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Updated by Roger Gary on May 27, 2015
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Most Popular Temples in Bali – Tranquil Abodes of Serenity

The land of the Gods is home to over 10,000 temples and shrines. Some are hidden in verdant forests, some on scenic windy cliffs while others sit serenely on tiny islets in the middle of the ocean.


Tanah Lot

One of the country's most iconic attractions Tanah Lot is an onshore temple that is accessible through the water. Famed for its stunning sunset backdrops; the ancient Hindu Temple sits amidst a rocky islet crashed by waves and is definitely a must visit when in Bali. Tanah Lot is found in the confines of the Beraban Village just 20kms from Kuta.


Batukaru Temple

Locally known as Pura Luhur Batukaru the temple is found at the base of Mount Batukaru. It sits at an altitude of 2,270 metres and is lost in the folds of a lush forest and cool climate. A definite treat for all nature lovers the ancient temple has many historical attractions that are well worth exploring. Drive 2kms into central Bali from here and you will be surrounded by the gorgeous rice terraces and stunning countryside's central Bali is well known for.


Pura Petitenget Temple

Pura Petitenget is smaller in comparison to most Balinese temples, however it is loved for its legendary position as one of the nine towers of 'Kayangan Jagat' that were constructed around the 11th century. It is considered a guardian of the island and is steeped in many mysteries. Sitting on the beach of beautiful Seminyak this is a revered Hindu temple that adds to the allure of coastal city. Seminyak is in fact one of Bali's main tourist resorts and choosing a Seminyak Bali resort for your stay in the country is a wise choice. Simply because you may look forward to waking up to sounds of the ocean lapping the sandy shores. Rest and relax amidst lush gardens and rejuvenate mind body and soul in traditional Balinese style at the spa resorts; such as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa.


Pura Samuan Tiga

Continuing your trail of historical temples do visit Pura Samuan Tiga temple. Located inland along the Ubud and Tampaksiring main road the temple was once reserved for worship by a 10th century Balinese King from the Udayana Warmadeva Era. Considered very sacred the temple according to local belief is where Gods, Saints and Deities meet. A culture buffs haven the abode offers stunning historical architecture to admire and sits in a scenic locale serviced by the rivers Pande and Tegending.


Goa Gajah – Elephant Cave

Located in the village of Bedulu 6kms from Ubud the Elephant Cave temple is an archaeological and historical marvel. Visit the site and discover ancient bathing pools, tranquil meditation caves, beautiful fountains and stunning wall carvings. Explore the inner courtyard and relish the ancient artefacts.


Sakenan Temple

This iconic temple is found on the shores of lush Serangan Island. Situated in southern Bali the island is about 10kms from Denpasar. The temple was an iconic pilgrimage site in the years gone by, drawing large crowds and precessions that thronged its grounds during the 210 day Piodalan Temple anniversary; the colourful procession used to see devotes make their way to the temple by foot and in the traditional Thai wooden boats. Today however the ceremony is not as popular which sees Sakenan Temple enjoying quieter times. It still is an excellent discovery when exploring ancient buildings.

The above listed temples are just a few of the many hundreds that are scattered across beautiful Bali. Choose a fabulous resort city such as Seminyak for your stay and enjoy sun sand and surf while exploring the culture, history and legends of Bali.