It was high time that we had started exploring Bali like tourists. Our first stop was Pura Luhur Uluwatu, a magnificent temple perched on top of a sea cliff. It is 27 km from Seminyak and took us about an hour to reach. I didn't regret the travel time, for the journey was magnificent. Ancient sculptures stand huge at the entrance to welcome you to the temple which shouts Balinese architecture and traditionally designed structures. This temple overlooked the Indian ocean, and being there at sunset, was the icing on the cake.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Imagine a 'secret jungle' with inquisitive monkeys who rule over sacred temples and century old banyan trees. Sit quietly and hear the sounds of rushing ravines.....drift a little.....see and smell the vivid colour of flower offerings and sweet Balinese incense. This isn't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," it's the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest, a must-see attraction for any visitor to Bali, 'Island of the Gods.'While staying at the spectacular eco-conscious Fivelements Puri Ahimsa wellness retreat, I ventured out to one of Bali's most popular attractions, the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest. Officially known as the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the site contains 27 acres of protected grounds, 605 long-tailed macaque monkeys, and three 14th-century temples.The forest is located minutes from the main strip of Ubud, the 'Cultural Heart of Bali.' You can purchase bananas on-site to feed the monkeys, make sure to carefully conceal the fruit in a backpack because the monkeys will at random, jump on to you for a free meal. This is all apart of the fun. When you are ready to feed them, take one banana out at a time, this will prevent any accidental bites. I have read many reviews about aggressive behavior from the monkeys, I did witness it for myself, but was never bitten. Most aggression cases have happened because of improper feeding; if you take one banana out at a time, watch your surroundings, and do not taunt the monkeys (especially the mature ones!) this will help to ensure a safe and highly enjoyable interaction. Also note, if you have no bananas, food, or hand-held items the monkeys will typically be unfazed by your presence, allowing visitors who want a little distance to have a great time too. I give this attraction a 10/10, it's literally a 'barrel of monkeys' fun!
Lot of amazing cafes, restaurants, Bars & night club..!! Fantastic Shopping.. Very lively place in South Bali! While diving I met a girl from Swiss who was working in China. Apparently she became my Diving buddy! After we finished Diving, we planned our trip ahead to Seminyak.. We made more friends enroute.. Friends from Philippines.. We visited Tanah Lot as it is considered to be one of the most beautiful sunset points in Bali! Since it was our last day and we did not know when would we meet next.. We went partying at Potato Head Beach Club! It would be one of the best located clubs with an infinity pool facing the sea! It was just one of the best trips of my life..! I miss Bali..!
Goa Gajah Elephant Cave is an archeological site famous for its collection of historical sites. The most popular part here is a cave dating back to the ninth century with an ornately carved demon's mouth as its entrance. Inside are some fragmented lingas and yonis, a statue of Ganesha and some Buddhist stupa fragments. Wearing a sarong or a waist sash before entering the temple is compulsory. The same are available in shops at the entrance of the temple.Opening hours: All days, 8am to 4pmCost: Rp 15,000 (₹75) for adults, Rp 7,500 (₹36) for children.
Its one of the most favourite tourist destination. It has a magnificent view of the Mount Batur, which is still an active volcano and serene calm lake batur flowing down the lane. The temperature here is at least 15 degree less than the temperature of bali. We were fortunate to witness a mesmerizing sight of both rain and sun at the same time during our visit. You may just choose a restaurant with a view of Kintamani to sip a coffee or get high over a few bottles of local Lemon flavored "Bintang" beer.Although we didn’t go ahead for a trek, but for those who love to do it, can actually trek over mount Batur. It is a 2 hour trek to see the sunrise, and the rays creating those sprinkle of diamond dust look on the lake.
