Some of the most world’s most impressive Hindu and Buddhist temples on the island hides deep within lush landscapes. Painstakingly crafted with stone so they would stand forever - now they wait for you to find them. Visitors are required to wear the ceremonial sarong.
The temple is the Hindu’s most important and holiest temple. The temple is sitting 1 000 meters up on the slopes of Mount Agung in the eastern part of the island. The temple is worth a visit just for the view of the lush, rolling countryside and the towering volcano above. The Pura Besakih has 23 related temples with Pura Besaih Agung as the most impressive.
Just south of Ubud you will find ornate cave carvings at Goa Gajah. Menacing characters are carved into its face, mentioned in Balinese poems as far back as 1365 are the main attraction. You will also found sexual carvings like the phallic and yoni symbols of Shiva inside. Beautiful female fountain sculptures by the bathing pools in front of the cave was discovered in 1950. The surrounding structures were added later.
Despite its Hindu-Buddhist dedication, the local Muslims takes great pride in this central Java temple. Under the watchful gaze of the dwarapalas, or temple guardians, each wielding a snake, club or sword to fend of evildoers as you can enter the temples. Highlight of the 248 perwara temples is the twin viharas, or main shrine buildings. These two multi-story shrine buildings are perhaps the most impressive temple structures on all of Java.
4.RATU BOKO TEMPLE
The true ruins of the temple are perched high on a plateau on the southern side of Central Java. The crumbled remains of the structure suggest that the site was a fortified castle or mansion for the royal families of either the Sailendra or Mataram Kingdoms. There is a ruined outer wall, a dry moat and a lookout pavilion. From the top of the pavilion you will enjoy a panoramic view at the nearby Prambanan temple with Mount Merapi. Bring water and be prepared for lots of stairs in the heat.
The temple is the second largest Buddhist temple on Java and is situated just about a mile from the Hindu Prambanan Temple. The grand entrance to the main temple faces east and contains an inscription dating the building back to 792 AD. The temple was one of Java’s major religiously active temples starting back in the 8th century.
6.PURA LUHUR ULUWATU
The small temple built 70 meters above the surf of the southern seas was dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra.One of the four main directional temples of Bali, the temple was designed to protect the island from evil. Come here at sunset for the most amazing views.
7.PURA ULUN DANU BERATAN
The temple has been serving the Hindu residents of the area since 1633. You will find the impressive temple built to praise and give offerings to Dewi Danu the goddess of lakes, river and water near Lake Bratan in the central mountains on the island. The goddess and Lake Bratan are what give life to crops on the island through a series of irrigation canals. A number of smaller temples all dedicated to the water that feeds thirsty crops can be visited on your descend from the mountains.
The temple serves at the west point of Bali’s four major directional temples. This temple is carved into a rock formation jutting out from the sea is one of the important attractions of Bali. The temple sits on its own island and is only accessible by foot during low tide. This wave-licked temple is the most photographed, especially during sunset.
This mid 9th century temple is often referred to as a Hindu Masterpiece in all of Indonesia, it sits in the middle of the now-Muslim island of Java. As you walk into the park you will notice the ruins of 224 outer temples that are scattered. Ascending into the center of the temple area you will find eight major and eight minor temples. These ornately carved spires praise Trimurti, or the expression of God as Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer.
The temple is the world’s largest Buddhist temple and was built in the 9th century by hand. It has survived volcanic eruptions of Gunung Merapi, terrorist bombings and the earthquake of 2006. High above the green rice fields and kampong, the monumental structure makes Indonesia’s other temples look pedestrian. The temple looks like an ornately carved pyramid with fortified walls surrounding the bottom and five stories worth of statues ascending to the top. The central dome of the temple is crowned by an impressive 72 Buddha statues. The impressive temple looks like it will stand forever.
The best way to get around in Indonesia is by private car, bus, motorcycle (ojeks), dokar (horse-drawn, two-wheeled cart), becak (three-wheeled cards), minibus and taxi.
The best time to visit in Indonesia is between April and October. Temperatures usually remain hot pretty much all year around.