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Jatiluwih Green Land

Jatiluwih Green Land is prominent for its scenic landscapes that are extremely exotic and dramatic. This was once the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate.

Highlights: You can take a full day tour to the Jatiluwih Green Land. Jatiluwih is the principal attraction here along with the other prominent highlights located here such as the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest and the Batukaru Temple. The picturesque Tanah Lot sea can also be visited towards the end of your day tour just in time when you can partake in the dinner shows with the backdrop of the splendid sunset. Halfway up the view is the very alluring view accredited to the 180 degrees of the gently sloping terraces that can be seen as far as your eyes go.

Location: Jatiluwih Green Land is located at about 700 meters above the sea level in the Tabanan regency of the Penebel district.

Timings: Open round the year.

Price: Entry to the Jatiluwih Green Land is free.

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Lake Beratan

Lake Beratan is a hollow lake that has a caldera of about 1231 meters above the sea level. It is located at Bedugul and is an important attraction of Bali.

Highlights: Lake Beratan has a width of 3.8 km square and a depth of up to 22 meters. The water volume of the lake is approximately 0,049 km3, so it is actually a closed lake. Tourists can access the lake via the dock which is desisted or provided around the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. Visitors can also carry out an array of activities for recreation such as parasailing, water skiing, riding on the motorbike to circle the whole of lake, fishing, banana boating and canoeing with the traditional boat.

Location: Lake Beratan is located at Jl. Bedugul - Singaraja, Candikuning, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

Timings: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: IDR 7,500 per person Children(domestic) IDR 10,000 per person Adult (domestic) IDR 15,000 per person Children (tourist) IDR 30,000 per person Adult (tourist)

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What You Should Know More About Bali

  • About the destination – Bali

    The very mention of Bali evokes the thoughts of bliss. Bali is more than just a place. It is an aspiration, mood and a tropical state of mind. It's difficult to believe that around 17,000 different islands together form the Indonesian archipelago. Bali is one among those thousands of islands that is extremely popular for the tourist attention it gets. The place was felicitated with the prestigious title of being the best island in the world by ‘The International Travel Magazine.’ Bali truly deserves being called the world's best island owing to its rich Balinese culture and the serenity of the locales there. One simply can not resist heading to the slopes of Mt Batur and going to the Bintang bodegas on Seminyak’s main party strip.
    If you look at the history of Bali, you will find global civilization era going all the way back to the ice age era. There is sunshine throughout the year at Bali and a tropical monsoon climate with pleasant temperature is experienced during the day. Beaches are the prime attractions here and people interested in adventure sports can have a nice time too. Travelers from around 30 countries don’t need a visa to visit Bali so this is indeed an added advantage for the tourists.
    Bali has beaches, diving, surfing and resorts both great and small. However, it is the very essence of Bali and the Balinese that accounts for its sheer brilliance. It is more than just a fun-in-the-sun retreat.


  • Travel Advice

    Follow these advices to have a delightful and safe experience while travelling in Bali:

    • Avoid drinking water from the tap here, it is highly recommended that you buy bottled water while in Bali. If not, you can also use water filtration tablets and put it in a bottle of water as it works equally well.

    • Trains don't exist in Bali so you need to choose other local transportation options to travel around.

    • Choose a hotel which is isolated from the crowded areas for a peaceful time while you stay here in Bali.

    • There are dress codes at various high end restaurants, bars and clubs so conform and adhere to it before visiting.

    • Respect their religious customs to avoid any conflicts while you roam around Bali.

    • You will experience different price tags here. At some places you will find things at dirt cheap rates while at other places, the prices are exorbitantly high.

    • Beware of wild and stray animals in the island. Monkeys can be the biggest thieves here and the wild dogs can make you a rabies patient.

    • At various spots, locals may not understand English so you need to learn some basic common lingo that will help you to communicate with them.

    • Bargain respectfully in the markets of Bali. Pushing the negotiations too much will irritate the sellers and they might not be interested in selling you after that.

    • Before visiting Bali, confirm the actual situation of Visa in the country. Recently it has waived the need of Visa for many countries and you might need to check that beforehand.

  • Drinking Laws

    Since the Indonesian government is considering banning alcohol in the party island, drinking won't be allowed here anymore. Currently, anyone over 21 can consume liquor legally at Bali but once the law passes, it won't be allowed in the island.


  • Our recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Ubud
    The rice paddies and the serene temples in Ubud will make you want to stay here forever. The calmness in the environment and the green visuals throughout is extremely soothing. You will find organic café's and restaurants throughout the place going well with its natural scenic beauty. 
    Mt Batur
    If you visit Bali and don't see the sunrise over the slopes of Mt Batur, your visit just isn't worth it. You will enjoy the volcanic hot springs and the scenic beauty here is simply out of the world. It is the island's tallest peak and has an active volcano. Do you need more reasons to visit it? 
    Lovina
    Lovina is not quite famous among the thousands of tourists who visit Bali but it's definitely worth your time. It's a nice low key beach right up on the northern coast of Bali. You will see palm trees and the blue Bali sea spread as vast as your vision goes. 
    Sideman
    If you are up for an authentic experience in Bali, visit the little village of Sideman. The place is still undiscovered by most of the tourists and this in a certain makes it more pristine and beautiful. You will get to see some stunning views of the Mt Agung, local pelangi weavers and so much more. 
    Banjar Hot Springs
    This is a lovely place for all those who like waterfalls. This is also a major tourist attraction of Bali and a lot of travelers stop by to take a bath or simply get drenched in the hot springs. 

  • What you will like there?

