The nine directional temples in Bali are very important in Balinese Hindu. Named pura kahyangan jagat as a whole by the local, they are the protector of the entire island from evil spirits and dangers from outside. They are located in auspicious locations as those are the very places through which the evil spirits come to disturb the island. That is why you should include them in your Bali tour plan. While some places have been in the tourist’ routes for years, the others are relatively unknown. You should consult your operator whether it can adjust the route to also include those less-known temples.
A round-up tour related to the nine directional temples is ideally started from the closest temple with your accommodation. As most tourists usually choose Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran and other southwestern areas as their place to stay, the closest temple would be Pura Luhur Uluwatu. This temple is located right on the top of a cliff in the Bukit Peninsula. If you stay in Jimbaran, most probably you will tempted by the attractive destinations along the way, such as the hidden beaches of Balangan, Suluban, Padang padang etc. Bali is such an endless attraction indeed.
After Pura Luhur Uluwatu, you will turn to the east and head to Ketewel. Not too far away from this sleepy coastal town is where you can find Pura Masceti. Just like Pura Luhur Uluwatu and the other temples in the island, this temple is built mainly from stone with ancient architecture adherent to the age long tradition and teachings. Next in your Bali tour, you will see Pura Goa Lawah which is inhabited by thousands of bats. The species is considered sacred by the local. The temple is located just minutes away from the main road that leads to Padangbai, an important harbor in the eastern Bali.
The next destinations are located on the slopes of volcanoes and highlands. Closest temple to Pura Goa Lawah is Pura Lempuyang on the slopes of Gunung Lempuyang, Amlapura in the East Bali. From here, you will climb the southern slopes of Gunung Agung, the highest volcano in the island, to find Pura Pasar Agung. To the western slopes of the same volcano is the most important, or the mother temple, namely Pura Besakih which you probably have seen in many publications about Bali.
The next destination is located on the eastern highlands, namely Pura Ulun Danu Batur at Kintamani. This is a unique temple as it is built with Chinese influence in its architecture and layout. The next temple is Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Bedugul. Located in the central highlands, it offers a beautiful view of a temple standing on the shore of a tranquil lake, ideal for photo sessions. The end of your journey should be Pura Luhur Batukaru on the southern slopes of Gunung Batukaru in Central Bali. Of course, the sequence of the travel can be altered or adjusted according to your preferences.