Silayukti Temple is one of the most important historical sites at Padangbai in East Bali. This 11th-century Hindu temple sits on a headland just northeast of the main bay. Padangbai itself is better known as being home to the landmark ferry port for crossing over to the neighbouring island of Lombok.

A path leads you up a grassy hill where you will also find 2 other temples: Pura Tanjungsari and Pura Telaga Mas. A visit here can be a good break from snorkelling and diving adventures around the area, granting a great sightseeing opportunity with several temples in one scenic spot.

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Scenic seascapes and spirituality at Silayukti Temple

The outcrop on which Silayukti Temple is situated provides wonderful and wide seascapes over 2 of Padangbai’s notable white sand beaches – the main sandy length of Padangbai and Blue Lagoon Beach to the north. It’s also a great place to catch both sunsets and sunrises.

If you’re up for a more spiritual experience at the temple, you may be lucky enough to be granted a small ‘purification ritual’ involving holy water and blessings by the local priest.

Silayukti Temple’s vibrant temple anniversary is held every ‘Kliwon Pahang’ Wednesday, as marked on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar. This is when pilgrims from all over the island attend for prayers, usually over a course of 4 days.

Silayukti Temple in East Bali

Location: Jalan Silayukti, Padangbai, Manggis, Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia

Ari Gunadi | Compulsive Traveller