Bali’s historic sites: the island’s timeless attractions

We can all agree that spending a vacation in a good, calm and isolated spot where nature still preserves its beauty is something we would never mind doing if we have the chance to. Even if it was just a short getaway, having some time off away from the hectic daily life routine and stressful work can always leave a good impact. And when most people think of spots that can offer this, Bali always comes near the top of the list – if not at the top of it.

One of the many islands that Indonesia comprises, Bali is the top tourist site in Indonesia and is considered one of the top destinations in the entire world. The island is famous for its volcanic mountains, beautiful beaches, and the waters that are rich with marine life.

Because of this, Bali is considered a favorite for honeymooners from all over the world due to the atmosphere and quality spots it offers. However, the island is not only rich with sites that reflect the beauty of nature at its peak, but also sites that tell the island’s history, reflect its culture, and offer a multitude of activities in Bali that you can enjoy while being there.

Here, we are going to demonstrate the top historic sites that you shouldn’t miss visiting if you are planning a trip to Bali island:

1- Uluwatu Temple:

Located in Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula in the southern end of Bali, Uluwatu Temple (also known as Para Luhur Uluwatu) is one of the most renowned Hindu sea temples in the island.

Uluwatu Temple was built on an edge 70 meters above the sea level. It is considered one of the six main Hindu religious sites in Bali as well as one of one of the island’s best spots to watch the sunset from.

In addition to that, the site is also known for hosting large celebrations every 6 months in accordance with the Pawukon Year which lasts for 210 days.

However, it is important to warn you about the monkeys that inhabit the temple as they have a tendency to snatch the valuable items carried by the tourists and visitors, though they often later return it in exchange of food (peanuts or bananas).

2- Goa Gajah:

The exact purpose of Goa Gajah cave remains unknown, though most speculations suggest that it was built to be a meditation spot. The cave, which dates back to the 11th century, is located on the western side of the village of Bedulu, 6 kilometers away from central Ubud.

Goa Gajah houses elements and relics that reflect both the HIndu and Buddhist cultures, and it is best known for the fearsome faces carved on its walls to force the evil spirits away.

Goa Gajah is also known as the Elephant Cave, and while there is no agreed-upon reason to which this name could be attributed, sources suggest it was called that because of the stone statue of Ganesh, a Hindu God with the head of an elephant, which the cave includes.

3- Pura Besakih:

Pura Besakih (Balinese for temple of Besakih) is the largest Hindu regligious complex in all of Bali. It is situated in the village of Besakih on six levels on Mount Agnug. The complex houses 23 Hindu temples in itself, and is distinguished by many other unique features like its grand spires – also known as the Meru Towers.

Although the very specific origins or age of the temple remain unspecified, it is known that the site has been used as for worshipping purposes since the 13th century.

Those are only three of many, many historic attractions and temples which you can visit in Bali that just add to the majestic nature to the island.