Bali is a popular holiday destination. Whether you are a student wishing to rejoice with your friends or a couple looking for a romantic honeymoon destination or a family looking to spend some quality time together, there’s one paradise which fits all ambience – BALI! You will be very much delighted on visiting this serene paradise.
Bali is an Indonesian island. Quite popular around the world, it has a lot to offer. It has volcanic mountains, coral reefs, majestic temples, calm fields and astounding beaches.
It is also known for yoga and meditation experiences. One can experience numerous adventure activities.
Most of the attraction is grabbed by Ubud and central Bali but you can go and explore beyond it. Bali has limitless experiences to offer. So, let’s get beyond boundaries and experience it!
Visiting Bali: How To Reach Bali?
Denpasar is the capital of Bali and an important city of the island. To visit Bali by flight, you can land at Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport. It is 13 km away from Denpasar.
Ngurah Rai International Airport is the second busiest airport in Indonesia. Hence, it is well known and connected to major cities all over the world. From the airport, one can hire a taxi or cab to reach the destination. This is the most preferred option to get to Bali.
You can take a bus from Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) to Bali, but only if you can manage the 23-hour bus journey.
Being an island, Bali is exciting for its waters. To reach Bali through waters, one has to first travel by air to Sumatra, Singapore or Java and then take water cruise to Bali.
Going around Bali
Any place can be best explored on foot. But as obvious it may seem, it’s not quite possible in all cases. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your comfort and style in Bali.
Buses are a widely available option. In Bali, you can rent a car or a small van called Bemo that carries about 12 passengers.
If you want to feel the cool air flowing through your hair, renting a bike should be your call. At some places, you can rent small horse carts called Dokar.
Bali Tourist Attractions:
1.Pura Tanah Lot
Pura depicts a temple in Bali. Pura Tanah Lot offers a breathtaking view and is considered one of the holiest shrines in Bali. It’s about 20 km from Kuta. Kuta is a famous tourist spot and is an urban village. Although foreigners aren’t allowed to enter the temple, take a walk around and take amazing pictures along the Sea.
As said earlier, Bali doesn’t let down the adventurous side in you. In case you are a trekking fanatic, hiking Mount Batur is one thing to check on your Bali list.
Every day hundreds of tourists begin with their trail in order to experience sunrise over lush greenery and lake Batur. It is a 1700 m active volcano in Kintamani District in Bali’s central highlands, about an hour’s drive from Ubud.
It is advised to wear good trekking shoes and layer your clothing as it might get a bit chilly in the morning.
3.Ubud Monkey Forest
A 10 minutes walk from Ubud, lies a sacred monkey forest. It is a beautiful treat to you if you are an animal lover and photographer. It also has a variety of rare plants. This forest is house to three temples.
One among the three temples is the 14th-century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, where many monkeys swing through the trees and climb over the walls. It is located on the southwest side of the forest.
In the northwest of the forest, an ancient bathing temple, Pura Beji, nestles next to a cool stream and makes a beautiful backdrop for watching the monkeys’ antics.
It is advised to take care of your belongings and not carry any food while visiting it.
4.Ubud art and culture
Ubud is famous for its Balinese art and culture. Among the many museums are Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) and the Neka Art Museum, which lie within a short stroll of the Ubud Monkey Forest.
Some other museums to visit are Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets, Museum Puri Lukisan and Don Antonio Blanco Museum. If you like shopping for art, do not miss the Ubud art market.
It is a hotspot for tourists lately and therefore it is necessary to bargain here. Also do not miss the traditional Balinese dance in the evening at Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace.
‘Ulu’ means ‘tip’ and ‘watu’ means ‘rock’, clearly explaining this beautiful cliff-top temple. It glows differently during sunset when the sun paints the sky in the background.
This place lies 25 km from Kuta and is believed to protect Bali from the evil sea spirits. Monkeys do reside in the forest nearby so, it is good to take precautions and be careful with your belongings. These monkeys are believed to guard the temple against evil influences.
Only Hindu worshippers are allowed inside the temple but everyone can surely enjoy the sunset Kecak dance performance that takes place here daily.
