A beach amidst volcanoes – both dormant and active, dense rainforests which shelter a variety of flora and fauna, vast stretches of rice-fields, a culture that comes from ancient times represented through fire dances and the likes, kaki lima,  the water sports in the Indian Ocean and to add to it, the majestic Hindu Temples here. Bali is certainly an Indonesian Paradise. Bali Beaches and everything else that comes with it is common to any island, but what makes Bali stand out are the temples here, each with a function of their own.

With about 17 000 and more islands, Bali is the first of the Islands in the Island of Sunda, to the east of Java. On the other side of Bali is Lombok. The Java Sea flanks it from the north and the Indian Ocean from the south. The North Bali is along the coast of Buleleng, the East Bali runs along the Karangasem, Gianyar and Klungasem coast and the West Bali are on the coast of Tabanan, Jembrana, and Badung.

As most people say that visiting Bali without visiting the temples there, it feels incomplete because visiting the temples of Bali to learn the historical value is one of the best things to do in Bali. For the rest, Capture Indonesia will discuss in the article below.

Visiting the Temples is One of the Favorite Activities in Bali

Bali Temples – Temples here draw a good lot of tourists. Among the significant ones are the 20-temple Besakih Complex on the Agung Volcano, the funeral site- cum – temple at the Goa Lawah Temple at the east coast of Bali, the sea-side temple of Tanah Lot and the temples of Pura Ulun on the Lake Bartan shores, located in the mountains in the center of Bali.

Temples of Bali

Temples of Bali – Source: luxviz.com

You will find at least three temples in all the villages of Bali. A chat with the locals will reveal that all the villages here are supposed to have three temples – one is the temple of origin, the other is village temple and the third – temple of the dead. Other unique charms among the temples here are the 9-directional temples or the Kayangan Jagat such as the Uluwatu Temple on its southern tip.

These are supposed to have been constructed to prevent evil forces from entering the Island of Bali. Among the seven directional temples that are worth a visit, there is the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, and the Pura Pasar Agung.

It’s not just the sacredness of temples here that make them a major tourist attraction. The architectural style, their directions, their locations, all these factors play a significant role here. So you will find some features that are common to all the temples here, such as 3 courtyards and a pavilion, and some features that are truly distinct to a particular temple such as their architectural style and design patterns.

Enjoy Spiritual Experience of Bali Temples

Temples of Bali, therefore, not only give you a spiritual experience, you also understand that each feature, even the direction of the temples, have a purpose here. Visiting them, therefore, is definitely an enriching experience.

Bali is one of the favorite destinations for travelers of all kinds, especially those who want to see spirituality or those who seek adventure tours in Indonesia or admire the architecture of temples in Bali.  Hence, the place is easily accessible, with its Ngurah Rai International Airport having flights from almost all parts of the world.

From Indonesian Capital of Jakarta, it’s just 1.5 hours away by flight. From Singapore, it would take you about 2.5 hours to reach Bali and from Perth, you can fly here in about 3 hours. Those coming from the United States of America, Canada or Europe might need to change their flights. You can get around in rented taxis or scooter, private taxis, and tourist buses.

The best time to visit Bali would be in the months from June to September when its coolest here. December and January too see a lot of tourism here, or you can read our guide that discusses this point about the best time to visit Bali. – CaptureIndonesia.com