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Mount Kawi

Gianyar 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Steeped in mystery, this extraordinary 11th-century monument—just northeast of Ubud—is a true don’t-miss. — Travel + Leisure

The strenuous walk is broken up into sections and at times the views as you walk through ancient terraced rice fields are as fine as any on Bali. — Lonely Planet

The place has great charm... a sacred spring supplies the baths, where residents of Sebatu come to purify themselves. — Michelin Guide

This temple was made by King Marakata Near as an altar for King Udayana, an inscription dates the temple to A.D. 945. — Frommer's

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Neka Art Museum

Gianyar 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum traces the history of Ubud's artistic heritage. — Michelin Guide

Housing one of the island's finest collections of art, which presents a vividly illustrated introduction to the history of Balinese painting styles. — Frommer's

Quite distinct from Neka Gallery, the Neka Art Museum is the creation of Suteja Neka, a private collector and dealer in Balinese art. — Lonely Planet

Arranged like a family compound in separate pavilions in a garden, the museum illustrates the evolution of painting in Bali. — Fodor's

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Tirta Empul Temple

Gianyar 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A well-signposted fork in the road north of Tampaksiring leads to the popular holy springs at Tirta Empul, discovered in AD 962 and believed to have magical powers. — Lonely Planet

Balinese regard these springs as sacred and people come from miles around to bath in these waters. — Frommer's

The site of an annual pilgrimage (at the full moon in the fourth month), Tirta Empul and its reputedly magical. — Michelin Guide

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Taman Ayun Temple

Tabanan 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The series of meru (altars with many roofs) and their emblematic, graceful shapes contribute to the unrivalled charm of the temple. — Michelin Guide

The huge state temple of Pura Taman Ayun, surrounded by a wide, elegant moat, was the main temple of the Mengwi kingdom. — Lonely Planet

East of Tabanan is a huge elegant state temple surrounded by a moat. Built in 1634 and renovated in 1937, it was the main temple of the Mengwi kingdom until 1891. — Frommer's

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Museum Puri Lukisan

Gianyar 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On show among other works are pictures by the Pita Maha group, which nurtured Balinese art. — Michelin Guide

Just look at the lush composition of Balinese Market by Anak Agung Gde Sobrat to see the vibrancy of local painting. — Lonely Planet

One of Bali's most historically fascinating fine art museums. — Frommer's

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Kehen Temple

Bangli 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Temple of the Hearth or the Temple of Fire, the state temple of the old kingdom, is one of Bali's most beautiful temples and stands at the northeastern boundary of town. — Frommer's

The finely worked entrance gateway opens onto a magnificent banyan tree. — Michelin Guide

The state temple of the Bangli kingdom, Pura Kehen, one of the finest temples in eastern Bali, is a miniature version of Pura Besakih. — Lonely Planet

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Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA)

Gianyar 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum goes beyond what its name suggests, serving as a full-on Balinese culture and arts center. — Frommer's

This gallery is in a pretty compound and its collection covers the full range of Balinese styles. — Lonely Planet

Two impressive buildings surrounded by vegetation, fountains and pools. — Michelin Guide

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Uluwatu Temple

Badung 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This important temple is perched precipitously on the southwestern tip of the peninsula, atop sheer cliffs that drop straight into the ceaseless surf. — Lonely Planet

Head to the southernmost point of the to the island’s Bukit Peninsula for the views from one of Bali’s most sacred temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, which commands a cliff above the surf. — Travel + Leisure

One of the nine directional temples and one of the six most venerated sanctuaries in Bali. — Michelin Guide

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Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Bali 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This very important Hindu-Buddhist temple was founded in the 17th century. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters. — Lonely Planet

This wonderland is set in 160 hectares (395 acres) of landscaped and beautifully tended gardens. — Frommer's

Straddling two islets in the Bratan crater lake and seeming to float on water, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan represents quintessential Bali. — Michelin Guide

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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Badung 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This cool and dense swath of jungle... houses three holy temples. The sanctuary is inhabited by a band of grey-haired and greedy long-tailed Balinese macaques. — Lonely Planet

A haven for shutterbugs and children, Ubud's Monkey Forest is home to dozens of Balinese macaques. — Fodor's

The towering tree clusters here are home to a troop of bad-tempered but photogenic primates that swing from branches, cannonball into pools. — Frommer's

Hindu temple of the dead home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques.  — Atlas Obscura