The perfect place for souvenirs is Seminyak. From antics, designer clothes, swimsuits and surf-wear, jewellery and furniture it has a lot to offer. The two main shopping malls are Seminyak Square and Seminyak Village.
If one is seeking a bargain, it is advised to head to the Seminyak Flea Markets near Seminyak Square. You will not want to miss the stalls crammed with clothing, jewellery, carvings, and handicrafts.
If you are not a shopping enthusiast, this place also has a lot of beautiful cafes and art galleries to spend your time.
7.Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
A 30- minute drive from Ubud brings you to Tegallalang, beautiful lush green paddy fields. It is a beautiful place to calm your mind and capture Bali in its true personality.
A 90-minute drive from Ubud is Jatiluwih rice terrace. It is slightly less crowded than the former. Both of these locations use the traditional water management cooperative called ‘Subak’, a UNESCO-recognized irrigation system that dates to the 9th century.
8.Nusa Dua Beach
Do you want to have a chill experience, having a drink in hand, looking at shores and sunbathing? Nusa Dua beach is your answer! Popular things to do include strolling for miles along the shore, swimming, surfing, parasailing, and sunbathing. But, you might need to pay a fee or eat at one of the resorts to use their sun loungers.
9.The Nusa islands
Calm beaches, taking a walk along the shore is what Nusa island offers. The most popular of the three islands is Nusa Lembongan, about 20 km offshore from Sanur and easily accessible by speedboat.
Surfing, snorkelling, diving and stand up paddle-boarding are the recreational activities here. Also, the top attractions include beautiful Dream Beach, Mushroom Bay and the Devil’s Tears rock outcrop with views of beach waters crashing the rocks.
The neighbouring island, Nusa Ceningan, lies just over a bridge from Nusa Lembongan, with a beautiful blue lagoon. The largest of the three islands, Nusa Penida is a quick boat ride away. Rock formations, caves and a bird sanctuary are Nusa Penida’s best attractions.
And diving is one of the interesting things to do here. Don’t miss the steep hike down to Kelinking Beach, also known as T-Rex Bay, to bask on your own slice of golden sand backed by soaring sea cliffs — it is one of the top beaches in Asia.
7.The Kuta beach
Buzzing with tourists at Kuta beach one can surf or just enjoy the scenery around. One can make bookings to learn surfing and rent surfboards, boogie boards, sun loungers, and umbrellas from vendors who set up stalls on the beach.
These are just some of the many spots you can visit during your Bali trip.
Things To Do In Bali:
There are tons of adventurous activities to do. You can go paragliding, hiking, mountain cycling, horseback riding, jungle trekking, and even treetop zip-lining. The prices vary for each activity and are affordable.
2.Scuba diving and snorkelling
Bali has beautiful reefs and a variety of fishes. It is a good option to go scuba diving here. Snorkelling is also one of the popular things to do here.
3.Spa and massages
Do whatever you like in Bali but do not miss massages here. Bali offers relaxing massages for quite affordable prices. You can choose from a variety of options. While in Bali there is nothing as enough massages!
Another soothing option to experience in Bali is Yoga. Bali is famous for its yoga rituals and when paired with beautiful scenery it just feels above all experience.
Best Time To Visit Bali:
Bali is a year-long destination but to get the best out of it, April to October is perfect, when there is little rain, low humidity and lots of sunshine.
Also, if you are on budget and want to save, then the best months are May, June and October.
Some Useful Tips For Your Bali Trip:
- Food: Try out local food and dishes when in Bali. Not only is it cheap but also will give you new flavours and tastes. Also when drinking, try to get your booze from a local store instead of the bar.
- Head North: The southern area of Bali (Kuta, Ubud, Seminyak, etc) is the most popular and most expensive part of the island. If you head to the beaches in the north or northeast part of Bali, you will find that prices are about half the cost and you will be able to find better deals on accommodation.
- Bargain: Bali has lately become the most popular tourist destination. Hence the prices they quote are quite high. Always remember to bargain. Start with half the quoted price and move upwards, all with a grin.
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