Bali has everything one needs for an exotic holiday. From beaches to mountains and temples to lakes, exploring the island will surely leave a memorable experience in your travel diary. 1. BESAKIH Besakih is an extensive complex of 23 temples. Also referred to as the Mother Temple, the largest temple compound inside the complex is Pura Penataran Agung, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Furthermore, there is Pura Kiduling Kreteg, representing Brahma as the creator, and Pura Batu Medeg, representing Vishnu as the preserver.

Bali has everything one needs for an exotic holiday. From beaches to mountains and temples to lakes, exploring the island will surely leave a memorable experience in your travel diary.

1. BESAKIH Besakih is an extensive complex of 23 temples. Also referred to as the Mother Temple, the largest temple compound inside the complex is Pura Penataran Agung, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Furthermore, there is Pura Kiduling Kreteg, representing Brahma as the creator, and Pura Batu Medeg, representing Vishnu as the preserver.

2. GOA GAJAH Loosely translated to the “Elephant Cave”, this archeological site is a favorite among many visitors to Bali. According to old manuscripts, this site was the center of Hindu and Buddhist religious activities in the 10th till 14th century. Today Goa Gajah is a living monument, and is a well-preserved by the government and the people.

3. TAMAN AYUN This very pleasing temple was built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi as his family temple. The terraced courtyards of the temple are set in very well maintained grounds, surrounded by man-made waterways and entered over a bridge.

4. TIRTA GANGGA WATER PALACE Sitting in a panorama of rice fields and fringed by jade green hills, this Karangasem royal family’s water palace was built to host welcome foreign dignitaries during the reign of the then King Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem. As picturesque as it was, Tirta Gangga is still frequented by many today as a tourism site that offers breathtaking views of the surroundings.

5. PURA CANDI DASA Nestled in Candi Dasa, which means “ten children”, Pura Candi Dasa is dedicated to Bali’s goddess of fertility and is where the Balinese Hindus come to pray when they want to be blessed with many children.

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