If you only have one day to pack in the best of Bali Temples, this Bali Temple Tour #1 is for you. Especially if you are coming from Canggu or Seminyak, this itinerary takes in 4 of the best temples in Bali in one day along some of the most picturesque scenery you can imagine. I’ve chosen these itineraries for their uniqueness and logical routing for a day tour.
Sometimes people don’t understand how far apart the temples and other attractions really are. For example, going from Canggu to Lempuyang is a serious road-trip and won’t leave much room for anything else. I’ve had requests to include Danu Beretan on this tour, but the distances between there, Tirta Empul and Tanah Lot are too great to make for a comfortable day tour, so I have a number of other itineraries for a Danu Beratan Tour.
Goa Gajah, more popularly known among tourists as the Elephant Cave, is a very worthwhile stop on a Bali Temple Tour. It’s on the way from South Bali to Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul, so it makes a logical first stop along the way to Gunung Kawi.
Gunung Kawi is a temple complex with a very different experience than Tirta Empul and because of its location just down the road, it makes sense to stop for a visit on this tour. The ancient architecture is completely different from anything else in Bali and highly recommended for a visit.
Tirta Empul is one of my favourites because the local people still use this for purification ceremonies and you can also take a dip in the pools to do the same (after watching and understanding the process). It really is an extraordinary experience.
Tanah Lot needs to be last on your tour because you have a couple of options. Either time it so you are there for sunset for those magical temple-in-the-sea photographs, or get there earlier, around 4 pm, and leave about 5 pm to make a stop at one of the excellent beach clubs along the Canggu coast on the way home. I highly recommend either La Brisa or Finns Beach Club.
I highly recommend this itinerary for a magical day of seeing the completely different and extraordinary unique temples in Bali.
Bali Temple Tour #1 Itinerary
8:00 am – Pick-up from Hotel or Villa
It’s best to have breakfast before you leave. The actual pick-up time is entirely up to you.
9:30 am – Goa Gajah
33 km from Seminyak, around 1.25 hours drive time.
11:30 am – Gunung Kawi
13 km from Goa Gajah, around 30 minutes.
2:00 pm – Tirta Empul
1.6 km from Gunung Kawi, around, 10 minutes.
3:00 pm – Lunch at Tegalalang Rice Terraces
7 km from Tirta Empul going the back way, around 20 minutes. Makes a great stop so you can grab some food from the cafes lining the valley and check out the ricefields while having lunch.
5:30 pm – Tanah Lot
32 km from Ubud, around 1.5 hours drive time.
8:00 pm – Drop-off at Hotel or Villa
17 km from Tanah Lot to Seminyak, around 1 hour. Total tour 120 km round trip.
Bali Temple Tour Route Map
You’re going to cover some ground during your tour, but my drivers have plenty of experience judging the traffic patterns and will always take the best route to get you where you need to be.
It’s worth every penny, trust me!
I did the temple tour and had a blast! My driver Kadek was an absolute sweetheart. As I was on my own he walked me to the different entrances and made sure I got where I needed to be. As a solo traveller you might think this is a bit expensive, it's worth every penny, trust me!
- Toyota Avanza/Xenia or similar 6-seater SUV w/ air-con.
- English speaking driver.
- Up to 12 hours of driving time.
- The driver waits at all attractions for you.
- Flexible itinerary – make changes during the day.
- Entrance fees or event tickets.
- Meals and refreshments at your own cost.
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