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Besakih Temple, Karangasem

#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in Karangasem
Admire the largest and most sacred of Bali's Hindu temples at Besakih Temple, an important place of worship and an example of Balinese architecture. Situated in an impressive mountainous landscape, the main temple presides over an attractive vista, giving opportunities for photographs of its protruding decorative steps against a captivating natural backdrop. Consider hiring a guide to discover more about the temple's history, and to find the quieter places at this very busy attraction. Be prepared for locals trying to convince you to buy something; some can be quite insistent. Work out when and for how long to visit Besakih Temple and other Besakih attractions using our handy Besakih driving holiday planner.
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  • Besakih Temple, locally known as Pura Besakih. The temple is situated 1,000 m high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung for over 1,000 years. It is the largest and the holiest temple in all of...  more »
  • Biggest scam of Bali. “Mandated” tour guide wanted a tip on top of parking and entrance fee and scamming us into praying and forcing us to donate. Do not visit. Better temples in Bali that are FAR...  more »
  • What an amazing location. Incredible views and pure Balinese beauty in the largest temple of the Island. Paying (tourist) access grants you with a ride in motorbike to the temple from the parking, saving the long slide that takes you there. A local guide will give you a Tour and explain you with some basics that you should know about this spot.
  • Besakih temple is an absolute gem and deserve your full attention. Go there with a certified guide (included in the ticket) so you won’t be asked any money by a local-dishonest-so called-guide. It is really worth it. The set of temples is amazing, peaceful, it tells a lot about the culture and beliefs of the Balinese.
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