"So this is the place I should have been for the last two months", was my first thought as I wound my way through a sexily curved hill. Padang Bai is a small, annexed fishing village with a little bay, a secret white sand beach (that's the beach's actual name) a few warungs and guest houses and some deep emerald hills directly behind. Despite its' fishy orientation there's a freshness there that is missing in South Bali. It's the lack of bike fumes and rubbish. Most people pass through on their way to get their rocks off on Gilli-T. Big mistake, this place gets my vibe.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegallalang Rice Terraces are beautiful rice paddies that use subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system). These terraced rice fields are a spectacular sight. The slopes are covered in 50 shades of green and it stretches as far as the eye can see. It might seem like a tourist trap with many hawkers trying to sell souvenirs and asking for money even to pose for a photograph, but the views are worth it.Opening hours: There are no fixed hours for visiting the rice fields. However the best time to see and appreciate the beauty is during the day.Cost: There is no official entrance fee
Bali is definitely more than a mere place; it's a tropical state of mind. A bare mention of its name invokes images of limitless blue waters with the shining sun, accentuating the backdrop. The cleaner than thou beaches have plenty of surfers, divers, local musicians and dancers whose idea of a perfect day is to just chill and make merry. Isn’t that precisely what a honeymoon couple wishes for? Locals are extremely welcoming to Indians because the city is replete with Indians and Hindu temples and hence they understand what we like or not pretty well. There are dramatic volcanoes and temples on mountain edges. There are lavish resorts and endless calm beaches. There is plenty of room to go wet and wild.What a couple must do while here: Have dinner inside a cave at Samabe Resort. Take a helicopter ride with Air Bali.Recommended duration & average expenditure: 5 days will cost approximately Rs. 1.2 lakh.You can book great resorts and hotels at reasonable prices right away if Bali is where you wish to celebrate your honeymoon. Read more on Bali here.
In the evening we went out to buy some souvenirs for everyone. Had dinner and headed to seminyak beach.Perfect place to end our trip. We sat there cribbing about the office and work waiting for us back home and reminiscing the good times spent. Watched the waves shine and the planes land for a long time.
Mt Batur surrounded by a calm lake Nasi Goreng -Satay &amp; the serene Mt. Batur Lake Rare view of the top of a volcano - we were lucky to get thisBalinese culture – Balinese people believe in the concept of balance and this reflects in the way they worship nature. Offerings (flowers, biscuits, candies) in front of shops are a common sight there. We later discovered that offerings lying on the ground are actually to Evil. Balinese people invite evil to come and join them in their lives (kind of a bribe),for the concept of the good &amp; the bad , the Yin &amp; the yang prevails there.There are plenty of temples here and to enter the temple wearing a sarong is a must .Our driver was kind enough to lend us the sarongs .
Ubud is 40 km from Batur and is said to be a cultural capital of Bali. Ubud enjoys cooler temperatures than the coast. It once served as the major source of medicinal herbs and the healing tradition in still deeply ingrained in the people here. If you are looking for beads, Buddha, barong and Balinese traditional carvings, silver jewelry, pearls, handmade leather bags, Batik scarves and pashminas, Jalan Raya Ubud is the place for you. You will get some of the best deals here. The culturally rich vibe of this area is waiting to entrap you. The traditional market is from 5am until 9am. Spend some time relaxing at Bali Botanical Day Spa with a range of revitalizing treats. At night retreat to Oka Wati’s Homestay which has been sheltering tourists since 1980. Once you are here, you know you are in the right place away from all the noise. Spend a quiet night here in the middle of Ubud in the rustic charm of this house.
Ubud is a wonderful affordable arts-driven town in Bali, well inland from the tourist-crazy beach areas of Kuta and Legion. It takes about an hour and 20 minutes to get from Kuta Beach to Ubud. In Ubud, home of the Balinese royal family, we saw the Puri Agung Ubud building a bade (cremation tower) and an enormous twenty-foot papier-mâché bull for a cremation ceremony for Prince Tjokorda Putra Dharma Yudha. We didn't have anything else planned so we decided to attend. Johnny, a dive master and member of the local band, T-WRECK, told us we were lucky (b-ungtung in Balinese) to see such a large ceremony — or to see one at all. The last royal cremation occurred two years ago. Many of the locals we befriended in the diving meccas of Amed and Tulamben explained that they could not afford to attend but would have loved to join us on the big day. Wayan, the owner of the Puri Madha Beach Bungalows in Tulamben, who had organized a cremation ceremony for a family member the year before, said that a ceremony on the lower end might cost 200 million Rupia ($20,000 USD) and estimated that the cost for the king’s cremation would be more than ten times that amount. To our surprise, the ceremony was a happy event. In Hindu culture, the burning of the dead is a sacred ritual that frees the soul inside so that it can be reincarnated. During the ceremony, the authorities turned off the electricity in the city so that when the hulking bade moved down Raya Ubud no one would get shocked if it happened to brush against the power wires. As it was explained to me by Wayan, the prince “was very well-liked.” Greg Roach of Spirit Quest Tours told me that much of modern day Balinese society has roots in the ancient Royal Court of Java, cremation rituals included. The ceremonies always utilize the same elements—the bull, the tower, and the burning. “When someone dies, they are buried,” Roach explained, “Later, the body is disinterred and the bones are burned."