    Beaches
    Beaches is what Bali is famous for. If you are a beach person, there is no better place than Bali for your vacation. The water is crystal clear and has a shade of blue, you will just want to be at the lovely beaches all the time you are in Bali. 
    Museums
    Bali as we all know has a significant historical context and its museums are filled with artifacts and other historical objects. Very few museums in the world offer you such interesting items which you will love to gaze at. Museums here are the best way to know more about the history and culture of Bali.
    Diving
    If you are an adrenaline junkie who loves to have some adventure during their travel, Bali offers you great diving spots. Since there are beaches all around the place, you can find diving spots at various locations here. Just choose a proper adventure sports agency and they will offer you affordable packages. 
    Textiles
    Bali is quite famous for its textiles throughout the world. You must definitely have a look at the traditional Balinese textiles in its markets where you will find some of the best patterns and works of artistry. 

  • How to reach Bali from India?

    Bali can be reached via airways from India. To travel Bali from India, you need not to worry about the visa. There is free entry for tourists arriving from 140 countries.

    By Air: There are regular flight service from different international airports in India. All flights connect to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Air Asia, Malindo, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indoensia and few others fly regularly between Bali and India. The starting flight charges are Rs 15,000/- depending on the flight booked.

  • Do I need a visa to travel Bali? How much it will cost me for a tourist visa to Bali?

    Recently, the Indonesian government exempted 140 countries including India from visa. However, passenger arriving from cruise in Benoa, will need to apply for VOA because there is no visa free facility at the immigration office. In general, the cost of visa is US $35 and is valid up to 30 days, extendable for another 30 days. With this you can freely move through 29 airports, 88 harbours and 7 land crossings.

    The cost of a tourist visa for Bali is US$35. The visas are issued on arrivals at airports and seaports. These visas are not extendable and convertible to other type of visa. Tourist visa is valid for 30 days. Your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave the country on the 30th day.

  • Can I get a Visa on arrival in Bali?

    Yes, there is visa on arrival in Bali, but India included other 139 countries are exempted, however, carrying passport is important. The fees for VOA is US$35. Citizens from listed countries will not have to pay or apply for any type of visa, if they visit to Bali for holidays (no work) and not stay longer than 30days.

    Visa on Arrival does help if you wish to extend your stay more than 30 days. There are agents in Bali airports who can help in getting VOA.

  • How long does it take for a Visa?

    The time taken to issue visa to Bali depends on the nature of the visa. Visa On Arrival can be gained within 1/2hr or 1 hour after getting down from the flight in Bali. However, make sure your passport is valid for next six months.

    However, if you're planning for a longer stay, then you may have to apply for the visa way before the flight booking.

  • Which currency is used in Bali?

    The currency used in Bali is Rupaih. Travellers visiting Bali should carry a understanding of Rupiah to avoid any confusion during exchange of money.

  • How expensive is Bali?

    Bali is quite difficult place to nail down the budget required like Indonesia, because it is so diverse that one may have keep a proper count in every other location. Overall, $25-30 USD a day for a solo, bare budget backpacker is quite doable an will get you basic accommodations, 3 meals and a few beers or transport everyday. If you're a couple then $35-40Usd a day could be enough.

    The price of your accommodation depends on the type of stay you choose. From budget to luxury resort, one can choose as per the budget. If you consider the flight charges to Bali, the rate is quite low compare to other places in different countries.

    When it comes to food, there are scores of restaurants and street food options serving cheap food. If you want to tast high-end restaurant food or posh resort then the starting food price is 10,000-15,000 rupiah ($1-$1.50USD). Overall, Bali visit is an affordable affair but need a good understanding about the currency.

  • What is the best time to take holidays in Bali?

    The climate of Bali is tropical, warm and humid all year around. The best time to visit Bali depends mainly on the weather and on high and low season, which does affect the overall price for accommodation. Generally, during July and August, the season is high and during December and January, the season is busy.

    April, May, June and September is considered as the best season. These months are also the best time for water sport activities such as scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, etc, because waters are clear.

    October - March: Bali sees rainfall during these months, so you may want to avoid this half of the year if you’re planning your vacation.

  • Is it safe to travel to Bali?

    Yes, Bali is safe for travellers because of the security measures taken by officials here. However, it is important to keep your belongings secured. Following certain rules and keeping yourself vigilant is important to keep yourself safe.

    Safety on street: There are no traffic rules in Bali, only suggestions. Thus crosswalks (when you can find them) don't get much respect. Morover, don't drive by yourself and hire a driver who can drive in Bali.

    Drugs: Despite the draconian anti-drug laws, tourists often get stealthy drug offers while walking on the streets. If you come across such situation just walk away.

    Smoking: Don't smoke in public area and if caught you may face a fine of US$5,500.

    On Beaches: If you're taking up water sports activities, then do seek advice and help from professionals. Also avoid visiting dangerous beaches marked with red flags.

  • I am woman visiting Bali alone? Will I be safe?

    As long as you take some safety precautions and avoid visiting restricted areas, Bali is safe for women travellers. Make sure to avoid visiting alone during the night. Do make sure you're equipped with some helpline numbers to get help during emergency. Overall, Bali is peaceful and safe island to explore.

  • What are the essential items that one must pack while travelling to Bali?

    Bali is an exciting place to explore and one must be ready with right items to enjoy the place at its best. Here’s all the things we would recommend you pack for Bali:

    • Passport
    • Airline Tickets
    • Travel Insurance Documents
    • Accommodation Booking Information/Receipts
    • Credit Card, Debit Card or other form of accessing money
    • Drivers Licence (for photo ID)
    • Photocopies of all your travel documents
    • Emergency phone numbers
    • Indonesian Rupiah
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Medical first aid kit
    • Sea Sickness Tablets

  • What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Bali?

