Indonesia’s only Hindu island, famed for its spiritualism, temples and scenic beauty, has been attracting people in search of karmic balance for centuries. Bali has many temples with each serving certain functions. Bali is also called a Thousand Temple Island or Gods Island.
Aside from beaches, lakes and mountains, Bali also offer Pura as an attractive tourist attraction for guests visiting Bali. Pura (Temple) in Bali generally serves as a place of worship for Hindus, but apart from being a place of worship, some temples in Bali also became a popular tourist attraction.
Bali temples are normally peaceful and quiet. The Balinese transform into scenes of great activity during festivals or temple anniversaries. Traditional dance performances, cockfighting and even gambling often takes place during such events. You will find that each of Bali’s temples is unique. They may either face towards the mountains, the sea or towards sunrise.
In Bali, culture can not be separated from the daily activities of society. Especially in religious aspect. That is why the Balinese culture can also be seen in Hindu’s worship place, Pura. You will see very beautiful architecture and sculpture there. Temple in Bali can be said to be a Hindu place of worship that cannot be found in any country in the world even in India where Hinduism was born.
If you visit the famous temple in Bali at the same time with Hindu religious ceremonies were conducted, surely it will be a perfect timing because you will see a unique culture where Balinese wearing their traditional dress, Balinese dance and gamelan.
Some of the famous temples in Bali are Pura Besakih, Pura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot. Besakih Temple is the largest temple in Bali, located on the slopes of Mount Agung, Karangasem Regency. Pura Uluwatu (in the Pecatu Village, Badung) stand right above Pecatu Beach which is a place to surf in Bali and in the afternoon there is always Kecak Dance performed by Balinese artists with the sunset background. Tanah Lot Temple (in Tabanan Regency) is also very unique because it stand almost in the middle of the sea.