Bali | Exploring Temples

I am sure every person that travels to Bali visits at least one temple, if not more.

During our stay in Ubud we visited a few temples, we did contemplate taking some longer trips to see some of the more iconic temples of Bali but decided to stick closer to “home”; we will save those temples for another visit!

offerings

offerings

The four temples we visited were;

Gunung Kawi: an 11th century temple which also has some small rice fields you can stroll through. Definitely not stroller friendly and Matt had to carry Clio a fair bit but mostly because she is lazy!

Entrance fee: 15,000 IDR per person (our kids were free)

bare feet & sarongs at Gunung Kawi

bare feet & sarongs at Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi

Badra, our driver, at Gunung Kawi

Badra, our driver, at Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi

Lak Lak which we purchased from a street vendor outside Gunung Kawi

Lak Lak which we purchased from a street vendor outside Gunung Kawi

Pura Tirta Empul: a Hindu Balinese water temple which is famous for its holy spring water. This was very crowded when we visited and we ended up spending a lot of our time there watching the beautiful temple pond which has a fresh water spring.

Entrance fee: 15,000 IDR per person (our kids were free)

the girls getting a sash on before entering Pura Tirta Empul

the girls getting a sash on before entering Pura Tirta Empul

the beautiful spring at Pura Tirta Empul

the beautiful spring at Pura Tirta Empul

can feed the fish here at Pura Tirta Empul

can feed the fish here at Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul

Goa Gajah: Also known as Elephant Cave and was built in the 9th century. I was pretty excited about this temple but actually I found it a little underwhelming; the facade is pretty impressive but the crowds were just too much for my liking!

Entrance fee: 15,000 IDR per person (our kids were free)

Clio sick of walking at Goa Gajah

Clio sick of walking at Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah

Eden & I after our blessing from a Holy man at Goa Gajah

Eden & I after our blessing from a Holy man at Goa Gajah

Eden with rice on her head

Eden with rice on her head

Butuan Temple: Sadly I can’t remember too much about this one other than that they had kids sized sarongs which my girls were SO happy about!

Entrance fee: donation

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the girls loved that they had kid sized sarongs at Butuan Temple

the girls loved that they had kid sized sarongs at Butuan Temple

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Butuan Temple

Butuan Temple

Clio did a lot of filming with the go pro...it will be interesting to see the results!

Clio did a lot of filming with the go pro…it will be interesting to see the results!

Butuan Temple

Butuan Temple

so pretty!

so pretty!

Our driver, Badra, accompanied us when we visited the temples and I am so pleased he did. Not only was he a great driver but he was also a fantastic guide, explaining the history, the design, teaching us do’s and don’ts of visiting temples and answering our many, many questions.

I highly recommend having some sort of guide with you when visiting temples it really adds to the experience.

chickens are everywhere

chickens are everywhere

The other thing to note about visiting temples in Bali, you are required to wear a sarong. Often leading up to the temples people will try to sell you a sarong saying that you need it to get inside the temple; which of course is true. What they don’t say is that the temple will provide you with the sarong.

I am not quite sure what it is about temples but our girls love them, it doesn’t even seem to matter what style of temple it is!

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