Temples of Bali: 5 temples of significance to visit in Bali

Ok Dude I can understand that you are planning for a honeymoon. And you might find odd talking about culture and Temples of BALI.

But we are Indians dude and Indians have a weakness that is emotion. We are friendly and also adjustable in any circumstance. We like to feel at home in every place.

Obviously your seniors would like you to visit some famous religious places whatever part of the world you go to. As they do believe that after the honeymoon you would give them happy news by God’s grace. You know what I mean.


  1. Life of People of Bali
  2. Major Temples In Bali
  3. Five important Temples of significance
  4. Pura Luhur Uluwatu
  5. Pura Jagatnatha
  6. Ulun Danu Bratan
  7. Pura Luhur Batukau
  8. Pura Tanah Lot
  9. Conclusion
  10. Frequently Asked Question

1. Life of People of Bali

Local People of bali

Balinese life revolves around the village, and increasingly, the suburban neighborhoods of the south. Everyone in Bali is involved in activities like producing crops, preparing food, bargaining with tourists. Tourism is a source of income 

To make you feel welcome, Balinese will go out of their way to chat with you. They are friendly people. But they won’t talk about stars ,cricketer or even football.

Bali people give more interest in you, your home life, and your personal relationships. Meanwhile, chatting in Bali can get rather personal but is never with malicious intent.

Traditional Balinese society follows the  Hindu religion and it permeates every aspect of life. And this aspect makes temples of Bali special.

You can find temples in every village. People worship their lord, shrines in every field. Because of this, the Balinese feel that their religion should be an enjoyable thing, for mortals as well as the gods.

2. Major Temples In Bali

Bali has thousands of temples. We can divide temples according to direction hence called directional. The Balinese word for temple is Pura, from a Sanskrit word literally meaning ‘a space surrounded by a wall’

The temples of Bali are important to each and every locality of Bali. For Example

  • Pura Besakih in Besakih, East Bali
  • Pura Goa Lawah near Padangbai East Bali
  • Luhur Batukaru on Gunung Batukaru, Central Mountains
  • Pura Luhur Uluwatu at Uluwatu, South Bali
  • Pura Masceti near Gianyar, East Bali.

Other types have importance with Sea Gods hence called Sea temples. For Example

  • Pura Gede Perancak – where Nirartha first landed
  • Pura Rambut Siwi – on a wild stretch of the west coast
  • Tanah Lot – the very popular island temple,
  • Pura Luhur Ulu Watu – spectacular cliff-top view (one of the nine directional temples).

3. Five important Temples of significance

There are lot of temples in bali.I will provide you information of 5 most important temples of bali.


uluwatu temple


This temple is one of several important temples to the spirits of the sea along the south coast of Bali. In the 11th century, the Javanese priest Empu Kuturan first established a temple here.

People also believe that Nirartha, another Javanese priest also has a role in building this temple. Nirartha retreated to Uluwatu for his final days when he attained moksha (freedom from earthly desires).

How to Reach

Reach Tegal terminal in Denpasar via flight. Public bemo from Tegel terminal in Denpasar go via Kuta to Jimbaran (10,000Rp), around 51 INR and continue to Nusa Dua.

They don’t run after about 4 pm, but plenty of taxis wait around the beachfront warung in the evening. These taxis take people from Uluwatu back to Kuta (about 30,000Rp), around 150 INR, or wherever. If you’re dining at the seafood warung, call to try to arrange free transport.

The beauty of temple

You can find the temple on the southwestern tip of the Bukit peninsula. Bukit peninsula is atop cliffs that drop straight into the pounding surf. You enter through an interesting arched gateway guarded by statues of Ganesha.

uluwatu from front

The wall of the temple is of coral bricks. These walls have a beautiful and detailed carving of the complete mythology of Bali. Only Hindu worshippers can enter the small inner temple.

The real attraction is the location – for a good angle, especially at sunset, walk around the clifftop to the left (south) of the temple.

Local people organize an enchanting Kecak dance in the temple grounds at sunset. Tickets cost around 35,000Rp(200INR). Although the performance obviously caters to tourists, the gorgeous setting makes it one of the more delightful on the island.



Pura Jagatnatha is also known as a state temple. It is dedicated to the supreme god, Sanghyang Widi. Built-in 1953, part of its significance is its statement of monotheism.

Although the Balinese recognize many gods, the belief in one supreme god (who can have many manifestations) is prevalent. Balinese Hinduism has the principle of one God that is Jagannatha implying father of the world. Hence this temple has a lot of significance.

Pura jagatnatha

How to Reach

This Temple is located in Denpasar. You can reach there via a flight as Denpasar has a connection to the airport. Denpasar is the hub of road transport on Bali – you’ll find buses and minibusses bound for all corners of the island.

The beauty of temple

The shrine is made of white coral and consists of an empty throne (symbolic of heaven). It is on top of the cosmic turtle and two nagas (mythological serpents), which symbolize the foundation of the world hence lord of the world.

The walls are decorated with carvings of scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Pura Jagatnatha is more frequently used than any other temples of Bali. Local people come every afternoon to pray and make offerings.