    Ideal duration to explore Bali is approx 1-2 weeks. This gives enough time to stay in a couple of areas, and you will get a good mix of relaxation and sight seeing. Prepare a proper itenirary to get proper idea of total days needed to explore. This includes number of places to visit, stay, flight and other things.

    You can take up a tour package helping to cover all the places under the best price and service.

  • How is the general climate in Bali?

    May is the hottest month in Bali with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) and the coldest is January at 26°C (79°F). The best month to swim in the sea is in January when the average sea temperature is 29°C (84°F). Indonesia experiences a number of climates, mostly tropical rainforest, followed by tropical monsoon and tropical savanna.

  • What points should I keep in mind while travelling to Bali?

    Bali is a great place to escape from the city chaos. From beaches to exotic locations, there are many options for travellers to explore. Exploring the cultural aspect of the country is also important. If you're visiting for the first time to Bali, then here are some points to consider:

    Visa: Including India, ther are 139 countries which enjoy visa free Bali trip, while Visa on Arrival applies for others at USD 35 (extendable once).

    Weather: Wet season: October-April; Dry season: May-September; Best time to go: May-August.

    Currency: USD 1 = IDR 14,000

    Water: Tap water is not potable; ice in drinks at established bars, hotels and reputable restaurants are usually safe. Also carry bottle waters

    Emergencies: In case of emergencies, dial 110 for police and 118 for ambulance

    Important Places to Visit: List down the places that are must visit and explore.

    Food: List down the best and must try foods along with restaurants where you are served the best foods.

  • What language do they speak in Bali?

    Bali people speak Balinese which is simply Malayo-Polynesian language spoken. However, due to increase in tourism, Balinese speak a level of English that allows them to communicate with tourists on a basic level. Also Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French or German are often used for multilingual signs or promotional flyers targeting foreign tourists.

  • What are the different activities one can do in Bali?

    Bali offers some amazing activity options for its tourists. These best activities in Bali are for those wanting to take a break from Bali’s shopping, dining and nightlife. Bali also has treasures to discover on the waves and under. Surfing is what the island became best known for, and there are magnificent reefs teeming with life beneath the surface. Some of the interesting activities to do in Bali are:

    • Surfing at Bukit Peninsula
    • Day cruising at Nusa Lembongan Island
    • Kite Surfing, Rip Curl School of Surf, Sanur Lagoon
    • White Water Rafting, Telaga Waja
    • Waterbom Bali, Tuban

  • What are some famous tourist attractions in Bali?

    Bali is blessed with some amazing tourist attractions. part from the wealth of Bali attractions, from the spectacular beaches of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak, or Ubud’s cultural heart and picturesque terraced rice fields, the northeastern coastal towns and other discovery.Bali attractions also comprise historical sites and buildings that stand the tests of time, and a range of museums and art galleries. Here are some of the best tourist attractions

    • Tanag Lot Temple, Tabanan
    • Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud
    • Ubud Monkey Forest
    • Kintamani and Mount Batur
    • Bali Safari and Marine Park
    • Goa Gajah
    • Kuta Beach
    • Waterbom Bali

  • Is it worth visiting Bali for honeymoon?

    Bali an amazing honeymoon location offers varied places, activities to perform and explore. Idyllic vistas over tropical shores, cool green forests with gentle breezes and memorable views from cliff tops are waiting to be discovered by lovebirds escaping to this island. Here are some places for honeymoon couples to enjoy in Bali:

    • Bali Hai Castaway Cruise to Nusa Penida- Nusa Penida
    • Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion- Tabanan
    • Romantic Aristocat Evening Cruise with 5-Course Dinner- Benoa Harbour
    • Private Professional Photo Shoot, Spa Treatment & Transfer- Seminyak
    • Private Horseback Riding in Tegallalang- Ubud

  • Is it worth visiting Bali for adventure?

    Yes, adventure in Bali is worth and experience. There are some extreme sports be it water or some thrilling trekking, one can have immense opportunity to show the adventure skill. Srom jumping off cliffs to climbing active volcanoes or ejecting yourself superhero-style up in the air – Bali is the perfect place to engage your wild side in some action-packed extreme sports.

    • Canyoning at Gitgit Waterfall, North Bali
    • Jet Packs and Jet Bikes, Nusa Dua
    • Bali Paintball Arena, Bukit Ungasan
    • White Water Rafting, Ubud
    • Bali Flying Fish, Tanjung Benoa Beach
    • Paragliding, Denpasar
    • Climb Gunung Batur

  • What watersports are must to do in Bali?

    There are different watersport activities in Bali. These best water sport activities in Bali are for those looking for something beyond mere swimming and snorkelling, where adrenaline junkies can get their fix from some boat-towed action. Majority of the best water sport activities in Bali are focused around the Tanjung Benoa peninsula, and other such regions. Get thrilled by walking on the seabed to discovering Bali’s great underwater scenes. Some of the watersports activities to enjoy are:

    • Surfing- Kuta, Canggu, Medewi, Uluwatu and Bukit
    • Scuba Diving- Amed, Tulamben, Lembongan and Menjangan Island
    • Snorkeling- Nusa Lembongan, Tulamben and Pemuteran
    • Rafting- Ayung River, Telaga Waja River and Payangan
    • Stand up Paddle- Jimbaran and Sanur
    • Sea Walking- Sanur, Tanjung Benoa and Lembongan Island

  • Can I do Scuba Diving in Bali? Which are the best diving sites in Bali?

