Let’s get straight to the point, you don’t have to see all the temples in Bali because they are so many, something like 10,000! So we are going to limit ourselves to listing the coolest, the most photogenic, and therefore the most popular ones, the ones you have to see yes or yes.
In Bali there are many things to see and do apart from temples, so if your time is limited (between 3 and 5 days) you may not have time to do everything: Waterfalls, temples, beaches, rest …
Although you will see lists on the Internet with many more temples than these, we have wanted to narrow them down and tell you which are (in our opinion) the super essentials.
Tips for visiting the Bali Temples
Before starting with the list of the most important temples in Bali, here are some recommendations and tips:
- The most famous temples in Bali are “to petar” . There are many people, especially if you go in high season. If you have no problem getting up early, it is best to visit them as early as possible.
- All “tourist” temples have entrance. They range from 15,000 IDR to 50,000 IDR.
- The temples of Bali have visiting hours (for tourist s). Keep it in mind when planning. It is usually from 7-8h until 17h, except for the temples where the sunset is going to be seen.
- They force you to cover your legs (and sometimes shoulders too), so if you go in shorts you will have to rent a sarong (About 3000 IDR). No worry, sarong is already include with the ticket. Or you can buy as a souvenir! They are very beautiful!
- If you are moving by motorcycle around Bali, you know that in almost every temple there is parking for mopeds. The parking fee is around 2000 IDR.
- Be respectful of local life . Remember that you are entering a sacred place for them. It is as if you enter the Sagrada Familia and people are taking pictures in a sexy plan … Common sense!
The 6 essential temples of Bali that you have to see yes or yes
These are the temples of Bali that we believe you have to see if it is the first time you travel to Bali.
Tanah Lot Temple
Could it be the most photographed temple in Bali? Watching the sunset with the Pura Tanah Lot in the background is one of the essential things to do in Bali .
The entrance to Tanah Lot is 60,000 IDR and you can enter from 7 am to 7 pm.
It is one of the temples that are filled to see the sunset so if you want to take pictures with few people in front it is better to go a couple of hours before the sun goes down.
Or the mother temple, is the most important of the island. It is also a super photogenic temple since you have the Agung volcano in the background.
It is a fairly large temple (it has more than 20 temples inside) so take your time to see it whole. It has beautiful Balinese doors where you can take a very cool photo.
The entrance to Pura Besakih is 60,000 IDR and you can enter from 8 am to 5 pm.
Ulun Danu Beratan Bali Temples
It is a temple located on the shore of Lake Batran. It is quite popular so be prepared to share temple with hundreds of tourists looking for the same photo.
The entrance to Ulun Danu Batur is 50,000 IDR (for foreigners) and opens from 8 to 17h.
It is one of the most important temples on the island, and its location on the edge of the cliff, facing the Indian Ocean makes it one of the most photogenic temples in Bali.
It is also one of the most popular places to watch the sunset in Bali so be prepared for the crowds.
The entrance to the Uluwatu temple is 50,000 IDR and opens from 9 am to 6 pm.
Tirta Empul Temple
For us it is one of the most special Bali temple since it is a perfect place to see some local life. There the Balinese are going to bathe since they consider that their waters have healing powers.
The only thing we don’t like is that tourists also get involved just to take their picture: (
The entrance to the Tirta Empul temple is 50,000IDR and opens from 9 am. at 5pm
This temple is special for its whole, for the different and for the peace that you breathe and that you don’t find in the other temples.
To get to the complex you must go down about 300 steps, cross rice paddies and walk along a small suspension bridge until you reach the sculpted walls of the temple.
Definitely one of our favorite Bali temples. By the way! It is very close to Pura Tirta Empul so it may be a good idea to visit them together on the same day.
Other temples of Bali that you can visit if you have more time
If you are going to squeeze your days to the fullest and you want to have the most pressing days here you have a few other temples of Bali that you can include in your route.
Some are on their way to the most important temples so you can stop by.
Batu Bolong Temple
This is a temple that is very close to the Tanah Lot so the same day you are going to see sunset, you can take a walk there.
This temple catches you right on the route to Tanah Lot, in addition the visit is quick because you cannot enter the area where the pagodas are and you can only see it from the fura of a murito. The wall is not very high so you can take pictures without problem.
Lempuyang Bali Temples
This is the famous temple of the Balinese gates with the volcano in the background. You will have seen it a thousand times on Instagram.
It is on the east coast, a bit far from everything. We did not go but due to the Instagram boom it is becoming a place of “photographic pilgrimage”
Taman Tirta Gangga
If you are going to go to the previous temple on the way you can stop at Tirta Gangga. It is not strictly a temple. It is known as Palacio del Agua and you will also have seen it to the full in instagram with these small pools and the photogenic path of stones … little road
It is the famous temple of the Elephant Cave. It is very close to Ubud and also the visit is quick.