1 – 3: Pura Pusering Jagat is a small temple hidden away in the heart of a small village in Gianyar and completely untouched by tourism. I visited here on my drive back home. This was a real eye-opener, and I got to watch and experience some of Bali’s local customs.
4 – 6: I then moved on to the Monkey Forest, its temple – Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal – and the magnificent landscape of vertical cliff drops.
7: Watching an evening performance of the traditional Balinese Kecak dance, in a little theatre tucked away among the green Ubud rice fields.
8 – 10: I visited the holy springs at Tirta Empul, the stunning water temple, full of fountains, pools of clear ice cold water, koi carp, offerings and floating petals.
11 – 12: Another magnificent gem is Pura Luhur Batukaru. Set in he mountains in the heart of Bali, it has incredible views over the island’s jungle landscape and it’s a beautiful place to watch the mist roll in and blanket the temple on a wet day.
13 – 17: This part of my journey took me through central Bali and its temples: The temple and water gardens of Pura Taman Ayun, Pura Desa-Puseh in Batuan (featured in the photos) and Pura Batur Sari.
18 – 21: This part of my Bali journey has been an absolute dream, full of green and amazing nature in the shape of Ubud’s rice paddies and bamboo forests.