    Scuba diving is the best activities in Bali. There are different diving sites in Bali. The best dive sites for beginners are around Amed, Padang Bay, and Pulau Menjangan which have very light or often no current at all. For experienced divers, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Candidasa are the best places.

  • Which places will be most enjoyable by children?

    Children can have a great vacation in Bali. The best things to do with kids in Bali range from nature activities, thrilling animal parks and safaris, fun splashing water parks, rafting up in the valleys and water sports down by the coastline. There are some indoor additions such as trick-eye galleries loaded with awesome artworks.

    Kuta, Legian, Gianyar, Ubud, Benoa, Tanjung Benoa and other places are worth for children activities.

  • What accommodation options are available in Bali?

    There are varied options of accommodations in Bali. From mid-range guest house to high-end resorts, one can choose from the options and packages offered. These accommodations are located in tourist locations offering great transportation and are equipped with luxury amenities. Some of the options are:

    • Puri Gangaa Resort
    • Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
    • The Stones Hotel- Legian Bali
    • Puri Mangaa Sea View Resort & Spa
    • The Amala
    • Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali

    The price of the accommodation starts from Rs 9000 including the food. Check out the packages offered to save money.

  • Which place is best for villa stay in Bali? How much it will cost?

    There are some best villas that offer a sense of privacy and intimacy, as guests experience a more personalized approach. Concierge and butler services around the clock make it even harder for guests to leave the comfort of their own accommodation. Villas are the best option for families and large groups. Seminyak is the best place for villa stay.

    • The Bali Dream Villa
    • The Samaya Seminyak
    • Kanishka Villas
    • The Wolas Villa & Spa

    The price of the villa stay starts from $112 and can go upto $599 or more.

  • Can I do a helicopter ride in Bali?

    Yes, you can enjoy helicopter ride in Bali. Take an once-in-a-lifetime trip with exclusive private Bali helicopter flights across the island of gods. Some of the highlights are:

    • Experience stunning views of limestone cliffs, picturesque beaches & scenic rice terraces
    • Get a bird's eye view of the island's world famous sights like Kuta Beach & Jimbaran Bay
    • Experience iconic temples like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Besakih from above

    The price for the helicopter ride starts from $203.49

  • Can I do a cruise ride in Bali?

    Yes, there are various cruise services available in Bali. Some of the options are:

    • Bali Lembongan Island Beach Club Day Trip
    • Bali Sunset Dinner Cruise
    • Lembongan Island Catamaran Cruise with Beach Club Activities
    • Full Day Sailing Trip to Nusa Lembongan from Ubud
    • Dolphin Watching, Waterfall and Ulundanu Temple Tour

    The price for cruise starts from $60.00 and can go to $200

  • Are there any islands in Bali?

    Yes, there are some amazing untouched islands that will take your breath away. These destinations offer you great tropical island getaways, each with their own sets of appeals. Bali’s northern coasts are known for their calm seas offering coral gardens and visiblity throughout the year. Some of the best islands are:

    • Gili Trawangan
    • Nusa Lembongan
    • Gili Air
    • Gili Meno
    • Nusa Menjangan Island
    • Nusa Ceningan
    • Nusa Penida

  • Which are most famous beaches in Bali?

    Bali has some amazing beaches which are worth exploring. Bali beaches range from palm-fringed white sand coasts on the island’s south such as Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur, to the cliff-guarded ‘hidden’ shores of Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Dreamland and Bingin. These beaches comprise striking black sands on the north and western shorelines, with sleepy undisturbed coves in-between. Some of the famous beaches here are:

    • Canggu Beach
    • Amed Beach
    • Balangan Beach
    • Lovina Beach
    • Tanjung Benoa Beach
    • Sanur Beach
    • Nusa Dua
    • Kuta Beach
    • Legian Beach

  • How far is Gili Island? Is it worth visiting there?

    The Gili islands just got closer with currently 12 fast boat services operating between Bali, Nusa lembongan and Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You can even get fast boat to the Gilis from Amed, a beautiful fishing town on the east coast of Bali with unbelievable snorkelling, breathtaking views of Mount Agung and the most charming village vibe. If you want to have a short break to Gilis then fast boat from Lombok is a good idea.

    There are handful of fast boat operators depart from Padang Bai to the Gili islands in the mornings between 9am and 930am.

    Yes, you can enjoy a great deal of activities in Gillis Island.

    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Island Hopping
    • Surfing
    • Water Sports
    • Fishing and BBQ

  • Where is Nusa Lembongan?

    Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali. You can reach this place by taking a boat from Bali. Most of the scheduled fast boat services leave from Sanur Beach at the end of Jalan Hangtuah, and usually involve getting your feet wet at boarding.

  • Where is Denpasar? What all things I can do there?

    Denpasar is the capital of Bali and is located at an altitude of 0-75 m above sea level. Tourists here can enjoy various attractions. The white sandy beaches are well-known all over the island. Denpasar City (Kota). The Capital of Bali Sanur beach has calmer waters and is excellent for sunbathing and other water sports activities.

    Bali Museum, Bajra Sandhi Monument (Renon), Puputan Badung Monument and Denpasar square, Taman Budaya Ardha Chandra (Bali Art Centre) are some of the interesting points.

  • Where is Singraja? What all activities I can do there?

    Singaraja is a city found in Bali and is located -8.11 latitude and 115.09 longitudes and it is situated at elevation 11 meters above sea level. One can enjoy various things in Singaraja. Places to visit are-

    • Cozy Resto
    • Gedong Kirtya Library
    • Istana Cake & Bakery
    • Dapur Ibu
    • Museum Buleleng
    • Yudha Mandala Tama Monument

  • Can I visit Gitgit Waterfall? What is special there?

