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Two Temples, Two Reasons to Further Religious Tourism in Bali

Religious tourism is one of the major reasons why Bali is continuously receiving a growing number of international arrivals – making Bali hotels definitely busy with thronging backpackers who came to visit the religious sites in the island. There are so many temples in Bali which are hailed not only because of its religious value, but also due to its splendid architectural designs.

One of the most interesting temple in Bali is the Mother Temple of Besakih. Located in the village of Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung, it is hailed as the most important temple in Indonesia. It is a sacred place for worshipers but is a major spectacle for mere tourists.

Stories say that the Mother Temple of Besakih was built during the 14th century. It is the holiest among the temples of Agama Hindu Dharma in the island. It is also hailed as miraculous because during the Mount Agung eruption in 1963, the temple was inexplicably spared by the flowing lava – leaving it safe and standing strong.

The Mother Temple of Besakih consists of a vast complex made up of 22 temples settled on an area fronting a breathtaking mountain view. During early mornings, it produces a spectacular view as its spires seemingly illuminate – reflecting the rays of the rising sun. The temple also has numerous courtyards and brick gateways which lead to the main structure in the complex, the Pura Penataran Agung.

It is indeed a magnificent temple and is undeniably an interesting destination for religious tourists and mere sightseers. But if there is another temple in Bali which could compete with the beauty of the Mother Temple of Besakih and drive tourists off the comfort of their Bali luxury hotels, it would be the Tanah Lot.

The Purah Tanah Lot is a sea temple and is also one of the most significant religious structures in Indonesia. Sitting gloriously in a large rocky island formed by the waves and winds off the shores of the beautiful Denpasar Beach, it is also known as the ‘Temple of Land in the Middle of the Sea.’

Legends say that the Purah Tanah Lot was founded by Nirartha, a 16th century priest who is one of the last priests to come to Bali from Java. Now, it is believed that it is being guarded by the poisonous sea snakes residing in the caves beneath the whole structure.

Only the terraces of the temple are accessible and from it, and a very breathtaking view of the sunset can be obtained. It soothes the souls and calms the tired minds. The view of the vast ocean actually compensates to the fact that tourists cannot enter the main temple. And even though some parts of the rock in which the Purah Tanah Lot stands are already artificial, this beautiful attraction still exudes the same charm that it did years ago.

The Mother Temple of Besakih and the Purah Tanah Lot are only two of the beautiful attractions in Bali. So foreigners need not to think twice.

10 Reasons-Excuses to Go to Bali

Bali has so many things going for it. You will be booking your Bali accommodation in a flash, once you have considered the following 10 great reasons to visit Bali:

1. Beautiful Natural Landscapes

Not only are Bali’s natural landscapes extremely beautiful, there’s also a great variety, from beautiful beaches, active volcanoes, lush rice terraces to national parks and rainforests.

2. Pleasant Warm Climate All Year Round

Many of us live in regions that can become a tad cool during parts of the year. For those yearning for a little more warmth, look no further. With Bali sitting close to the Equator, temperatures around thirty degrees last the whole year. The wet season from October to March is no exception, with rain showers likely to pass quickly, leaving the natural setting all the more green and lush.

3. Hindu Culture and Ceremonies

The Balinese take their Hindu ceremonies seriously. It is common to see locals dressed up beautifully, heading to a temple for one of the rites of passage. Around the end of March and start of April, you may be fortunate enough to experience Nyepi day. A loud exorcism of Demons, using Ogoh-Ogoh (homemade puppet monsters) on the preceding day is followed by a day of silence, when all Hindu followers stay home, with all lights, radios and TVs turned off.

4. Surfing

Head down to the “Bukit” Peninsula – not only does it have the nicest white sand beaches in Bali, but also some of the best surf. Then again, you could always just amble down from your hotel in Kuta to surf some decent nearby breaks.

5. Wildlife

Visit a monkey forest, and you will certainly get a chance for a close up look. Ok, the monkeys are somewhat domesticated, so it’s debatable as to whether they are “wild” – just don’t tease them with that banana in your hand, or they may become so! Head to Bali Barat National Park to trek and spot other somewhat less tame fauna.

6. Great Shopping

Bali is home to sometimes whole towns of skilled craftsmen. Appreciate their ability as you shop for local handicrafts, jewellery or maybe some tailored clothing. When you come to Bali, just remember to also bring your bargaining skills.

7. Local Cuisine

Could you resist the enticing scent, as the aroma of satay skewers wafts your way from a streetside stall owner? Tasty Indonesian staples of nasi goreng and mie goreng are complemented by Balinese dishes like Babi Guling (suckling pig). With Bali being an island, sumptuous local seafood also abounds. Finish off by trying some of the abundant tropical fruits like mangosteens, starfruit, jackfruit, rambutans or mangoes.

8. Adventure Activities

For a thrill a minute, one can try white water rafting, or quad biking. Jungle treks, cycling tours through traditional villages and elephant rides will also keep you moving. For a more subdued, serene appreciation, a cruise may be appropriate, or a view of underwater tropical fish and coral in an actual submarine!

9. Massages

Treat yourself – you’ve earned it! What better way to unwind than to have your muscles soothed of the day’s rigorous activities. With local prices very reasonable compared to the west, you will already be planning your next visit as the masseuse’s magic hands allow you to drift into a contented and dreamlike state.

10. Great Value For Money

Bali’s hotels are very reasonably priced. Local food, shopping and transport is some of the cheapest, not just in Asia, but the world. So not only will you have a great holiday, you’ll also get unparalleled bang for your buck!

You will be pleased with the facilities Bali hotels can offer, the perfect base from which to explore and appreciate these ten features of an amazing Bali holiday.