Bali Backpacker's Guide

BESAKIH TEMPLE (Pura Besakih) – A Central Temple of Hinduism in Bali

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS TEMPLE?

MAIN TEMPLE
A central of hinduism in Bali.
Also known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’.

AWESOME LOCATION
The temple located on southwest slopes of Agung volcano.
It will looks like facing the Agung volcano’s summit.

AWESOME VIEW
It’s Bali scenic temple.
Beautiful terrace and artistic temple complex.

POPULAR TEMPLE 
You are going to visit the most important temple in Bali.
It’s near to Agung volcano, you can combine to visit those places.

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DESCRIPTION:

Besakih temple  is a complex temple which located in the near of the highest mount in Bali. It was established on the slopes of Agung volcano since 1000 years ago.

The name of Besakih comes from the word “Basuki”, derived from the word “Vasuki” which means Salvation in the classical Sanskrit language. In the Samudramanthana myth, the name “Besuki” refers to the Dragon-God “Naga Besukian”, who settled in mount Agung, the holy volcano in Bali.

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HOW MUCH THE ENTRANCE FEE?

ENTRANCE FEE:
Adult : IDR 60K
Child : IDR ?K

PARKING FEE:
Scooter : Free
Car       : IDR ??

BESAKIH TEMPLE ENTRANCE FEE:

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
8.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

*) It will be crowded if your visit on weekend or in the same time of student visit or hinduism ceremony.
**) This place often raining and dark clouds on wet season. Better you bring your umbrella or poncho or waterproof jacket.

***) Since September 23rd, 2017 Besakih temple closed due to Mt Agung activities.

CEREMONY (Piodalan) or Hindus special day on Besakih temple:

15 November 2017, ceremony or Odalan Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih.
5 Desember 2017. Anggara Wage Pahang at pura Batu Madeg (Meru Tumpang Sanga), Besakih.
16 Desember 2017. Day of Tumpek Krurut at pura Merajan Kanginan (Ida Betara Empu Beradah), Besakih.
31 Maret 2018. ceremony of Purnama Kedasa (Odalan Betara Turun Kabeh), Besakih.
11 Mei 2018. Sukra Umanis Warigadean (Odalan Ida Ratu), Penataran Agung Besakih

*) You can see hindus people praying and the sequence of ceremony it self. Awesome culture & ceremony.

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Besakih
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Rendang
Regency (Kabupaten): Karangasem
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 51 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour and 30 minutes.
About 42 km northeast of Ubud or 1 hour and 20 minutes.
About 66 km northeast of Kuta beach or 2 hours.
About 67 km north of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 15 minutes.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no direct public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this temple and use google map as your navigator.

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some shop outside of temple selling foods, snacks and souvenirs.

*) Be careful to Besakih guide, sometimes they force you to use their services and charges with high prices. This scamming happens over and over again. Seems the Bali tourism board, temple authority and village authorities need to concern and solving this issues. It’s already damage the tourism in Bali.

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SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR BESAKIH TEMPLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visit Besakih temple:

1. Mount Agung hiking.
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