Being one of the most popular tourist islands of the complete Indonesian archipelago, a vacation to Bali is a pure delight for all of your senses. Ranging from natural beauty, volcanic peaks, jungles, lush landscapes to waterfalls, terraces and traditional villages, Bali is a pure paradise for every traveller. Other than the fascinating and modern life, there are a ton of other things to do in Bali. When in Bali you can also satisfy the curiosity of the history buff inside you because the place is generously blessed with magnificent ancient temples, historical sites, lot of sacred Hindu ceremonies and a lot more which will let you transport back to the times in history. If you want to know more about the top historical places to visit in your next vacation to Bali, then wait no more and continue reading ahead!
1. Pura Tanah Lot
Located around 20 kilometres northwest of Kuta, Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most iconic temples of Bali situated near a spectacular seaside setting on a rocky islet. This temple is considered as the most sacred of all the sea temples of the island, especially by the Balinese people. Although foreigners are not allowed inside the temples but you can surely walk across the temple at low tide and take beautiful pictures with a stunning background. Once tired from your temple and shrine see, you can relax at one of the clifftop cafes or restaurants.
2. Uluwatu Temple
This is another popular temple of the island which is frequently visited by people, especially because of its magnificent clifftop setting. Located on the Bukit Peninsula along the southwestern tip of the island, the best time to visit this temple is during sunset as during this time you can literally witness the glowing sky and sparkling sea. The temple is considered as one of the best historical places in Bali Indonesia. Archaeologists have suggested that the temple’s origin dates back to around 10th century. There is a belief that the temple protects Bali from evil sea spirits and the monkeys dwelling here guard the temple from bad influences.
3. Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali
No matter whether you are a nature lover or a history buff, visiting Bali’s beautiful emerald-hues rice fields is a must visit for everyone. Covering an area of over 600 hectares of rice fields along the Batukaru mountain range, the place is a pleasure to witness and explore around. Both of these rice terraces use traditional water management technique called ‘subak’ which is a UNESCO recognised irrigation system dating back to 9th century.
4. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
In the cool highlands of central Bali on a small island along the western shore of Bratan Lake is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan which not only is one of the most picturesque temple complexes of Bali but also dates back to the 17th century. With a stunning backdrop of thatched temples and sparkling water of Lake Bratan which is also Bali’s one of the main sources of irrigation and drinking water. Dedicated to goddess of the sea and lakes, the stupa reflects the adoption of Buddhist beliefs by Balinese Hindus.
5. The Sidemen Valley
This is an emerald hue valley which more or less gives you the feels of Old Bali, the Bali which was before the tourist throngs descended on the island. Sleepy villages, cascading rice terraces, cloud capped Mount Agung and a lot more snuggled in peaceful natural serenity, this is an ideal place if you wish to stroll around in small villages and interact with locals who still follow many traditional activities. Hiking, river rafting, yoga retreats and cultural activities like dancing, traditional weaving as well as carving are some other things which you can do here bali packages from india.
6. Tirta Empul Temple
Located in the lush green tropical forest of central Bali, this temple dating back to around 960 AD offers the tourists a glimpse into a sacred purification ritual. This temple complex is also an important national cultural heritage site where if interested, you can also join the locals in the cleansing ritual.
7. Besakih Temple
This is one of the largest and most sacred Hindu Temples in Bali which not only is considered as an important place of worship but also a place of Balinese architecture marvel. Situated in a stunning mountainous landscape, the main temple gives ample opportunities for clicking many scenic pictures. Hire a guide if you wish to know more about the temple’s history.
8. USS Liberty Wreck
Other than being one of the best sunken ship wrecks in the world, the USS Liberty Wreck is one of the most famous dive sites as well. The wreck if of the liberty ship lying on a sand slope in 9 to 30 m o water was hit by a Japanese torpedo in the year 1963. Visit the place to witness this 130 m long wreck which sunken to as deep as 30 metres.
9. Tirta Gangga
The former royal palace of Tirtagangga which is the holy river of Hindus features many tiered fountains, beautiful gardens and several stone sculptures of mythical creatures. It is surely a stunning place to visit.
10. Mount Kawi
Mount Kawi or Gunung Kawi is a temple complex which centres around royal tombs that were carved into the stone cliffs dating back to 11th century in the history. Located at a distance of 30 minutes from Ubud, the place is situated amidst scenic rice terraces.
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