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When you visit Bali, Taman Ayun Temple is a must visit attraction as it holds a supreme position in the development of Balinese culture and tradition. The astounding landmark is in the village of Mengwi in Badung regency. Brilliantly portrayed architecture makes the temple complex separated from other temples in Bali. The traditional architectural nuances can be seen in its courtyards, enclosures and the vast garden landscapes that house lotus and fish ponds.
History of the Temple: The construction of the temple was in 1634 by the then ruler, Tjokerda Sakti Blambangan. The Chinese architectural aspects had influenced the construction of this temple as well. Hence in 1937, the temple witnessed a major restoration project.
Highights: There are the towering tiers that create the profile of Taman Ayun and the temple complex is considered to be the mother temple of Mengwi. It was meant to serve as the main worship centre for Mengwi people since they were not travelling far to other main temples like Besakih in Karangasem or Batur Temple in Kintamani. Taman Ayung is believed to be the unifying factor of the people and the royal family.
Structure of the Temple: The temple complex possesses expansive landscaped gardens and courtyards. The first courtyard which is large and open is a grassy expanse while the courtyard inside has a number of meru or multi-tiered shrines. Along with them, there are pools filled with pink lotuses and fish. The complex is part of the subak which shows the complex rice field irrigation system.
-Adult: 20000 Rp
-Child: 10000 Rp
Opening hours: 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Location: Jl. Ayodya No.10, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
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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 ...
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 immedia...
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 arou...
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 f...
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 o...
31 January 2019
Perfect service. The guide and the support staff were good. Had a nice time in Bali with my life partner. Great time visiting the most attractive places in Bali. I personally liked Ubud so much because...
31 January 2019
The best attractions in Bali were in the North Bali with Gitgit waterfall, Lovina Beach, Bajrabodhi Vihara, etc. We visited many other temples, and old palaces. And of course, the natural beauty of Bal...
31 January 2019
When I went to Bali with my wife a few months ago, it was so awesome. Not so crowded yet with all the shops and attractions opened. But it was raining at times. The cruise was the best part of the pack...
31 January 2019
The spa, the night trek, the shopping at Legian Street, Tanah lot Temple visit, Jatiluwih rice terrace visit, and other temple visit went really well. I went on this trip with my wife. Both of us liked...
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Though Bali is cool and comfortable across the year, the popular tourist’s season lies in the summer months – from April to October. This is the time of the year when the western coast of the Islands receives the best waves in the world, making it delightful. Whether you are just looking to see the magical ocean or get down and surf on it, this is the time. Other months in Bali sees rainfall and creates a different kind of experience. While this too attracts many tourists, it is also a deterrent if you want to put on your best dress and plan a romantic hike with your partner.
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It’s a magical island that offers natural and cultural treasures. In Bali, you will be able to hop between numerous kinds of adventures, be it island tours, surfing the waves or just spend some spiritual times in one of the exotic temples around. Your discovery of Bali can take a lifetime but here are some places you cannot miss on your first trip:
Bali is a magical adventure full of hidden adventures. There is something for every kind of traveler. Whether you want to explore the forest and get deep into the mysteries of nature or be among the people and get to know their culture, there’s so many ways you can do so. At Bali, here are some things that have been attracting tourists for a long time now:
The minimum number of days you should spend in Bali will depend on the kind of vacation you are looking for. If you just looking to get cozy with your partner with a little island hopping, cruises and exotic dinners and spas, a week would be enough. However, if you are planning to ad treks, water sports and other activities to the itinerary, the longer you stay, the better it is. At Bali, no amount of time spent would be enough. However, it’s your budget and trip needs that come first. We recommend a minimum stay of one week, excluding your flight from your home city. Having a good tour package is an added cherry to the cake!
An epicenter of tourism, Bali receives tourists all round the year. The island is however larger than you would think and the more the budget you are planning, the better it is. Things are a little less expensive in northern Bali but you will be able to find budget deals everywhere. However, there would be a lot of search you will have to, sometimes asking around for accommodation when you should really be throwing your luggage in a room and head to the sea! It is best to look for a cheap deal on the internet before being a part of the Bali experience. It does save you the time and trouble of research.
Like any tropical island, the flora and fauna in Bali can easily take you by surprise. From huge banyan trees to mangroves and bamboo forests, there a huge diversity here. Several varieties of wild flowers occur across the islands and is a outdoor lover’s delight.
When it comes to fauna, Bali offers several exotic species. Though, it no longer hosts wild species of tigers and elephants, you will be able to search several varieties of apes, lizards, reptiles, mammals, and more.
One of the most exotic birds found here is the Cendrawasih, the “Bird of Gods”.
Sprawling for several kilometers, the town of Ubud is one of the most popular destination in Bali. Once you have entered Bali, you will be able to take a bemo (minivan) to get to Ubud in the cheapest way. You can also hire a taxi, an Uber, bus, or self drive to Ubud. The town of Ubud is centrally located and surrounded by villages and natural miracles all around.
Mount Batur or Gunung Batur is located North West to Mount Agung in Bali on the southern side of the mountain is the Caldera Lake. Mount Batur hosts an active volcano and the eruption is visible across the year. In fact, it is one of the most forceful eruptions on this planet. Mount Batur is also believed to be one of the most sacred mountains by the locals and several adventure tourists take on the fairly physical Mount Batur trek. The peak is about 1000 meters above sea level and takes about two hours to reach on foot.