Taman Ayun Temple
Next day Visited Taman Ayun in early noon & later in the evening went to Tanah lot. Tourist aren't allowed to enter temples in Bali. you'll be spending around 50,000 IDR per meal in decent restaurant or Warung. Food is costlier in Kuta compared to rest of the Bali as it is major tourist hub.
Ngurah Rai Airport
Travellers from 169 countries, including India, don’t need a visa to enter Indonesia for visits of up to 30 days! Thus, you can get a 30-day free visa on arrival as you land at the Denpasar International Airport in Bali.Trip durationA week is usually good enough time to properly explore this haven, but it’s really up to you what you want to focus on and how long you want to spend here.TransportThe best way to get around in Bali is via hiring a car and a driver. The local drivers are resourceful and friendly, and they often double up as guides.Why Bali?We give you 10 excellent reasons why Bali is the ideal summer destination. So, go ahead and choose depending on your tastes—in order to truly maximize your stay here!Enjoy the luxurious resorts at Nusa DuaNusa Dua is a lovely little area that hangs off the southern end of Bali almost like a teardrop. It's where Bali's largest enclave of luxury resorts is carefully laid out surrounded by lush foliage and serene beaches. An ideal holiday experience, Nusa Dua has a number of little souvenir shops and restaurants that offer traditional Balinese dance performances like the legong, among other little treasures.
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
2. Gunung Kawi or Rock TempleLike a fairytale in stone, the structure is a 11th century spectacle where shrines are believed to be monuments for the then deceased royal family. A guided tour of the place is sure to reveal some of the mysteries of these engravings. Distance from Ubud: 14km
2) Must visits/must dos : #TannahLot Temple, Sea diving with dolphins at the #LovinaBeach, Drive to #Bratanlake and surrounded vicinity,Early morning trek to #MountBatur, Visit coffee plantations and taste innumerous flavors of tea and coffee,Explore #Ubud and stay a night there, Get lost in the Night life at Kuta Beach, Rent a cycle and explore mystery beaches around Nusa Dusa
Nusa Penida Island
JUNE: skip Java, go straight down to Bali at Nusa Penida Unveiling the wonders of the small islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, and Nusa Penida, off the eastern coast ofBali, the Nusa Penida Festival will be held on 2nd to 5th June 2014. Presented by the Regency of Klungkung through its Tourism and Culture Office, the festival will be centered at the Nusa Lembongan Island and will involve all the villages of the district. Scheduled to be held for four consecutive days, the festival will feature all the distinct cultural attractions and handicrafts of the islands which are rarely presented to public. Among these are the art of Sanghyang Gerodog which is an authentic performance of Nusa Lembongan. The art of Sanghyang Gerodog was thought to have been lost for over 32 years before it was revived about two years ago. Sanghyang Gerodog was originally performed for a full month period featuring 100 types of Sanghyang including Sanghyang dedari, Sanghyang Penyalin, and more. The video below showcase one of the use of the Sanghyang Gerodog ritual to heal ailment in human bodies and nature. From mid June to mid July, the best place to be is in Jakarta. June 22nd is the official birthday of this capitol city, and the governor prepared plenty of culture events and activities around. From the Betawi Art festival, Jakarnaval, Jakarta Culinary festival, including Jakarta Great Sale.
