Hinduism is the predominant religion of Bali, so there are many Hindu temples or Puras. By that Bali is known as the Island of a Thousand Puras. During our holiday in Bali we visited some of the most famous Hindu temples of Bali.
If you visit a pura then be aware not to step on the offerings, called canang sari. You find them in temples, but also on the streets or doorways. Furthermore people have to be dressed proper and wear long pants, but most temples provide sarongs that can be tied around the waist.
Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi
The most beautiful Hindu temple that we visited in Bali and the second largest temple of Bali. Taman Ayun means swimming garden and the pura was built on an island in 1634. It is a Royal Temple of the Mengwi Empire and prototype of the traditional Balinese temples. For a good view over the temple complex you can climb the tower at the west side.
Probably the most famous temple of Bali, this because of the location where it is built. Tanah Lot is built on an island just off the coast. With low tide it is possible to walk to the island. Tanah Lot is highly commercialized. Tourists have to pay entrance and before you reach the temple you have to cross a market with many souvenir shops.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu
The location of Pura Luhur Uluwatu is spectacular, just like Tanah Lot. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is built on top of a cliff. This Balinese Sea Temple was built in the 11th century. We visited the place during sunset. Despite that it was cloudy the view still was amazing. If you visit this Hindu temple, then be cautious for the hostile monkeys. They try to get gleaming objects like ear rings and glasses!
Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal, Ubud
This Hindu temple is located in the Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud. Also near Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal you need to be cautious for monkeys that try to grab bags containing food.
Pura Taman Saraswati, Ubud
This temple is located in Ubud too. Unfortunately we only could see the facade. In front of the temple there is a large pond with a path in the middle towards the temple.