Top 10 sights to inspire your next trip to Bali

Last Updated on June 28, 2019 by Christine Kaaloa

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10 awesome sights to inspire your next trip to Bali: tampaksiring temple


If you can’t decide whether you love the beach, mountains,  or countryside, etc… Bali serves up a photogenic feast for you to explore. From natural beauty to cultural traditions and spiritual sights, it will capture you with breath-taking and exotic sights.  You’ve never seen anything like it before!

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Here’s the top 10 awesome sights of Bali which inspired me and I know it’ll inspire you too!

1.  Uluwatu Temple

Located on the southernmost tip of Bali, one of the most strikingly picturesque images you’ll see of Bali is of Uluwatu Temple in the distance at sunset. A short stroll leads you past monkeys to the temple. Unfortunately, you can’t enter the temple but only view it from the outside and the best shot of it, as at a distance like the photo above.

Tip: The monkeys are pretty aggressive, to the point some travelers take walking sticks to scare them off. Be sure not to have anything dangling from your backpack as they will likely try to jump on you.

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10 Awesome sights to inspire your next trip to Bali: Uluwatu Temple

2. Tanah Lot

Purah Tanah Lot or “Land in the Sea” is a pilgrimage temple on a rock in the middle of the sea.  It’s one of the tourist hotspots for its intriguing setup and photographic beauty.

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Tanah Lot.   Photo Source : Wikimedia commons

3.  Tampaksiring’s Tirtul Empul Temple

Tampaksiring is 20 km northeast from Ubud, houses  Tirtul Empul Temple, one of the holiest temples in Bali, which dates back to 960. A courtyard of temples and a pool, it also houses a hot spring that bubbles in the main courtyard. Locals come to take a dip in the pool for spiritual purfication, during the full moon and new moon.

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Tampaksiring pool during full moon worship

 4.  Besakih Temple

Located at slope of Mount Agung and east of Tampaksiring (photo above), Besakih Temple is Bali’s mother temple and the biggest in all of Bali.  The complex is along a sloping mountain and is residence to 23 temples. Why so many temples? Well, it’s due to hierarchy and caste and this defines where your family will worship. Families come to pray for their ancestors and recently deceased.

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Besakih Temple, Bali
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Besakih temple: Balinese family worshippers
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Bali family at Besakih Temple

5.  Kintamani:  Viewing of Mount Batur & Lake Batur

Kintamani is a rather underwhelming village, but it’s also a popular viewing ground to see the active volcano, Mt. Batur and it’s sister lake.

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view of Mount Batur from Kintamani

6.  Rice terraces of  Tegallalang village

Tegallalang is a village known for it’s rice terrace. Disappointing, are the swarms of touts selling souvenirs to car passengers arriving, but it’s definitely worth the time to get there as it’s another photogenic feature of Bali. The rice terraces, carved into the side of a hill slope, make a gorgeous design of their own. Getting there by motorbike isn’t difficult and the beauty of the countryside makes it a nice ride.

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Top 10 sights of Bali: Rice terraces of Tegallalang village

7.   Bukit Jambul Rice terrace

Just 30 minutes from Besakih temple, Bukit Jambul or “Hill Crest”, is popular for its rice terrace and its panoramic scenery.

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Top 10 sights of Bali:  Buki Jambul Rice terraces

8. Ulun Danu Bratan

Ulun Danu Bratan sits on Lake Bratan, in the Bedogul mountains. What’s unique to this area is that water temples are common here.

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Ulun Danu Photo by chensiyuan at Wikimedia Commons

9.  Temen: Coffee Plantation

If you didn’t know it, Bali is known for its coffee too. But the real reason to visit coffee plantations like Temen are to learn about and taste the Kopi Luwak. The coffee is made from a cat-like animal called the Luwak, whose poop makes one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

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Balinese coffee
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Luwak (or Civet): The animal who’s poop makes expensive coffee

10. Balinese traditional performances

There’s a handful of nightly traditional Balinese shows, from shadow puppets and Legong dance (shown below).  I took in a Legong dance performance and discovered that along with the story and gestures, the hand motions are very important. Female performers practice at a very early age to bend their fingers back so that they can attain the flexibility required for the striking hand positions.

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10 Awesome sights to inspire your next trip to Bali: Balinese traditional dances



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