The name of Bali invokes so many strings in my heart. A Hindu kingdom which is part of largest Muslim country in the world , Bali is a land of many paradoxes , a mystical land , rich in art and culture and endowed with so much natural beauty , it takes your breath away with its whole aura.Bali is an island nation which has rich culture and its history is as old as the times of Ramayana and Mahabharata , two of the sacred books of Hindus. Bali has some of the most stunning Hindu temples with a rich architecture set in the spectacular natural setting.
Here is the list of 5 Must See temples in Bali Island. One can plan a two day itinerary to cover these 5 marvelous temples. On day one, you can cover Pura Taman Ayun, Tanah lot and Uluwatu temple. This will be day long trip covering around 60 KMs from Seminyak beach area.
If you happen to visit Ubud, then you can plan a day long trip to cover Pura Tirta Empul and Pura Besakih – The Mother temple.
1) Pura Taman Ayun
The one thing which strikes you when you enter this temple is the calmness and serenity of the area . Also known as water temple , the temple is situated between man made lakes and gardens. As soon as you enter through the main gate , you are welcomed by beautiful garden , manicured lawns and lotus ponds which are dwelling to many kinds of life. Towering tiers from the temple shrines make up most of the profile of Taman Ayun and provides a dramatic backdrop against the azure sky. Taman ayun temple was built by Mengwi dynasty and was used by rulers for the daily prayers and religious ceremonies.
1) Tanah Lot Temple:
The Tanah lot temple is unique because of its outstanding setting. Situated on a land jutting into the sea , the location is just out of a fantasy novel. An outcrop of land gives this temple a feel of an island . From far off if you watch this you will be puzzled how you can actually reach this temple. The main temple sits on a huge rock and it seems it was crumbling few decades back ,the government took the steps of reconstruction and almost one third of this rock is sitting on a artificial construction. The sunset here is hugely popular and most photographed and instagrammed. The temple has been built in 16th century by Nirartha and the main deity here is God Varuna. There is a holy spring near the main deity and quite surprisingly the water is sweet. The way to this temple snakes through a plethora of commercial establishments , shops selling knick-knacks.
3) Uluwatu Temple
The uluwatu temple or the pura luhur uluwatu temple is famous for its stunning landscape . The temple is perched on a cliff , the water of indian ocean skirting all around providing a dreamy setting. The cliff is around 100 metres high and watching the sunset from its lap is so stunning that you really pinch yourself if a place like this exist or not. The temple can be entered from both North and South.
4) Pura Besakih – The Mother Temple
It is one of the most sacred temple of Bali and for Balinese people it is the most revered temple. The journey from Ubud Palace to Mother Temple is around 2 hours. The journey itself is quite picturesque passing through quaint villages, verdant forests, orchards, hillocks and the mind is enraptured with the sheer beauty of the place. The mother temple is set in the southwestern slopes Of Mount Agung . The backdrop of mountains which houses active volcanoes gives a mystical touch to the whole temple. There is a different vibration here which you can just feel it. The whole area has an idyllic setting with paddy fields, mountains, trees , streams flowing by. This artistic temple complex consist of 86 temples which includes the holiest temple of State also known as Pura Penataran Agung. Pura Penataran Agung represents the holy trinity representing Shiva the destroyer, Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver. There is a different vibe about this place, the calmness just reaches your soul and helps you to connect to your inner peace.