    Located 10km drive south of Singaraja in North Bali. Here, you can enjoy few minutes’ walk down into the lush ravine, you can instantly enjoy the spectacle of the 40m cascade that constantly pours into a rocky pool with a small shrine that ‘guards’ the site. You can further explore another fall nearby, namely Mekalongan, which is a continuation of Gitgit’s watercourse.

  • What all activities I can do in South Kuta?

    South Kuta offers amazing options of activities. Try the Climax, where you hurtle down a near vertical drop at 2.5 G-force before looping back up again and finally flying out into a pool at the bottom, or the Smashdown with its thrilling 8-storey slide at a 60-degree angle. Discovery Shopping Mall incorporating Centro and Sogo department stores, Lippo Mall, Kuta Square shopping centre, plentiful shops, art market and market stalls. The best things are the surfing on Kuta Reef.

  • What kind of nightlife I can experience in Bali?

    The nightlife in Bali is amazing. One can enjoy a great nightout at pubs and bars. Standalone entertainment venues, Kuta for instance, feature occasional gigs from international bands. In-house hotel bars transform into more dynamic places, some featuring live DJs, bands playing top 40 songs. Impressive location, good food and activities can be enjoyed. Ku De Ta on the Seminyak coast, or the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort, perched on cliffs above the Indian Ocean, are some options. Top Places to enjoy the nightlife of Bali are:

    • Sky Garden, Legian
    • Mirror Bali Lounge and Club, Seminyak
    • Bounty Discotheque, Legian
    • Jenja, Seminyak
    • Engine Room, Legian
    • SKAI Beach Club
    • HQ Beach Club
    • Romeo's Bar & Grillery

  • What festivals do the local people celebrate in Bali?

    Locales in Bali celebrate some amazing festival displaying their tradition and culture: Here, a special calendar system that rotates every 210 days, called the pawukon, governs the daily chores, elaborate rites of passage a Balinese.

    Saraswati: Balinese Hindus celebrate Saraswati, a day devoted to the Goddess of Knowledge, Art and Literature - Dewi Saraswati. It is celebrated in January 21.

    Banyu Pinaruh: Banyu Pinaruh is the immediate day after Saraswati, which falls on a Paing Sinta Sunday on the Balinese pawukon calendar.

    Soma Ribek: It falls Pon Sinta Monday on the pawukon calendar and roughly means ‘rich Monday’.

    Tumpek Uduh: A holy day dedicated to the blessings of plants, especially those that produce fruits and flowers. It is celebrated on 11th March

    Pengrupukan, New Year's Eve of the Saka Calendar: It is celebrated on 27th March when the eve of the Saka New Year is a storm before the silent, as all the celebrative commotion takes place in the afternoon, and grotesque ogoh-ogoh papier-mâché effigies are paraded throughout the streets in Bali.

    Omed-Omedan, 'festival of splashes and smooches: Celebrated on 29th March, it is a traditional festivity restricted to the village of Sesetan. It is held on the day after Nyepi (Day of Silence and Seclusion), when the youth and whole sub-village of Banjar Kaja Sesetan take to the street where water is splashed and sprayed, and a forced smooch takes place at each interval

    Other festivals celebrated are:

    • Galungan
    • Batukaru Temple Piodalan Anniversary
    • Purnama Kedasa - The 10th Full Moon
    • Vesak, Buddhist Year 2561

  • What kind of shopping can be done in Bali?

    Bali offers some amazing places to shop. One can head to local markets for shopping some amazing crafts. It will introduce you to a treasure trove of fine art and handicrafts, antique and semi-antique furniture, paintings, delicately carved jewellery, and others. The best shops in Bali open late, usually 10:00 - 23:00. Some of he best places to shop are:

    • Kuta Beachwalk, Jalan Bakung Sari
    • Ubud Art Market
    • Mal Balo Galeria, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Simpang Siur, Kuta
    • Discovery Shopping Mall, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta
    • Sukawati Art Market, Gianyar
    • Bali Collection, Nusa Dua

  • Which restaurants serve the best food in Bali? Is vegetarian food easily available in Bali?

    There are some best restuarants serving range of dishes both veg and non-veg. These restaurants offer a great range of cuisine in terms of region and sophistication and often feature unique locations with awe-inspiring views and artistic interiors. Let us check some of the best restaurants to visit:

    • Kubu at Mandapa
    • Blanco per Mandifg
    • The Samaya Ubud, Ubud
    • Cucu Restaurant, Jimbaran
    • Locavore Restaurant, Ubud
    • Cascades, Ubud
    • Pearl Restaurant, Seminyak
    • Kayuputi Restaurant, Nausa Dua

    When it comes vegetarian food, there are few good restaurants offering veg foods. Vegetarian restaurants in Bali are well scattered throughout the island, particularly in the central town of Ubud. Menu ranges from fresh and wholesome salad bowls, wraps and soups, to some of the most innovative satays, burgers and protein ‘meatballs’. Some of the restaurants are:
    • Sakti Dining Room at Fivelements
    • The Spicy Coconut
    • Zula Vegetarian Paradise
    • Warung Bodag Maliah by Sari Organik
    • The Seeds of Life

  • What all types of cuisines I can find in Bali? Which ethnic food is special in Bali?

    Bali cuisine is a blend of spices, blended with the fresh vegetables, meat and fish. There are some traditional dishes which should be tried:

    Nasi Goreng: It is one of many strong contenders for the position of Indonesia's national dish. It is made with just stir-fried rice, usually mixed with a range of different spices, such as garlic, tamarind and chilli and sweet soy sauce for unique flavour.

