set up on the south of the temple where a series of cultural performances such as the Ramayana ballet and the Kecak dance are performed. Photographs capturing the culture amidst this stunning backdrop is worthy of international acclaim.

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Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah means Elephant Cave but in truth it really has nothing to do with elephants. However it is mighty and massive in size and hence the name Elephant Cave. Dating back to the 11th century, the Goa Gajah was at that time constructed as a site for meditation. Today however it is better known among tourists than those seeking revival in the quiet. In addition to its many attractions the temple highlights a mysterious cave. Shallow in appearance the cave contains an array of stone idols and meditation spaces which contribute to its calm and spiritually uplifting ambience.

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Located on the Western side of the Beratan Lake, the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is yet another picturesque place of worship in the island. The temple above all is known for looking as though it is floating due to an illusion created during the high tide. With a backdrop of mist and mountains, a serene picture is created by this temple which is arguably one of the finest in the world. So weather you are staying at the Montigo Resorts Seminyak or any of the other Seminyak family resorts, make a trip to the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. It most certainly will be worth your while.