55 Best Places to Visit in Bali 2019 (Photos & Reviews)
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Ubud

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Those looking for a change, transformation, and spiritual awakening, apart from travelling to one of the world’s most affordable and beautiful town, travel to Ubud in Indonesia. It is a home to great culture, food, restaurants, sightseeing, spirituality, and travel. The Hollywood movie, Eat, Pray, Love was shot in Ubud. Ubud is mostly a retreat for yoga, meditation, and many wellness and adventure activities. It is an adventurer’s delight. The green pastures flanked by water bodies and clear sky are enough to set your body clock to the right timing. You can fine tune your bodily vibes and energies when you visit Ubud.

You can as well take a short course in ayurvedic medicine and yoga, live in cottages and resorts, go shopping, and have a great time well spent in this part of Indonesia. The festivals of Ubud are the most vibrant and colorful. Commuting within Ubud is easy by hiring a bike and driving around the town all by yourself. Ride paddy fields, historical places, and dense forests make Ubud one of the most
popular tourist’s places to visit in Indonesia. You can attend the beach parties and enjoy the Balinese dance in this town of Ubud in central Bali.

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Hectic, Burgeoning and Sprawling – the capital of Bali, has been the nerve center of the island’s wealth and growth in the last half a century. For some, it may look like an appalling or a disorganized place but if you spend a little time on its boulevards in the comparatively affluent government and business district of Renon, you’ll discover a rather more ostentatious side of the city.

Denpasar is definitely not a tropical utopia but is as much a part of the real Bali as the cliff top temples and the rice paddies. It is the hub of the island for over 800,000 locals and here one can easily access the shopping hubs and parks. More appealing here is the myriad of authentic and palatable restaurants and cafes that lure the flourishing middle class. You may also wish to venture into the markets of Denpasar, pivotal museums of the city and indulge in the modern Balinese vibe. Usually, visitors stay in the hotels, resorts and stay houses in the tourist towns of the South and visit Denpasar on a round trip during the day time. In case traffic is lean you can reach here in half an hour from Seminyak and 15 minutes from Sanur.   

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Literally translating to “Two Islands,” Nusa Dua Bali is an upscale Indonesian district located on the Bukit peninsula. It is famous for being home to some of the best high-end resorts in the entire country. Quite different from the rest of Bali, Nusa Dua tourism is also one-of-a-kind, having its own charm and beauty. Known as one of the best places in Bali for those who wish to spend time amidst tranquillity and serenity, Nusa Dua also boasts of pristine white and sandy beaches lined with tall, thick palm trees. It is also one of the most idyllic holiday spots in all of Indonesia, flocked by thousands every year.

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Nusa Dua Bali is a preferred holiday spot by people who are looking for a relaxing beach holiday. Here, they can spend their days swimming or rejuvenating under the sun on the beach. Additionally, they can also spend time soaking in some of the most breath-taking and stunning views of sunsets and nature across the water, in addition to having candle light dinners on the beautiful beaches present here. For those who wish to explore the cultural side of Nusa Dua, they can visit the many temples scattered all over the region, along with taking the much-preferred camel ride through the town. For tourists who wish to take a glimpse at the culture of the region of Asia Pacific, they must definitely visit the Museum Pasifika.

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Boasting of a great nightlife, Nusa Dua is also quite clean and pretty, and has many amazing cafes and restaurants which specialise in traditional Balinese and international cuisine. From shopping in the many resort markets and small shopping centres to enjoying water sports and activities like jet skiing, parasailing, wake boarding and scuba diving, among others, there is something catering to every type of tourist in Nusa Dua. 




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The port town situated in the northern region of Bali, Singaraja serves as the seat for the Buleleng Regency. The name literally translates into Lion King in Indonesian. Singaraja also served as the Dutch capital of Bali between the years 1849 and 1953.

