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Bali Attractions Tours

Bali is a tropical island that holds a special allure. Visitors from across the globe flock to Bali to experience its lush landscape, unparalleled marine ecosystems and exotic temples. This small island is a popular destination for divers, surfers, adventure seekers and those seeking a connection with the spirituality that Bali is famous for.

There is such a wide variety of options when it comes to places to visit and it can be overwhelming when you start planning your itinerary. This list of Bali’s top attractions offers a basic guide to the islands best-loved sites and can help you to narrow down your list of places to see.

Tanah Lot Temple

On a visit to Tabanan Beach you will find the rock formation known as Tanah Lot. This rocky outcrop is surrounded by the sea and is home to Pura Tanah Lot, an ancient and sacred Balinese Hindu Temple.

The Tanah Lot Temple is one of seven sea temples built around the south-western coast of Bali and is within sight of the temples on either side. In Balinese mythology, the temple is believed to be guarded by poisonous sea snakes created by the sea god, Bhatara Segara.

Tanah Lot is open throughout the day, but sunset is the best time to appreciate the true beauty of this attraction.

Uluwatu Temple

The pagoda style Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s most famous tourist attractions and boasts a magnificent cliff top location which offers spectacular sunset views across the Indian Ocean. In addition to its ornate Balinese architecture, sculptures and gateways, Uluwatu is also the location for daily Kecak dance with a dramatic performance, which is based on the Ramayana Hindu epic.

A troop of macaque monkeys also inhabit the temple area and you should keep a close eye on your belongings to prevent them from becoming an enticing plaything for one of these audacious primates.

Lempuyang’s Gate of Heaven

The Lempuyang Temple is one of a cluster of Balinese Hindu temples situated on the sloped of Mount Lempuyang. It is at this temple that you will find one of Bali’s most iconic landmarks – the Gates of Heaven.

As a prime tourist location, you should aim to arrive as the temple complex opens at 5 AM to avoid the queues. There is a steep ascent to the temple, so wear comfortable walking shoes and remember to bring a sarong or be prepared to rent one as they are a requirement for entry. Photo helpers are on hand to take photos and manage the queue of people waiting for their turn in front of the gates.

Besakih Temple

Situated in Eastern Bali, the Pura Besakih Temple is the oldest temple in Bali and is located on the slopes of Mount Agung. Known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’, the Besakih Temple remained miraculously untouched by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Agung in 1963.

The site has been used as a Hindu place of worship for more than 700 years but the importance as a holy site dates back to pre-historic times.

On a tour that includes this attraction, you will pass through breath-taking scenery that includes vast rice fields, forests, mountains and rivers. On arrival at Besakih Temple you can wander the complex that comprises 23 ancient temples built on six terraced slopes and marked by impressive bricked gateways.

Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul is a Hindu water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring. The temple is a place of ritual purification and Balinese Hindu’s visit the temple for ritual purification. The traditionally ornate sculptures and bathing pools make Tirta Empul a culturally fascinating waypoint on your Bali itinerary.

You can join the queue moving in waist-deep water from waterspout to waterspout, dipping your head under each flow of water until you reach the end-point.

After the purification ritual is complete, you can visit the inner courtyard for a moment of quiet contemplation or walk through the Hindu shrines and pass by the final section of the temple with its large Koi pond.

Ulun Danu Temple

Ulun Danu Temple is located on the shores of Lake Bratan, a crater lake in the Bedugul Highlands. The mountain air is crisp and cool in the mornings and the mist that rises from the lake’s surface adds to the temple’s mystical appearance. The 12-storey pagoda construction makes the temple truly unique and well worth a visit.

To make the most of this picture perfect attraction, try to arrive early, before the mountains in the background are obscured by clouds.

Goa Gajah Temple

Goa Gajah is also known as the Elephant Temple dates back to the 11th century and is characterized by menacing faces carved into the rockface and the largest of the faces is believed to be that of an elephant.

Located close to Ubud, the temple was rediscovered by archaeologists in 1923, with the surrounding fountains and bathing pools being unearthed in 1954.

The temple remains an active place of worship and trails of burning incense fill the air. Signs of smooth indentations in the rock are a testimony to the ancient priests who would meditate here. Walking through the tranquil temple complex you will view ancient structures and relics that date as far back at the 8th century.

Taman Ayun Temple

The UNESCO recognized Taman Ayun Temple is located in the western village of Mengwi. The temple complex features expansive gardens with lotus-covered fish ponds. Taman Ayun is the ideal stop for photographers with its row of 11-tiered pagodas and an imposing gate.

Taman Ayun comprises four sections, each moving into the next. A short climb up to the bell tower in the third court will provide you with a captivating view of the entire temple complex. If you would like to know more about Baliese rites of passage, you can pay a visit to the Museum Manusa Yadnya which is located opposite the temple entrance.