Seminyak is one of the fashionable beaches in Bali. Hosting several luxury resorts, fine restaurants and a number of high end boutiques, Seminyak is a popular haunt among luxury tourists and honeymooners. This is the place you would want to be if you are planning to bid adieu to golden sunsets and immediately be able to hop into a pumping night life! Some of the clubs in Seminyak has gathered international following. Seminyak is a beach town in Southern Bali and you can get there by public/private taxis, buses, shuttles, and even ride from the airport. From the Bali International Airport, it’s just 10 kilometers.
Located on the south western tip of Bali, Uluwatu is home to the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple and is also the fourth ranked surfing destination in the world. The closest airport to Uluwatu is the Bali International Airport in Denpasar, north of Uluwatu. Surfers from across the world visit Uluwatu across the year for the most challenging fun. from Denpasar, it’s just 30 kilometers to Uluwatu. You can get a range of options in transportation, from local shared taxis and public buses to private cabs.
A village located on the western coast of Bali, along the Gunung Batur Mountains, Kintamani is known for its “Rites of Peace”, a 1000 year old belief and the Kintamani Dogs. It’s close to Mount Batur, the active volcanic mountain of Bali.
Mount Abang in Kintamani offers amazing trekking and birding adventures. It’s a perfect hiking trail through forests, waterfalls and wilderness. It is the second highest peak in Bali and can be topped within 3 hours and is a must do for outdoor lovers.
A peninsula in southern Bali, Nusa Dua is particularly famous for its tranquil and private beaches. If you are looking for some lone and romantic time with your partner, head on to the Nusa Dua beach. Several facilities along the coast will ensure that you will not be too far from civilization too. 40 kilometers from Denpasar, Nusa Dua can be easily reached by private car and public transport. Uluwatu is 20 minutes from Nusa Dua while Jimbaran is 15 minutes.
One of the most exciting things to do in Bali is paying a visit to all the weirdly abandoned places. While some will give the chills, some will just make you feel like that the world has come to an end and you are among the few survivors! One of such places in Nusa Dua is an abandoned plane that many wonder about. You will find a Boeing 737 abandoned right in the middle of the town of Kuta, wedged between houses and the image even appears on Google Maps! There are several rumors to how the plane came to the place but many believe that it was abandoned by its owner who had bought it to be turned into a home. Today, it is a highly popular tourist attraction.
A small town in South Bali, Jimbaran was a tiny fishing village of the past but is now home to several high end beach resorts, restaurants, cafes ad massage centers. It’s a perfect place if you are looking for high end accommodations and luxury experience of Bali. A pleasant white beach, it’s a perfect opportunity for honeymooners.
You won’t need to carry too much on your trip to Bali and even if you have forgotten something, you will most likely be able to buy it locally. Being one of the most frequented islands, you are never far from supplies, whatever it may be. This also gives you the advantage of being able to carry a lighter bag. Overall, your Bali packing should be about:
If you are looking to be a part of the traditional Barong and Keris dance festival in Indonesia, Ubud is where you would want to go. The Barong dance again comes in several forms, one of the most popular being the Barong Ket. It’s a dance form wherein dancers dress like animals and decorate themselves from animal products. A glowing costume makes this dance even more special. Both Barong and Keris Dances are organized round the year and it is highly likely that one is happening in the evening you are at Bali.
Bali is one of the most sought-after romantic destinations across the globe. The weather is fairly cool and pleasant all round the year, making it even more popular among honeymooners and couples in love. When you are in Bali with your partner, you cannot miss a visit to:
Bali has a very happening nightlife. There are several upscale clubs, ranging from sports bars to dance clubs and pubs. Once the sun sets on the golden beaches, the night destinations get loose and they become the hotspot after dark. A visit to a nightclub is mandatory if you want to come back with a complete Bali experience.
Bali is for everyone. From cheap hostels to five star hotels and resorts, there’s everything available and in plenty. The prices of accommodation will however differ depending on the part of Bali you wish to stay in. You will be able to find losmen, hostels, resorts, villas, home stays, private rentals, camps/tents.
Renting a bike or a car in Bali is the most advisable and popular means of traveling the islands. Rentals are available everywhere and you can also hope to strike a good bargain. The only thing you need is a valid driver’s licenses and a few copies of your photographs.
Taxis are the most preferred option if you want to go hopping around the islands. Flagging one of them is easy and there are plenty rides available everywhere within the perimeter of the city. Starting fare for taxis are about IDR 7,500 and this can increase depending on the distance you travel. Typically, for every kilometer on road, you pay about IDR 5,000 (US$ 40 cents). Buses too can take you between places but finding one isn’t as easy. Buses run on strict schedules and will also be a problem for any traveler looking to cover the islands.
A helicopter tour will be an amazing way to check out the Balinese Islands. If you can, do it, because the view cannot get better! You can take in a bird’s eye view of the smoking volcanoes, stepped rice fields, long stretch of pristine beaches, enchanting lighthouses, cliffs, old temples, surf breaks and highland lakes. The price of joy tours that covers the Kuta and Legian beaches is about IDR 4,571,250 pr person. This is the basic package but you can always choose to customize your tour. The duration of a basic helicopter tour is about 60 minutes.