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Often called Island of gods; surfers’ paradise. Bali fascinates traveller through the absolute natural beauty of looming volcanoes in middle and lush terraced rice fields. It has hillside intricately carved temples and even more a place where everything has spiritual meaning.

The diversified culture, traditional music, and dramatic dances certainly add on to the wonderful experience at luxurious beach resorts and exciting nightlife. Therefore Bali is said to be a perfect destination for all the traveller seeking peace and serenity.

Bali’s Essence:

The climate of Bali remains typical tropical, warm or humid all year round. Above all Bali’s white beaches are among the favourite destination for family holidays. You may just linger and enjoy good sunbathing by the sea or go for a variety of water sports and even more. Some famous spots are:

  • The tallest peak, Gunung Agung, is said to be the island’s spiritual centre
  • Kuta is among the most well-known beaches in Bali.
  • The beach at Jimbaran a popular spot to eat fresh barbecued seafood and peaceful quieter evening.
  • Nusa Dua and Seminyak is home to five-stars International hotels and luxurious accommodation decorated with fancy dining spots.
  • Sanur Beach dotted with hotels and restaurants.

1st Bali Spot: Banyu Wana Amertha Waterfalls

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Recently emerged as a tourist attraction with 4 magnificent waterfalls you could visit there. A 500m trail, which is covered with concrete stones and logs, coffee plantation alongside. You’ll in the end land at a huge sign, where the way wanders to four separate falls.

One can also find attractive bamboo huts for a wonderful stay and bridges that probably catch crowd attention. Bayu sunrise shines to every edge of the island. The rays would accompany you on the trail down to the fall. Which is amazing to witness!!

2nd Spot: Sekumpul Waterfall

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Almost 6 to 7 upland stream 80-meter waterfall to 18km southeast of Singaraja. Local people also call it by Air Terjun Sekumpul. You can find trees of clove, cacao, jackfruit, mangosteen and even more on the path. From the vehicle park area, go for left and stroll up the street. From here, it’s almost 10 minutes to the official cascade entrance.

When you see the ‘Sekumpul Waterfall’ sign, take another left and proceed with the block street past townhomes and little shops – toward the finish of this way you’ll locate the official hut where you’ll pay the fee. Furthermore, proceed down the trail to a slope where the stairs start down to a stream. Finally, the beautiful falls are in the blink of an eye ahead.

3rd Spot: Pura Luhur Ulu Watu

Ulu Watu is among the most important temples to the spirits of the sea along the south coast of Bali. In the 11th century, Javanese priest Empu Kuturan established the temple first. Later Niratha added the complex, it retreated to Ulu Watu for his final days when he attained moksa.

The temple is built on the cliff and coming here can feel like sitting on the throne of Bali. A popular dance Kecak is held in the temple during sunset hours. The atmosphere gets mystical.  Finally, you can enter the temple area through two entrances with split gates. The gates are surrounded by Ganesha sculpture (shaped like a human body with an elephant head). Behind the main shrine, there is a Brahim statue facing the Indian ocean. The walls of coral blocks have multifaceted carvings of Bali’s mythological menagerie.

Maybe for some reason, only Hindu worshippers can enter the small inner temple. However, the views of the endless waves of the Indian Ocean from the cliffs are breathtaking. At sunset, walk around the clifftop to the left (south) of the temple to get away from the crowded area.

4th Spot: Agung Rai Museum of Art

If you want to visit the museum and fond of historical knowledge, count this one to be the first. Founder Agung Rai has built one of Indonesia’s most impressive private collections of art. The museum includes Portrait of a Javanese Nobleman and his Wife by Javanese artist Raden Saleh. It is home for Walter Spies artwork, who developed Ubud painting school.

Painting Collections

  • Kamasan Painting by Arie Smit (Melamun, 1989).
  • Pre-War Painting- Walter Spies (Calonarang, 1930).
  • European Living In Bali- I Nyoman Gunarsa (Three Dancers, 1990).
  • Modern Traditional A. J. Le Mayeur de Merpres (Balinese Girls, 1940).

The museum has a beautiful green garden all around. There are lily ponds and a water fountain with rice terrace as the background. There are regular dance performances or say local children practice Balinese dance. You can enter the ARMA from Kafe Arma on Jl Raya Pengosekan or around the corner at the ARMA Resort entrance. Your ticket fee includes a drink at the cafe. It is open from 09:00 – 18:00 daily. Also, one could enjoy the most liked adventure Ayung Rafting by travellers in Ubud.

5th Spot: Pura Besakih

Pura Penataran Agung, largest and important temple built on the six-level terrace upon the slope. Besakih is known to be Mother Temple of Bali.  There are 23 different related temples around Besakih. By the 15th century, it became a state temple of the Gelgel dynasty. The temple loved for is its dramatic location and stone base. Hindu worship here from 1284.

You can find two parking area Parkir Bawa and Parking Atas. In Bali, every temple has a meaning related to the land they are built on, nature and the spirits and gods they believe do live there. The complex did get damaged here due to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Above all, it is simply the prime spiritual centre for all Balinese and hence many festivals are celebrated here.

6th Spot: Museum Le Mayeur

Artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres (1880–1958) arrived in Bali in 1932 and three years later he married a beautiful Legong dancer Ni Polok. They lived in Sanur village, he found inspiration through Sanur’s beautiful location with the lagoon and her wife.  You can find 90 paintings of Le Mayeur’s in the museum.

After their death the house became a museum, it is an interesting example of Balinese-style architecture. Window shutter that describes the narrative of Rama and Sita from the Ramayana. Le Mayeur’s early works are impressionist paintings from his travels experience in Africa, India, the Mediterranean, and the South Pacific. Other paintings are romantic depictions of daily life and beautiful Balinese women – often Ni Polok. The museum features a variety of artist’s paintings in both oil and watercolours. His works to capture the natural beauty of Bali and its ancient culture.

 7th best Bali Spot: Pura Luhur Batukau

The temple with 7 roofed shrines dedicated to Maha Deva, the mountain’s guardian spirit. Another most spiritual temple to visit in Bali. The cool and misty forest is all around the temple. You can hear the chanting priests and birds singing beautifully in the temple. This place provides a pleasant sightseeing stopover for nature lovers.

To the left of the temple, there is a small white-water stream. You can take a walk there to enjoy the wonderful weather. One must remember to respect the traditions of this place while visiting temples. Guides are available at the entrance and offer worthwhile two-hour jungle hikes for 250,000Rp. The island’s most impressive expanse of rice paddies is here. Jatiluwih is within a 2-km drive from the temple.

Bali is One Small Island with many destinations, People here are warm, generous and fun-loving. Above all I could say Bali’s rich culture, magnificent sights make it a sheer delight and certainly worth remembering the trip. Bali probably has great beaches with enticing cafes and compelling nightlife.

 Yet, Bali – the island supposedly all about spirituality and serenity.

It’s said in Latin “Veni. Vidi. Amavi.”– We go, We see, We love.

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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