Two major festivals are held here every month, during the full moon and new moon. The festival features wayang kulit (shadow puppet plays).


ulun Danu


Pura Ulun Danu Bratan has its own importance because it is a Hindu Buddhist temple. It was founded in the 17th century.

It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the water, and is actually built on small islands. This implies it is completely surrounded by the lake. Doesn’t it sound amazing? 

This temple has very important significance, as most of the ceremonies at temples are to ensure that the whole of Bali gets water supply. It is food Good for people of Bali

How to Reach

There are frequent connections from Denpasar’s Ubung terminal (15,000Rp) around 90 INR and Singaraja’s Sukasada terminal (15,000Rp). For Gunung Batur, you have to connect through Singaraja or hire transport.

Danau Bratan is beside the main north-south road, so it’s easy to reach from South Bali or Singaraja. It is an easily accessible temple.

The beauty of temple

It is truly beautiful, with a classical Hindu thatch-roofed Meru (multi-roofed shrines) reflected in the water and silhouetted against the often cloudy mountain backdrop. This temple is one of the most common photographic temples of Bali.

A large banyan tree shades the entrance. You walk through beautiful clean gardens and past an aesthetic Buddhist stupa to reach the lakeside.The view is mesmerizing.

At the temple gardens, you can hire a four-passenger speed boat with a driver (125,000Rp((600INR) ) per 30 minutes), a five-person boat with boatman (80,000Rp(400 INR) per 30 minutes), or, a two-person pedal boat (35,000Rp(170 INR) per 30 minutes).

For an almost surreal experience, take a quiet paddle across the lake and see Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at sunrise – arrange it with a boatman the night before.



This temple is on the slopes of Gunung Batukau. It is known as the Holiest temple of Bali. This temple was considered as a state temple when Tabanan was an independent kingdom.

How to Reach

The only realistic way to explore the Gunung Batukaru area is by a car. Either rent one for a day or get a drive.

The beauty of temple

Puru Luhur Batukau

It has a seven-roofed Meru dedicated to Maha Dewa, the mountain’s guardian spirit, as well as shrines for Bratan, Buyan and Tamblingan lakes.

Encircled by backwoods, it’s regularly clammy and foggy.you have a dress code here. The good thing is you can rent  Sarongs(dress). But yes little donation needs to be done. This is certainly the most spiritual temples of Bali.

The principle pagoda-like structures have little entryways protecting little formal things.There’s an overall absence of promotes and different characters including crowds of sightseers. 

The atmosphere is cool and misty. Facing the temple, take a short walk around to the left to see a small white-water stream. The air vibrates with the tumbling water



Like Pura Luhur Uluwatu, at the tip of the southern Bukit Peninsula, and Pura Rambut Siwi to the west, it is firmly connected with the Majapahit priest, Nirartha.

How to Reach

Pura tanah lot

By bemo (little minibus), go from Denpasar’s Ubung terminal to Tanah Lot (6000Rp) via means of Kediri.Note that bemo stops running by nightfall.

Most fascinating is coming from South Bali with its own transport, taking the coastal road west from Kerobokan, north of Seminyak, and following the signs or the traffic.

From different pieces of Bali, turn off the Denpasar–Gilimanuk street close to Kediri and follow the signs. During the pre- and post sunset rush, traffic is typically bad.

The Beauty of Temple

This is the most mainstream and most captured temple of Bali. It’s an obligatory stop on many tours from South Bali, very commercialized, and especially crowded at sunset.

It has all the authenticity of a phase set – even the pinnacle of rock that the sanctuary sits upon is an artful recreation.

From Pura Tanah Lot you can usually see the cliff top site of Pura Uluwatu far to the south, and the long sweep of seashore west to Perancak, near Negara.

Don’t try to bring a partner here before marriage.Local legend has it that if you bring a partner to Tanah Lot before marriage, you will end up split at the temple. Please don’t say at the latter stage that I did warn you.

4. Conclusion

So when you are visiting Bali then temples of bali have their own importance. These temples help you to understand the culture, religion of Bali better and hence connect you with the people.

Above all each temple has a beautiful place around it which is a must for tourists. So what are you thinking, pack some dress which you can wear in the temple as you would not like to miss these beauties?

5. Frequently Asked questions

Ques 1. How much is the entry fee for Uluwatu Temple?

Ans 1. For foreigners it will cost you around 250 indian rupees and round 800 for Kecak dance.

Ques 2. What is the timing of Kecak Dance?

Ans 2. Kecak dance occurs everyday at around 6pm

Ques 3. Which is the best time to visit these temples?

Ans 3. March to November is certainly the best time to visit.Bali experiences only two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. Throughout the year, the daytime temps hover between the mid-80s and low 90s, with only the humidity and precipitation patterns changing.

Ques 4. What is oldest temple of bali

Ans 4. Pura Besakih is the oldest temple of bali.

Ques 5. Which god is worshiped in bali

Ans 5.The Balinese worship the trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, three aspects of the one (invisible) god, Sanghyang Widi, as well as the dewa (ancestral gods) and village founders.

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