Paragliding at the Pandava Beach This is one of the best things we did in Bali (another bucket list ticked, while I would like to do it again but in a different terrain now). Its best to book it online in Bali. The guys are super safe and not for a moment did I feel scared or unsure. Within moments of getting into the gear I was up in the sky with wind in my hair, sun on my face and clear blue water and white sand underneath. Pandava beach is one of the best beaches in Bali &amp; the view was spectacular. It was a ride of a lifetime, till I started feeling sick (guess my vertigo problem kicked in ☹️). Overall, it’s a must do in Bali
5) Diving /Snorkelling - I would recommend that you do this on the second day of your trip since you should not be flying for 48 hours after you have done diving ( which is why i could not do diving but snorkelling. Snorkelling at Nusa Dua or Amed are the best in town . This is a small personalised Itinerary that can be followed while you are travelling. For all Bookings , car renting , Bike renting, Snorkelling equipments, Diving Instructors information you can drop me a message. The Hotel is just beautiful and the staff is awesome
Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Good Morning.. The divinity in me was pouring and asking me a bit more, so I planned to head to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park which is associated the the Vahana of Lord Vishnu. The eagle also the Garuda which is a breathtaking monument here. I spend a good time here. I headed onto the Pandawa Beach and I loved the way these cliffs admist the sea look. The way winds have weathered and shaped it into a new texture. It looks amazing and the blue sea, or scientifically the pure sea which reflects the sky. It was just breathtaking there.. It was a cozy noon and I also had spa been done there in Bali.. Trust me ! Nothing is heavenly than this.. I headed back to hotel in evening and just had a very pleasant baby like sleep.
I love Bedugul. It has a pretty temple and a gorgeous huge botanical gardens that costs next to nothing to enter. You can bring a picnic or buy strawberries from the market and have a feast. i wish it was just a little closer so we could take the kids for a run around on the grass without the 90 minute car journey. Also Bedugul is at a high altitude and so a lot cooler than the main tourist areas. If you can catch it on a day when it’s not raining, it’s really quite lovely. Oh and you can hire a boat to go around the lake!
The Yoga Barn
Ubud is identical with yoga. People from all around the world come to Ubud to learn yoga, from professionals to beginners. The quiet and cozy atmosphere is the best place for doing yoga. You can do yoga while enjoying the view of green rice fields, parks, rivers and the fresh clean air. Some hotels in Ubud also provide yoga facilities.One of the most famous places in Ubud to do yoga is Yoga Barn which is located in Hanoman Road. There are various classes that you can choose while enjoying the sight of Ubud.WATCH KECAK API DANCE AT NIGHTIf you come to Ubud, make sure that you go watching the performance of Kecak api dance. Kecak dance is one of the attractions of the Gods Island. Cak.. Cak.. Cak..! That is such a distinctive sounds that come from the Kecak dancers. Kecak dance is usually done at night starting at 7 pm. The total numbers of the dancers are 50 to 70 dancers and all the dancers are males. Kecak is a Hindu sacred dance as many dancers are unconscious while dancing on stage.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Good Morning !! Today was my trip planned towards Jailuwih. I proceeded there at Jatiluwih and again it was mesmerizing to see the green beauty which was untouched and kept intact and no industrialization stuff damaged it. I enjoyed the cycling around Jatiluwih and Enjoying the Rice Paddy fields. Brilliant to see the Rice Padding Terraces and the way their agriculture activity is done. I also had Lunch in these areas and by late noon I was off towards Hotel.
Museum Puri Lukisan
It was in Ubud that the modern art movement started and where artists retreated to and created art that was not religious but instead a reflection of daily life. Museum Puri Lukisan is the museum that houses all Balinese art, from traditional to modern. It displays fine examples of all schools of Balinese art, from the early 16th century cloth wayang-style paintings (art influenced by shadow puppetry) to postwar modern art.Opening Hours: All days, 9am to 6pmCost: Rp 50,000 (₹240) for adults, children under the age of 15, accompanied by adults get free admission.
Here visitors can lounge in the pool underneath, letting the thundering water splash around you. If you can climb down stairs and back up, you can easily visit the water fall in an hour. If you are gun for a trek then this one is apt for you. Its a good 20-30 minutes of trek over a patch of rough rocks, do ensure that you have your sports shoes on as its time to burn some of those extra pounds.