Bali may outwardly appear like a seaside destination but a close peek will show its real colors. This Indonesian island is replete with Hindu temples and many say that the temples outnumber the residential houses in this part of the world. It is not an exaggerated statement, given the pious culture of the God-fearing locals. Granted there are many temples which are no more than mere shrines and there are some which are isolated, deserted and uninhabited but they are all fascinating nevertheless since they are mostly situated over a promontory on a hilltop or just by the sea. No points for guessing that Bali tour packages from India are demanded by holidayers of all ages and honeymooners of all tastes.
One of the most popular Bali temples is the Tanah Lot. It is scenic since it sits over a rock that is washed the sea. Tourists are granted access to the temple only when the tide is out. The temple dates back to the medieval era and is more like a leftover by history. The best time to visit Tanah Lot is during evening when the view of the sunset is just hypnotizing.
When you travel eastward, you will invariably walk into Pura Besakih. It is massively religious and extremely historic. Interestingly, the volcanic eruption in 1963 missed this temple by a whisker. Call it a miracle if you want but Pura Besakih has since been drawing a stream of visitors and pilgrims from all over the globe. Checking out this temple is now counted by many amongst the top activities to do in Bali.
Tirta Empul is another holy destination, a temple which has a ‘kund’ for a divine bath. People take a holy dip in these waters to purify their souls and get rid of ailments. Mythology says that this pool was created by Lord Indra to counter the toxic spring spewed out by a diabolical ruler.
Pura Luhur Lempuyang, Goa Lawah Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan and Uluwatu Temple are the other top Balinese temples. They are religious, no doubt. But most of them are picturesque as well. So, do remember to carry that camera.