Hello Readers, today let me take you through my travel experience of Bali, the mesmerizing location of Indonesia. I had a beautiful flight from Mumbai - Kuala Lumpur - Bali which was a very economical and a good one by Malaysian Airlines. It was a beautiful flight journey to the Far Eastern Beauty, Indonesia. I arrived at the airport and had my transfers set to the Hotel Ibis Benoa Bali. The best part about Indonesia is the VOA [ Visa on Arrival ] facility Indians have got, I am unaware about the other countries. I got a very good deal on this hotel but a constrain is that, guests can only avail Breakfast facility here. Lunch and Dinner has to be availed via Ala - Carte or by own. So I chose Ala - Carte for the dinner.
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Today was quite a fine day in the Morning. I did not chose to go out due to the Sunny Weather. I had planned to visit the Benoa Beach which was closer to my Hotel and also have some activities been indulged into.. So I had lite food and proceeded ahead to these. A late noon spent in such a scene is some feeling which cannot be put in words, ahead I enjoyed the Uluwatu Kecak Dance which was again something that Balinese Culture Speaks for ! Best part about the Uluwatu is, its located on a cliff and below the cliff is the ocean on the feet of cliff. Its divine and beautiful here ! Then it was somewhere 7 or 8 in the Evening I was free and had my Dinner back in hotel and rest.
Tanah Lot Temple
It is one of the most famous landmarks of Bali, famed for its unique offshore location and sunset as backdrop. Pura Tanah Lot- which means Land in the sea. During the high tide, the rock formation is completely surrounded by water, although we were there at low tide, it still didn’t disappoint us. With both sides rock formation and temples, you may want to just relax and see the way sunset gifts the golden look to the place. As time passes, the waves get more dynamic and gives you a pleasant feel to sit and enjoy.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Monkey Sanctuary, Ubud – I wasn’t too sure of visiting this place but I must recommend it as one of the top places to visit in Ubud. I sure was surprised with how friendly the monkeys are there! As is their nature, on spotting bananas they will definitely come to you, or even climb on you but best part is when they even pose for selfies. Make sure your valuables are inside a bag though, they had snatched my Rayban Sunglasses and the Coconut coffee I got from Kopi Luwak. Not just bananas, those monkeys are fond of everything you carry. But if you fight back, you can get your stuff, as I did. Quite an adventure!
2am to 9am Trek to Mt Batur, an active volcano. Our driver Kadek organized a trek for us , where he drove us early in the morning from the resort to the base campus. Here he introduced us to Made our 17/18 year old guide for the day. Made and his elder sister were fun to trek with. He told us fun stories and ensured that we were safe throughout. Brilliant job Made! We trekked for about 3 hours to the top of Mt Batur, could have been done faster but the terrain was rocky where we had to juggle climbing on fours and our flash lights. Once at the top, Made set up our picnic spot with an amazing view of Lake batur the largest of 4 lakes in Bali, Mts. and Kitamani region. The best part for me was watching the crater steam.
Nusa Dua Beach
The Nusa Dua beach is a spectacular beach island maintained by the Indonesian Tourism Authority and is a perfect day-out getaway for beach activities, adventure, water-sports, golfing, spa-treatments, culinary trips and shopping. It also has unique themed resorts and accommodation facilities that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any traveler.3. Uluwatu Temple
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..!
After starting the day at Goa Gajah in Ubud, Bali, we started for our next destination – the Tirta Empul Temple or the Holy Spring Temple as it is often referred as. Built in 962 AD over a natural spring, this temple is dedicated to Lord Indra, the Hindu God of rain. Agni, Varuna and Indra were ancient gods in India who somehow lost their position to Vishnu and Shiva when the civilization flipped a page in its long course of history. It was in fact the only temple of Indra which we had ever seen.
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.
Good Morning.. !! I was feeling quite lazy today and felt like spending the whole day just idle on the balcony. But it would be boring step I'd take.. So I proceeded today at the Bajra Sandi Monument and again this one is mesmerizing. One can click alot of photographs of this location. In the evening I spent the time at the Kuta Beach and indulged in the rocking nightlife here. Again, that is beautiful because the crime rate is very low.. As far as I saw, I was lucky to be in an atmosphere full of enjoyment and fun.
"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.
Tirta Empul Temple
This is a Hindu temple in the centre of Bali. It is famous as its holy water can wash away sins. To participate in this ritual, you first need to buy a ticket, then proceed further into the temple. Keep going, just follow the crowd, and you will come to a series of open air rock pools where you can immerse yourself to whatever degree you feel is required, to wash away your sins. I merely dipped my hand into the water. This temple is popular, with both locals and visitors, it is always busy. Take care when walking on the rock, it is slippery. There is a happy feel to the place. Much laughter and good cheer.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sky Garden Bali
It only gets better as the night sets in. If you are staying near Kuta beach, you will hear the thump gradually increasing its decibels while you walk through the narrow Legian Streets. Walk in after 09:00 pm and you can party all night until its morning 04:00.6. Queens of India Chain of Restaurants - If you are craving for Indian Food
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
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
Bali Bird Park
Happened to see this huge wood carving at Mas, an art village in Ubud, on my way to the Bali Bird Park. Came back to get a really good close look at the sheer ‘mindblowingness’ of it. Several heart-stopping moments of beauty in the streets of Ubud, and some with more than a touch of humour in them, such as the monkey sculpture below, outside a crafts store. Cracked me up every single time I saw it.
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.
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.
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.
Next on our list was the most amazing Tegallalang rice terraces. The sheer beauty and nature leaves you speechless and awestruck. Pls wear very comfortable walking shoes if you are keen on trekking through the rice terraces and taking some awesome pictures (which by the way I strongly recommend). In the evening, we did what we do best - Shopping and Bargaining!!! