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Romantic Getaway to Bali: Temples

Updated on January 19, 2015
Shrines are everywhere throughout Bali
Shrines are everywhere throughout Bali | Source
Offerings placed at temples and shrines
Offerings placed at temples and shrines | Source

In this, the second of four articles about our 30th wedding anniversary Romantic Getaway to Bali, we take a look at Bali Temples.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Bali but I had the idea that it would be all about the beaches. Boy was I surprised! Yes, there are fabulous beaches, particularly on the south coast around the capital of Denpassar. But what I hadn’t expected was the impact that religion would have on the island.

In a survey in 2000, over 90% of the Bali population adhered to Bali Hinduism. As a result, there are Hindu temples and shrines everywhere: spectacular temples on cliffs, in the monkey forest and ‘floating’ on a lake.

The Balinese offer small offering baskets called ‘canang sari' to their Gods three times a day and these can be seen in all temples, shrines, sidewalks outside shops and even on the dashboard of their vehicles.


Bali Temples

We had the opportunity to visit many Bali temples during our stay and some of our favourites are shown below. There is usually a small fee to enter the temple grounds and both men and women are expected to dress appropriately. This means covering up bare legs by wearing a sarong and sash. Fortunately, these are usually available to borrow at the entrance of the temple grounds.

Ulun Danu temple

Ulun Danu 'Floating' temple on Beratan Lake in Bedugul
Ulun Danu 'Floating' temple on Beratan Lake in Bedugul | Source

Set in a park in Bedugul, by the edge of Beratan Lake, the Ulun Danu temple appears to be floating on the lake. One of Bali's most famous tourist sites, it is surrounded by spectacular hills and surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple
Uluwatu Temple | Source
Uluwatu Temple on the cliff
Uluwatu Temple on the cliff | Source

The Uluwatu temple is truly spectacular, perched on the top of limestone cliffs on the Bukit peninsula, overlooking the Indian ocean.

For a small fee, you are free to walk around the temple grounds but the central courtyards can only be entered during special rituals.

Like many of the temples in Bali, Uluwatu is home to a large number of monkeys, who can be quite aggressive and which are adept at snatching visitors' bags, cameras and eyeglasses. We were advised to carry a stick to scare them away although we didn't encounter any problems on our visit.

Tanah Lot temple

Tanah Lot temple
Tanah Lot temple | Source
Tanah Lot at Sunset
Tanah Lot at Sunset | Source

Situated on a rocky outcrop in the Indian Ocean, cut off from the shore at high tide, Tanah Lot temple is probably the most famous Bali temple. Particularly popular with photographers, the beautiful sunsets at Tanah Lot are spectacular.

This sunset photo was taken after a dramatic one hour taxi drive to the beach in a race against time. When we first got in the taxi, it was cloudy but as we got closer to the beach we could see that the sun would drop below the clouds and give us the perfect photo opportunity. When we arrived, with just minutes to spare, we had to run along the cliff top to find the perfect spot for the photo. This photo truly was breathtaking in every sense of the word!

Taman Ayun temple

Taman Ayun temple
Taman Ayun temple | Source

Taman Ayun temple is a landmark in the village of Mengwi. The temple ground feature courtyards and garden landscapes with lotus and fish ponds.

Monkey Forest temple

The monkeys in Monkey Forest
The monkeys in Monkey Forest | Source
Monkey Forest temple
Monkey Forest temple | Source

Monkey Forest temple: The forest surrounding this temple is teeming with monkeys. They will eat from your hand but can be aggressive, particularly towards each other. It was fascinating to see them playing in a local drainage channel – who knew that monkeys could swim? I must admit that walking around the temple walls, with monkeys sitting watching over us, reminded me of the classic Hitchcock movie ‘The Birds’ and I was relieved to escape alive.

I hope you found our Romantic Getaway to Bali: Temples interesting and I invite you to take a look at my other articles in this series:

Please feel free to leave comments, particularly if you have visited Bali and want to share your experiences.

You might also be interested in other Romantic Getaway Ideas. And for those of you with a wedding anniversary this year, here are some Wedding Anniversary Ideas that will help you to celebrate in style!

Happy travels, Geoff

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      Sranunta Lamduan 5 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      I've been to Bali once several years ago. It's gorgeous places which outstanding landmarks such as those places mentioned in your hub. I love Bali, so your hub was voted up and awesome.

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Congratulations on the Hub of the Day award. You have some very beautiful pictures with interesting commentary.

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      mashengky 5 years ago from Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

      Bali is always a great place to visit. I was working there 1999-2003 and now only visit Bali for vacation. I still have good friends who lives in Denpasar and surroundings.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      beautiful pics! Congrats for Hub of the Day!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Awesome hub with beautiful, amazing pictures. Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Congratulations on earning Hub of the Day.

      I'm off to read, "Flowers and Animals."

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      Angie G 5 years ago from HubPages America - Southern California

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day. Great pictures. I'd like to visit the temples some day. Thanks for sharing.

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      American_Choices 5 years ago from USA

      When I visited China I had the chance and I blew it - I didn't jump over to Bali.

      Great idea for an anniversary gift! The diamond companies will be made jealous!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a beautiful hub! It makes me want to visit Bali. Congratulations on winning Hub of the Day!

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      geoffclarke 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Everyone,

      Thank you for your kind comments. I feel honored, excited and humbled by this award. We really enjoyed our 30th anniversary romantic getaway to Bali and hope that each of you will get a chance to see it for yourself one day.

      Happy travels, Geoff

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Awesome hub! Lots of great pictures!Thank you for sharing it. Congratulations on Hub of he day award and also on your 30th anniversary. Take care!

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      Eliminate Cancer 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bali has been at the top of my lifelong list of Dream Vacations, I don't know if I will ever get there, but lovely to visit vicariously through your hub - thank you!!

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      These are amazing! I might have to travel there to see them!

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and great hub, brings back memories of my visits to Bali. Thanks for sharing

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      Marion Elodie 5 years ago from London

      This is a beautiful hub that really makes me want to travel to Indonesia! Thank you for sharing your experience and those great pictures.

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      GingerBell 5 years ago

      Great hub of the day. I've been to Bali several times but reading this makes me feel I've never been there before! Excellent hub. Ratted it up!

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      haber 5 years ago

      Congrats on your 30th anniversary, and also on making Hub of the Day! A

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Bali is a tempting place.

      You have captured the beauty of the old temples, the cliff and the blue waters unmistakably.

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      Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

      Congrats on your 30th anniversary, and also on making Hub of the Day! A very atmospheric Hub, I'm off to read your Flowers and Animals Hub in your Bali series. Up & Beautiful.

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      MP50 5 years ago

      Would love to visit Bali, congratulations on Hub of the Day. Brilliant photo's and lots of info thanks for sharing with us. voted up and SS.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! I always wanted to visit Bali someday. It is one of my travel list because it is awesome to see even only in the photos. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and congratulation.

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      emdi 5 years ago

      are these temples like the one in India with Gods and Goddesses?

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      geoffclarke 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Donna and arusho

      Thanks for your kind comments and support. I'm fairly new to HubPages and people like you make it all worthwhile!

      Best regards

      Geoff

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Wow! What an awesome visual journey punctuated by insider tips and trivia. Congratulations on the Hubnugget nomination and best wishes. Voted up.

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      geoffclarke 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi ripplemaker, thanks for the heads up on the Hubnuggets nomination - I feel honoured! Happy New Year to you too!

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Great hub, I hope to visit there someday!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      The temples look very interesting indeed! I too would love to visit Bali someday. :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination geoffclarke! Just follow this link and read all about it http://enellelamb.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Hub... and check your email too! Have a fantastic new year ahead! :)

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      geoffclarke 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Simone

      Thanks for your comments. I had no idea what to expect before we arrived - I didn't do my homework - so the temples were a very pleasant surprise. I hope you get the chance to see them for yourself some day soon!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow! I should love to see these temples in Bali someday! How beautiful they are! I'll definitely be revisiting your Hub should I go. Thanks for the useful travel tips!