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.
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.
Pura Ulun Danu Beratan
Our next destination was Pura Ulun Danu Beratan. Indonesians, in general, are very religious and in spite of accepting new world rules still have kept their old world tradition. The balance between the two could be experienced in every aspect of the Balinese life. This temple has an entry fee of 35000 IDR and only accepts cash. One word of caution regarding the Forex. That is the only thing not great about this place, you will see lots of forex agents on roadside advertising an exchange rate much higher than banks.
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.
Ubud Palace is the abode of the local royal family. The palace and its temple, Puri Saren Agung, share a space in the heart of Ubud. Built after the 1917 earthquake, the place is beautifully designed, and you can wander through most of the compound.Opening Hours: All days, 9am to 5pmCost: Entry is free
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!
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
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!
Along the eastern side lies the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali: Pura Besakih. This over a thousand year’s old temple is also known as "Mother Temple of Bali". Located 1000 meters high on the slopes of the volcano Mt. Agung it is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples.
Kebun Raya Bali
3. Kebun Raya BaliThis botanic garden is not so far from Ulun Danu Temple. Known as Indonesia’s largest botanic garden, the area is about 389 acres. Besides used as conservation and botanical research area, the garden is also for recreation and education centre. Inside the area, a traditional balinese guesthouse is open for public. You can spend the rest of your day in the wood with wild monkeys while having a short stay at the guesthouse.
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.
Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking
Yes, this is hard work ; Especially trekking at 3 AM in the morning and all I can say is , IT IS WORTH IT!. I packed like a girl with flip flops and no sports shoes and I still managed to trek in the loose volcanic sand and stones for around 1.5 hours to 2 hours. I could see people flashing their torch light at my silver shiny disco flats as they panted and overtook me. But meh, same destination. I met them all up there and saw the same sunrise they did. Raw beauty of nature intimidates me and that is what happened there. Just staring straight ahead while the sun was rising was all I needed to be at peace with myself for rest of my trip. Please pack proper shoes and a nice light jacket to face the chilly wind up there, unlike me.
Teba Sari Bali Agrotourism
2.30pm to 3.30pm Coffee tasting at the Teba Sari bali agrotourism. We finally decided to give the famous Luwak coffee a try (very strong and smoky in flavour). Tasting a cup of Luwak coffee was around 50,000IDR, however, the plantation also specializes in other flavours (Spiced chocolate coffee, mangosteen tea, vanilla coffee, etc) that are equally great for free. The plantation also has a store from where one could purchase coffee/tea.
Kintamani Volcano Tour
Hello ! Good Morning !! Today I headed to the Kintamani and had a view these mountains. It was my first sight of these Volcanic lithospherical beauty. I had a short cycling experience around this beautiful area. I enjoyed a few excursions around and also on the way I had my lunch. It was around 3 - 4 PM. So I decided to end the day and reach back to the Hotel. I enjoyed my dinner in the Hotel and was off to sleep.
Mozaic is one of the leading restaurants of not only Ubud, but the whole of Bali. Their menu will please even the most critical foodies and impress anyone who walks in the door. The many accolades it has won are proof of its services and the food. The prices are high, but the food is worth it.Opening Hours: All days, 6pm to 11pmOther than these, check out Bubu Warung for affordable traditional Balinese cuisine. It's open from 8am to 10pm and the cost of a meal is around Rp 25,000 to 30,000 (₹120 to 150).Where To StayFrom homestays, farmstays to boutique hotels and luxury hotels, accommodation is available for every budget!1. Ruma Sekar's homestay – ₹1,600 per night for double occupancy for a room.
Yeh Pulu is a complex structure with sites similar to Goa Gajah. The carvings go back to the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. It's a 45 minute walk from Goa Gajah to Yeh Pulu and is recommended to be taken with a guide as you will be crossing rice fields enroute. There is a holy well here and the residing priest happily blesses people with the water. The dress code is the same as Goa Gajah. This place is recommended because it is slightly hidden and much less crowded as compared to Goa Gajah.Opening hours: All days, 7am to 6pmCost: Rp 15,000 (₹75)
All points of interest are placed around city center, Only Goa Gajah is placed little far about 7-8 kms from city center. Next day I hired taxi to see green village & lake Bratan. Green village is magnificent display of green architecture. It's jaw dropping architecture will make you wanna look twice at every detail. Lake bratan temple is set against beautiful backdrop of mountain and lake around. Buy souvenirs from Ubud rather than from Kuta. Prices are way cheaper and Souvenirs are authentic. Even if you are on budget try to spend a evening enjoying live music with drinks.