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Besakih Temple, Besakih

#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Karangasem
Religious Site · Landmark
Admire the largest and most sacred of Bali's Hindu temples at Besakih Temple, an important place of worship and an example of Balinese architecture. Situated in an impressive mountainous landscape, the main temple presides over an attractive vista, giving opportunities for photographs of its protruding decorative steps against a captivating natural backdrop. Consider hiring a guide to discover more about the temple's history, and to find the quieter places at this very busy attraction. Be prepared for locals trying to convince you to buy something; some can be quite insistent. Work out when and for how long to visit Besakih Temple and other Besakih attractions using our handy Besakih driving holiday planner.
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  • This is the mother temple of all temples in Bali. I booked a driver at our hotel, he drove us to Besakih Temple, on the way gave us information. Bali roads are narrow, traffic is very slow, after...  more »
  • Hard to compare the greatness of the Temples in this part of the world. This one is definetely worth the visit.  more »
  • Besakih Temple, locally known as Pura Besakih. The temple is situated 1,000 m high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung for over 1,000 years. It is the largest and the holiest temple in all of...  more »
  • What an amazing location. Incredible views and pure Balinese beauty in the largest temple of the Island. Paying (tourist) access grants you with a ride in motorbike to the temple from the parking, saving the long slide that takes you there. A local guide will give you a Tour and explain you with some basics that you should know about this spot.
  • Besakih temple is an absolute gem and deserve your full attention. Go there with a certified guide (included in the ticket) so you won’t be asked any money by a local-dishonest-so called-guide. It is really worth it. The set of temples is amazing, peaceful, it tells a lot about the culture and beliefs of the Balinese.
  • One of the largest temples in Bali dedicated to the Holy Trinity also known as Tridev. The temple is located on top of a small mountain with the view of volcano. It’s quite pleasantly cool up here even on the hottest days. Wearing a sarong to enter the premise is mandatory. It’s very peaceful and beautiful at the top.
  • A very beautiful temple, the oldest (the very first of Balinese Hinduism) and the largest of them all ! Not too crowded when I went there, an excellent guide showed us around the three main areas and told us about all the story of this place, I highly recommend taking one at least for that temple. Majestic pagodas and the landscape around it make this place surreal ! @anas.moutmir (ig)
  • Huge site but amazing! If you are lucky to have a good guide with you, you will learn a lot about this place..and about ordinary life style in Bali... where you are if you are poor and opposite, if you are a man or a woman... beautiful temple with big traditions in Bali. Don't miss it!

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