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
The Monkey Forest is a sacred forest full of ravenous monkeys. Officially called Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana, it houses three holy temples – Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal (temple of the dead), Pura Prajapati (temple of the animal) and Pura Beji (temple of bathing). Other than that, monkeys are obviously the most popular attraction of this forest. However, they are known to be greedy and dangerous. So be careful that you are not carrying anything to eat. Sellers outside the forest entrance will try and sell you bananas to feed the monkeys, but please don't buy them. Feeding the monkeys can be risky.Opening hours: All days, 8am to 6pmCost: Rp50,000 (₹240) for adults, Rp40,000 (₹192) for children.
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.
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.
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 .
Another activity not to be missed is their rafting! Paddling along the valley against the water current at the foot of the mountain enjoying the picturesque of mountains that passes you was such an enjoyment. We did our rafting with Alam Amazing Adventure at discounted rate through our guide! The rafting adventure will take 2.5 hours and around 16 km along the Telaga Waja river. During the raft you will pass some bamboo bridges, waterfall and have a last action jump at Bajing dam which are 4 metres high. After rafting, just walk a few minutes back to the shower and changing room facilities and buffet lunch will served at their River side Restaurant with Indonesian Food and during lunch time you will be able to see your Bali rafting adventures and choose if you would like to be burn into CD for IDR 350,000. One interesting thing about them is that, you can either choose to walk down the paddy rice field to the starting point or you can choose the flying fox route down! The whole journey was fun-filling one with our jovial river guide and to mention, all the bali guides were really friendly, you can easily strike a conversation with them be it to know more about bali or some random chats! There's schedule for the rafting too, do check out the link given for more details!Address: Perum. Mekar II Block C4 No. 4, Jl. Mekar, Bali 80221, IndonesiaIf you like to know more about their culture and traditions, it's good to visit some of the following places and experience it yourself.
Paradiso is a unique concept cafe in Ubud that serves vegan and vegetarian delicacies at affordable prices. Their menu is extensive and splendid offering some fresh and healthy vegan options without compromising on taste. They also have an in-house state-of-the-art cinema that diners can enjoy. The seats are free and they showcase some of the best movies from all over the world.Opening hours: Daily, 7am to 10pm
Ubud is a small and lovely place to be.. One can just rent a bike or cycle or can even explore on foot. Food joints and cafes are excellent out here! We took A night at the Bali Zoo experience here where we got acquainted to a lot of Nocturnal animals, fed animals & had a delicious dinner watching the fire dance! For all the Vegetarians who feel its difficult to find Veg food abroad, Bali gives you choices ! Mama Mia Pizzas are awesome & one should try Mango Lassi along with it! Sounds like wierd combination but its Just Fab!
This beach is very cozy and quiet as it is located on behind the cliff. This atmosphere is suitable for tourists that want a relaxing and do sunbathe. Behind its serenity, this beach has big waves, so it attracts a lot of international tourists’ attention.The attractiveness of this beach is its clean and bluish sea water that makes you want to stay longer. You can play with sand, strolling around the coast or just sitting back.
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.
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.
Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird Park is a wide 250 hectare aviary park with more than 250 species of birds. The aviaries are wide and open, and birds fly freely through the park. They have a show, 'The Free Flight Bird Show' that lets visitors observe the antics of birds of prey. There are fixed feeding times, during which the visitors can feed the birds. There is also a special ‘Hatchling Area' which showcases the different stages of many of the birds in the park.Opening hours: All days, 9.30am - 5.30pmCost: US$26 (₹1666) for adults, US$13 (₹835) for children
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Take A Walk On The Campuhan RidgeThe Campuhan Ridge walk is an easy 9km nature trek. It is a great way to enjoy the sights of green Ubud. The Campuhan Valley is lined with dense foliage and the starting point to this ridge walk is easy to identify and reach. A small concrete path from the entrance of the boutique hotel Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa leads straight to the ridge over the Campuhan River. The bridge leads to the stunning Pura Gunung Lebah temple complex. The entire trek is marked with signboards and very easy to navigate. The best time to enjoy the Campuhan Ridge Walk is early morning and late afternoon, when the temperature is cool and when the skies show their best hues during sunrise and sunset. You don't need a guide to do this and the trek is free, but do remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing!
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.