The archipelago of Indonesia is one of the largest in the world and contains well over seventeen thousand islands but amongst them few have gained the same renown and popularity as the island of Bali. Bali, sometimes called the ‘Island of the Gods’ (one need only visit to understand why), is situated between Lombok and Java and is widely regarded as having some of the best beaches in the world. Unlike the rest of Indonesia which boasts a large Muslim population, the population of Bali is primarily composed of Hindus and the island itself is home to a large number of Hindu temples. While each temple may have a few common elements they are each unique in their own way.
The Pura Besakih is considered the holiest Hindu temple in Bali and is even referred to as the Mother Temple of Besakih. It is also the largest temple on the island. Pura Besakih is located in the village of Besakih and is situated in the eastern part of the island. It can be found clinging to the side of Mount Agung, a famous volcano. Although the origins of the structure are a little cloudy, it is believed to have been constructed sometime during the fourteenth century.
The massive temple hosts around seventy festivals each year and these festival times are usually the best times to visit. Although the temple gets quite crowded with devotees, visiting during festival celebrations can give clear insights into Balinese religious traditions. The site is quite easy to find as it is a prominent landmark. The best way to get there is by taxi or by joining a tour.
As it is a highly popular vacation spot, tourism in the island is well developed and one will not find it difficult to find good accommodation. However, public transport is still not very efficient so when choosing a Bali hotel, location is a vital factor to consider. Tourists looking for luxury Bali hotels with a convenient location can try Anantara Seminyak Bali. Situated on a secluded beach, the hotel is close to some of the best restaurants, bars and nightclubs this enchanting island has to offer.