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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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2 weeks ago
“Tourist trap central!”
May 8, 2017
“Beautiful, but not very pleasant”
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Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Indonesia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I went to visit this temple yesterday and although it was beautiful, money was taken off me at any point. The driver who the tour was arranged with was told he couldn't join us and that a guide was included in the ticket price... THIS...More

Thank Gaganpreet G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just need to give a warning as my friend found this out the hard way, if you have your period you are not permitted to enter any temples. The entry price was 60k. Then the 'free guide' said they expect tips and donations. I took...More

Thank Solomamatraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide was very helpful and took all the time to explain the temple parts, symbolism used there and gave us a short overview of the religion. He even arranged for us to get into the worshippers part of the temple, but at the entrance...More

Thank agnes G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Besakih is an amazing ancient structure which shud be visited without fail. Trip to Bali is not complete without visting Besakih

Thank Hariprasad2910
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were warned by our driver that the admission fee covered the sarong hire and pays for the guide. Tipping the guide is optional only if you thought they were good and this was repeated again when we bought tickets. We had a free scooter...More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's beautiful big and massive temple, located in the high slove ot mount Agung with wanderful scanic views.So wonderful and admiring The weather is cold remind us like when we traveled to Germany in spring time. This is an important trip if you go to...More

Thank Yenny P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is very astonishing balinese temple. It's huge beautiful mother temple, located on the slope of mount Agung with admiring views down to the valley, best most world famous. The people there are very friendly.

Thank Willy Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

was a great visit but prepare yourself with some hike on the stairs. Entrance fee was around 60,000 included with sarong on rent as you are not allowed to access the temple with shorts neither for men or women. there is freelance guide to assist...More

Thank jasikaur_16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband & I visited this temple in May 2017. From the car park we went to buy tickets from the counter. They charged IDR 60,000 per person and gave sarong to wear in the temple as it was compulsory to wear one. From the...More

Thank 198TOGO
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quick tips: Wear your sarong (men and women regardless of shorts or long pants) prior to stepping out of your vehicle. At all the temples I visited, the vendors didn't approach us as even they seem to know nobody needs 2 sarongs. Be firm and...More

Thank 497simonk
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Just ask balinese local that there is no scam anymore at besakih temple since March or April 2017 is it true? Is there any locker there to save our luggage?
May 7, 2017|
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Response from anamr94 | Reviewed this property |
I`ve been to Besakih temple in March 2017 and this is true. You can visit this temple with all your heart! I didn`t saw any locker for luggage but you cand leave your things in your driver`s car. It`s safer that way :)
How far away is this from Ubud?
February 15, 2017|
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Response from Lolatoldme | Reviewed this property |
Just to say, we went there today, this morning and it took about an hour. We are staying in Tegallalang which is about 30 mins north of Ubud centre. Just encase anyone else is reading. Was a lovely drive through rice... More
Which other temple would people suggest for a more pleasant visit as I have been put off with all the talk of scammery at Besakih. We are currently staying in Candidasa. Any suggestions for alternative day trip? Thanks
November 10, 2016|
Response from dbtgo | Reviewed this property |
There are other options that are nice to go to...Tirta Empul, Goa Gajah and Gunung Kawi are in the same route or near each other...Tanah Lot and Uluwatu are also nice and it is recommended to watch the Kecak Dance at Uluwatu