Bali, an island state in the largest island country of the world, Indonesia, has always been a favourite of tourist around the world and has maintained its position as a top travel destination as well as it has maintained its untouched and mesmerizing beauty. Bringing together all the elements that make up life in one place, Bali is truly that one place in the world that attracts tourists from all around the globe. As Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, Bali has a lot going for it. Its landscape is a mixture of jungle and beach, making it both an ideal spot to go for wildlife hikes and the ultimate beach getaway. Experience the exotic paradise of Bali on this incredible vacation. With its wonderful beaches, amazing countryside and friendly people, Bali will charm you during your stay at premiere beach resorts across the island.
Famous Places to visit in Bali
1. Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is the most popular Hindu temple in Bali. It is known for its cultural importance and serenity. There are seven temples, which form a ring in the southwest of Bali; Tanah Lot is one of 7 sea temples. It is an extremely beautiful temple situated on a large rock. Best time to visit the temple is in the late afternoons and before sunset. For the Balinese people, it is one of the most sacred of all the island’s sea temples. Pura Tanah Lot was built at the beginning of the 16th century and is thought to be inspired by the priest Nirartha, who asked local fishermen to build a temple here after spending the night on the rock outcrop. Although foreigners can’t enter any of the temples, you can walk across to the main temple at low tide, and it’s fun to wander along the paths taking photos and soaking up the magnificent setting. After viewing the various temples and shrines, you can relax at one of the clifftop restaurants and cafes here and even sample the famous Kopi luwak (civet coffee)
2. Mount Batur
At the east of Bali in Kintamani, Mount Batur is located on the landscapes. It is an active volcano which includes a lake, many villages and four craters. It is 1,717-meter (5,633-foot) high. Watching sunrise is a great experience at Mount Batur, hence people come as early as 4 am to see sunrise. Moreover tourists come to see Pura Ulun Danu Batur (one of the nine major Hindu temples in Bali). The hike along the well-marked trails is relatively easy and usually takes about two to three hours. Guided treks typically include a picnic breakfast, with eggs cooked by the steam from the active volcano. On a clear day, the views are spectacular, stretching all the way across the Batur caldera; the surrounding mountain range; and beautiful Lake Batur, the island’s main source of irrigation water. You can also combine a trip here with a visit to one of Bali’s most important temples, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, on the lake’s northwest shore, and a therapeutic soak in hot springs at the beautiful village of Toya Bungkah on the banks of Lake Batur.
3. Kuta Beach
In Bali, Kuta Beach is the most famous beach. It is considered as the best tourist destination of Bali ever since it has become a great place for surfing. It is situated in Kelurahan village at the southern portion of the island. Once a dormant fishing village, now it is famous for its busy nightlife, clean and attractive beaches. Beach vendors are easily dissuaded with a polite “no thank you,” but an icy cold coconut sloshing with juice served directly to your sun lounger can be a blessing on a sultry day.
4. Pura Ulun Danu
On a small island along the western shore of Lake Bratan, in the cool highlands of central Bali, the 17th- century Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of Bali’s most picturesque temple complexes. Set against the imposing backdrop of Gunung Bratan, the thatched temples reflect on the lake, and when the water levels rise, they seem to float on its surface. Lake Bratan is one of Bali’s main sources of irrigation and drinking water, and the temple complex is dedicated to Dewi Danu, goddess of the sea and lakes. An unusual feature is the Buddhist stupa on the left of the entrance to the first courtyard.The stupa reflects the adoption of Buddhist beliefs by Balinese Hindus. Not far from the temple complex, the Bali Botanic Garden (Kebun Raya Bali) is also worth a visit, with its beautiful bamboo forests, begonias, orchid collection, and medicinal plants. Within its grounds, the Bali Treetop Adventure Park is fun for kids, with zip-lines, Tarzan swings, and suspension bridges.
5. Ubud Monkey Forest
Only 10 minutes’ walk south of the town center in Ubud, the Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, is one of the top attractions in this tourist town and a must-see for animal lovers and photographers. Besides the entertaining troops of grey long-tailed macaques that make their home here, a large part of the appeal is the evocative jungle setting where the monkeys roam free. The forest is intended to represent the harmonious coexistence between humans and animals. It also conserves rare plants and is used as a location for researching macaque behavior, particularly their social interaction. On the southwest side of the forest is one of the three temples found in the forest, the 14th-century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, where hundreds of monkeys swing through the trees and clamber over the walls. 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 monkey’s antics.
6. Sekumpul Waterfall
In the Singaraja region in Bali’s north, Sekumpul Waterfall, actually a series of about seven falls, is considered by many to be Bali’s most beautiful falls. Most hikers hire a local guide to do the three- to four-hour round-trip trek, which passes by bristling rice terraces and local villages rimmed with rambutan and durian trees, and continues through dense tropical jungle. It can be strenuous in parts, as you need to hike down slippery steps and slosh through a river, but once you arrive, you can cool off with a refreshing swim at the base of the falls. This is a great adventure for nature lovers who want a taste of wild Bali far from the touristy resorts.