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Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih)
Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih)

Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih)

Jl. Raya Besakih, Bali, Indonesia

The Basics

Despite what Besakih’s famously persistent touts tell you, you don’t need a guide or a Besakih tour to explore the Mother Temple, and entrance fees are very affordable. However, this is a complicated Hindu temple complex with a long history and almost zero signage, so culture vultures will get more out of the experience with a guide.

Most full-day tours to Besakih temple bundle the complex with Lake Batur and/or Mount Batur plus Kintamani or with east Bali attractions, such as Tirta Gangga Water Palace or Sidemen.

Note: When Mount Agung volcano is very active, access may be restricted.

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Private Chartered Car to Bali Temples With Besakih Temple
Private Chartered Car to Bali Temples With Besakih Temple
$56.42 per adult
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Incredible experience with the...
Incredible experience with the history and Culture of Bali. Beutifull temples ,great views and good food.
JUANCARLOS_B, Oct 2016

Recent reviews from experiences in Bali

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Magnificent mountain view
Bungo F, Jul 2019
Kintamani Village Tour with Besakih Temple
It started with an interesting introduction to Balinese and Hindu culture " Baron Dance". We thoroughly enjoyed the day.. Our driver/guide Gede was very helpful and thorough with his work.
star-4
Temple and more temples
Voyager01179769977, Jun 2019
Private Chartered Car to Bali Temples With Besakih Temple
My cousin and I wanted to see the temples in Bali and this was the perfect choice. Driver was on time and was knowledgeable of the routes and history. Recommended!
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Great day
djinxie, Sep 2019
Besakih, Mother of All Temples, Lempuyang & Tirta Gangga
I had a really enjoyable day. My driver was Yoga, and he was very nice and friendly. He picked me up on time and we made our way to the Lempuyang temple.I arrived at Lempuyang temple around 7am, and I was surprised to see that there were already 100 people queueing up for the photo. I thought that it wouldn't be that busy so early in the morning but clearly I was wrong. I think they just introduced a number system so you just get a ticket with your number and can roam around instead of having to queue. Even eith the queue, the place is beautiful and the photos turned out great! It was a clear beautiful day with only a few clouds in sight and Mt. Agung looked breathtaking in the background. We parked fairly close to the entrance, so I didn't have to climb the infamous steps? However even that 5 min walk was more of a steep hill hike than an actual walk. But it was manageable and Yoga always made sure I am ok and asked if I need a break. Next was Trita Gangga. It is so pretty! I fed the fish and took some great pictures. I was even lucky enough to see a traditional Balinese dance. I'm not sure what the event was, but it was great! Besakih temple was simply stunning. I think I enjoyed it the most, and this may be an unpopular opinion but I think it is even more beautiful than Lempuyang temple. There are a lot of beautiful photo opportunities and the temple(s) is/are so beautiful. Last stop was the coffee plantation. I tried 14 different kinds of tea and coffee, including luwak coffee. I loved the avocado coffee, that was delicious! The pandanus tea was also a very pleasant surprise, yum! In the end I sampled 8 types of chocolate, and they were pretty great too. There is a shop to buy coffee or chocolate if you want but I found it rather overpriced. However it was a good expression and another amazing view! Thank you Yoga for a great day! Tip: have some small change ready. There are plenty of toilets around but they want a 5k donation
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Get Culture, Have Fun, and Experience the Spirit of Bali with a Super Guide!
Cordula_S, Jun 2019
Private Bali Tour: Kintamani Volcano and Besakih Temple
I'm no stranger to Bali, but wanted to show my son a wide choice of cultural sites and a good variety of activities on this trip. The booking was fast, easy, and prompt with updates via WhatsApp. Our driver, Yasmika, was punctual, extremely personable, and a storehouse of local, national, religious, and 'real life' information. His sense of humor was wonderful and I wouldn't hesitate to say that he doubled the pleasure of the tour, which is rich in so many classic Balinese sites. Not to be missed!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Spare yourself the hassle of haggling to rent a sarong by wearing long pants or skirts that cover your legs.

  • The slope from the parking lot is extremely steep, and the temple involves a lot of stairs.

  • Be aware that many shrines and temple areas are reserved for Balinese worshippers.

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How to Get There

Set on the slopes of Mount Agung in east Bali, the road to Besakih temple is both slow and winding, and can be grueling when self-driving: The journey takes about 90 minutes from Ubud and considerably longer from Kuta. Between the transport issues and the famously aggressive touts, many may find organized Bali tours—or a private tour—the easiest option.

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When to Get There

Besakih temple is one of Indonesia's more popular tourist destinations. Both tour buses and touts start flooding in from 9am so, if possible, enjoy your Besakih temple tour early in the morning. There are colorful ceremonies almost year-round as each shrine has its own “odalan” (birthday): full moon and new moon make an optimal time to see Hindu worshippers in action, though you may need to wear ceremonial gear.

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Scams to Avoid at Besakih Temple

Besakih touts sometimes lie about admission fees. As at many religious sites in Indonesia, the ticket should not cost significantly more than 15,000 IDR, although there are separate small charges for parking. Ask for a printed ticket so that you can confirm the price. The complex is full of freelance guides and “temple guardians”: should you decide to hire one, be sure to agree a fee upfront. Their English and their knowledge is often limited.

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