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Elephant Cave Ubud

Bali 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There are more theories about the origins of Goa Gajah and its name than there ever were native elephants on Bali. — Fodor's

An ancient (circa 11th-century) Buddhist and Hindu temple that’s one of Bali’s most bewitching tourist attractions. — Travel + Leisure

Some 2km southeast of Ubud on the road to Bedulu, Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face and you enter through the cavernous mouth of a demon. — Lonely Planet

One of Bali’s most visited tourist sites is a grotto of elaborate stone carvings from the 9th century. — Frommer's

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Le Mayeur Museum

Bali 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Explore the works of Belgian painter Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpes, who arrived in Sanur in 1932 at age 52. — Fodor's

A museum and gallery. Although time and the damp seaside salt sprays have taken their toll on the art works, the museum is well worth a visit. — Frommer's

Le Mayeur de Merpres... married the beautiful Legong dancer Ni Polok when she was just 15. — Lonely Planet

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Museum PASIFIKA

Badung 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Several centuries of art from cultures around the Pacific Ocean are displayed (the tikis are cool). — Lonely Planet

Take a primer course in the fine arts of Bali at Pasifika Museum. The 350 piece collection, mainly paintings, includes legendary Balinese and foreign artists. — Fodor's

This world-class cultural institution is arguably Bali's best art museum. — Frommer's

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Saraswati Temple

Gianyar 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Just a bit west of Pura Desa Ubud is the very picturesque Pura Taman Saraswati. — Lonely Planet

The royal family commissioned this temple and water garden, dedicated to the Hindu goddess of art and learning. — Frommer's

Balinese Barong on Rangda dance performances take place at Pura Taman Saraswati (Ubud Water Palace). It's the hub of Ubud, and surrounded by crafts stalls. — Travel + Leisure

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Elephant Cave

Gianyar 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Inside the T-shaped cave you can see fragmentary remains of the lingam, the phallic symbol of the Hindu god Shiva, and its female counterpart the yoni, plus a statue of Shiva's son. — Lonely Planet

The "Elephant Cave," discovered by a farmer in 1923, is a temple that dates back to the 11th century. — Concierge

One of Bali’s most visited tourist sites is a grotto of elaborate stone carvings from the 9th century. — Frommer's

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Pura Luhur Batukaru

Bali 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On the slopes of Gunung Batukau, Pura Luhur Batukau was the state temple when Tabanan was an independent kingdom. — Lonely Planet

Sited on the slopes of the sacred Mount Batukaru, Pura Luhur Batukaru emerges from a verdant backdrop often shrouded in mist — Michelin Guide

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Tanah Lot Temple

Bali 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Along the east-west road, this temple is one of the most popular and important sea temples on Bali. — Frommer's

Tanah Lot, Bali's most dramatically situated temple, poised on a rocky headland that becomes an island at high tide. — Travel + Leisure

This seaside temple perched atop a tidal islet rates high among Bali's signature sights. Built during the 15th century, Tanah Lot remains a major pilgrimage destination. — Fodor's

Isolated atop this Balinese sea crag is a lovely Hindu temple that is said to be guarded by sea snakes.  — Atlas Obscura

A popular day trip from south Bali, Pura Tanah Lot is the most visited and photographed temple in Bali, especially at sunset when crowds and traffic overwhelm the site. — Lonely Planet

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Taman Gili and Museum Daerah Semarapura

Bali 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Enter through the finely carved South Gate (Pemedal Agung) and continue to the Island Pavilion (Bale Kambang) set in a lily pool, its ceiling painted by local artists. — Michelin Guide

When the Dewa Agung dynasty moved here in 1710, the Semara Pura was established — Lonely Planet

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Bali Bird Park

Badung 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Lovely ornithological park. — Michelin Guide

More than 1000 birds from 250 species flit about this bird park, including rare cendrawasih (birds of paradise)from West Papua and the all-but-vanished Bali starlings. — Lonely Planet

More than 250 bird species—including hornbills, scarlet macaws, cassowaries, peacocks, and various birds of prey—are housed in more than 60 walk-in aviaries at this park. — Travel + Leisure

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Uluwatu Temple

Bali 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dramatic seaside cliffs, reminiscent of California's Big Sur, lend a mystical feel, especially at sunset. Steer clear of resident monkeys: remove glasses, earrings, and anything else they may grab. — Fodor's

Dramatically perched on a high promontory overlooking the surf at Uluwatu, this is possibly Bali's most visually spectacular shrine. — Frommer's

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