Bali the island of Gods is a travelers paradise, millions of tourists head to this beautiful Bali island to experience the wonderful Balinese culture and to visit its ancient temples and lush rice terraces. From revered religious sites to beaches and meditation retreats Bali has something to offer to everyone. The option for Bali villas for rent makes for a comfortable and memorable stay on your trip to Bali. Here we list the top reasons why Indonesian island Bali is high on our list.
Top Things to do in Bali
With over 20000 temples most of which are thousands of years old ancient temples Bali is aptly called the island of Gods. The temples are built with exemplary Balinese architecture consisting of exquisitely designed gates, sculptures, and intrinsic carvings. Exploring these temples tops the ‘Bali things to do list’ for every tourist.
The top must see temples on our Bali trip would be:
The magnificent temple dating back to 11th century is located atop a steep cliff surrounded by picturesque vistas of the Indian ocean. Traditional dance performances always fascinate us they tell a lot about the culture and heritage of the region. The main highlight of the temple is said to be the Kecak Fire Dance performance that takes place every evening which would be a similar experience to the Dharohar Dance program in Rajasthan, India.
Pura Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot which means ‘Land in the Sea’ is a majestic 16th-century temple built in a splendid location on a rocky outcrop amidst the Indian ocean. The temple is a prominent pilgrimage temple and is one of the best places to visit in Bali.
Besakih temple is the largest and holiest temple complex in Bali and is made up of 23 temples built on six levels of stepped terraces. The temple is considered as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’ sits on the slopes of Mount Agung. We would like to visit the temple and explore its wonderful Balinese architecture and the surrounding scenic vistas.
Ulun Danu Bratan
This picturesque temple can be seen on Indonesian currency note. The 17th-century temple is located on the shores of Lake Bratan and looks like floating on water. There is also an option to take a tour of the lake and the surrounding mountain vistas on traditional boats. If time permits one can also visit the Bali Botanical Gardens which is just a 10 minutes ride from the temple.
Pura Taman Saraswati
The Taman Saraswati temple is a beautiful water temple and makes for a picture perfect Balinese temple with wonderful architecture and ponds covered with pink lotus blossoms. The temple also hosts cultural programs after dusk which is the prime highlight of the temple.
A visit to Bali is incomplete without visiting its lush rice terraces, the rice paddy fields along with Subak (traditional Balinese irrigation system) which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must do in Bali. One can see plenty of rice fields with terrace farming in the rural Bali but the popular Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are one of the top Bali attractions often visited by the tourists for its breathtaking terraced landscapes. Jatiluwih rice terraces are another most visited terrace fields in Bali.
Mount Batur Trek
A trek to the top of Mount Batur to watch the famed sunrise is one of the top Bali points of interest for adventure seekers and hikers. Mount Batur is an active volcano mountain. Several tour companies organize group treks which start at wee hours of the morning and reach the top to behold the wonderful sunrise. One can also hire a guide from the Toyabungkah village at the base of the mountain. The hike takes around 2 hours and offers with breathtaking views over a caldera and the mountains.
Balinese Traditional Dance
A visit to the Uluwatu temple offers its visitors with the Kecak Fire Dance performance that takes place every evening. Dance is an integral part of the Bali culture and there are several different kinds of dances in Bali. Several of the cultural centers, private hotels, and resorts, traditional villages are said to host Balinese dance programs. These traditional dance programs would be a great way to learn the wonderful Balinese culture and heritage.
When in Bali devouring on traditional Balinese food will definitely be on the list. The traditional Balinese food is prepared with fresh spices, a variety of vegetables and seafood. Lawar, Sate Lilit a classic dish, the Royal Betutu and the spicy Sambal Matah are few of the traditional dishes which would like to give a try when in Bali.
Bali Safari and Marine Park
When traveling with kids it is very important to plan a destination keeping in mind the toddler’s interest. Kids would love to visit Bali Safari and Marine Park. While the Safari park is an open zoo with exotic animals, the waterpark has loads of fun activities and water rides and pools for kids as well as adults.
Who wouldn’t love beaches? Back home Mumbai beaches are one of the top attractions for tourists as wells as locals. After an exhaustive day exploring the city what else would be best than to spend some relaxed time at one of the best beaches in Bali. With the palm-fringed stretch of sandy beaches in Kuta and Nusa Dua to popular beaches of Sanur and Seminyak, Bali is a paradise for beach lovers. Uluwatu and Kuta beaches of Bali are the top choice for surfers with few of the beaches having training schools offering surfing classes too.
Shopping in Bali for Handicrafts
The work of the skilled artisans of Bali is prominent in the fine architecture of temples and palaces of Bali. The rich culture of Bali offers with a choice for some great souvenirs to take back home. The batik pattern on garments is a complex form of dyeing, while wood carved sculptures and other household items like bowls, door frames are one of the old forms of art in Bali. Paintings, shadow puppets and the colorful masks which reminded us of the Venetians masks also make for some great Balinese handicrafts worth taking home.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud monkey forest or the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a Balinese temple complex and a natural forest reserve located in the village of Padangtegal and is home to hundreds of monkeys – long-tailed macaques. Though touching or feeding the monkeys would sound enticing to the kids it is best to stay within limits for the infamous monkeys are known for snatching and stealing things from the visitors. The complex consists of three ancient temples of Pura Dalem, Holy Water Temple, and Cremation Temple which are worth a visit.
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