The second largest city in Bali, the place consists of a population of over 120,000 people. This destination is covered with greenery that lines the very streets of the place and surviving Dutch colonial buildings that make up for a very charming scenario. The waterfront area that is located in the north of Jl Erlangga is worth exploring too. People spend hours by this charmingly sleepy waterfront as it emits a soothing experience.

Another chief attraction of Singaraja is Lovina – which is not exactly located within the city but merely a few miles away from it.

Singaraja held great importance during the time of Dutch rule as the city helped the latter to remain in administrative dominance in the whole of Bali. In fact, Singaraja now remains to be among those few places that consists of minutely visible traces of the Dutch, Chinese and the Islamic influence. After years of revolving and re-emerging, Singaraja is today recognized as one of the most important centres for education and culture.

There are only two airports in the whole of Bali. The other one is being debated to be built in the Kubutambahan region of Bali which lies east of Singaraja – making it extremely convenient for travellers to visit this place.


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Gianyar

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Gianyar is primarily known to the rest of the world as a regency situated in the Indonesian province of Bali. While the area doesn’t hold a great space, it certainly holds varied activities and experiences for visitors – especially those visiting for the first time.


One of the primary attractions in Gianyar is the town of Ubud. It is referred to as the ultimate hub of art and tourism. Gianyar is rich not only in terms of wealth, but the kind of experiences it offers to every one who are interested in a quick weekend getaway.


Not only will the travellers be able to enjoy the comfort and luxury at the endless top-rated resorts and hotels of Gianyar but also seamlessly understand the rich prevailing culture of the destination.


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Kintamani is a land surrounded by beautiful captivating lively green nature lying in the lap of Indonesia. It is situated at the western edge of Bali. It has gained its fame throughout the world for its most adventurous dramatic view of volcano Mount Batur and charming serene beauty of the Batur Lake.

There are six ancient villages around the cauldron of Batur Lake. These villages are famous as Bali aga village, for their culture, houses and lifestyle of the villagers. Most of the villagers are employees of industrial tourism companies. If one shows respect to the villagers they become very friendly.

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Kintamani encompasses a massive land of Mount Batur Caldera, Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur, Kedisan, Abung, Songan and Kintamani villages that sits like a ring around the huge Batur Caldera. As it is, more or less, 1500 m above the sea level, the temperature remains around 15° and even losses down more at night. This cloudy n drizzly pleasurable weather helps to rejuvenate one and gives a romantic impact. Alike the lake and volcano, another tourist attraction of Kintamani is Pura Ulun Danu Batur, a nine directional temple.

Wondering about your stay in Kintamani? There are a lot of hotels in Kintamani that will offer you cosy and comfortable stays such as Kedisan Resort and Resto Apung, Lake View Ecolodge, Hotel Segara, Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring and Resort, and many others. If you are a complete foodie, you can dine at any of the restaurants in Bali out there like Pulu Mujung Warung, The Amora Bali, Etc.

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If you love partying at night, there is great nightlife in Bali. Unfortunately, there is no known nightclub in Kintamani Village. The nightclubs and bars that are really famous in Bali are Kunti Shraya, Kecak Fire and Trance Dance, Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa, etc.

For shopaholics, avoid the yelling vendors trying to sell you all rubbish. Buy fresh fruits instead. A special local orange called Jeruk Kintamani is a must have there. The fruit with citrus flavours is delicious.


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Munduk Langki is situated in the Northern Coast hemisphere of Bali. This location makes up for the perfect holiday destination especially given how exotic the place truly is and the numerous, varied experiences that visitors can avail. This village encompasses for an over-all unassuming and is filled with beautiful buildings that hold great secrets.


Munduk Langki’s climate varies but more times than often, one can find a cooler climate prevailing in this village. Due to the given flora and fauna that can be discovered in this location, activities such as trekking through forested hills and hidden villages is among the most favourable things to do in Munduk Langki. One will often find Dutch-built assortment of houses and colonial-style buildings to appreciate that are typically scattered throughout the place.