    Satay: This another delicacy is popular in Indonesia. It consists of skewers of meat flavoured with spices, grilled or barbecued and then served with a number of accompaniments.

    Gado-Gado: You cannot miss this dish working both as meal and accompanying side. gado-gado is a vegetable salad covered with a peanut sauce. There are numerous regional variations, the most significant of which is whether or not the vegetables are cooked.

    Apart from these, other food items are:

    • Nasi Ayam and Nasi Campur
    • Bebek and Ayam Betutu
    • Babi Guling

  • How expensive meals are in Bali?

    Well, it depends on the type of food and the quantity you order for dinner and lunch. A meal for 2 people in a mid-range restaurant can cost around $21.02, McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) can cost $450.50, Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) can cost $1.665085 and for imported beer it will cost aroun $3.38.

  • Can I find alcohol easily in Bali? How old you have to be to drink legally?

    In the year 2016, the Indonesian government proposed a bill to ban alcohol in Bali, however, it is yet to be passed. So presently, alcohol is available in many restaurants, pubs and wine shops. The legal drinking age is 17.

  • Is smoking legal in Bali?

    Smoking is illegal in public and tourist areas. In restaurants there are seprate smoking zone. You need to make sure that you avoid smoking in restricted areas to avoid fine.

  • What kind of laws are there in Bali regarding drug usage?

    Indonesian, laws for dugs which also applied in Bali is among the strictest in Southeast Asia, yet the use of illegal drugs is relatively high in some parts of the country.

    Possession and trafficking of all the drugs listed in the Appendix are illegal, unless undertaken by people or companies approved by the government. Possession of drugs is punishable by 4 to 12 years' imprisonment, and fines of IDR 800 million to 8 billion (US$89,600 to US$896,000).

    Trafficking of drugs punishable by 5 to 15 years' imprisonment and fines of IDR one billion to ten billion (US$112,000 to US$1.2 million). Drugs here are divided in different groups and accordingly the laws are created.

  • What is the culture like in Bali?

    The culture of Bali is unique and traditional.Various forms of dance and music have made Bali's arts and culture scene one of the most diverse in the world. Hinduism has the major impact on its culture. Rites of passage at Balinese family households can almost be seen daily, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The culture here is the blend of seriousness and slapstick and their dances reveal this; like a vaudeville show.

    One can find different types of dances including- Wali Dances, Bebali Dances, and few others.

  • Is there any kind of religious restriction in Bali?

    No, there is no such religious restriction in Bali. There 6 officially recognised religions here- Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The nation is based upon belief of one supreme god. However, as a tourist you need ensure that you respect their religion and culture in all sense.

  • What are some specialities about the flora and fauna of Bali?

    The flora and fauna in Bali is majestic including holy Banyan trees, swaying palms, the versatile bamboo, acacia trees and flowers. Roads, gardens and temple grounds are delightfully adorned with all kinds of blooms imaginable. The wildlife in Bali is flourished with Inquisitive monkeys with outstretched hands forever beseeching a treat, lizards living harmoniously with humans.

    You will also see schools of dolphins near Lovina, Candidasa and Padangbai, and there are colorful coral and small reef fish, moray eels, and other species. Overall, one would surely enjoy the place for its flora and fauna.

  • Can I rent a bike,car etc. to travel within Bali?

    Yes, you can rent bikes to explore Bali. There are various services that offer packages for bike rental. Some of the packages are:

    • Street Smart Package- 1 day $19.95
    • Premium Select Package- 1 day $9.95
    • The Guys Package- 1 Day US 18.95

    The packages may differ according to the service opted.

  • Are ATM cards safe and useful to carry? Are there any money exchangers in Bali?

    Yes, you can use ATM cards for shopping and dinning purpose. It is completely safe to use cards. Yes, there are money exchanger facilities in Bali. From the airport to your hotel, and in and around Bali’s major resort areas. Most display street-side whiteboards, which list amazing exchange rates under the usual mantras such as ‘Authorised Money Changer, and ‘No Commission’. You'll find several money changers at the International Arrivals of the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Some other authorised places are:

    • PT. Central Kuta
    • PT. Dirgahayu Valuta Prima
    • PT. Bali Maspintjinra

  • Is there any postal services in Bali?

    There are postal agencies in tourist centers of Bali. International express companies like DHL, Fedex and UPS operate on Bali and offer reliable, fast and expensive service.

  • Is tap water safe in Bali?

    Water is mostly taken from bored wells in Bali, which are not sterile. Some top-end hotels claim to purify their tap water in house. Better carry a purified water or bottled water in Bali island.

  • What do I do in case of any medical emergency in Bali? Are there enough Hospitals in Bali?

    Yes, there are some good hospitals in Bali for medical emergency. However, in case of emergency 112 along with the country code will help in getting medical access. Some of the good hosipitals here are:

    Siloam Hospital KUTA
    Kasih Ibu Hospital DENPASAR
    BIMC Hospital KUTA
    BIMC Hospital NUSA DUA
    Prima Medika Medical, UBUD
    International Tourist Medical Services, KUTA
    Graha Asi Hospital (Near Airport)

  • What are some important laws that I should keep in mind while visiting Bali?

    While travelling in Bali, you need to know certain legal laws to be followed.

