Bali Temple Guide – 24 Best Temples In Bali, Indonesia
Bali has dozens of old Hindu temples to explore, but the most interesting ones are in Ubud and north Bali.
The architecture and history behind some of these is pretty cool, so it’s a good idea to see at least a couple on your trip to Bali.
Here’s my complete Bali temple guide, with a list of 24 of the best temples in Bali!
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What To Wear To Temples In Bali
You’ll need to wear a sarong to enter most of these temples in Bali.
A sarong is a traditional skirt you tie around your waist, that can usually be rented on the spot for a small fee like 5,000 Rupiah (less than a Dollar).
Or, if you plan to visit a lot of temples in Bali, it may be worthwhile to shell out for a sarong of your own to keep. They’re very cheap!
Central Bali / Ubud Temples
• Pura Taman Saraswati
The Saraswati water temple is in central Ubud and it has some of the coolest wall patterns and carvings you’ll see in Bali. The doors are insanely detailed and elaborate. Flowers, dragons, demon figures, and more.
More info: Saraswati Temple
• Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
The Instagram famous Ubud Monkey Forest is mostly known for the wild monkeys living there, but it also has some old temples and dragon statues in the jungle that are worth checking out. The whole place has an Indiana Jones-y feel to it.
More info: Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
• Puri Saren Agung
Also known as the Ubud Royal Palace, this one was built in the 1800s and it’s easily the most well known temple in Ubud, partly because it’s located directly in the town center. This is one of the easiest temples to visit in Bali.
More info: Ubud Royal Palace
• Pura Goa Gajah
This is one of the oldest temples I’ve visited in Ubud, and also one of the weirdest. The doorway to the cave is really bizarre and unique, and it feels like you’re walking into the belly of some underground rock monster.
More info: Goa Gajah Temple
• Pura Samuan Tiga
This is a big temple from the 10th century between Ubud and Gianyar, just 800 yards from the Goa Gajah temple or a 10 minute drive from central Ubud. This temple is unusually quiet and only a few tourists seem to know about it, but it’s popular for Hindu ceremonies.
• Pura Gunung Kawi
In my opinion, this is one of the most unique and interesting temples in Bali. Gunung Kawi is actually an underground temple carved into the side of a cliff. It’s an 11th century temple, and the age of everything here is obvious when you look at it.
• Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu
The name and location of this temple is very close to Gunung Kawi, but this one is not near as famous. This is a water temple with a nice jungle setting.
• Pura Tirta Empul
This is one of the most well known temples near Ubud, partly because of the Hindu holy spring where visitors (including tourists) are allowed to bathe and pray, if that’s your thing.
More info: Tirta Empul Temple
• Sangeh Monkey Forest
In the center of the Sangeh Monkey Forest is a 17th century temple called Pura Bukit Sari, along with several smaller temples scattered throughout the jungle nearby. As an added bonus, you get to hang out with…… more monkeys!
• Pura Batuan
This is an ancient 10th century temple located in Batuan village, halfway between Ubud and Sanur. The whole temple grounds are open to tourists, and a lot of the buildings and carvings are different from what you normally see at other Balinese temples.
• Pura Desa Abiansemal
I know nothing about this temple except that it looks very old and exotic. There’s foliage growing out of the stone roof top. This temple is easy to stop and visit while en route to the Sangeh Monkey Forest.
• Pura Taman Ayun
I think this is one of the best temples in Bali — very photogenic, but away from the major tourist areas so it doesn’t get too crowded. Taman Ayun is pretty close to Abiansemal and the Sangeh Monkey Forest.
More info: Taman Ayun Temple
• Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton
Alas Kedaton is a small jungle that doubles as a wild bat and monkey sanctuary. The fruit bats may look scary, but they’re actually pretty friendly. In the middle of the jungle is a group of temples you can visit too.
More info: Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
North Bali Temples
• Pura Danau Bratan
This is an old temple on a crater lake, and it’s arguably one of the most famous and iconic places in Bali. The 12-story pagoda just screams ‘Asia’, and the mountains in the background aren’t too shabby either.
More info: Danau Bratan Temple
• Pura Danu Tamblingan
This is an epic temple at Lake Tamblingan in north Bali. One of the last remnants of the 10th century Tamblingan civilization, this temple sits inside of an ancient caldera surrounded by rainforests.
East Bali Temples
• Pura Segara
This is an old floating temple on the edge of Lake Batur in northeast Bali.
It has some similarities to the famous Lake Baratan temple in Bedugul, but this one has no crowds and no entrance fee!
More info: Pura Segara Temple
• Pura Besakih
This is one of the biggest and most significant temples in Bali. Besakih sits on the slopes of the Mount Agung volcano, and some parts of the temple may be thousands of years old.
South Bali Temples
• Pura Tanah Lot
This is a mysterious looking 16th century temple on a rock overlooking the ocean. It’s a popular sunset spot, or you can even walk out closer to it when the tide is low.
• Pura Uluwatu
The Uluwatu temple sits on the edge of a huge cliff in south Bali. The pagoda itself may not be spectacular, but the setting is really scenic and gives you some epic views of the ocean cliffs. Watch out for the monkeys here, they’re notorious for trying to snatch your stuff!
• Pura Gunung Payung
Located in south Bali right next to a beach of the same name, Gunung Payung is a small temple that you can stroll through in just 5 minutes. There’s no entrance fee.
Nusa Penida Temples
• Pura Paluang
Also known as the ‘car temple’, this is a weird one located on the neighboring island of Nusa Penida. The temple is located near some popular tourist sites like Kelingking Beach, so it’s easy to visit if you happen to be exploring the west coast of Penida.
More info: Paluang Cliff
• Pura Goa Giri Putri
This is another temple located on Penida, but it’s in a cave! After crawling through a tiny hole in the side of the mountain, the inside opens up to a huge cave about 300 meters long, with high rock ceilings.
More info: Goa Giri Cave Temple
• Pura Sekar Kuning
Located on Manta Point in Nusa Penida, this temple is made out of bright white stone, just sitting up there on a cliff in the middle of nowhere. It’s a great area to explore.
More info: Manta Point Overlook
• Pura Batu Mas Kuning
This is a new temple built on the east coast of Penida in 2018. As usual, it’s open to visitors to look at and take photos, but you’ll need to wear a sarong to go inside.
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