Puseh Pekraman Village Lembongan is located nearby Pura Puncak Sari. This temple is situated on a high land with a great view of Lembongan island from the back yard of the temple. If you happen to go hiking in this area, you can stop by and ask local to explain you the history of this village temple.
Vihara Dharma Giri is a Buddhist temple known for its divine huge sleeping Budha statue, located in Pupuan-Tabanan. This vihara has three different floors that visitors can explore, but since it is a holy place, there are a few rules that we have to follow. One of them is, we have to cover our waist down with sarong, if you don’t bring it with you, don’t worry you can borrow the sarong from the management.
On the first floor of the vihara, you will find a huge courtyard with many refreshing greenery that will automatically smooth the tense on your mood. While on the second floor you will find the white sleeping Buddha Statue with the beautifully arranged garden as the background. Further up to the third floor you will find another Buddha statue in a sitting position in a chamber made especially for worshippers. Read more...
Tirta Empul is not only one of the most important temples but also one of the most famous, because of its holy water that is used for purification. Next to the complex is also a modern villa on the hill, built for President Sukarno’s visit in 1954. The temple was built around 960 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty. The dynasty was founded by Sri Kesari Warmadewa. He was the first Balinese king to have left an inscription on the Belanjong pillar.
One of the descendants was the famous king Udayana Warmadewa. He was the father of King Airlangga, who also ruled over the island of Java.
Tirta Empul means “holy water spring”. The spring’s water is distributed to various purification pools that Balinese Hindus use for their purification rituals
Location & Setting
Tirta Empul is located in the Tampak Siring region, just 20km north-east of Ubud. It is also quite near to Gunung Kawi Temple.
Tirta Empul Temple complex consists of three key areas. The front, the outer and the inner courtyard. You will walk through lush gardens with statues and beautiful tropical plants, towards the entrance. Behind the temple gate, you will see the first pools. It’s a wonderful and beautiful scenery.
Good to Know
Like in any Balinese temple, always dress respectfully. If you do not have a Sarong, you can borrow one with a sash to put around the waist. Women during their period are prohibited to enter the sacred sites. The purification bathing ritual is only meant for Hindus.
At the parking area, you will found small souvenir shops and warungs selling refreshments, snacks and local food. This type of “infrastructure” can be found at the parking lot of all major temples on Bali.
Puncak Sari is a beautiful Hindu Bali temple situated in one of the highest points of Nusa Lembongan island with a huge area of garden. From the yard of the temple, we can see the sister islands, Nusa Penida and Ceningan, and also the blue Indian Ocean. Read more...
Giri Putri Cave, This second-floor cave temple for both Hindu and Buddhist religion, is known as one of the holiest sites in Bali and also suitable for the tourist who is looking for a nice and quiet place for doing meditation. The temple is located in Pakraman village – Nusa Penida.
This temple is unique as you will need to squeezed-in your body when entering the cave. Inside the cave, the temperature is dropped a few degrees lower, a lot chiller than the outside. Due to minimum lights provided inside the cave, you must watch your steps as the floor of the cave can be slippery. You will need at least 30 minutes to explore the cave area, before reaching the way out through a local village at the back area of the temple.
Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s directional temples and is situated on a rock in the ocean, just offshore. From all the beautiful temples on Bali, Tanah Lot is quite special and for anyone of the “must-things-to-do”.
It is said that Pura Tanah Lot has been built on the recommendation of an important Hindu priest Danghyang Nirartha in the 16th century, who has shaped Bali’s Hinduism and religious architecture for the centuries to come.
Tanah Lot is a very important site for pilgrimages and plays an important role in Balinese spiritualism and mythology. The rock that the temple sits on has been eroded by the ocean over the centuries and is now undergoing a process of restoration.
Location & Setting
The temple is located just offshore in the south-west of Bali on a rock which gets surrounded by the sea during high tide. It’s roughly a 30-40min drive by cab from Seminyak (ca. 120.000Rp. with metered Taxi).
The entire area around Tanah Lot is regarded as a holy to the Balinese. There has not been much tourism development in this part of the island but the Nirwana Golf resort just next to the temple.
Good to Know
This is an extremely popular tourist destination and the whole area is often busy, especially in the late afternoons, pre-sunset. The area between the car park (Rp 5,000 per vehicle) and the beach adjacent to the temple is a maze of souvenir shops selling just about every Balinese trinket imaginable. Don’t forget to bargain.
