Cultural and Sightseeing in Bali - Bali Tours | Bali Buddies

Cultural and Sightseeing

  • All
  • Temples in Bali
  • Waterfalls in Bali

Balinese Village Experience

Embark on an immersive experience into the daily lives of the Balinese; meet the locals, make your own offerings and receive a blessing at the Holy Water; one of Bali’s best kept secrets.

West Bali National Park

If getting off the beaten track is up your thing, a multi-day tour through West Bali National Park ought to be on your list.

Central Bali Tour

People call Bali paradise for a reason. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, this island has natural and cultural wonders that can make even the most well-traveled soul stand in awe.

9 Directional Temples of Bali

Though most tourists consider Bali as beach-destination, a cultural day out to one (or more) of Bali’s many temples should be on everyone’s itinerary. The island counts thousands of temples, and nine temples are considered directional temples, locally known..

1 – Batukaru Temple

One of Bali’s nine directional temples, Batukaru Temple, is set on the slopes of Mount Batukaru on the western part of the island, and is most likely one of the most spiritual temples you can easily visit. Before leaving your hotel, make sure to familiarize yourself with..

2 – Besakih Temple

Pura Besakih, the mother of all Hindu temples in Bali, majestically rises on the western slopes of Mount Agung. This temple is considered Bali’s most important temple complex, housing not less than 86 temples, including the largest and most impressive..

3 – Goa Lawah Temple

Goa Lawah is one of the nine directional temples of Bali and is home to thousands of bats, hence its name, which literally translates into Bat Cave. The temple is located along the main road leading to Karangasem and Candidasa. This sacred temple is very popular..

4 – Lempuyang Temple

Pura LuhurLempuyang, also known as the “Stairways to Heaven”, is located halfway between Amlapura and Amed, on Bali’s east side. Seven temples in total are built along a stairway to the peak of the mountain. The climb up the 1700 steps will take about an hour and a half..

5 – Masceti Temple

A love story gone wrong… Masceti temple is one of Bali’s nine directional temples and is supposed to guard the island from evil sea spirits. The temple is located on the sacred beach of Masceti on the island’s east coast. It’s a lesser known temple and barely visited by tourists..

6 – Pasar Agung Temple

Located on the southern slopes of Bali’s highest mountain, Mount Agung, the PasarAgung Temple is the starting point of treks to the summit of this 3,033 meters high volcano.
Pura PasarAgung is one of Bali’s nine directional temples and..

7 – Ulun Danu Batur Temple

Don’t confuse Bali’s second most important temple, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, with the more popular Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Although the names are similar and both are dedicated to Goddess of lakes, Danu, the temples are located an hour and a half drive away..

8 – Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

This is one perfectly suited for Instagram. Situated on the west side of Lake Bratan, the UlunDanauBratan temple is probably one of the most iconic and picturesque temples of the island. Most of this directional temples’ base is surrounded by the calm and almost perfectly still..

9 – Uluwatu Temple

Perched on top of a steep cliff, approximately 70 meters above sea level, Uluwatu Temple, also known as PuruLuhurUluwatu, is renowned for its magnificent location. It truly is one of the top places on the island to go for sunset, with direct views overlooking the Indian..

Bukit Sari Temple

Deep within the woods of the Sangeh Monkey Forest you’ll find Pura Bukit Sari, the largest of four temples located in this green slice of heaven, ruled by grey long-tail macaques. The thirteen hectares of forestland, near Sangeh village, are filled with nutmeg trees..

Goa Gajah Temple

Even though the name suggests otherwise (Goa Gajah means elephant cave), this holy archaeological site is not filled with elephant statues or carvings. The only references to elephants are the statues of Ganesh, a Hindu god with an elephant head, and..

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

They say Gunung Kawi SebatuTemple is one of the least visited temples in Bali, yet it’s considered to be one of the most peaceful, tranquil and prettiest sanctuaries you can think of. Located just 13 kilometres north of Ubud, this temple shouldn’t be confused with the..

