This was our 10th trip together since our marriage and also our first-anniversary trip. Ruchi and I wanted to travel to a place which is relaxing, at the same time is a traveller's paradise. Bali was on top of our mind as it has some of the best beaches, beautiful Sunsets, Sunrises, Temples and most importantly the private pool resorts at affordable prices.
Anybody who thought an international trip would be out of budget should definitely have Bali in their itinerary. In case you are unaware, 1 INR = approx 200 IDR, which makes things little cheaper when compared to India.
Places to visit:
There's a lot of places to explore and we would suggest one should go for at least 10 days to explore most of Bali or that may not even be enough. We were travelling only for 5 days, so we had to plan well in advance.
Kuta and Seminyak - Most of the travelers stay in Kuta or Seminyak but it is very touristy and commercial.
Ubud - Ubud is the most visited place as it has got the best of Bali - the rice terraces, private resorts, bali swing, waterfalls. North and East Bali can be visited as day trip
Uluwatu - Uluwatu is famous for its cliff top view and the pristine beaches. It's a surfers paradise as well. And how can we forget the Uluwatu temple.
Gilly Islands - Gilly islands are a group of 3 islands - Gilli Trawangan, Gilli Meno and Gilli Air, characterized by sandy beaches fringed with palm trees. Gilli Trawangan island, the most visited island is the largest of the three and is famous for parties. It is also said to have the world's cheapest and safest places to learn diving.
Nusa Penida - It is a relatively less traveled and the island is extraordinarily beautiful. If you need more of beaches, one may choose to go to Nusa Penida
Canggu - It's famous for hipsters cafes, night life, yoga studios. It is also one of the prime surfing locations in Bali
There are other places like Northern Bali and East Bali which can be explored from Ubud itself as a day trip.
Since, we had just 5 days, we choose to stay in Uluwatu and Ubud as we didn't wanted a crowded place, neither was party in our mind.
Day 1 - Reach hotel by 3 PM, Go for sunset at Uluwatu temple. Take rest.
Day 2 - Pandawa beach & Suluban beach in first half. Take a taxi and go to Tanah lot for sunset. Drop at Hotel in Ubud
Day 3 - Sunrise trek to Mount Batur, Kintamani. Visit Tegalalang rice terrace in evening. Explore Ubud market at night
Day 4 - Bali swing. Get massage in the evening and explore local Ubud market
Day 5 - Check out from hotel
Trip cost for two: INR 84,000
Flight for two - INR 36,000 (from Kolkata)
Hotel - INR 19,000
Uluwatu Breeze village – INR 4,000 for 1 night
Donald Home Stay (Ubud) – INR 1,500 for 1 night
Bije Suite Villa (Ubud) – INR 13,500 for 2 nights
Visa - Nil. Indians get Visa on Arrival for 30 days at no cost
Taxi - INR 4,500
Shopping - INR 4,000
Food - INR 7,500 (includes floating breakfast on one day, anniversary arrangement by hotel)
Mount Batur Sunrise trek - INR 5,000
Bali Swing entry fees - INR 5,000
Other charges - INR 3,000 (Scooter for 2 days, entry tickets etc.)
One can actually save a significant amount on hotels while they visit Bali. We wanted to stay in a Private Pool villa for at least a couple of days and hence, we ended up spending a little more. But, let me tell you, it was totally worth it. Here's the blog on our stay at Bije Suite Villa, Ubud.