Water Temples in Bali

Bali is home to some stunning religions, none more so than its collection of water temples. 

These aquatic places of worship play host not only to beautifully unique architecture but also to natural locations and plenty of water to tie it all together.

This is a story about water temples in Bali, their significance in Balinese culture, and where to find some of the most famous, and more off-the-beaten-track, examples across the island.

Pura Tirta Sudamala

These jets stream into a petirtaan, where Balinese worshippers engage in melukat — ritual cleansing in order to rid themselves of any pollution or negative energy.


Pura Tirta Empul

The spring at this temple plays a key role in the subak system and is also a source of the Pakerisan River.


Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

Situated on the shores of Lake Beratan, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is arguably the most important water temple anywhere on the island. 


Pura Taman Ayun

Here visitors can still explore its various courtyards, which boast carefully sculpted waterways, pools filled with lilies, and places to sit and soak up the serene landscape.


Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu

The whole environment of Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu feels lush and jungle-clad, making it seem like another world entirely.


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