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Temple Holidays in Bali

Bali is often referred to as the Land of a Thousand Temples; therefore if it is Temple Holidays of Bali you are keen on, you will be spoilt for choice.

Because Bali is small enough – only about 140 km by 90 km, day trips are quite easily manageable with most tourists visiting at least some of the island’s temples.

The predominantly Hindu island of Bali has not been coined The Land of a Thousand Temples for no reason – each village characteristically has three temples; each one demonstrating birth, life and returning in the afterlife. Furthermore most families have a small temple within their households.

Spirituality is important to the Balinese and the more affluent a village, the more striking, ornamental and imposing their temples.

Tourists are fortunate in that the inhabitants are more than happy for observers to witness their energetic temple rituals – these include everything from burials to weddings.

Important to note – knees are considered to be taboo and an extremely sensual part of the human anatomy. It is therefore wise to cover these up – for those that don’t have a sarong to cover their legs, these are provided for a nominal fee at most temples.

There are over 20 000 Pura (Balinese temples) – indeed a symbol of Bali’s colourful culture. While some temples can be viewed within a single trip – for example Tirta Empul and Pura Gunung Kawi which are both within close proximity to Tampaksiring – others might require a little more planning but most are well worth the effort.

Pura Besakih:

Pura Besakih is the highest temple in Bali, and considered to be the “Mother Temple”.

You will find this temple 3 000 feet high up on the slopes of Mount Agung and is believed to be the holiest of the holy temples in Bali.

The temple complex which comprises a main temple and numerous smaller temples (23 in all) is over 1 000 years old.

Pura Besakih narrowly escaped destruction in 1963 when Gunung Agung , lava narrowly missing the complex

The walk to the temple from the car park is a brisk one – furthermore there are temples that are not open for public view, but for those keen on viewing and experiencing a slice of history- this is one temple that will prove to be well worth your while.

There is a distinct link between the Balinese traditional dances and their religion; therefore all celebrations and temple festivals are celebrated through the medium of dance, of which both men and women take part.

A visit to Tanah Lot Temple is a must:

Tanah Lot is one of the most famous temples in Bali with more than 100 tourists paying this place of worship a visit every day.

It is 30 km west of Denpasar town on the south side of the town of Tavanan; Tanah Lot means The Small Island Floating on the Sea.

Do not visit the temple if its peace and quiet you're after, but do visit if you're after a fantastic, unforgettable sunset view.

If you are keen on Temple Holidays in Bali – you will be spoilt for choice as there are so many of these exquisite Pura to visit – plan well to ensure you are able to see as many of these irresistible places of worship, and remember to cover your knees.