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Besakih Temple

Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1000 metres (3000 feet)Pura Besakih is the paramount Hindu temple on Bali. Located high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung, it has developed over more than a thousand years into a great complex of 22 separate temples, the largest and central being Pura Penataran Agung. The annual cycle of more than 70 rituals, which symbolically link the temples into a whole, culminates in the centenary ceremony called Ekadasa Rudra, last held in 1979. The temple complex, state-supported since the 15th century, has undergone a series of architectural and ritual changes.
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Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple is huge and breathtaking to explore. Very picturesque. There are dress restrictions when visiting the temple. Cons are there are a lot of stray dogs. Amazing.

Thank TSwizz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When in Bali, do yourself a favour and fully explore this magnificent Temple. Make sure you pay one of the local guides to be able to explore the whole Temple, right to the very top level. The views from the top are truly breathtaking.

Thank Marcel C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well it’s the Mother temple of Bali and true to the word it’s humongous. Tourists are not allowed to enter the temple. You can only walk past the walls of the temple. There is a guide allotted to you when you purchase the tickets at...More

Thank Ditti V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this temple as it was one of the "must see" temples. It is very pretty, but there is so much rubbish, plastic, etc. lying around it is disgusting!! They really need to clean this place up. Also, if this is more than 30min...More

Thank EraneJoubert
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Temple is ok and reasonably pretty but it is ruined by pushy guides and vendors Right from the get go I had a bad feeling when our driver warned us about the guides. Guides should be free with a discretionary tip, however our guide...More

Thank durhamnewbie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here in the morning, so no crowds. Sellers, as everyehere, try to sell you stuff. Wear your own sarong, at Besakih they are very expensive.

1  Thank Martina N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This complex of temples is spectacular to say the least, but it's a fair drive from anything else, especially if your coming from Kuta like we did. So we just combined this with a trip to the hot springs in Mount Batur which worked out...More

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temple is nestled at the foot of Mount Agung, the tallest mountain in Bali. The trip there is uphill and getting more crowded during the season of traditional ceremony of the temple. One needs to wear sarong and climb the stairs to see to...More

Thank Bali-Melali
Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

The temple is so far way in the heights. But still so beautiful. The official enterance fee is 60,000/person. but the tour guide tricks you and asks for high donations after he teaches you through the praying ritual on some private temple. Actually at the...More

Thank Mostafa M
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

I've been in Bali for close to two weeks, visited a few temples and was enjoying my stay, until I arrived at Besakih temple. The temple itself is nice and it's something to see. The local guide's mafia and other scammers is something else. I...More

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Myo M
October 8, 2017|
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Response from didik s | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know Besakih is closed effectively since September 23, 2017 due to Mount Agung increasing activity.
September 24, 2017|
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Response from Enzio G | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee is IDR 60.000 per person and includes the guide. Some guides do expect a tip but it is not mandatory.
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July 31, 2017|
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Response from Natasha09 | Reviewed this property |
You will need a sarong. If you don't have one they can be purchased at the markets around the temple. As women we were wearing sleeveless shirts and there wasn't an issue.