Temples


Five Great Mountain Temples to Visit in Bali

The temples of Bali are a significant part of Balinese culture and life. To visit a temple during a festive period is a magical experience for the traveller. There are temples, big and small, scattered all across the island but I have always found the mountain temples to be the […]


Hari Raya Kuningan

Today in Bali is Kuningan. Occurring once in every 210 days in the Balinese cycle of days, Kuningan is the end of the most important of the regular religious ceremonies for the 10-day Galungan period. During this period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They […]


Today in Bali – Galungan

Today in Bali is the ceremony of Galungan. This occurs once in every 210 days in the Balinese cycle of days. Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese at the same time. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of […]


UNESCO Considers World Heritage Sites in Bali

Being such a small island, Bali sure has a large amount of places that have natural beauty and historical significance. Antiquities abound. It is that time again when UNESCO selects places around the world for recognition as world heritage sites. Bali is not short on those and in fact three […]


Experience Five Aspects of Balinese Culture

Bali is an experience. Depending on the way you look at, it will assault your senses in every aspect. It is a tantalising experience that will leave you awe-inspired and yearning for more. This of course depends on whether you look at the culture, the nature and the Balinese people […]


Photo of the Day: Pura Ulu Danau Bratan

The two most photographed places on the island of Bali undoubtedly are the sea temple of Pura Tanah Lot and the other, Pura Ulun Danau Bratan located 2 hours north of Kuta on the shores of Lake Bratan. The temple is one of Bali’s kayangan jagat or directional temples and […]


Exploring the Bukit Peninsula – South Bali

One might think that there isn’t really that much to see to the south of the tourist area on the Bukit Peninsula except for the odd temple and some brilliant surfing locations. But, there is a lot to see and experience. These days, unfortunately, the Bukit Peninsula is pounded by […]


When in Bali…Visit a Temple

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali has over a thousand temples and each with its own purpose in Balinese religion. Most Balinese are Balinese Hindu and as such religion dominates every aspect of their lives. The temple is a very special place for the Balinese, not only it […]


Pura Ulun Danau Bratan – A Photo Journal

A two hour drive north of Kuta will bring you to one of the most photographed temples on the island of Bali – Pura Ulun Danau Bratan near Bedugul. It lies on the shores of Danau Bratan and is one of Bali’s kayangan jagat or directional temples and protects Bali […]


Pura Besakih to Clean Up its Image

It has been some time since I last visited the Mother Temple of Bali; Pura Besakih. I suppose it was all the hassling touts and sellers that were a massive put-off, but nonetheless, it is one of those sacred sights in Bali that is a must-see for every tourist to […]