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Quick guide to temples in Bali

A trip to Bali is not complete without visit to its temples. Its infact impossible because of the sheer number of temples Bali has 🙂 It is estimated that Bali has more than 10,000 temples and I am not surprised. Temples can be found at every nook and corner of this island. Majority of the Bali population follows Balinese Hinduism; and one can see beautiful Hindu temples throughout the island. Their architecture is unique and temples look magnificent.

During our one week stay in Bali, we were able to cover some of their temples:

Taman Ayun Temple

Also called the Royal Palace temple; this temple is inside a moat. I would recommend a visit for the architecture.

Entrance Fee: 20000 IDR/ adult. Our 5 yr old son was not charged. (as on May 2016)

Time required for visit: 45mins – 1.5hrs

View from outside - Taman Ayun temple, Bali

View from outside – Taman Ayun temple, Bali

Scene of a traditional cock fight depicted at the temple

Scene of a traditional cock fight depicted at the temple

At Taman Ayun Temple or Royal palace temple, Bali

At Taman Ayun Temple or Royal palace temple, Bali

Entrance to Royal Palace Temple, Bali

Entrance to Royal Palace Temple, Bali

Moat at Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

Moat at Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Temple

This is the famous temple which figures in most of the Bali ads. And it deserves to be there. Its quite big and will require close to 2 hrs for leisurely visit.

Entrance fee: 30000 IDR/ adult and 15000 IDR/ child.

Time required for visit: 2-3 hr

This view is on the 50K Indonesian currency

This view is on the 50K Indonesian currency

Pura Ulun Danu Temple

Pura Ulun Danu Temple

Main temple- Pura Ulun Danu

Main temple- Pura Ulun Danu

Small play area inside the temple premises

Small play area inside the temple premises

Tanah Lot Temple

This temple on the north west is famous for its sunset. Unfortunately for us, we went on a day it was cloudy. And since we were little late, we could not get the best pics too. Its inside the sea and one can get to the entrance of the temple when its low tide. Visitors not allowed inside the temple though.

Entrance fee: 30000 IDR / adults. Child was not charged.

Duration of visit: One can easily spend 2 hrs here. Reach before sunset to get the best view.

Entrance to Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Entrance to Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot, Bali

Tanah Lot, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu temple is situated on a cliff in south west Bali and is known for its beautiful sunset and Kecak dance. We again missed the sunset though because of clouds. We had seen Kecak dance performance on youtube and were not too enthusiastic about it. It was too loud for our taste so we did not go for it. It has a separate ticket and the performance begins around 5:15pm.

Entrance ticket: 30000 IDR per adult. Kid not charged.

Duration of the visit: You can spend 2 hrs clicking photos of the temple from various cliffs. Reach well before sunset. Kecak dance performance is for about an hour.

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

View from cliff, Uluwatu Temple

View from cliff, Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple Cliff

Uluwatu Temple Cliff

Uluwatu Temple Cliff

Uluwatu Temple Cliff

Uluwatu Temple Cliff

Uluwatu Temple Cliff

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Uluwatu Temple, Bali

There are other famous temples in Bali like Monkey temple and Besakih temple; but we did not have enough time to cover all of them. We would have loved to see sunset from the cliffs of Uluwatu temple or Tanah Lot; maybe next time 😀

 

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