Exploring Bali's Magnificent Temples

19 February 2014

Flight Centre's copywriter Lyndon Barnett recently took a two week holiday on Bali and Lombok. While lying on the beach and enjoying those fantastic Indonesian rays are the main reason why many Australians fly to these islands, Lyndon was more interested in exploring the culture. He hired a driver in Kuta and spent a couple of days travelling around Bali to admire the beautiful temples. These are his favourites.

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Ubud Monkey Forest

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"Sure there are monkeys and yes they are particularly cheeky. But if you can tear yourself away from the macaques then its worth taking some time to check out the stonework on the various temples that are scattered around the forest. These two statues guarding the entrance are particularly striking," said Lyndon.

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Ubud Monkey Forest Ornamental Pond

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"Lining this ornamental pond are these amazing stone animals that are carved to simulate the effect of drinking. The way the artists capture the expressions on the animal's faces is just incredible," said Lyndon.
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Ubud Monkey Forest Bridge

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"This is the bridge that leads down to the Holy Spring Temple - it really is the stuff that must inspire films like Indiana Jones. The canopy cover gives this section of the complex a certain eerie feeling. It's only after you come off the bridge do you see the ornate stone work," said Lyndon.

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Tanah Lot

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"This is probably the most famous temple in Bali. Tanah Lot was constructed on a rock that sits just off shore. You can walk across to the temple if you don't mind getting your feet wet but visitors can't proceed beyond the gate. Because it's located on the west coast, this temple is the perfect place to watch the sun set. However I visited during the day so that I could fully explore the surrounding region," said Lyndon.

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Uluwatu Temple

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"I had seen pictures of this temple sitting precariously on the edge of a cliff but nothing could have prepared me for the moment when I saw it with my own eyes. The dainty place worship is perched high above the waves the crash relentlessly against the rocks. There's a walkway that follows the cliff top on either side of the temple that I thoroughly recommend," said Lyndon.

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Uluwatu Temple Entrance

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"Visitors are prohibited from entering the actual temple. However I was struck by the artistry of entrance and couldn't resist taking a photograph. The structure that you can see from the cliff line is just on the other side of the gate," said Lyndon.

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Pura Taman Ayun

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"This is one of those attractions that I wouldn't have known to visit if my driver didn't take me here. In my mind this temple complex is the most monumental. The immaculately maintained landscape gives away to these impressive structures. I was struck by the ornamental beauty of the individual temples that increase in height. This really is a pleasure to wander around," said Lyndon.

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Gunung Kawi

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"I descended from the car park for what seemed like forever. The steps led past the usual vendors selling drinks and snacks but it was impossible to see the bottom until the very last moment. And what a remarkable valley I had ventured into - from all the chaos of Kuta/Legian to the serenity of Gunung Kawi. This remarkable gem features these impressive shrines that are carved directly into the cliff face," said Lyndon.

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