Temple Bali Guide – To be honest, some of Bali’s itineraries and sightseeing tips are now a bit dated and worn out. And that also applies perfectly to the majority of well known temples. Every traveler recommends Tanah Lot Temple for its amazing cliffs, Uluwatu for cliffs and sunsets, Goa Gajah for impressive carvings, Tirta Empul for water fun and Besakih Temple for its great religious significance among the locals after their Bali trip.
On an island where around 20,000 temples are said to be found, there is much more to discover and also far off the usual tourist beaten path: It is time to “refresh” the temple hit list with some new holy places here in temple guide for Bali.
Restored in 1992, the millennia-old Batuan Temple features amazing sculptures. These include a sinister Bhoma head, giant elephants, a bull riding Wisnu and even a Siwa dancing on a skull bed. In addition, the village (Batuan) is famous for founding one of the three major schools of Balinese painting styles. Be sure to stop by, it’s worth it!
Gunung Kawi Sebatu
Many Balinese temples fall victim to their own tourist success, but not Gunung Kawi Sebatu! Dedicated to the god Wiesi, the temple is still an oasis of calm, full of green gardens, small ponds, colorful lotus flowers and bubbling springs. Despite the short driving time of around 20 minutes from Ubud, this wonderful temple is not yet known to mainstream travelers and is also a little insider tip. That may change in the near future, however, as the temple is slowly gaining popularity among guides specializing in central Bali. So stop by quickly before this true oasis near Ubud has disappeared!
One of the oldest and most important temples in Bali is the Lempuyang Temple. Named after the mountain in the Karangasem highlands, Lempuyang Temple in Bali towers 1,175 meters above sea level, which can be reached by climbing 1,700 steps. The ascent is definitely an experience and worth the effort. The fascinating mountain and jungle landscape make this temple an unforgettable experience.
Update 2023: The Lempuyang Temple is absolutely no longer an insider tip as it has established itself as one of the Instagram spots in Bali. For photos at the Lempuyang Temple, you sometimes even have to queue for a long time.
Ling Gwan Kiong
“The Temple of the Three Dharmas”, Ling Gwan Kiong is known to locals as Klenteng, colloquially meaning “Chinese Temple”. Obviously, this is a typical Chinese temple, decorated with dragons and colored red and gold. The Tao Temple is located at the historic Buleleng Harbour, just off Jalan Erlangga in Singaraja. Visitors can expect murals, antique vases and ponds overgrown with lotus flowers.
Batu Ngaus is the Tanha Lot Temple for insiders. Although the Pura Gede Luhur Batu Ngaus Temple is not much further south of the Tanah Lot Temple, it is probably the more complex and annoying approach via the Tanah Lot Bay Pass that spares the temple from too many visitors. The temple itself impresses with its solitude and a magnificent location directly on Mengening Beach, which is covered in black lava. Great sunsets, black sand and a unique, tranquil atmosphere make this temple the ultimate getaway.
Luhur Batukaru is dedicated to Maha Dewa, who is the guardian of Bali’s second highest volcano, Mt. Batukaru. Since the 11th century, the Luhur Batakaru has long been the state temple of Tabanan, which was once an independent kingdom. Located on the southern slopes of the volcano, Luhur Batukaru is an impressive temple. The climate there (the region is the wettest part of Bali) means that almost every inch of Luhur Batakaru is covered in greenery, while the resident cicadas, frogs and birds create a great atmosphere.
We hope that you liked our temple guide for Bali and that you were able to find some alternatives to the temples on the tourist paths. Attached is a map with the locations of all Bali temples mentioned here.
Have you already visited one of the temples mentioned here or can you give us more tips about the approximately 20,000 temples in Bali? Leave us a comment below!