It was the 6th wonderful day after marriage. Finally, the day I planned to go outside the country for my honeymoon trip had arrived. The flight was scheduled at 21 hrs and me and my wife were all set to start our pleasure trip. We left home by 2 pm in the afternoon and our flight was scheduled at 9 pm. We reached the city where the airport was located by 5 pm but it was too early and I had made a quick plan to visit my friend who lived in the same city. We chitchatted and relaxed at my friends place with some lemonade and snacks for some time. By 7 pm we reached airport and got done with all the procedures and were thrilled to reach our destination BALI as soon as possible. It was our honeymoon trip and our first international trip as well. Hence I wanted to take my wife to a beautiful place to enjoy our honeymoon and I was quite adamant that our first trip should be worth remembering. Even well before marriage I had started planning for the same to select a beautiful destination. After considering a lot of options I finalised the one place and it was BALI in Indonesia, the most prominent Island getaway in Asia, the place whose beauty makes us spell bound and its natural landscapes offers literally everything that we can think of from a volcano, beach, surfing joint, waterfalls, forest and animal sanctuary. Name it and you will find it in BALI. It has emerged as one of the most favoured destination for honeymooners to spend quality time ,for travellers to explore and for beach lovers to ride some waves at awesome beaches. I googled Bali tourism website for list of the places to visit and things to do. I found lots of packages offered by several websites but did not find it appropriate as almost all packages covers the same places. And if we choose packages we cant explore much and we wont get much time to spend at places we like which is a disadvantage. Everything is pre planned, the maximum amount of time we can spend at a place is charted already before we leave. So I decided not to go on a package. In the meantime I spoke to my beloved sister who was very helpful and supportive. She advised me to make my own itinerary and give to a travel agent who can make all the necessary arrangements. She said if I go by myself it will be a better experience worth remembering. A small advice is if you have just started planning is that be sure the package has what you really want and make sure the places you are choosing does have everything you could asked for, so that you don’t get disappointed later.
So we decided to go for 6 nights/7 day trip. As the destination and date was decided I wanted to make a wonderful itinerary having the following in mind. I created a list of all places of attraction suggested by travel websites and narrowed down the options to make some fine picks. Finally made a list of places where we wanted to go and prioritised the places to visit depending on its reviews. We decided to book a hotel at Tanjung Benoa where many hotels have direct beach access. I started sending mails to few hotels I had selected and had a detailed discussion with them . At last the hotel I chose was sol beach Bali Benoa, by Melia Group. This hotel was selected after conforming that it met my requirements and expectations. For travelling trust me almost all hotels will assist to arrange taxi with guide, but if you arrange a taxi service via hotel it would work our more expensive than usual price. So I decided to hire taxi from Segare Bali tour services where the driver and guide would be the same person. I chose them after reading their reviews and after much discussion with them. Mr Danny was the manager who was a polite person who answered all my queries with patience about my requirements and gave his tips and ideas and later on suggested some changes in my itinerary because 1 or 2 destinations was on the same route rest everything was agreed as decided. Some places I specifically wanted to visit at a particular time he agreed to that as well and arranged our driver and guide Mr. Wayan , a cool guy who knows every nook and corner of Bali and has an amazing knowledge of the Bali history . He was very caring as well so everything was set. The last job was to book airfare ticket , a small advice for budget travellers is that Air Asia is a better option, which is the only flight which will take you to Bali for the cheapest price. Their flight cabin and seat quality is good. It will take only 4 hrs to reach Bali from Kochi, Kerala. Flights are being operated to Bali from Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Chennai. Flights are available from all international Indian airports. But in Air Asia you wont get any charging port, entertainment, free food etc. My flight was booked via Singapore airlines which was silk air which had a good cabin, free food, charging port and Wi Fi on payment. Our journey started from cochin airport on 25.5.2019 on silk air and landed at Singapore. From there we took a connecting flight to BALI. There is lots to explore in Singapore airport. Its really huge with lots of shopping places to choose from, well maintained gardens and much entertainment. Both the flight experience was very good, good food, good crew, good leg room , good charging portal was available and everything went well as expected.