The island of Bali is home to spectacular, ancient temples; frequently seen splashed across postcards, posters etc. Several temples have become iconic landmarks, set against lush, exotic backdrops that have left many a visitor in awe. If you’re staying at a 5 star resort in Bali, such as the family-friendly Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa, for example, do check with your hotel if they organise excursions to these magnificent temples.
One of six ancient temples believed to be the spiritual pillars of the island, Uluwatu Temple is a must see. The temple, located on the edge of a cliff in the midst of a forest, is famous for its stunning panoramic views of golden sunsets over the ocean. Traditional Balinese architecture can be seen across Uluwatu Temple, several distinct pieces include traditionally-designed gateways, and ancient sculptures located in the courtyards.Further inland, among the sloping green valleys of Ubud, are the mystical ruins of the Goa Gajah Temple. The name means ‘Elephant Cave’ but don’t expect to see any here. This ancient cave temple is an archaeological wonder, with important historical value for the people. Goa Gajah’s courtyard if filled with relics, and the wall carvings, cave, numerous bathing pools and fountains are all good reasons to journey here.
Tanah Lot is undoubtedly one of Bali’s most famous and visited temples. Located offshore on a small rocky outcrop amid crashing waves; the best time to visit the temple is when the ancient Hindu shrine is bathed in golden light during sunset. High up on the slopes of Mount Agung is the most sacred temple Besakih. A massive complex of ancient temples and shrines, it is often referred to as Bali’s ‘mother temple’. There are roughly around 70 celebrations taking place here per year as each shrine celebrates its anniversary. These are just a few temples among hundreds and each is beautiful and unique in its own way. Whichever you choose to see, take a moment and immerse yourself in the beautiful temples of Bali.Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+