Bali, the exotic island of Gods is a marvelous tourist destination full of surprises. There is so much to see, do and eat that the travel experience to this island will make you want to go back for more.
There are countless historical sites, temples, and sites of natural beauty spread all over the place. Surrounded with stunning natural beauty, Bali is indeed a special place to visit. To soak in all the things Bali has to offer, you would need to be on an endless vacation. To make your job easier, here is a list of the top extraordinary places to visit in Bali.
Sacred Mount Batur
The Kitamani region, situated around 31 miles from Denpasar is one of the most amazing places to visit in Bali. This area is home to Mount Batur, the second most sacred active volcano in the island. A climb to the top of this active volcano (1700 meters) is a wonderful experience for all active travelers. From the peak of the mountain, you can enjoy the stunning sunrise as well as panoramic views that will sweep you off your feet.
Surfing and Kite surfing
If you are looking for fun and exciting things to do in Bali, then go to Kuta Beach, one of the most popular beaches to have an amazing surfing experience. Even if you’ve never surfed before, this is a great place to start. You can have private lessons with a local instructor, who will teach you all the basics of surfing in less than 3 hours! Advanced surfers may visit other beaches like the Nyang Nyang Beach, the Padang Padang or the Dreamland beach. If you already have surfing experience and want to be a bit more adventurous, you can try kitesurfing.
Ubud is another place in Bali that you cannot simply miss. It offers the best of Bali, encompassing beautiful nature, awesome culture, amazing people, museums, awe-inspiring temples, rolling rice fields and stunning man-made parks and gardens. Ubud is also well-known for the famous luwak coffee, regarded as the best coffee in the world. The monkey forest in Ubud is another exciting place to visit, where you get to meet some gorgeous, sneaky little monkeys.
Tegallalang – Rice Terrace
The rice terrace in Tegallalang village, located on the northern side of Ubud is a great place to visit, where you can enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. The village is located 600 m above sea level and most of the villagers here are farmers. These lush rice terraces are designed and maintained using a traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system. The villagers allow tourists to walk among these terraces and take as many pictures as they want for free. All in all, the Tegallalang rice terrace is a sensational, easy to reach location where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Goa Gajah: Elephant Cave Temple
Located just 10 minutes away from Ubud is Goa Gajah, an archaeological site of significant historical value and indeed a special place to visit. Due to its close proximity to the Elephant River, Goa Gajah is locally known as the Elephant Cave. There is a mysterious cave and surrounding its entrance is a relief of numerous menacing demons and creatures carved into the rock. The relic-filled courtyard, rock-wall carvings, ancient bathing pools and fountains set amid luscious green rice paddies and a garden are sights that lure travelers to visit this place.
Uluwatu Sea Temple
Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur is a magnificent temple perched on a large rugged limestone cliff. Situated in the Bukit Peninsula, this is a truly must visit place in Bali. The amazing architecture of the temple and the sunset are breathtaking views that you will never forget. While you are there, don’t miss the evening kecak dance, that gives you an understanding of the great culture of Bali.
Gunung Kawi – Rocky Temple
Situated in Pakerisan River, near Tampaksiring village in Bali, Gunug Kawi is an ancient rocky temple that is carved out of living rock. Locally known as Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu, it is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites visited by many tourists every year. In Gunung Kawi, you can see ten shrines that are carved on the stone slope at a height of 8 meters. Beautiful gardens, ancient shrines, ponds filled with fish and lotuses, crystal clear pools fed by natural springs, all add to the beauty of the place.
Tampak Siring – The Holy Spring Temple
The holy spring temple or Tirta Empul is a temple located in the village of Tampak Siring in Bali that attracts visitors not only from nearby places but also from far and wide. The temple compound consists of a large rectangle shaped bathing area with spring water gushing out through 12 fountains. According to the Balinese Hindus, the spring water purifies the soul and has magical curative properties. Worshipers, after making an offering at the temple, go to the main pool to bathe and pray. Some people take the holy water home by collecting it in bottles.
Kintamani: Ulun Danu Temple
Built in the year 1926, the Ulun Danu temple is one of the biggest Hindu temples located in the Kintamani district of Bali. The temple is dedicated to Dewi Batari Ulun Danu, the Goddess of lakes and rivers. Ulun Danu temple offers a stunning, panoramic view of the Batur volcano, lake and the surrounding areas. The ambiance and serenity of the temple attracts numerous travelers from all over the world.