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Bali: Alternative Temples Small Group Tour

4.6 / 5

28 reviews

Bali: Alternative Temples Small Group Tour

From US$ 121 per group up to 1

Visit over 6 temples in one day including the Mother Temple of Besakih. Avoid the crowds at these hidden gems off the beaten track and fall in love with the Penglipuran Traditional Village, a picturesque cultural site close to a bamboo forest.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
At your accommodation or central location in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Sanur, Krobokan, Canggu, Nusa Dua, or Ubud. From Lovina, Amed, or Tulamben is available at an additional 150K per person. From Candidasa is available at an additional 100K per person.
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Experience

The experience
  • Visit over 6 temples in 1 day including the Besakih Mother Temple
  • Avoid the crowds at these hidden gems that are just as beautiful
  • Fall in love with the Penglipuran Traditional Village, a picturesque cultural site
Full description
Not keen on the swarming crowds at Bali's main temples? Visit temples that are just as beautiful off the beaten track, meaning fewer tourists, more charm, and the tranquility you seek on this magical island.  Begin at the Kerta Gosa Pavilion in Klung Kung. The intact justice court building formerly used by the high king of Bali will give you some idea of the power and grandeur of the Balinese monarchs before the Dutch arrived. Goa Lawah Temple is up next. Also known as Bat Cave, its complex is built over a hilly outcrop home to thousands of bats and a giant snake king per local legend. Make a stop at Bukit Jambul, known for its panoramic views of the rice terraces. As you must be peckish by now, your guide will slow the pace down for a lunch overlooking Mt. Agung.  Continue your tour to Besakih Temple, Bali's thousand-year-old Mother Temple, perched 1,000 meters high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. It is meant to be the island's largest holy site divided into three main complexes, each dedicated to the Hindu trinity. The last of the temples, Kehen Temple, is a multi-level temple on a hill home to a great Banyan Tree. An untouched gem, it requires a bit of a hike to get to the well-preserved natural sanctuary. Finally, the trip ends with a visit to Penglipuran Traditional Village, a traditional countryside community in the highlands.
Includes
  • Hotel transfer (from Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Sanur, Krobokan, Canggu, Nusa Dua, and Ubud)
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance fees (Kerja Gosa 50,000 IDR, Goa Lawah 50,000 IDR, Besakih Temple 60,000 IDR, Kehen Temple 31,000 IDR, and Penglipuran Village 31,000 IDR)
  • Food
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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What to bring

  • Cash
  • sarong
  • Long pants

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour with a maximum of 5 people per group
  • It is recommended to bring cash for entrance fees and food
  • Hotel transfer is available for Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Sanur, Krobokan, Canggu, Nusa Dua, and Ubud
  • Exact pickup time depends on participants' respective locations; the driver will contact you the evening before your activity date to confirm the exact time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The weather wasn’t on our side the whole day, however thanks to the local Guide, Mr.Guzty we adapted the visits to the temples according to the rain. As on the previous day, Mr Guzty was again full of knowledge and professionalism and made the day a great experience. When I was charged 300.000 Rp= 20€ for so called blessing “ donation” which turned in a fix fee for a few drops of “ holy water” Mr Guzty stepped in to express my disapproval( the money were gone already in the temple as our guide was not allowed to escort me). A 60.000 Rp fee was paid already as admission fee and a “ donation “ should not be a fix rip off fee of 300.000 ( 20€) at that Mother Temple. Thanks, Mr Guzty for protecting your customers ! The money were gone as “ donation “ however Mr Guzty spoke to local temple staff above my dissatisfaction and about not being allowed inside to protect his customers. Thank you Mr Guzty for moral support!

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December 6, 2019

The tour was as described away from the tourist crowds. Our driver Aliq was very nice and was able to explain a few things to us. Only at the mother temple are flower sellers and "local guides" very exhausting. You have to be careful not to get the money pulled out of your pocket. But the organizer and the guide can't do anything about that. From the organization and implementation everything was perfect.

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December 3, 2019

My guide Guzty was the best! Not only is he very knowledgeable and great photographer, but he made sure to answer all my questions and even went through the trouble of recommending me places to visit in Ubud after we had finished with the tour! He is really the sweetest and made my trip the most enjoyable! Would definite ask for him if I return to Bali! Highly recommend!!! The tour itself showed me different styles of temples and it was not overcrowded as it did say so in the description. My overall experience is 10/10!

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October 20, 2019

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