Top 3 Balinese Temples and Religious SitesBlog
The Balinese Temples are unique in architecture and strecture and are built according to specific rules. The traditional religion is takes an entire part of the life in Bali. That is why you should not miss the opportunity to watch closer this aspect of the Balinese culture and admire the different temples around! As we are talking about religious places, pay attention to what you wear and get some decent clothes on. We have shortlisted for you 3 fantastic temples to visit during your trip in Bali.
Goa Lawah / Bat Cave Temple
Goa Lawah is also known as bat cave. It is called Bat Cave because of the two large, majestic banyan trees at the main entrance. It is a very important temple for the Balinese Hindu community. Goa Lawah is one of the most important temples you can find in Bali. Located at the South East coast of Bali, you will find such beautiful black sandy beach. And from here you will be able to see the horizon of the coast of Nusa Penida. It is very common for tourists and locals to stop here and give offerings.
Here are some tips for you if you visit the Bat Cave Temple! According to some tales, the cave has a pathway up to Besakih Temple in the North, at the foot of Mount Agung. You can go in the morning and pray with the locals. It is used to be a busy place thanks to its popularity and its access. So you will definitely enjoy visiting this temple!
Pura Luhur Uluwatu / Uluwatu Temple
This cliff-top temple is quite impressive once you get there. The temple is built on the steep cliff, and coming at this temple would make you feel like sitting on the throne of Bali. During sunset hours, the atmosphere fers literally enchanting. It is one of the nine key directional temples from Bali.
You have the possibility to enter to the temple area through two entrances. They are both surrounded by a some Ganesha sculptures (shaped like a human body with an elephant head). Behind the main shrine lies a Brahmin Statue facing the Indian Ocean. The temple might not look as spectacular as the other ones, but the location makes it unique: it is perched on a steep cliff 70 meters above the roaring Indian ocean waves. There are more steep headlands on either side and sunsets over Uluwatu so you should definitely enjoy your trip over there. With a scenic cave underneath and a beach close to the temple, this is the perfect spot for surfers!
You would also be able to watch a Balinese Dance Performance in the evening and although it can be a bit crowded at times or feel a bit touristic. But you will still get the Balinese touch and enjoy really enjoyable views. Watch your belongings though if you go to this temple, with all the monkeys around used to steal tourists stuffs!
Ulun Danu Batur
It literally means “head of the lake” which reflects not only the temple location, but also its importance and main purpose. The temple compound is composed of nine different smaller temples. There are almost 30 different shrines dedicated to the gods and goddesses of springs, water, crafts, art and agriculture, and art. These things are definitely the foundations of the Balinese society and its culture.
The Batur village is located down in the caldera at the foot of the volcano Mount Batur. You can visit the principal temple, Agung Batur, with its five main courtyards. As many important temples on Bali, considering the amount of tourists visiting the temples, the local devotees expect from the tourists a donation (around $1).
But there is a lot to explore once in there. Besides the rice paddies and the agriculture, you can see the Bali’s unique irrigation system (called Subak) controlled from the top of the volcano. Take your time to feel how unique is this temple site!
If this list of temples do not appeal to you, you can still find some other Balinese temple like Pura Luhur Lempuyang, Gunung Kawi Temple, or even Ulun Danu Bratan, one of the most important water temple around. So hurry and book your trip to Bali right now!