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

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    Uluwatu Temple

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    Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

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All Bali Temples

Batuan Temple

Batuan Temple is a local Hindu temple in the village of Batuan, about 10 km south of central Ubud. This 11th-century shrine faces a large communal hall, where devotees pray and present offerings. Well-preserved sandstone motifs and traditional Balinese temple architecture are its main draws. You'll also see multi-tiered thatched-roof shrines within the temple’s inner courtyard. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Batuan, Batuan, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
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Batukaru Temple

Batukaru Temple, or Pura Luhur Batukaru, is one of Bali’s key temples. The temple is at the foot of Mount Batukaru, the second-highest peak on the island. Surrounded by cool natural forests, it's a pleasant stopover for sightseeing in the Tabanan regency. Batukaru Temple's main courtyard has a freshwater spring that serves as the holy water source for prayers Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Penatahan-Wongayagede, Wongaya Gede, Penebel, Tabanan, Bali 85125, Indonesia
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Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali

Garuda Wisnu Kencana is a multipurpose cultural park which locals refer to it by its acronym ‘GWK’. It covers 2.5 sq km in the hills of Ungasan, about 5 km south of the main Jimbaran area. The main showpiece is a gigantic statue depicting the benevolent Hindu god Vishnu riding on the back of the mythical Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 9pm
  • Location: Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
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Goa Giri Putri Temple in Nusa Penida

The Goa Giri Putri Temple is a large cave temple in Suana, on the north-eastern part of Penida. A shrine and a priests’ praying shelter guards its entrance, which is a narrow opening in a rock face. You'll need to stoop down low to be able to squeeze and get through. Inside, you’ll discover a spacious temple Read More...

  • Location: Suana, Nusapenida, Klungkung, Bali 80771, Indonesia
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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, while statues of Balinese folklore figures decorate the central vestibule. The temple’s walls are also ornate with Chinese porcelain plates. These are tributes to the historical relations between the local Bali Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
  • Location: Jalan Sriwijaya No.8, Cempaga, Bangli, Bali 80613, Indonesia
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Ling Gwan Kiong

Ling Gwan Kiong is an old Chinese temple in North Bali. It dates to 1873 with connections to the Ching Dynasty. Be sure to take off your shoes and keep calm when entering the inner sections, where devotees come, light incenses and conduct prayers before a beautiful altar. Ling Gwan Kiong is a 15-minute drive east from Lovina Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Erlangga No.65, Bugis, Buleleng, Bali 81114, Indonesia
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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 15 km from Lovina Beach and a half-hour drive from the capital of Singaraja.

The temple features classical Balinese stone temple architecture. But most peculiar is its wall relief of a highly stylised man riding a bicycle with Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Air Sanih, Kubutambahan, Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia
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Pura Beji Temple

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. As with Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Sangsit, Sangsit, Sawan, Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia
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Pura Blanjong

Pura Blanjong Temple displays one of Bali’s oldest known artefacts, which dates back to 914 CE. It’s a stone pillar with Sanskrit inscriptions, and believed to be some sort of victory monument, chiefly of King Sri Kesari Warmadewa. The first king of the Balinese Warmadewa dynasty, he was believed to have installed Bali's first formal government. Blanjong Temple also showcases sandstone statues of Hindu lord Ganesh and various animal figures. The temple is a national cultural heritage site and welcomes visitors year-round.

  • Location: Jalan Danau Poso, Pura Blanjong No.80227, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia
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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’s name loosely translates to ‘mountain valley temple’ in archaic Balinese. It dates back to the 8th century, and has close spiritual ties to Batur Temple. Gunung Lebah itself honours the goddess of Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Ubud No.23, Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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Pura Penataran Sasih

Pura Penataran Sasih is known as ‘The Moon Temple’ as it houses an ancient bronze kettle drum called ‘Moon of Pejeng’. It is the largest bronze kettle in Southeast Asia, at about 2 metres in length and dates back to 300 BC. The Hindu temple dates back to 1266 AD, and served as the state temple of the Pejeng kingdom. Pura Penataran Sasih also displays a stone Seat of Ganesh in the middle of the main courtyard, a modern chronogram in front of the entrance, and several Hindu sculptures. Pura Penataran Sasih is around 6.5 km east of Ubud.

  • Location: Jalan Raya Tampaksiring, Pejeng, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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Pura Petitenget Temple

Pura Petitenget Temple is Seminyak’s central cultural landmark. Known as Pura Petitenget in the local tongue, the centuries-old temple is a must-see and really comes to life during its festive 210-day anniversaries. The name of the street that runs parallel to the beach is actually taken from the temple. The namesake Petitenget Beach is only a few steps away from the temple, where visitors and locals enjoy the best spots to share in the gorgeous sunset moments. 

  • Location: Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, North Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
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Pura Samuan Tiga

Samuan Tiga Temple was the royal temple of the Udayana Warmadewa dynasty. Assumed to be the venue for the great meeting between Gods, deities and saints, the temple is known for hosting Siat Sampian, a Balinese Hindu ritual that takes place every 10th full moon (known as Purnama Kadasa), or roughly every April. Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Raya Bedulu, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Bali 80581, Indonesia
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Sakenan Temple

Sakenan Temple, or Pura Sakenan, is an important temple in the southern region of Bali. It's located on the north-western shore of Serangan, a small island around 10 km south of Denpasar. The 10th-century temple is liveliest during the 210-day Piodalan Ceremony. Devotees from village temples in southern Denpasar make their way towards several temples on Serangan Island, one Read More...

  • Location: Jalan Banjar Pemalukan, Peguyangan, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80115, Indonesia
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Temples in Kuta Beach

Temples in Kuta Beach can be found along the main road, where you can see Balinese praying and presenting offerings in the mornings and evenings, just after sunset. Some of the most visited Kuta temples include Pura Kalangan Majelangu, Pura Batu Bolong, and Pura Penataran.

Pura Kalangan Majelangu is busy during holy days and ceremonies such as Melasti, which takes place 3 or 4 days before Nyepi (Bali’s day of silence). During Melasti, locals gather to send prayers and offerings to the Supreme God of Indonesian Hinduism, or Sanghyang Widhi, on Kuta Beach.

Vihara Dharmayana Kuta

Vihara Dharmayana is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Kuta. Founded in 1876, the temple’s main structures are well-maintained, with intricate Far Eastern architecture in bright colours. The courtyard is calm with constant wafts of incense smoke coming from the altars. Slightly hidden and located on a side-street, Vihara Dharm Ayana Kuta is around 1 Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 8pm
  • Location: Jalan Blambangan No.12, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 762 362
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Vihara Dharma Giri Temple in Tabanan

Vihara Dharma Giri is a Buddhist temple in the village of Pupuan in Tabanan, West Bali, best known for its giant, chalk-white sleeping Buddha statue. The temple is among the top attractions in Pupuan, which is often better known for its vast expanses of rice fields which can be a highlight on scenic drives to the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 5pm
  • Location: Jalan Raya Pupuan No.1, Pupuan, Tabanan, Bali 82163, Indonesia
  • Tel: +62 (0)362 71029
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