Tourism wise there is a lot to this place than meets the eye. There is no worrying when it comes to staying in this location. There are a number of home-stays, hotels, restaurants or resorts that you can choose from and are located quite close to the heart of this beautiful town. Moreover, when it comes to basic amenities such as food – such things are well taken care of by the locals. There are so many activities one can indulge in while at this place.


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Nusa Lembongan was once the realm of shack staying surfers. Today, it definitely has hit the high point. True, you can very well get a simple room overlooking the beautiful sunsets and the surf breaks but you also have a choice to stay in one of those choicest boutique resort and relish on a scrumptious meal. The growth here has been phenomenal.

This is no way restricts the growth and the planning for future years in Nusa Lembongan. It is a burgeoning Bali island that only gets popular with each passing year. Well, this does not dismiss the fact that Nusa Lembongam is still a mellow place. However, this new found richness for the beautiful island of Indonesia is definitely paving way for substantial changes here. Some of them being: Several young boys riding around in their motorcycles to school, almost all the temples being refurbished and renovated and the remainder in the line, high end supremely comfortable luxury resorts being introduced and the time being marked by the arrival of the tourist boats (that come on package tours) rather than by the fall of a coconut or crow of a rooster. Hopefully, with the passage of years, it will get more popular as a tourist attraction in Indonesia.


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Uluwatu

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Uluwatu is known as the surfer’s haven in Bali. They have the most beautiful cliff top resorts, luxurious villas, and mesmerizing beaches. Located to the South of Bali, it attracts many surfers from around the world every year. The temples of this place are the most beautiful and located in scenic landscapes. If you do not want to surf, you can eat, drink, enjoy the view, go beach walking, and relax at these stunning beaches. Considered one of the best romantic getaways, you can visit this resort town in Bali to get the best of sightseeing.

There are many tourists places to visit in Uluwatu. You can get breathtaking panoramic view at the cliff tops, hike near the caves, discover many hidden beaches, and take photographs of the stunning monuments and temples at this place. You can also check out the reefs, deep water swells if you are an experienced swimmer, and surf at these beaches. You can attend the beach parties, stay in the pool villas, and make the most of your holidays in Bali by visiting Uluwatu. There is one of the most sacred temple situated at this peninsula region that is said to protect Bali from evil.


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Tabanan

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Another one of the main regencies that help make up for the beautiful and perhaps, one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world, Bali is the city of Tabanan. With an expansive area of approximately 839.33km, the city is home to up to 400,000 people hailing from varied backgrounds.

While the city is comparatively smaller than most major cities in Bali and the world, Tabanan is divided into ten different districts on the basis of the geographical distinction followed by population accordingly. These ten districts are: Selemadeg, Selemadeg Timur, Selemadeg Barat, Kerambitan, Tabanan district, Kediri, Marga, Baturiti, Penebel and Pupuan.

Each of these destinations has something unique to offer to its visitors. For instance, the Penebel district located in the North of Tabanan consists of wide expanding paddy fields that allows visitors an insight into the local farming culture and rural life of Bali. At the same time, the more developed region of Tabanan such as the main city area offers tourists with experiences that are individualistic only to the city life including the diverse entertainment and adventurous activities as well as the shopping experiences that might not be available anywhere else.

The atmosphere is Bali is quite cool especially given the terraced land that lies against the spell-binding background of the two different mountains which are located quite close to the city of Tabanan. These mountains are, Mount Batukaru and Mount Agung. Lying on an altitude of approximately seven hundred meters, the cool atmosphere is what makes up for a wonderful experience in Tabanan.

However, the main attraction of the place remains to be its agricultural fields that the heads of Tabanan city have especially put in special effort in preserving. The tourism facilities are quite comforting too with hotels, resorts and homestays available just a skip away from all the important place around the city of Tabanan. Enjoy Tabanan’s natural beauty at simple prices and zero complications.