Once you have fought your way through the souvenir vendors to the beach, you will see the magnificent temple perched on a rock just a few meters offshore. There is a footpath to the raised cliff area just to the south from where the views of the temple and the sunset behind it are outstanding. Photo-opportunities abound.
Most people stay around one hour. During high tide, the rock is completely surrounded by water. Best time to visit is during low tide (afternoon/evening) which allows you to get very near, watch the holy snake in the cave (in a box!) and take some amazing pictures at the shore and from the coastline.
Pekraman Sakenan Pura Desa Lembongan is a village temple located nearby the yellow suspension bridge connecting Lembongan and Ceningan. This temple is unique because it is situated in the centre of the mangrove forest. During full moon and religious event, many people from the nearby village comes for praying. Read more...
Dalemped Temple (also known as Pura Dalem Nusa) is located in the north Nusa Penida. Balinese believes the history of this temple is related to one of the most important Bali Ancestor named Ratu Gede Mas Mecaling. He was popular as the powerful ancestor who could cure the sick, many locals, even from other islands, still come to this temple today hoping to be healed from any sickness.
During full moon or the temple anniversary, people from nearby villages and Bali main island will come to worship and pay tribute to their ancestor. Read more...
It’s a very scenic and very holy place to visit. Located in East Bali within the highlands of Mount Lempuyang this temple is not only one of the most difficult to get to, but also one of the most sacred on Bali. 1,700 steps cut into the mountain are between your parking lot and the shrines. This means a 1 1/2 to 2 hours of physical challenge leading you uphill through the jungle.
Pura Luhur Lempuyang is like several other temples in this list one of Bali’s most important religious places. Like Besakih, Tanah Lot etc it’s also one of the island’s nine directional temples with the function to protect Bali and the Balinese from evil spirits. It is also one of the six temples that are dedicated to the supreme God, Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. The six are the temples of the world, also called sad kahyangan.
The temple is never really crowded. So if you are fit and ready for a challenge that gives you a very special reward in return, this temple should be high up on your list of things to do on Bali.
Good to know
Pura Penataran Agung
If you are not willing to take the hike up to Lempuyang temple there is another temple just at the foot of the mountain, the Pura Penataran Agung that is worth a visit.
There are very scenic views of Mount Agung waiting to be captured by photographers and don’t miss the impressive dragon stairs that lead to shrines.
It’s a hike
The temple’s unique location and spectacular views are definitely a highlight for the fit and willing. The steep and challenging climb with more than 1700 stairs will lead you to the temple almost 1.200m above sea level. The entire area around mount Lempuyang is actually one of the best to hike and enjoy a Bali, that has nothing to do with the south.
To many, who are into hiking and trekking this visit is a fantastic blend of an adventurous mountain trekking experience, incredible panoramic views, and the visit of an ancient religious site. You will walk through lush mountain forests, pass by several other smaller temples, and will surely meet a few of the grey long-tailed macaques.
Once you are there you might notice, that Pura Lempuyang is actually smaller than the Penataran Agung. But it feels different, more serene, more calm. It’s unique and one can slightly feel why Balinese were ready to put such unbelievable amount of effort into constructing this site with their bare hands.You can shorten the time it will take you to get up there after you got off by your car and hire one of the many many motorcycle taxis that are operated by local villagers. The price is reasonable, simply ask your driver to help you to negotiate a fair price. They will take you up the point where the paved road ends directly at the temple Penataran Agung, for a negotiable fee.
And it can be a fun ride too. Most people stop at the first temple and take a few pictures before they gather their strength and courage to face the 1.700 steps.
Do not complain
The locals take this walk up to the temple very seriously. With pride and dedication, they take step by step. For them, it’s a spiritual journey that one should not complain about. And they certainly do not appreciate hearing others complain. After all, nobody is forced to come up here.
Pura Dalem Desa Pekraman is dedicated to worship Shiva and Durga. When a member of a village pass-away there will be a ceremony hold in this temple; the body will be buried temporarily in temple area called “setra”, until once the family ready it will be dug up again in the future for the cremation ceremony. During Galungan, Kuningan, or Odalan, this temple will be packed with worshippers from many places.Read more...