Gianyar Travel Guide

Located just a short ride from Bali’s cultural city of Ubud to the east of the island, Gianyar is a pretty town and the capital of the Gianyar district.

Gianyar’s main - and perhaps only - real attraction is its unusual temples, one of which is believed to contain the head of a local giant. The area is watched over by the mighty Mount Agung, making this a good place for trekking when the temples lose their appeal.

Although not the most interesting town in the area, Gianyar does have a certain charm that leads many passers-by to stay a while. However, most of the town’s attractions can be seen in a couple of hours, and with few facilities and attractions for tourists, most will be happy to catch the next bus out of town.

Getting There & Away

Gianyar is best reached from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Getting to Gianyar from the airport is easy as there are direct buses (3 hours), as well as buses to Sanyan from surrounding towns and cities such as Candidasa (30 minutes).

Things to Do

Gianyar Attractions

Puri Gianyar

Built in 1771 by dewa manggis iv, this large and lovely palace is located in the center of gianyar and features an enchanting tropical garden.

Side trips from Gianyar

Pura Dalem Blahbatuh

This buddhist and hindu temple is five kilometers southwest of gianyar.

Pura Puseh Blahbatuh

Also five kilometers southwest, the temple contains the enormous head of a giant.