Gunung Kawi Temple

One of the most unique temples in Bali is the Gunung Kawi temple, located in a lush green vally in Tampaksiri, a mere 30-minute drive from Ubud. Its location is ideal; just a few 100 meters East from the Jalan Raya Tampaksiri main route and only 2 kilometres south..

Meduwe Karang Temple

Located in the north of Bali, the Meduwe Karang Temple can be reached within half an hour drive from Singaraja. History has it that the temple was dedicated to Dewi Sri, the god of the rice. Literally translated Meduwe Karang means “owner of the land”. Locals..

Sakenan Temple

Serangan Island Situated on the island of Serangan, also known as turtle-island, you’ll find Sakenan Temple. It’s a public temple, meaning that Hindus from all over Bali can give and receive offers; particularly on Kuningan Day the temple is extremely busy..

Taman Ayun Temple

The Taman Ayun temple is the mother temple of the Mengwi district, approximately 18 kilometres north west of Denpasar, and was originally built so that the local people didn’t have to travel all the way to Besakih temple to pay homage to their gods. Taman..

Taman Saraswati Temple

Right in the heart of Ubud you’ll find Pura Taman Saraswati, a beautiful water temple featuring a large pond filled with blooming pink lotus flowers. The name of the temple is derived from DewiSaraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and arts (the same one as in..

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot’s shrine, perched on top of a rock in the ocean, is the most visited and photographed temple in Bali, especially at sunset, when crowds and traffic are at their peak. Tanah lot is one of the most important and venerated sea temples, and is closely associated..

Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul is one of the most famous and most sacred temples in Bali at the same time. You’ll find this magnificent temple complex 14 kilometres north-east of Ubud, in close proximity to Gunung Kawi Temple. The complex consists of three main areas; the front..

Vihara Dharmayana Temple

ViharaDharmayana is one of the five Buddhist temples in Bali and the only one in Kuta.Though Kuta is known for its vibrant nightlife and traffic frenzy, at this temple you’ll find absolute serenity. Just as any other Chinese Buddhist temple, the main colours are red and..

Ye Mampeh Waterfall

In the tranquil village of Les, north of Kintamani and Batur Mountain, you’ll find the Ye Mampeh Waterfall. In Balinese thisliterally means “Splashing Water”. The legend says that once upon a time a big flood happened, leaving rocks and stones behind in the basin..

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

The Tukad Cepung Waterfall is hidden away from commercial tourists and therefore worth adding it to your Bali bucket list. Located a mere 30 kilometersnorth-west of Ubud, it’s easily accessible from any place in the south of Bali. The Tukad Cepung..

Tibumala Waterfall

Once upon a time… Tibumala Waterfall is located in the Bangli region, not so far away from the TukadCepung Waterfall. This fairytale-like waterfall is not as tall or as wide as many other falls in Bali, but an amazing site to explore it is. The cool and forested waterfall is reached..

Tegenungan Waterfall

Located only 10 kilometerssouth of Ubud, this waterfall is one of the few falls that’s not situated in the highlands or mountainous areas of Bali. It still boasts lush green jungle-like surroundings though and therefore it is a very popular spot for photographers, who often gather..

Sekumpul Waterfalls

The Gitgit waterfall is often referred to as the most visited waterfall in Bali, and the AlingAling waterfall the most fun waterfall. Now, let us introduce to you Bali’s most beautiful waterfall: the Sekumpul waterfall. Sekumpul in Bahasa Indonesia means “group” and..

Nungnung Waterfall

In the idyllic village of Nungnung, 900 meters above sea level, you’ll find the magnificent Nungnung waterfall.  The drive into the mountains is truly enchanting, with plantations and lush green rice paddies everywhere you look. There are clear signs pointing..

Munduk Waterfall

At 850 meters above sea-level, in the small village of Munduk, you’ll find the Niagara falls of Bali. After an easy300 meter jungle trek you’re welcomed by a cool mist and the rustling sound of the Munduk waterfall. According to many this is one of the most photogenic..

