Bali - The City of Multihued Cultures
Bali is a beautiful destination brimming with cultures, art, spirituality and fun. Most of the travellers get hooked to Bali to experience the string of beaches dotted here. Beaches of Bali bestow a pristine ambience to spend some time close to the serenity. The west coast of this Indonesian island is covered with tapering ranges of mountains blanketed with emerald forests and rice fields. Bali also caters history enthusiasts with a range of historical sites, museums and art galleries.
Tanah Lot Temple
This is one of the most popular and visited attractions among travellers booking holiday tours to Bali. Known for its dramatic offshore setting and striking sunset views, this Hindu shrine lures numerous spirituality seekers from far and wide. The temple is situated in the Beraban village of the Tabanan regency over 20km northwest of Kuta. Tanah Lot faced constant threat of erosion due to large waves constantly banging at its rock base; however, the temple stood high maintaining its grace and exquisiteness.
One of the six important temples in Bali, Uluwatu Temple is known for its beautiful location perched on top of a 70 metre high cliff. The temple offers beautiful sunset views and remains a retreat for those looking for some moments of peace. Kecak dance performances can be seen daily in the Uluwatu Temple apart from the Balinese architecture, traditionally-designed gateways, and antique sculptures. It is believed that three divine powers of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva unite here.
Known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’, Besakih Temple is a 1,000 years old temple sitting 1000 meters high on the south-western slopes of Mount Agung. This artistic and unique complex is home to over 86 temples. The surroundings of the temple have been beautified by the Mother Nature with wonderful and picturesque rice paddies, hills, mountains, streams and more. Pura Penataran Agung is the largest complex in the temple exemplifying seven layers of the universe.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud is an ecstasy for the worshippers of nature. Tegallalang features three most impressive terraced landscapes. Visit here to explore the far stretched rice terraces dwelling elegantly on the slopes across the valley. This is a great place to click some memorable photographs and thus, has become a ground for veteran photographers seeking a perfect location to click the nature at its best.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is a beautiful long-tailed macaque-inhabited forest in Bali. Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest, it is ground for scientific research as well as for those willing to dig the spiritual and cultural aspects of Bali. Apart from spending some time looking at hundreds of monkeys playing cheerfully in their natural habitat, one can also relish leisurely strolls along paved pathways. The forest also features sights of ancient temples covered with moss.
Ubud Art Market
Travellers never miss a chance to visit the Ubud Art Market to bag Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs. The market houses silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets and hats. Most of the stuff being sold at the Ubud Art Market comes from neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan. Do not forget to use your bargain skills to get the best possible deals.
Often referred as Kintamani volcano, Bali Volcano is a known attraction in Bali. It offers striking vistas of the 13sqm Batur caldera lake with a backdrop of the appealing Mount Batur range. While adventure enthusiasts love to take a twisting road down along the lake shore to Toya Bungkah and Ulun Danu Batur temple, travellers seeking tranquillity love to spend some time at the old Balinese villages around the Batur Lake.
Bali Safari & Marine Park
Bali Safari & Marine Park offers a whole family fun and acts as one of the biggest theme parks of the island. The park is sprawling over an area of 40 hectares housing 80 species and around 400 specimens from three regions - Indonesia, India and Africa, including deers, Himalayan bears, nilgai, black bucks, African hippos, zebras, camels, ostriches, baboons, blue wildebeests, and lions. Do not miss the chance to use your photography skills and click some great pictures of the wildlife from a closer perspective.
Bedugul is a beautiful tiny city that attracts strings of travellers looking for a perfect weekend gateway. Located on the main north-south road between Denpasar and Singaraja, Bedugul presents great opportunities to walk around the lakes and nestling lakes. Travellers can also partake in various water activities including boating, water skiing and parasailing.
How to Visit Bali
Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport is the main airport connecting Bali with major international cities. The airport is located just 13 kilometres from the main town of Denpasar. Travellers can also fly to Singapore, Sumatra or Java and hop on a cruise for their further journey to Bali.