Bali Temples

A Guide to the Most Important Temples in Bali

There's probably more Bali temples than homes on the island. Many temples in Bali are actually shrines. However, the number of religious compounds might well be over 10,000. The number is spread throughout the far-flung corners of the island, from mountain and hilltops to low-lying coastal areas.

Bali temples are normally peaceful and desolate. They transform into scenes of great activity during festivals or temple anniversaries. Traditional dance performances, cockfighting and even gambling often takes place during such events. You’ll find that each of Bali’s temples is unique. They may either face towards the mountains, the sea or towards sunrise.

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  • Tanah Lot Temple

    Tanah Lot

    Famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops, Tanah Lot, an ancient Hindu sea temple and one of Bali’s Read More»

  • Tirta Empul Temple

    Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. Read More»

  • Uluwatu Temple

    Uluwatu Temple

    Pura Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location Read More»

  • Goa Gajah Bali

    Goa Gajah - Elephant Cave

    Gajah Gajah is an archaeological complex with historical significance, great for a brief stopover on tours to the Ubud Read More»

  • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

    Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

    Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is a picturesque landmark and significant temple on the western side of the Beratan Lake in Read More»

  • Besakih Temple

    Besakih Temple

    Besakih Temple, Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ for over 1,000 years, is perched 1,000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Read More»

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Batuan Temple

Batuan Temple is a focal landmark in the village of Batuan. It's within only a 10km drive south from Ubud central. The temple is well-known for its traditional Balinese arts and paintings. The site features a grand complex of shrines laid out within its 0.65Ha complex. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Batuan, Batuan Village, Sukawati, Gianyar
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Batukaru Temple

Batukaru Temple is one of Bali’s key temples. The temple is at the foot of Mount Batukaru. It's surrounded by cool natural forests, at 2,270m above sea level. It's a pleasant sightseeing stopover for nature lovers. The impressive Jatiluwih rice terraces are 2 kilometres south. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Pura Batukaru, Penebel Village, Tabanan
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Besakih Temple - Pura Besakih

Besakih Temple is known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’. It sits 1,000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. Besakih is an artistic and unique complex, with at least 86 temples. The complex is surrounded by breathtaking and scenic rice paddies, hills, mountains, streams, and more. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00, but it is actually open 24 hours as it is a place of worship
  • Location: Rendang Sub-district, Karangasem District
  • Remarks: Taking along local companions outside the official hours is highly recommended
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Elephant Cave in Bali - Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah’s name can be slightly misleading. It’s not a gigantic dwelling full of elephants. Nevertheless, this archaeological site has significant historical value. the site is on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud. After descending down a flight of stone steps, you'll find a relic-filled courtyard with rock-wall carvings. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 08:00 - 16.00
  • Location: Bedulu Village, Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Blahbatuh, Gianyar
  • How to get there: Go east from Ubud approximately 3km towards Jalan Raya Goa Gajah
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Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK for short, is a cultural park on Bali’s southern hills. Once completed at 145 metres, it will be one of the world’s tallest statues. The statue depicts Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical ‘Garuda’ bird. You can enjoy art and cultural performances, exhibitions, and conferences here.  Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is located in Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan village, South Kuta sub-district, Badung district. It is about 15 to 20 minutes from Kuta, on the road from Jimbaran to Dreamland Beach, Uluwatu.
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Goa Giri Putri Temple in Nusa Penida

The Goa Giri Putri Temple is one of Nusa Penida Island’s major cultural attractions. The large cave temple is in the village of Suana, on the north-eastern part of Penida. Clear signs lead you to the site along the Jalan Ped-Buyuk main road. A shrine and a priests’ praying shelter guards its entrance. The entrance itself Read More...

  • Location: Suana, Nusa Penida Island
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Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple in Bali

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple can be a special find for visitors to Central Bali. It's one of the least visited temple complexes on the island Bali. Yet, is most beautiful and tranquil. It features verdant gardens around ponds filled with carp and blooming lotuses. Crystal-clear pools fed by natural springs surround ancient shrines. Read More...