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Gili Island is an archipelago in Indonesia. Just picture three miniscule desert islands, embellished with the coconut palms and white-sand beaches, nestled in a turquoise sea? That’s Gili Island for you! Regarded as the vision of the paradise, the archipelago has exploded in terms of popularity. It is burgeoning like nowhere else in whole of Indonesia. Here, you can find speed boats zipping the visitors directly from Bali and new and happening hotels coming up just about every month.

Typically, it shouldn’t be hard for anyone to comprehend or understand the unique appeal of Gills for a tranquillity endures and a green consciousness is improving. You’ll never find dogs or motorcycles here. Development here has been more charming than just ferocious or greedy. You can also find some concrete eyesores.  

Every island of this archipelago has a distinct character. Most cosmopolitan of the islands here is the Trawangan that is popular for its party and bar scene, vibrant culture, plush accommodations, stays and resorts and restaurants that lie in proximity to the definitive tropical chic. The local character of the Gili Island is the strongest and is a true melange of languor and buzz. Ideally, Gili Island is the best desert island getaway.

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Bedugul

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Often regarded as the lake side area, Bedugal is the first place you’ll reach on the hill top when you come fro, the South Bali. Despite that, you might not necessarily take a pause here since the area is very small.

Located near the Lake Bratan in the centre north region of the island on the road that lies between Singaraja and Denpasar, Bedugal lies 48 kilometres north of the capital city of Bali. Nestled in the Tabanan Regency, there are several lakes located in close proximity to this lake resort namely the Lake Tamblingan and Lake Buyan.

Given the fact that Bedugal lies at an elevation of about 1500 meters i.e. 4900 feet above the sea level, the weather here is pleasant. Some of the notable sites here include the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple as well as the Bali Botanic Garden. Spread over an area of 157.5 hectares, this is also the largest botanic garden in Indonesia. The Bali Botanic Garden was opened in the year 1959 and is indeed the most important place to see here. So, whenever, you are up for a trip to Bali, do plan at least a day tour to this small beautiful city of Indonesia.


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Klungkung is the administrative capital of the Regency and is one of the most important historical and cultural town in Indonesia which holds a lot of significance. It was a hub of development of the Golden age of art in Indonesia. This place made a mark in the history of Bali after the Invasion of the Dutch in 1908, which resulted in a lot of destruction when 200 members of the royal family and court were killed. Holding a lot of historic significance, this place is also a great portrayal or culture and art. If you want to visit a holiday destination which is a mix of history, art, culture as well as beautiful nature in the form of serene and sparkling blue beaches, you do not need to think of any other place.

Klungkung Regency is not at all an expensive tourist destination and hence, not matter what your budget is, you will surely be able to enjoy a great holiday over here. This place is perfect for holiday with your family as well as friends and if you are a solo traveler who wants to visit a peaceful place, there is no place better than this one. You can have a really peaceful vacation over here and experience a unique satisfaction of mind while holidaying here.


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Capital of the Karangasem district, Amlapura is the key transport junction and town junction in the eastern Bali. It is very well connected to almost every part of the Bali. Though being the smallest of the Bali’s district capitals, it is worth a stop to check out the different royal palaces here.

Until the year 1963, Amlapura was known by the name of Karangasem. During that time, the Agung volcano erupted with a massive force and caused devastating damage. This was the reason why Karangasem was rechristened and reborn again as Amlapura so as to get rid of any further "unlucky" association.

One of the most significant attraction of the Amlapura is the puri or the traditional palaces. You can locate the northern, western, eastern or southern puri found at several places in Amlapura. These palaces are till date occupied by the members from the royal family. Of all the palaces, the only one that is easily accessible is the Puri Kangin located on the eastern end. Besides this, you can also plan a visit to the old Puri Agung Karangasem, Palace that was the seat of the erstwhile King of Karangasem. Though not a favourite in the itinerary of the tourist’s visiting Indonesia, you can still plan a visit to check out the vast range of architectural marvels located here.   


