Reasons Why Bali is on Top of our Bucket List

(Last Updated On: October 17, 2017)

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.

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Balinese Temples

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:

Uluwatu Temple

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.

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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.

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Pura Besakih

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.

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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.

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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.

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Rice Terraces

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.

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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.

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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.

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Balinese Food

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 also has some of the best cafes in Indonesia, you can on cafe exploring spree and relish on some local specialties.

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.

Bali Beaches

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.

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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.

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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.

Do you think we are missing something? What would be your top reason to visit Bali? Please share with us in comments.

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8 thoughts on “Reasons Why Bali is on Top of our Bucket List

  • August 11, 2017 at 5:12 am

    This is charming and best place. Bali is aptly called the island of Gods. This is one of the best option.
    Thank you so much.

  • August 13, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I saw Balinese dancers years ago, and ever since then, I’ve wanted to go. I’d love to explore the temples and chill on the beaches, and of course, eat some amazing Balinese food.

  • August 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I’ve only been to Bali once quite a few years ago, and I’ve always wanted to go back. We didn’t visit many temples – I’d like to to to Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu Bratan after seeing your photos. We really enjoyed the food – fish kebabs were our favourite thing, and so much fresh fruit! Next trip I’d also really like to go to Lombok – they say it is closer to what Bali was like 30 years ago before it was developed for tourism.

  • August 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Though I am in Vietnam with the nearly similar beautoes to Indonesia’s, Bali is still a place full of relaxing and surprises to discover, by its peaceful and cultural features. I have visited Bali and would also take my family there again because of these special travel beauties

  • August 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I would love to visit all the temples in Bali and see the rice paddies. Hoping to get there soon, it looks like an amazing place. 🙂

  • August 14, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Bali is an exotic location with so much natural beauty, no wonder it is one of the hottest destinations of SE Asia. I love the fact that echoes of Indian culture are found all across Bali. Apart from the lovely beaches, I find the temples really fascinating.


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