  • Location: Sebatu Village, Tegallalang, Gianyar (12.8km north of Ubud)
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Kehen Temple in Bangli

Kehen Temple is an ancient Hindu temple complex in the Bangli regency. It has unique architectural features. Sandstone carvings of mythical animals adorn the staircases. Statues of Balinese folklore figures decorate the central vestibule. The temple’s walls are also ornate with Chinese porcelain plates. These are tribute to the historical relations between the local Bali kingdom Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Jalan Sriwijaya, Cempaga Village, Bangli Regency, East Bali
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Lempuyang Temple in Bali

Lempuyang Temple is one of Bali’s oldest temples. It's believed to predate the majority of Hindu temples on the island. The main temple is at 1,175m above sea level, up on the peak of the namesake Mount Lempuyang in East Bali. The heights are reachable via a steep staircase of over 1,700 steps. Hordes of grey Read More...

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Ling Gwan Kiong

Ling Gwan Kiong is an old Chinese temple in North Bali. It forms part of the now defunct seaport complex in Singaraja. From Lovina Beach, it's a 15-minute drive east . It dates to 1873 with connections to the Ching Dynasty, the temple bears silent witness to the town’s colourful past. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Erlangga No.65, Kampung Bugis, Buleleng
  • Tel: +62 (0)368 263 32
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Meduwe Karang Temple

Meduwe Karang Temple is a beautiful landmark in the district of Kubutambahan, North Bali. The temple is around 15km from Lovina Beach and a half-hour drive from the capital of Singaraja. It features classical Balinese stone temple architecture. But most peculiar is its wall relief of a highly stylised man riding a bicycle with floral wheels. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
  • Location: Jalan Raya Air Sanih, Kubutambahan, East Buleleng, North Bali
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Pura Beji Temple

The Pura Beji temple is a large and beautiful temple complex in the village of Sangsit in North Bali. The temple dates to the 15th century, during the spread of the Majapahit kingdom from Java. Carvings throughout the temple are inspired by Hindu epics with a mixture of fables and legends, including serpents and demons. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Sangsit, Sawan, Buleleng, North Bali
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Pura Blanjong

Pura Blanjong is a cenotaph of Sri Kesari Warmadewa, a Buddhist apostle who established a Mahayana convent in this Sanur village. Along with the inscription, 15 metres northwest, is a Ganesha statue (the elephant-headed son of Shiva). Pura Blanjong features walls built of coral instead of bricks.

  • Location: Sanur Beach
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Pura Gunung Lebah Temple in Ubud

Pura Gunung Lebah Temple is one of Ubud’s central landmarks, positioned at the western end of the Jalan Raya Ubud main road. The temple lies at the eastern side of Ubud’s Campuhan valley, and its name loosely translates to ‘mountain valley temple’ in archaic Balinese. The temple dates to the 8th century, during the times of Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Campuhan, Ubud
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Pura Penataran Sasih

Pura Penataran Sasih is situated six kilometres northwest of Gianyar and two kilometres north of Pejeng. It is also known as ‘The Moon Temple’ and derived its name from an ancient bronze kettle drum (or nekara) called ‘Moon of Pejeng’ which is now kept in its inner chamber. It is the largest bronze kettle in Southeast Asia at about two metres in length and allegedly dates from 300 BC. The design is associated with the Dong Son culture of Southern China and Northern Vietnam of around 1500 BC. This highly valued and ornate gong is in the shape of an hourglass and is beautifully engraved: it is regarded as Indonesia’s most important Bronze-Age antique.

  • Location: East of Ubud in Gianyar Regency
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Pura Petitenget

Although Pura Petitenget (found at the T-junction on Jalan Petitenget) is not as big and as popular as Bali’s other major temples of Pura Besakih, Pura Uluwatu and Pura Ulun Danu, it is famous for its legend. This temple is believed by Hindus to be one of nine pillars known as 'Kayangan Jagat', temples of nine wind eyes built in the 11th Century by Empu Kuturan (a Javanese Sage) who came to Bali bringing religious law and the formation of traditional villages.

The nine eyes are also believed to protect the island from southward threats through their intricate positioning. Another story relates that Pura Petitenget is known as the Temple of the Secret Box – a name inherited when a holy man from Java arrived in Bali intending to teach the Balinese community about good manners. He brought a box and accidentally left it behind when he returned to Java. The Balinese people, in fearfulness of the holy man, dared neither to touch nor open it, and so decided to build a temple around it. It’s your choice to either believe it or not, but be sure to stop by this temple on special occasions and holy days: you’ll witness a spectacular ceremony here.

