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  • 1 Candi Brahma and Candi Visnu Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The epic Ramayana story is recounted on the outer wall of Candi Brahma. The statue of this god to whom temples are rarely dedicated in India occupies the sanctuary's only chamber; it is also the case of the statue of Visnu in the twin temple, Candi V..

  • 2 Candi Sewu Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    This vast Buddhist sanctuary (candi sewu means "thousand temples") was built in the 8C by the kingdom of the Sailendra, who governed the south of the island at the time. The main temple, crowned with a stupa and surrounded by eight annexe t..

  • 3 Candi Plaosan Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Candi Plaosan is a complex of temples 2km from Prambanan, and combines Hindu and Buddhist decorative elements. The sanctuary is thought to celebrate the union of a Buddhist princess, Sailendra, and a Hindu king, Sanjaya, the two dynasties that shared..

  • 4 Candi Sari Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Although dating from the same period as Candi Kalasan, Candi Sari has a radically different style. This handsome building with three parts, which stands on a high base and is topped with stupas, is more reminiscent of Candi Plaosan. Like the latter, ..

  • 5 Mount Lawu Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    To the east of Solo stands Lawu Volcano, with its dark green velvety-looking slopes, on which tea plantations grow alongside paddy fields and forests. Two little known Hindu temples, Candi Sukuh and Candi Ceto, are hidden in this setting of untamed b..

  • 6 Candi Sukuh Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Dominating the Solo plain from 900m above sea level and the last stronghold of Hinduism in Central Java, Candi Sukuh (15C) was devoted to the worship of a mysterious hero. This break with orthodox Shivaism explains the unusual iconography, such as th..

  • 7 Candi Ceto Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    On the slopes of Lawu Volcano, 1 200m above sea level, Candi Ceto stands like a mirage rising out of the mist and greenery. It is a contemporary of Candi Sukuh (c 1468-1475) and devoted to the same cult. However, its seven terraces are reminiscent of..

  • 8 House of Sampoerna Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    6 Taman Sampoerna

    After taking in the story of the Sampoerna family, owners of the kretek brand, at the informative museum, visitors can get a fascinating glimpse of the kretek cigarette production facility in operation: more than 3 000 workers rolling cigarettes made..

  • 9 Pura Taman Ayun Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The serene temple is set in beautiful shady grounds in Mengwi, surrounded by water and embellished with a pond of lotuses. Cordoka Munggu, who had this sanctuary built (17C), transferred the capital of the Mengwi Kingdom here. The complex was restore..

  • 10 Pura Tanah Lot Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Perched on a black rock surrounded by sand and lapped at by the turbulent waters of high tide, this temple dedicated to the sea deities seems to defy the elements. It is thought to have been erected in the 16C under the aegis of the famous Javanese B..

  • 11 Nusa Lembongan Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Nusa Lembongan has inherited its infertile and dry limestone relief from the little archipelago of Penida, whose three islands lie of the coast of Sanur. Its inhabitants, among the poorest in the country, live mainly from harvesting algae and the isl..

  • 12 Jungutbatu Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A splendid view over the southeast coast of Bali with the silhouette of Mount Agung on the horizon... With its fishing boats and the odd bungalow, Jungutbatu is one of Bali's most unspoilt beaches, little affected by the commercial encroachment evide..

  • 13 Ayung Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Between Sayan and Kedewatan, the landscape becomes increasingly striking: shimmering in the sun, the verdant rice paddies drop in terraces down to the winding banks of the River Ayung (its turbulent waters are ideal for rafting). To best admire this ..

  • 14 Tampaksiring Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    If heading for Mount Batur, or just seeking an outing around Ubud, this lovely road heading northeast runs through a verdant landscape of shimmering rice paddies. It is also a chance to see charming temples (Pura Gunung Sawi Sebatu, Tirta Empul), a m..

  • 15 Singapadu Ornithological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir

    This lovely ornithological park has waterfalls, lotus ponds, tropical flowers and trees, plus the world's finest selection of Indonesian birds. It also has a variety of other species from around the world: multicoloured parrots, elegant birds of para..

  • 16 Southern Slopes of Batukaru Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    On the southern flank of Bali's second-highest mountain, Batukaru volcano (2 276m) is the site of the island's most beautiful terraced rice paddy landscape, particularly around the villages of Gunungsari and Jatiluwih. Emerging from the lush green co..

  • 17 Pura Luhur Batukaru Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Sited on the slopes of the sacred Mount Batukaru, Pura Luhur Batukaru emerges from a verdant backdrop often shrouded in mist. Amidst tree ferns, bamboo and banana trees, moss-covered sculptures are home to an extraordinary colony of butterflies. In t..

  • 18 Mount Agung Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Bali's highpoint (3 014m), a landmark in all views of the south and east of the island, the Agung volcano is the navel of the Balinese world: along with Mount Batur, it was born of the splitting in two of the mythical Mount Meru, the centre of the co..

  • 19 Mother Temple of Besakih Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Although built at an altitude of 1 000m on the slopes of Mount Agung, the 1963 eruption miraculously spared Bali's most sacred temple. Visitors should try to see one of the numerous ceremonies that take place here all year long. Among this complex of..

  • 20 Pura Kehen Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    In the pleasant town of Bangli, ancient capital of the Gelgel dynasty, the impressive Pura Kehen was the site of sovereigns' coronations. It rises over eight terrace levels against a backdrop of lush greenery. Elephant statues greet visitors at the f..

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