Monday, October 17, 2022

Besakih Temple - Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting

Besakih temple

Besakih Temple is the oldest temple in Bali and is known as the center of all temples in Bali.  Pura Besakih survived a large and devastating volcanic eruption in 1963 that claimed hundreds of people.  Besakih Temple Being Bali's largest and holiest temple, consists of 86 temples and there is no doubt you will love exploring it.  I guarantee you will be amazed by its beauty and complexity.  I've put together this comprehensive guide to visiting including how to get here, the best times to visit, things to do when you arrive, and more!

Besakih temple

Besakih Temple Location

 Besakih temple location is Jl.  Gunung Mas No.Ds, Besakih, Kec.  Rendang, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80863 and Located at the foot of the volcano Mount Agung in East Bali is where you can find Pura Besakih.

 If you stay in Bali's tourist centers such as Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta, it's about 2.5 hours drive.  If you stay in Ubud it's a shorter distance which takes about 2 hours.

 Agenda Bali Tour also recommends Kintamani Attractions when visiting Besakih Bali because it is only 1 hour from Besakih Temple.

Besakih temple

The Best Way To Visit Besakih Temple

  • The best way to get to Besakih Temple is by car or scooter.
  • You can rent a scooter from the main tourist areas of Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta or Ubud and drive to East Bali at your own pace.

  • And if you are not confident driving a scooter?  (Afraid to get lost) Another good option to get around Bali is Hire Driver Bali for a day and don't have to think about which tourist attractions to visit next because an itinerary or list of trips has been made that will make your vacation easier.

Besakih Temple Entrance Ticket Prices

 To enter Besakih Bali Temple, it costs Rp. 60,000 per adult.  The price includes a guide and is delivered using a motorbike from the ticket counter.  The entrance fee also includes a sarong that is used to cover your feet and is mandatory to enter the temple.

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Tips for Visiting the Temple

  1. It's best to bring cash if you want to buy drinks, snacks or souvenirs during your visit to Besakih Temple.
  2. There are usually locals selling sarongs in the parking lot, but you don't have to buy them as they are included in the entrance fee.
  3. However, feel free to buy your own sarong, as this is a unique piece to own, and you will also be helping the locals make a small profit that comes in handy in these villages.
  4. There are many guides you can book online or outside the temple, but they can be expensive and most are not local guides.  However, giving tips to guides is also allowed if you like their explanations and services when guiding you.  starting from IDR 30,000 - 50,000 usually recommended.

Best time to visit Besakih Temple

  • Besakih Bali Temple is open all year round, so you can visit it anytime during your visit to the Island of the Gods.
  • Although the temple is open 24/7 for Pemedek (congregations), the opening times for other visitors are Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • With an annual average temperature of 27 degrees, the days can get very warm, so my advice to you, if you want to enjoy your time exploring the temples, try to get there by 8am or around 5pm.  the temperature is good and also because these hours are usually not very busy.
  • Another thing to note is that in April there is a ceremony at Besakih Temple (odalan) which is an unforgettable experience.  Don't forget to bring your camera and take some unique photos!

Facilities Provided

Besakih Bali Temple is equipped with toilet facilities and a large parking area to accommodate visitors who come by car or scooter.

You will also find a number of warungs (small local restaurants) which are usually small family-owned businesses.

Warung is located at the entrance which is perfect if you want to buy some snacks before or after exploring the temple.

There are also a number of retail stores where you can buy some unique souvenirs for yourself or gifts for loved ones.  However, be aware that these can be overpriced, so be sure to test your bidding skills!

The uniqueness of Besakih Temple

1.Besakih Temple is right on Mount Agung which makes it a unique place with stunning mountain views and unique nature.

2.There are more than 70 ceremonies throughout the year, so you are likely to be able to attend them when you visit the temple.

3.When you are at the temple, you can also expect a lot of walking as there are at least 86 temples to explore on the hillside, the main and largest being Penataran Agung Temple.

4.One interesting fact is that each temple has its own historical significance and represents something different, so even if you decide not to have a local guide, you should read on to make your time at the site more enjoyable and educational.


With all of the above, there is no reason for you not to visit Besakih Temple while traveling to Bali.

This huge temple is the most important in Balinese history, and you will be amazed by its uniqueness, dimensions and especially its importance to the locals.

Through the Local Guide you will learn more about the history of the temples and how they have survived through the years.

Visiting and exploring Besakih Temple is undoubtedly the most authentic way for you to immerse yourself in Balinese culture.

Be sure to add this place to your Bali itinerary, because I guarantee you won't regret it!

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