Besides the “Island of Gods”, Bali tropical island is also well-known as the “Island of a Thousand Temples” due to numerous Hindu temples situated on the island. Since most visitors won’t have the chance to visit all the thousands of temples, you can contact any tour operator for Bali temple tour. Here are the 8 stunning temples believed as guardian boundaries in Bali.
- Pura Batur
Pura Batur, or more popular as Pura Ulun Danu, represents the direction of North and dedicated for God Vishnu and Dewi Danu.
- Pura Besakih
Located in the slope of Mount Agung, the highest peak in Bali, Pura Besakih is the largest and holiest temple in Bali, also called as Mother Temple Bali.
- Pura Lempuyang
Situated in the slope of Mount Lempuyang, Karangasem, this pura is one of the six sacred temples (Sad Kahyangan) in Bali, providing spiritual balance across the island. Pura Lempuyang Luhur itself, the highest temple in the complex, represents white color with the direction of East, associated with the God Iswara.
- Pura Goa Lawah
Also known as Bat Cave Temple, Pura Goa Lawah is located in Pesinggahan, Klungkung, also one of the six sacred temples (Sad Kahyangan) in Bali.
- Pura Andakasa
Popular for the Balinese Hindu people, Pura Andakasa located in Karangasem represents the direction of South and dedicated for God Brahma.
- Pura Uluwatu
Located in the most southwestern tip of Bukit Peninsula, Pura Uluwatu is one of the nine Balinese directional temples (Kayangan Jagat Temples), also a Balinese sea temple with dramatic sunset view of Indian Ocean.
- Pura Batukaru
Located in the slope of Bali’s second-highest volcano, Mount Batukaru in Tabanan, Pura Batukaru is one of the Kayangan Jagat Temples to protect Bali from evil spirits. Many locals and visitors come to this temple on the festival usually held on one day after Galungan.
- Pura Puncak Mangu
Pura Puncak Mangu is one of the sacred sad-kahyangan temples of Bali, located in the rim caldera above Lake Bratan, Bedugul, which requires 2.25 hours hard climbing in the 6km along the edge of lake.
Those are the 8 stunning temples believed to guard Bali from evil spirits. Are you interested in visiting one or some of them, Bali temple tour would be one of a must included schedule you should put on your itinerary.