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Besakih Temple, Karangasem

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
1.8/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
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. Plan to visit Besakih Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Karangasem attractions using our Karangasem family vacation planner.
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  • This temple was much impressed by its large size and number of buildings that comprise it. The environment is very nice, at the foot of the mountain, and being built at Tall, good views are obtained. You have to climb many stairs giving access to the different levels of the temple. The stairs are full of flowers. It is a temple very visited by the Balinese, who consider it the mother temple and can see ceremonies continuously. We went with guide and carry our own sarong (otherwise you have to pay it). If we saw that there was some sort of problem in access to stairs, because some did not let upload. We got ones and down others.
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  • Beautiful temple! You need to wear sarong to visit the temples. We reached at the time when there was a ceremony going on. We saw locals in beautiful sarongs carrying ceremony offerings in the baskets...  read more »
  • Besakih is a beautiful temple. The views are amazing and I loved it. However, the people (locals) intimidating you are the worst experience i have had in Bali. My driver had warned me and said not to ...  read more »
  • I always have amazing spiritual experience everytime I come here. My favorite is to pray in Pura Gelap. I have one guide here and I always meet him here. Sure I need to pay for entrance, but because I have a guide, I haven't met a really bad experience (I hope never).
  • Even though we love this place, we are very upset about the local guardians. We paid for the tickets and donation, and they still asked for extra money to hire them so as to enter some restricted area in the temple. That's why not a lot of tourists will come to this place. I don't understand why some guidebook still highly recommend this place. It's too commercial and the temple is not well maintained . Many kids will come to you all the way to ask you to buy postcards do basically you cannot enjoy a quite tour inside
  • This temple is absolutely magnificent. But what I do not appreciate is that you pay the entry at some control point on the road (35k rps for 2), then you enter temple area (don't forget your sarong to cover your legs..) where you need to make a donation for the association of the guardians of the temple. We were told that you don't need a guide but, as a day with special ceremony when we approached the temple, some guy told us no you cannot enter without a guide... Par 10$/person... I agree that tourist need to pay and support the renovation of the temple but if find this excessive... And besides I also did not appreciate the fact that every 5 meters someone tries to sell food, clothes and other stuff, even without the temple... This breaks the vision of the sacred thing they want to give you...
  • Wat een commercie! Afzetters! Cheating at a holt Temple, trying to make big money only on tourists! Not worth visiting.
  • Entrance 13 000rp/p.p. Walk all the way up to the entrance. Guide to get into the temple 50 000rp/p.p. You need a scarf to cover your legs.
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