Temples may not be on the kids’ list of things to do on holiday, but they may just change their minds after visiting one of these amazing locations. Read on for our Best Temples to Visit with Kids!
Uluwatu temple is one of the six key temples that serve as the spiritual pillars of Bali. Apart from being a tourist magnet, Uluwatu temple is revered in worship and in history. Pura Uluwatu temple 70-meters above the Indian Ocean giving guests panoramic views.
Uluwatu temple is also home to hundreds of monkeys, that the kids will love to watch. The monkeys roam freely and interact with tourists, but although most of the monkeys appear to be tame, we strongly advise against letting children pet them. Also, some of the monkeys are great pick-pockets, so make sure your valuables are secure.
[Photo credit: Wiki Commons]
As the sun sets, a colorful dance performance starts. This performance is called the Kecak Fire Dance and is great entertainment for kids and adults!
Tirta Empul, or ‘holy spring’,is exactly that, a temple containing a holy bathing site where Balinese Hindus go to be cleansed. Often referred to as the ‘water temple’, kids will love the enormous fish pond within the grounds containing gigantic Koi fish.
[Photo credit: Photos for Good]
Foreigners are welcome to bathe in the holy spring and even to be blessed by the temple priests, but must wear appropriate clothing for this. Most men wear a sarong and sash and women wear a sarong, sash and t-shirt. Kids are free to wear swimsuits or shorts and a t-shirt. There are changing rooms to get out of your wet clothes afterwards.
Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun, meaning “beautiful garden,” features an amazing complex of pools across the structure. Centuries ago this temple and the grounds was the vacation home of Balinese royalty, but now is known as the mother temple of the Mengwi Kingdom.
[Photo credit: Layover Guide]
Let the kids loose to run around the wide pathways and enjoy the fountains and fish ponds while you admire the beautiful Balinese architecture.
Saraswati temple is one of the most atmospheric temples in Bali, with its fabulous lotus garden leading to a classical Balinese gateway.
[Photo credit: Bali Trip Holidays]
The temple was built to honor Dewi Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of art, wisdom and learning, and a marvelous statue of the deity can be found in the temple. The temple also features ancient carvings, enormous barong masks and grand sitting platforms.
For a really memorable experience watch a dance performed in front of the temple one evening.
Tickets are sold most days on the street outside the temple gates.
One of the most iconic temples in Bali, Tanah Lot is a great place for a family trip. This 16th Century temple is very touristy, but also has plenty of space, ocean breezes and lots to keep kids busy.
Rock pools to poke around in, stones to skip and plenty of color and action to watch, will keep their attention. And if that’s not enough, ask one of the temple guards to show you where the holy sea snakes nest!
Tanah Lot is also a great spot for a family photo at sunset, so go late in the afternoon and find the perfect spot for a photo op.
Besakih, or Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ is the largest and most impressive on the island. The temple sits on the slopes of Mt. Agung in East Bali where the scenery is lush and green from the rich volcanic soil.
This temple complex is large and can get very busy depending on whether there is a big ceremony in process, but there is lots of action, colour, dancing and new things to see and keep kids stimulated.
It’s also a good idea to do like the locals and take snacks or a packed lunch and have a picnic on the grass in front of the temple.
Things to Remember When Visiting Temples
The Balinese are very happy to see foreigners visiting their beloved temples but do expect guests to adhere to certain rules. Men and women must always wear a sarong and sash when entering a temple. If you forget yours most temples have them to rent for a small fee outside the gates. Kids are free to wear whatever they are comfortable in.
Women are forbidden to enter a temple if they are on their period as the Balinese see blood as impure. Excuse yourself from entering by simply saying, you are not allowed at this time. “Saya tidak boleh” in Bahasa Indonesia.
You should also be respectful of those praying in the temples. Never step over someone sitting on the ground or get in front of them to take photos while they are praying. It’s best to watch quietly from the back if possible.