7 Sea Temples Bali Will Amaze Your Kids With
Beyond its mesmerizing landscapes, the picturesque volcanic hillsides and the clear, inviting waters, Bali is a deeply spiritual region. That’s why Bali is called the island of a thousand temples. Some of these temples are hundreds of years old! Though some of these temples are more popular than others, the sea temples Bali possesses are definitely the most instagrammable (lol). Ready to take your kids to explore the fabulous sea temples of Bali? Check out our list below:
Pura Gede Perancak
Your kids are going to love the amazing statues at Pura Gede Perancak! The temple was built to commemorate the arrival of Dang Hyang Nirartha in Bali. Dang Hyang Nirartha was a renowned monk and traveller who lived in the 16th century. The temple sits in a village that was rebuilt after being abandoned for so long. You’d be surprised to know that the village used to be abandoned ruins until it was rebuilt into a fishing port.
At the temple’s entrance, guests are greeted by grand white stone entryways. Over the horizon is the Purancak river. Because the temple is located in a remote area, you can expect fewer crowds. The place presents plenty of opportunities to take pictures.
Pura Rambut Siwi
Pura Rambut Siwi is one of the largest, most ancient of all Hindu sea temples Bali has. Located on the Negara regency, west part of Bali, the temple sits on top of a cliff bank. Pura Rambut Siwi overlooks the Indian ocean and is nestled between lush tropical greeneries.
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Pura Rambut Siwi is a place of worship. Every day, the local residents hold ceremonies and rituals inside the temple. If you’re wondering why the temple remains well-preserved and clean, it’s because the residents are serious about keeping the temple that way. In fact, a special group of people from the Pekutatan district is tasked to keep the place pristine for worship. With its sweeping views of the ocean and gorgeous landscapes, it’s no wonder Pura Rambut Siwi is considered as one of the most beautiful seaside temples in the whole island!
Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is easily the most popular of all sea temples Bali has! The temple sits on top of a rocky foundation near the Tabanan coastline. Pura Tanah Lot is often featured in postcards and travel brochures for a reason! It’s the most photogenic of all sea temples in the region. And at sunset, the Pura Tanah Lot is quite a revelation!
Just like any Hindu temples in Bali, Pura Tanah Lot is a place of worship. Worshippers frequent the temple to ask divine favors to the gods, meditate and seek spiritual guidance. The Pura Tanah Lot, in particular, is where followers of the faith come to pray for any agriculture-related prayers.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Located in Uluwatu, over the Bukit peninsula, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a seaside temple dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, the Supreme God and his manifestation, Bhatara Rudra, the God of the elements and of cosmic force majeures. The god Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa is often featured in shadow puppet or wayang.
Pura Uluwatu sits on the very edge of a 7-meter rock cliff. Its foundation is also relevant in Hindu. In folklore, the cliff is said to be part of Dewi Danu’s petrified barque. Legends say that the temple guards the whole island against evil spirits.
The original structure is smaller than what it is today. Empu Kuturan, an 11th-century Javanese priest, expanded the temple. Pura Uluwatu is largely inhabited by monkeys. Tourists flock the temple for its famed sunset. The structure provides an excellent vantage point for watching or taking pictures of the sunset.
Pura Pulaki is known as one of the six most sacred temples in Bali. This ancient structure is located in the Banyu Poh village near Pemuteran. It was built to commemorate the arrival of Danghyang Nirartha, a 16th-century Javanese priest. It sits on the top of a plateau surrounded by rocky hills. Local legends say that when the revered priest arrived in the island, monkeys from the forests came together to guide Nirartha. This is why the priest honored the macaques as guardians of Pura Pulaki!
To this day, hordes of monkeys live in the jungle behind the temple. So if you’re visiting the temple, watch out. The monkeys are quite naughty!
The main courtyard is located at the top of the stairs after the middle courtyard. At this spot, visitors and worshippers meditate, pray and leave offerings
Pura Sakenan was built in the 10th century by priest Mpu Kuturan. Kuturan arrived in Bali just before the collapse of the Majapahit Kingdom. Apart from reforming the social and religious system of the locals, the holy man also oversaw the construction of the temple! The Pura Sakenan sits on the north-western shore of the small Serangan Island south of Denpasar. It became one of the most popular places of worship for pilgrims in the 80s. It was here where the 210-day piodalan anniversary celebrations were held.
Parts of the temple were restored except for its walls and foundation. The original temple was constructed out of corals and limestone harvested from the coastal reefs around the island.
Pura Mas Suka
Pura Mas Suka is not as popular as Pura Tanah Lot or as grand as Pura Rambut Siwi and that’s the strength of this Cliffside temple. Because of its remote location, not a lot of tourists travel all the way to this diminutive temple. But if you’re after stunning ocean views and lush forests, this picturesque temple is the perfect place to explore, meditate and get to know the local culture. Pura Mas Suka is perched on the edge of a towering cliff. It overlooks the Indian Ocean.
Hope you’ve enjoyed learning at these amazing Balinese sea temples! And now… to visit….!