Juwuk Manis Waterfall

Work hard, play hard” definitely applies to the Juwuk Manis Waterfall, one of the few waterfalls in the east of Bali. It takes effort to reach this waterfall, as you will have to conquer a 1 kilometer long trek through the dense jungle, steep cliffs, and coffee and..

Jembong Waterfall

Locally this waterfall is known as the best waterfall in Bali. It’s located near the famed Gitgit waterfall, which often overshadows the peaceful Jembong waterfall. The path leading up to the fall takes you through cacao plantations and as opposed to most waterfalls..

Gitgit Waterfall

The Gitgit waterfall can be found in the north of Bali, just a mere 20 minutes south of Singaraja. A visit to these falls is often combined with a trip to the mesmerizing black sandy beaches of Lovina, which is also popular for dolphin watching tours. This immense popular..

Dusun Kuning

Dusun Kuning is a small village in the region of Bangli and is home to a 25 meters high waterfall that’s aptly named after the village. It is just a 40 minutes ride from Ubud and once you arrived in Dusun Kuning you can access the waterfall after a short walk..

Carat Waterfalls

Located in the unspoiled village of Tamblang, just 45 minutes east of Singaraja, you will find one of the most interesting waterfalls Bali has to offer; the Carat Waterfalls. Getting there is quite tricky and challenging, because the 800 meters long descent takes you..

Blahmantung Waterfall (aka Blemantung)

You’ll find the Blahmantung Waterfall in Pujungan Village in the Tabanan district and because of its location, the fall is also known as the Pujungan Waterfall. Getting there is already a trip worth taking and making you crave WiFi as the landscapes are so..

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

The Banyumala Twin waterfalls are located north of Lake Buyan and only 15 minutes away from the Niagara Munduk Waterfall. Reaching the waterfall is not easy as the road leading to it is bumpy and narrow without many signs, so engaging with a local is a wise idea..

7-Canging Waterfall

The Canging waterfall is usually the first waterfall you reach on your trek from Sambangan Secret Garden to the Cemarawaterfall and the Dedari waterfall. It’s located on the top of AlingAling. Swimming is not an option here, so when you arrive at the site just,..

6-Dedari Waterfall

The Dedari waterfall is located between the Canging waterfall and the Cemara waterfall. The local word “dedari” means angel and the villagers in this area believe that the basin of this waterfall was used for bathing by groups of angels. So, bring along your swimming clothes,..

5-Cemara Waterfall

Active travellerswill love this one, as the Cemara Waterfall is reached after a mildly challenging trek, over different kinds of terrain.  Suddenly, the rainforest opens up and that’s when your eyes first meet this mighty fall. The water is clean and fresh, so don’t forget your swimming..

4-Pucuk Waterfall

Tucked away in Bali’s precious rainforest, Pucuk waterfall is the third fall of the watersport triad, together with the Kroya waterfall (with its natural 12m long slide) and the Kembar waterfall (with a 10m high cliff for cliffjumping), which can all be found in the same area. Be prepared..

3-Kembar Waterfall

Another one of the 7 secret waterfalls in Bali’s Sambangan Secret Garden is the Kembar waterfall. Kembar means twin in Balinese and the fall lives up to its name as two flows are mixing together in a tranquil basin. This one is popular among adventurers, as Kembar waterfall..

2-Kroya Waterfall

The name Kroya is derived from the Balinese name of a tropical tree, which grew right next to it. Legend has it that the tree was swept into the blue lagoon during heavy floods and never appeared to the surface again. This waterfall is located just a mere 5 minute..

Aling Aling Waterfall at The Secret Gardens of Sambangan

According to many, the AlingAling waterfall is one of the most unique waterfalls Bali has to offer. Located in the idyllic village of Sambang, in the northern region of the island this cascade is only one of 7 falls in the Sambangan Secret Garden. The journey to the..

7 Waterfalls @ Sambangan’s Secret Garden

Sambangan Village, in the serene and green northern part of Bali, is heaven on earth for waterfall chasers, and for all other kind of nature-lovers. Located 700 meters above sea-level, this tranquil river has been the perfect geological breeding ground for waterfalls..