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Must Explore Temples in Bali - Best Venues for Island History and Culture

The land of the Gods is resplendent with over a thousand temples. Each exuding unique craftsmanship and serene beauty; enjoy the fabulous locations and learn of the holistic nature of Bali.

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Goa Lawah – Bat Cave Temple

This Hindu Temple also called the Bat Cave Temple is of high significance to the people of Bali. Located in Padang Bai it serves as a guardian against bad spirits entering from the ocean. Mpu Kuturan a founder priest for the Hindu religion in Bali initiated the construction of the temple in the 11th century. The temple sits on the south-eastern coast of the country and is constructed around a cave entrance; the cave, of course, is home to hundreds of bats – hence the nickname. Some of the shrines located within the cave date back to the 11th century while a motif of a dragon meant to be the guardian of the universe promises to enthral all culture buffs. Goa Lawah is a popular and well-maintained temple that draws many pilgrims and curious visitors.

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Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Constructed on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea this is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. Enjoy the best sunsets from the location of this temple; steeped in legend and mystery. The entrance is flanked by statues of Lord Ganesh and behind the main shrine room, you will find a Brahmin Statue which looks towards the ocean. Located 70 metres above the gorgeous Indian Ocean it was quite difficult to access the temple until the early '80s. Today it is a favoured spot for devout devotees and tourists fascinated by the culture, stunning views and legendary stories. Bali is, of course, the land of the Gods; a place where business and leisure easily intertwine. Regular accommodation among all Bali beach resorts is, for example, the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort. Temple runs can easily be added into your schedule to add an aesthetic relaxing blend to an otherwise busy tour.

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Ulun Danu Batur

Dedicated to the Goddess of lakes and rivers; Dewi Danu the Pura Ulun Danu Batur was constructed in 1926. Sacred to the Hindu population of Bali the temple is extremely sacred as all Balinese hold water as a precious commodity. The temple compound is made up of nine smaller temples resplendent with over 300 shrines that are each dedicated to deities of springs, water, arts, crafts and agriculture. The most impressive and important shrine is the eleven-tiered menus dedicated to the Goddess who controls the waterways and Holy springs. The temple is located in the Batur Village in a caldera at the foot of volcanic Mount Batur.

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Pura Taman Ayur

You will love the serene surroundings and aesthetic layout of this temple compound. Pura Taman Ayur is loved as one of Bali's most beautiful temples; the gardens are inlaid with shimmering ponds, swaying trees and a peaceful ambience that soothes mind body and soul. Located in Mengwi Village the temple faces the water and consists of many tiered complexes. It is a royal temple belonging to the Mengwi Empire and is well worth a visit for relishing perfect craftsmanship and typical Balinese holistic environs.