Bali Landmarks

Bali Landmarks
The island of Bali is Indonesia's most popular tourist destination. Famous for arts and crafts including woodworking, puppetry, painting and sculpture, Bali is also known for its rich coral reefs and tropical forests. Kids love Bali's Waterbom Park, an amusement park with 16 waterslides, while adults can enjoy some of the best surfing in Asia. Bali also has many historical landmarks that are worth visiting; be prepared for walking in the hot and humid climate.

Pura Ulun Danu Batur

Located on a mountainside in Batur Village, Kintamani, the Pura Ulun Danu Batur is a complex of nine Hindu temples, containing a total of 285 individual shrines. Each temple is dedicated to a different activity, both spiritual and worldly; some include farming, crafts, the water and the sun. Locals come from all over Bali to pray and worship at the shrines. During March or April every year, the 11-day Odalan celebration takes place commemorating the foundation of the temple.

Pura Ulun Danu Batur
Batur Village, Kintamani Bali
(+011) 62 361 22 2387

Goa Lawah

Also known as the "Bat Cave Temple," the cave at Goa Lawah is crawling with thousands of tiny bats. In Balinese legend, the cave is a holy place, and a large snake lives inside feeding on the winged mammals. Outside the cave you'll find ancient shrines where daily rituals and processions are held honoring the dead. Be prepared for the smell--the area surrounding the cave is literally covered in guano.

Goa Lawah
Between Kusamba and Padang Bai, Bali
(+011) 62 361 222 387

Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi is an 11th century temple near Ubud, Bali. To reach it, you'll need to climb down 300 ancient steps past local farmers working in rice fields. There is a stone archway at the bottom of the stairs where you are asked to bless yourself before proceeding to the temple. Inside, you'll find nine stone tombs designed for a Balinese king and his queens. The walk back up the stairs is taxing, so skip it if you have mobility problems.

Gunung Kawi
Tampaksiring, Ubud Bali

Taman Werdi Budaya

Taman Werdi Budaya is a complex of theaters and galleries in South Bali. It is the home of the annual Bali Arts Festival, a large and well-known arts event. Visitors will find museums and outdoor amphitheaters highlighting Balinese arts and culture, as well as a variety of craft stores showcasing local talent.

Taman Werdi Budaya
Denpasar, Bali
(+011) 62 361 22 7176

Article Written By Hailey Williams

Hailey Williams is a freelance writer and editor from Los Angeles, California. She has a particular interest in culture, lifestyle, health, and women's interest reporting, and her work has been published in magazines including TV Week and Sugar. She graduated from the University of Sydney.

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