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Marga

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Besakih

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Lombok

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Tourist places in Lombok give tough competition to other similar kinds of tourist destinations all across the globe. The best thing regarding this place is that despite the presence of its superstar neighbor, Bali, the island is able to make a constant buzz and is able to attract visitors who are looking something different from its superstar neighbor.The presence of graceful white-sand beaches, spectacular turquoise bays, lush forest interiors, hiking trails in the course of rice and tobacco fields are just a few things to mention that you will be enjoying in this beautiful part of the world.Lombok is also referred as ‘Unspoiled Bali’. Thus, if you have plans to travel and spend some quality time amidst nature, then this destination is certainly one of the best choices for you.  Accommodation and eateries are, never a problem here. Apart from being lost in the lovely sceneries, there are so many things to do in this wonderful place like shopping, adventure activities, treks and much more.

 

As the place is not engulfed with many tourists, you can spend more quality time here without much hindrance. This makes this place more suitable for your honeymoon. Spend some amazing time with your partner by losing yourself to the beauty of nature and grab some astonishing memories for the lifetime.Now if you are still thinking whether you shall plan a trip to Lombok or not, then this fact can be a game changer. Here you will come across Gunung Rinjani, which is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. The summit of this volcano completes with dazzling Crater Lake and hot springs.  Isn’t this amazing? Likewise, there are so many things to explore and refresh you in this awesome place which is all surrounded by some astounding beauty of nature and thrilling adventures.

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Seminyak Tourism is one of the most luxurious experiences you can have in Bali. With antique temples and various famous monuments, this place holds its significance in travel destinations in Bali. It is the ultimate place for you in Bai if enjoy less crowd as this place is visited by very few people.

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You will find lesser people on the fine beaches which implies that you can enjoy a good time in peace. Moreover, the coast has colourful marine life which could be explored through snorkelling and scuba diving. Along with that, you can indulge in other water activities.This city also offers excellent restaurants which serve exquisite Balinese and Indonesian food along with a variety of international foods as well. Moreover, you will find amazing beach clubs where you can dance off your tiredness over a couple of excellent cocktails.

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If you wish to enjoy your drink in silence then there is no shortage of good bars in the city. All these things complemented with a calm sunset at a place with less rush is the essence of the city.

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Canggu

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Tampaksiring is a temple town in the northern part of the Denpasar city in Bali. Those who are interested in the architecture and cultural tours can visit this town for its temples and natural beauty. There are some good restaurants and places to stay in this town that serve home cooked food. You can visit this town during the day and go on sightseeing trips. The Tirta Empul is the famous temple in this town. It has sacred waters in which pilgrims take a dip. This town has a spiritual community and this temple is popular amongst Hindus across the world.

Stretching for miles together, you will find street shops that sell arts and crafts items. None of the shops sell mass produced items, but only handicrafts in wood carvings. The products sold do not have finesse. The spring temple has water arising from the land and is believed to be from infinite waters. There are papyrus inscriptions on the temple that narrate how, Bhatara Indra, the Sun god created this temple. It depicts the interesting tale of the miraculous king, Mayadenawa, who was said to have powers to appear whenever he wants which to his arrogance claiming himself as god. The water of the temple are said to have medicinal properties.


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Jimbaran is a little fishing village as well as a coastal resort near the south of Kuta. The Jimbaran beach has calm waters and atmosphere and some really scenic views. There are a lot of activities to enjoy here as tourists. Some of them include visiting theme parks, dining at authentic fish restaurants, strolling in the tropical green forests and witnessing the lively open air fish market. If you are a surfing enthusiast, this place is like a heaven for you because it produces some of the strongest surf waves in the world. Bali is a beautiful beach paradise and you can enjoy the best time of your life over here.

This spot is perfect for a week-long vacation with your family as well as friends and partners. You can have an adventurous, fun as well as a romantic holiday in Bali, and the most special part of this destination is that it is not over-crowded with flock of tourists. This place is a traveler’s paradise and a heavenly destination for you to enjoy one of the most memorable vacations of your life. So get set, book your tickets and be ready to experience sheer calm and peace of mind on this vacation.