  • Location: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
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Pura Samuan Tiga

The Pura Samuan Tiga Temple is a 10th century temple in the village of Bedulu in Gianyar, around 800 meters east from the Goa Gajah Temple complex, or 20 minutes’ drive from central Ubud. The temple dates back to the Warmadewa dynasty, which also built the Tirta Empul Temple complex. The old temple is a Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Bedulu, Gianyar
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Pura Taman Saraswati Temple

The Pura Taman Saraswati is a beautiful water temple in central Ubud, accessible from the Jalan Kajeng side street off the main road of Jalan Raya Ubud, just behind Café Lotus. The temple is a great stopover along your leisure walks through Ubud town, offering sightseeing and photo opportunities with its classical Balinese temple architecture and Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud
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Sakenan Temple in Bali - Pura Sakenan

Sakenan Temple or ‘Pura Sakenan’ as referred to by locals, is an important temple in the southern region of Bali, perched on the north-western shore of Serangan Island, a small island located 10km south of Denpasar.

Once strong for its unique feature of pilgrimages during the 210-day piodalan temple anniversary celebrations with processions leading to the Read More...

  • Location: south Denpasar, into the road opposite LotteMart on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai from Sanur
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Taman Ayun Temple in Bali

Taman Ayun Temple is a landmark in the village of Mengwi, Badung regency, located 17km northwest of Denpasar. This temple complex boasts magnificent traditional architectural features throughout its courtyards and enclosures as well as expansive garden landscapes comprised of lotus and fish ponds.

The temple was built circa 1634 by the then ruler of the Mengwi Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
  • Location: Village of Mengwi, Badung regency, approximately 17km northwest from Denpasar.
  • How to get there: Follow the main road north from Denpasar along the common Jalan Kapal thoroughfare towards Bedugul. Upon reaching Mengwi, the landmark can’t be missed.
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Temples in Kuta Beach

Kuta does not have a popular main temple to visit, but sprinkled along the main road you can find regular temples worth a peek at during your holiday here. Positioned on Jalan Pantai Kuta you’ll find Pura Batu Bolong; on Kuta Sidewalk is Pura Penataran; and on Kuta Beach a few metres east from the main gate is Pura Kalangan Majelangu. Every morning and late afternoon right after sunset, the Balinese who live in the neighbourhood come here to pray and present offerings.

The temple is busy only on special occasions during holy days and ceremonies such as Melasti: three or four days prior to Nyepi (the day of silence that falls on Bali’s Lunar New Year), the Balinese gather to send prayers and offerings to Sanghyang Widhi/Vishnu-Devas-Bataras on the beach to respect them as the owners of the land and sea.

  • Location: Kuta Beach

Tirta Empul Temple in Bali

Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site serves as a legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil. It is also a national cultural heritage site.

The complex, built circa 960 AD, is also a silent witness to the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Manukaya village, district of Tampaksiring, Gianyar, central Bali.
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Ulun Danu Batur Temple in Kintamani

Ulun Danu Batur Temple, which is also called ‘Pura Batur’ or ‘Batur Temple’ for short, is an important Balinese Hindu temple and the second most significant mountain temple after the Besakih Temple complex at the foot of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest peak. Ulun Danu Batur sits at the southwestern rim of the vast caldera of Mount

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  • Location: Jalan Raya Kintamani-Batur Selatan, Bangli
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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali

The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is both a famous picturesque landmark and a significant temple complex located on the western side of the Beratan Lake in Bedugul, central Bali. The whole Bedugul area is actually a favorite cool upland weekend and holiday retreat for locals and island visitors alike from the southern and urban areas, as Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00–18:00
  • Location: Ulun Danu Beratan is located on the western lakeside of the Beratan Lake in the village of Candi Kuning highland region of Bedugul, Tabanan Regency.
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Uluwatu Temple - Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple also shares the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important sea temple located in Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00. As a place of worship however, it is open 24 hours daily.
  • Location: Pura Uluwatu is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta sub-district, Badung regency, about 25km south of Kuta and it usually takes around one hour to get to and from there.
  • How to get there: Take the bypass main road to Nusa Dua and to Jimbaran and then follow the ascending road up to Uluwatu.
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Vihara Dharmayana Kuta

Vihara Dharmayana Kuta temple stands majestically as one of the very few cultural landmarks Hidden amid Kuta’s traffic frenzy and surfing paradise glamour. This age-old Chinese Buddhist temple was one of the various Buddhist sites in Bali visited by Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on his international tour in 1982 so it certainly has pedigree.

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  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Jalan Blambangan, Kuta
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 762 362
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