    • Drugs are highly illegal in Indonesia. Punishments are severe and include the death penalty.
    • If you're carrying Australian prescription medications (including strong painkillers such as morphine and codeine, sleeping pills), then it is considered illegal Gambling is illegal
    • By law, you must carry identification at all times.
    • Indonesian law does not criminalise homosexuality, but it isn't widely accepted culturally. Always carry at least a copy of your passport for ID purposes and act like you normally would.
    • You need an international drivers licence to ride a motorbike (not necessary if a pillion passenger, but driver must still be licensed)

  • Is police helpful and cooperative in Bali?

    Yes, the security officials here are very helpful and cooperative. However, you need to be careful regarding the illegal activities undertaken and stay away from any action.

  • What are some restricted/prohibited goods in Bali?

    Prohibited goods are those which are legally restricted to be imported or exported from Bali. Violation of these may lead to legal action. Some of the restricted goods are:

    • Narcotics
    • Psychotropic
    • Explosive Materials
    • Fire-arm and Ammunition
    • Fireworks
    • Defined Books and Printed Materials
    • Audio and/or Visual Recording Media
    • Telecommunication Equipment
    • Color Photo Copy Parts and Equipment Thereof
    • Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and Parts Thereof
    • Unregistered Food and Beverages at Department of Health
    • Any kind of illegal Drugs

  • Tipping

    Although tipping is not held compulsory in Bali or anywhere else in Indonesia, it definitely makes the other person feel honored and appreciated. Thus, you can tip here to various professionals and service providers at about 10% of the cost of the service.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    You can get more detailed information at the below official sites of Bali Tourism: Bali Tourism Website http://www.balitourismboard.org/

Traveller Tales from Bali

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Inder Pothuvaal

22 September 2016

A very interesting five day Bali tour – Yes! You have heard it right, we went as a gang of five – me and my college mates, every year we guys plan for a week tour to some amazing places, this year one of my friend wanted to visit Bali – exotic Bali as it is called. The tour covered some of the best places in Bali like Kintamani, Ubud and Tanah. Literally our guide was able to cover many places in these five days including rice terraces, elephant safari, royal temple, holy spring temple, monkey forest, coffee plantation. The rich aroma from this plantation tree is still lingering inside me. Actually I am writing this review mainly to say my view regarding the stay over here, I never expected that Bali would have such marvelous hotels, inns, motels and villa. We basically took for rent one of the villas and the reception that we received here was sumptuous, we explored the rice fields which was excellent and one of its kind. It is heard that these farms are famous for subak system of traditional irrigation in Bali. One of my friends is an agricultural engineer and he was explaining us the benefits of all these things. It is really a matter of pride to see that this small place is not only rich in culture and heritage but it is also contributing a lot to the economic system of the country. On the way we came across many villages like Ubud, Celuk, and Mas. These places are known for wood carvings, art work and gold jewel making. I have also shared some pictures that have been taken from the high road side location that covers the hills, mountains, beaches and more. Overall we learnt loads from this amazing trip to Bali in five day.

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Trilokanath Nayar

22 September 2016

I am spellbound seeing such a type of service at the first place! Well that I am now back from my honeymoon tour to Bali, I have got many things to pen down over here about my experience at Bali. Firstly I would like to encourage and compliment the Indian travel agents for delivering such a nice foreign honeymoon package tour to Bali. I basically come from a small village at Haryana, and a tour outside India is something that I never even dreamt off, but my husband residing in Delhi was adamant in taking me out of the country to Bali for our honeymoon, fine now coming to the trip, Yo (cheers in Vietnamese language) is the word I have got to say to the agents who organized a trip for us. We had taken up a week tour for our honeymoon and this package consisted of many things like visiting temples, beaches, museums, villages, spring water lakes, coffee plantations, rice farms and many more. The greatest coincidence was that we happened to visit the Uluwatu temple exactly on my birthday, I loved it a lot it was a real blessing for me to visit such a nice temple on such an auspicious day. What more we had great network all over the trip and so I was able to update each and every day activities with my people and friends immediately (thanks Insta and FB). My trip wouldn’t have been complete without the visit to the famous Benoa beach, I don’t indulge much in water sports but over here there were some many different gaming categories that I didn’t want to miss out for. Lastly the foods were yummy and my taste buds are still longing to taste those special foods again served over there. Good arranged trip – fully satisfied!

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Chakradhar Jha

22 September 2016

A fabulous country with great friendly Balinese – this is the limelight of my trip to Bali for five days, my company had arranged for a five day sightseeing tour abroad, and this is when we all immediately nodded our head for Bali when one my colleague hinted that this is a wonderful place on Earth, so immediately without any second thought our team hired the travel agents for Bali. It was like a dream destination spot for me and my team never expected such a type of output from a foreign state like this. Such a small place but there is many things in store from Bali. What inspired me more in this place apart from sightseeing is the culture of the country, it is simply out of the world experience, as they say big things come in small packages, even though this was a small tour package we were able to cover many things under one roof. The Elephant safari was somehow missed out as we lacked time, but no regrets I am planning to go again next year with my family personally. Some of the best places that I recommend over here are Legian and Sanur. And Guys don’t miss out the rich rice farming vegetation and coffee plantation at Bali. If you plan and jot down the main landmarks you can very well get a chance to cover it all. A little bit of planning is enough to enjoy such a place. Note – if you don’t research and visit there are chances that you will miss out seeing important attractions at Bali. Bali is completely safe for couples and family, so I recommend this tour for people who want some privacy in their trip. A final word – my review is incomplete if I don’t mention my tour to the volcano. Splendid tour!

