There are countless temples that dot the wonderful volcanic island of Bali. There are so many temples that it is often said that there are more temples in Bali then there are homes. We've done the research for you and curated this comprehensive list of all of the must-see temples in Bali...
1.Pura Tanah Lot
Perched upon the Tanah Lot rock formation on the shore of the Indonesian island Bali is the famed ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple called Pura Tanah Lot. The temple’s unique ocean setting and unbeatable sunset backdrops make this temple one of Bali’s most popular. The scenic setting and the sound of the crashing waves coupled with the cultural significance of this temple is really something special. There’s a reason that this temple if the most photographed temple in all of Bali.
2. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
1,500 meters above sea level amongst the mountains of Beduhu, where the air is crisp and fresh, lies the beautifully complex Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple. The temples lies on the picturesque shores of Lake Bratan and is one of the most iconic seaside temples of Bali. The stunning mountainous surroundings are spectacular and the calm and smooth lake waters give the impression that the temple is floating. This one is not to be missed.
3. Taman Ayun Temple
Often viewed as the top Hindu temple in all of West Bali, the impressive royal water temple of Pura Taman Ayun is truly a thing of beauty. ‘Taman Ayun’ literally translates to ‘beautiful garden’, which is fitting as the temple is centred amongst a wonderful garden featuring lotus fish ponds and lovely Balinese flora and greenery. As you stroll through the well-kept courtyards and past the intricate Balinese style structures you find a feeling of calm and serenity envelope you.
4. The Underwater Temple Garden of Bali
Located in the gorgeous northwest waters of Pemuteran Bay is an amazing underwater spectacle. The Underwater Temple Garden also known as Taman Pura translates to ‘garden Balinese Hindu temple’ and is a man-made dive site. Divers from all over the world come to explore this unique temple 30m below the water’s surface. Under the surface you will see lovely sights of Buddha statues covered by colourful corals and teeming schools of fish. It is a very rewarding and unique experience.
If you are looking for more awesome snorkelling or diving in Bali then also check out 'Snorkeling in Blue Lagoon, Bali'.
5. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Located in the centre of Ubud amongst the dense jungle foliage within the village of Padangtega is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, also known as Ubud Monkey Forest. This unique site is home to a trio of impressive Hindu temples and is entirely inhabited by a group of 600+ grey macaque Balinese monkeys. Enjoy the sight of the playful and sometimes naughty monkeys in their natural habitat as you stroll through the cool dense forest. Marvel at the stunning ancient temples and the accompanying traditional Balinese statues who guard the impressive moss-covered structures.