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Kabupaten is a regency in Indonesia and famous for offering its guests with a unique tranquility and peace of mind. With abundant healing centers and places to relax your tired mind, body and soul, Kabupaten is a place where you will experience sheer serenity and calm. This is a destination perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Kabupaten has an array of enjoyment options for different types of travel preferences. If you want to witness grand temples, meditation centers and learn some yoga for rejuvenating your body, there is no other place more perfect for a vacation that Kabupaten. You can visit this place with your family as well as friends and have the best time of your life at this Island destination which is truly magical.

Kabupaten is a destination everybody should visit at least once just to experience the kind of tranquility this has to offer. If you are not a typical tourist who is looking for only sight-seeing destinations, this place perfect to be visited by you. So do not wait and add Kabupaten to your next destination bucket list.


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Nusa Penida ranks as being among the three largest islands that can be found to be situated in the South-Eastern coast of Bali. The other two islands are Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. This place comprises of a total of 200 square kilometres and although may appear small and petite, there is a lot waiting for the visitors to discover at this beautiful holiday destination. It is much larger than the other two islands and the tourist infrastructure is fast growing.

Interesting part about Nusa Penida is that it lacks abundance of natural, fresh water. Therefore, very little is grown of produced on the lands. However, basic food amenities come via means of boats. Therefore, some places charge slightly higher prices as compared to the rest of Bali. Luxury items won’t be discovered in this place as the island city prevails of being simplistic and rural by nature.

Nusa Penida only recently became the unofficial bird sanctuary for several endangered species of birds such as the Balinese Starling and other Indonesian birds. Looking at how things were panning out especially with the nearing extinction of the Balinese Starling bird, the Friends of the National Park Foundation or FNPF started an introduction program in 2004 that protected near-extinct birds. Under this program 64 birds were released into the wild. Since then, similar release bird projects have been preventing from these birds to become extinct.

When it comes to travelling in this area, there isn’t much to explore. You can catch the daily public ferry or the private speed boat. There are many quite, beautiful and sand-ful beaches that visitors can explore while they are here. Located mostly in the north and north-west coasts, these are among the best ones.


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Other Attractions

Karma Beach

To experience a perfect laid-back leisurely time, Karma Beach or the extraordinarily posh beach is a good choice when you visit Bali. The beach lies extensively at the bottom of a cliff where you can simply relax by day and enjoy the social parties conducted by the famous Karma group.

As a favourite beach location for night parties and socialising, tourists from all over the world will gather to immerse in complete entertainment. Earlier the beach was known as Nammos Beach Club and now it is part of Karma Kandara Resort.

Highlights: There is a bamboo decking with a kitchen that cooks traditional wood-fired pizza along with just-caught seafood. And, the bar would serve you some awesome drinks that you can sip while you enjoy the pristine beach. Those who are not the guests can get a reserved seat by pre-booking at the beach club but make sure that you have a deep pocket since everything here would seem expensive.

Activities: Sunbathing, leisurely walk, beach fun games, swimming etc are the main activities done here. Also, there is a cable car ride offered by the resort at an additional charge.

Entry fee: Karma Kandara gives day passes for the casual visitors at Rp. 250,000 that provides you with a cable car ride and 100000 Rp credit to food and beverages.

Location: Karma Beach Bali, Jalan Villa Kandara, Ungasan, Kuta Selatan, Ungasan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Mount Agung

A famous volcano in Bali is Mount Agung or Gunung Agung which is the highest point on the island. This is a stratovolcano influencing the climate of the surrounding area. Agung’s west part is lush green and rich in biodiversity since the rainfall is more there. The east part which is unreachable because of the mount is dry and barren.

The people of Bali strictly believe that Mount Agung is the replica of Mount Meru which is considered to the central axis of the universe. There is a legend floating around the island that this mount is a fragment of Meru brought by the first Hindus of Bali. Pura Besakih is the famous temple in Bali located high on the slopes of Agung.