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Rageswari Reddy

22 September 2016

Newly married couples! Most romantic honeymoon place! Pick the honeymoon Bali tour and you can be assured that this trip is going to be the best way to start your new life with your spouse! I have just returned from my Bali honeymoon tour and am still in a perplexed state filled with all nostalgic memories whenever I am looking at the picture of me and my husband over there at Bali. When my hubby suggested Bali as our honeymoon destination, I was like what is this – my man is taking me to some ancient family vacation spot, but then being a new wife I couldn’t immediately say no, and I am happy that I never said no also. Well speaking about the tour, it was a perfect honeymoon package that any travel agent could offer for the couples. Right from beginning till the end, my organizers did their job well, this was my first foreign trip, was afraid but happy that it went on well. I am a great swimmer and I love to hang out whenever I see some beach, the Tanjung Benoa beach which was there in my itinerary was like a icing to my cake, I was surprised that this place has such attractive beaches, My husband and I enjoyed the various water activities that were catered here, the real fun part is that the games offered over here are something unique which I haven’t sported before anywhere. So I got something new to enjoy in this tour. And my trip wouldn’t have been complete if my guide hadn’t taken me for the most expected thing – Yes! You are right; a girl’s tour is incomplete without shopping. The Ubud shopping is the best part. Enjoyed the trip thoroughly!

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Sanya Abbott

22 September 2016

Bali is indeed a great vacation destination! I went over here along with my husband on our honeymoon, initially I was bit afraid to take up a cycling tour as you need lot of energy to cycle in and around Bali, but the organizers gave us lot of rest time so that we could refresh. Well speaking about the trip – great and fabulous. Cycling to the terraced rice fields and visiting the adjacent landmarks and villages were more than memorable. Jatiluwih is known for its famous rice paddies and I am happy that I saw that for real, well speaking about the real fun – the water rides, the sporting activities and the bonfire were charming. Food was good and we were offered plenty of activities to indulge in. The guides were supportive and had good communication skill. Suggestions – Carry comfy footwear, sunglasses and a good camera (Guys you have loads to capture at Bali). It was an amazing and pleasant stay at the Pacung mountain resort (nice resort experience – I ll write about this a review separately) Well guys if you are planning to take this trip I advise you to take few days of stretching exercise in prior so that you can enjoy to the core!

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Deeptimoyee Nehru

22 September 2016

Romantic Week off Trip to Bali – This was my status till today; I went on my honeymoon to Bali and am back today. Seven days how it passed is like a trance state. I feel this is the perfect honeymoon destination spot, and hey gals if your husband is asking you to pick a honeymoon spot pick Bali without any doubt and I am sure you are going to thank me for this. My hubby had booked the trip online and planned everything well in advance, and hence we didn’t face any issue at all anywhere. This package included food, accommodation, cruise and free tickets of entry at many places. I had loads of fun at the one day cruise in Bali; it included unlimited boat rides and underwater viewing chambers. I loved the submerged marine walk at this place. Bali is well known for its incredible sunset and I am happy that I was able to witness this part of bit too in my life. The guides explained us in detail, pickup, drop and foods were lovely. It would have been better if the cruise had a bit more less people, except that thumbs up for the tour and package.

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Bishnu Bhattathiri

22 September 2016

Well that now I am back from my Bali 6D/5N cycling tour, I have only two words to say – enchantment incarnate! Even though this trip can be a great trip for couples or friends, I feel it is ideal for family vacation too. I took up this trip with my wife and we got that full-to-full enjoyment. The itinerary and the procedures were explained to us well in advance to us by our team and so it was easy for us to stick to it. The whole way cycling to Volcano at Batur and then cycling to Pacung - Mengwi – Ubud was a bit tiresome (but if you have stamina you can very well manage it). Still the night halt at the hotels and the resorts gave us the needed break and took off the tiredness’. My wife loved the cycling to the rice fields and the nearby village. The folk dancers danced well to the local music and we should admit that we got an exhilarating experience, well all that being said, the trip was above average with prices being at par with the services. Lastly I would like to wind this review by saying that I recommend this trip for sure.

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Hari Panicker

22 September 2016

Bali is paradise on Earth! But to enjoy this place you surely need to make sure that you hire the proper channel of tourism, I went alone for a four day sightseeing trip to Bali, got the booking done online and started off to take a break. It is an absolute place for relaxation and refreshing; I would surely choose this place and suggest it for any people who are longing for adventurous and memorable trip. The places in and around Bali are pleasant, peaceful and rejuvenating. I fell in love with the Kuta Beach, this beach is far better than the beaches I have been before; the organizers gave ample time to sit and relax here. I am not a great foodie but still I enjoyed the typical seafood that was served here at Jimbaran, and I have no words to say about the boat ride, I was allowed to indulge in plenty of water activities ( parasailing, banana boat and so on were unique and absolute fun). It is an awesome place to visit for couples, family and friends. Above all this trip was like a stress buster to me! Enjoyed it full to full!

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Anjushree Namboothiri

21 September 2017

For honeymoon, Bali is a good option if you do proper research and planning before booking a package. I got a good package from Thrillophilia and I am grateful to them for arranging such a nice itinerary. Sightseeing was well balanced with adventure activities. Mount Agung and Mount Batur were surprisingly huge and the Batur Lake also had a bright charm. Celuk Village and Ubud Village were very secluded from the vibes of other important places like Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran. We did an extensive shopping in Ubud too. Jimbaran Beach was so amazing especially at night. So many people came at night and it was an on-season too just before New Year. We were also so happy to welcome the fresh year together. A lot of historical monuments also were seen and I liked the architectural attributes of Bajra Shandhi. Our candle light dinner at the resort was the major part of the tour. They have decorated the courtyard and cabana overlooking the beach with white candles, illuminations and flowers and we had the best dinner together there.