Besides beautiful beaches and clear waters, Bali is also home to ancient temples. You can find these temples, or pura in Bahasa Indonesia all around the island, from Bali's coasts to its forests.

Bali is predominantly a Hindu region and you can see its influence in the culture, architecture, and mythic stories told on the island. However, the temples in Bali are unlike those in other parts of the world thanks to the blend of Hindu and Indonesian design. Here are some of the most famous temples in Bali that you shouldn't miss.

Pura Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot temple is one of the most well-known temples in Bali. Located in west Bali, many tourists visit it for its magnificent view and unique location. This small temple is nestled on a small piece of land off the coast and is only accessible during low tide. It's a 30-minute drive northwest of Kuta, and is well worth the drive. Many visitors, both locals and tourists alike come here to be blessed by the holy water from the Tirta Pabersihan fountain.

Pura Luhur, Uluwatu Temple

Pura Luhur is renowned for being located on the edge of the cliffs at Uluwatu, overlooking the vast Indian Ocean. You can watch Kecak dance performances here which often coincide with sunset - the best time to visit Pura Luhur as the view is stunning. Being on the southwestern edge of Bali, it's believed to protect the island from evil sea spirits. To get to the temple, you have to walk through a pathway and small forest which houses hundreds of monkeys believed to be guardians of the temple.

Pura Tirta Empul

Pura Tirta Empul is named after the sacred spring that flows underneath it. Tirta Empul has a large, rectangular pool filled with holy water and numerous koi fish swimming in it. The water in the pool is supplied by 12 fountains from the surrounding springs. This is among the holiest temples in Bali and worshippers from around the island come here to pray and cleanse themselves in the pool, especially during religious festivals.

Pura Goa Lawah

Pura Goa Lawah, or Bat Cave Temple owes its name to the fruit bats that live in the cave where the site is located. The temple was built at the base of a cliff that has a cave with thousands of bats. Since bats are nocturnal creatures, you don't need to worry about them if you visit the temple in the daytime. According to legend, a mythical dragon-like snake called Basuki that eats the bats live in this cave.