Highlights: Eruptions happened several times in the past and the last one was in 1963-1963 but it still seems active with deep crate that emits smoke and ash occasionally. The tall conical mountain appears to be a perfect picture. From the top of the mountain, one can see the peak of Mount Rinjani located on the island of Lombok though clouds are intermittently present between them. To reach up to the mountain, you have two routes.

One from Pura Besakih to the higher peak in the west at around 1100 meters and the second one from Pura Pasar Agung near Selat leads to the south part but it took almost five hours to reach the top. A path that connects the southern and the western ascent will be open during the dry season. The climb from Besakih is quite difficult and the most important trek available here is the sunrise trek that starts around 10:00 pm at night and reach the top to witness the holy fresh rays of sun from the east.

Elevation: 3031 meters

Pura Besakih

Besakih temple, the mother temple of Bali for more than 1000 years is on a great height of 1000 meters above the sea level on the slopes of the famous mount in Bali that is Mount Agung. A unique temple complex that showcases brilliant architectural as well as artistic aspects includes 86 temples and the main temple is Pura Penataran Agung and 18 others. 

The biggest temple on the island is Besakih that is peacefully flanked by extensive rice fields, mountains, streams, valleys and hills. Balinese people believe that the visit to Besakih is an irreplaceable act of pilgrimage. Since the location of the temple is a mountain, its features are not usual yet immaculate. As you proceed to the mountain through the stairs, you will reach the different tiers of temples depending on the types and functions.

Structure of the temple: Besakih temple features three temples for the Hindu trinity. Pura Penataran Agung is dedicated for Shiva while Pura Kiduling Kreteg on the right side is for Brahma. Pura Batu Madeg is for Vishnu and located on the left. Pura Besakih has a lot of temples inside but many of the temples’ courtyards are for the pilgrims mostly. 

The largest among the temples in the complex is Pura Penataran Agung has multiple areas representing seven layers of the universe. Pura Batu Madeg displays a central stone that indicates the area where the temple is sitting was already a holy place since ancient times.

History of the temple: There is a legend saying that in the 8th century, a Hindustani monk got revelations in order to build homes for people during his isolation. Thus, the construction of a shelter started and during the process, many of his followers died due to illness as well as accidents. 

When the construction was over, the structure got the name Basuki, the dragon deity inhabited Mount Agung and as time passed, the name was transformed into Besakih. The other shrines in the complex were built gradually and after years, Pura Besakih was proclaimed as the main temple during the conquering of Bali by the Majapahit Empire in the year of 1343.

Highlights: Pura Besakih is the only one in Bali which is open to all equally from any caste group. It is because of the nature acting as the prime center for all ceremonies to be conducted. The temple was nominated as a World Heritage Site in 1995 but yet not conferred upon it. Other major feature of the temple is that it conducts around 70 ceremonies or celebration each year.

Timings: The best time to visit the temple is early morning and in the evening. You can get a guide to visit and explore the temple complex by paying a certain amount. Also you have to wear sarongs and sashes before you enter the temple. You can get them for rent outside the complex.

Location: Desa Besakih, Rendang, Besakih, Rendang, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80863, Indonesia.


Mount Kawi
On the base of the lush green river valley lies the oldest and even the largest ancient monuments of Bali, Mount Kawi which is also known as Gunung Kawi. Mount Kawi comprises of 10 candi or shrines i.e. memorials that have been carved out of the face of the rock in the imitation of actual statues.

Highlights: With an awe inspiring height of 8 meter, Mount Kawi protects the niches that are cut into the sheer cliff face. Towards the northern peripheries of the town, the view is magnificent as you take a stroll through the ancient terraced rice fields which are just as flawless as any other in Bali. To reach the top of the monument, you’ll have to climb over 270 steps.

Location: 
Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Approximate Price: INR 245/ IDR 50000 for adults and INR 98/IDR 20000 for children.
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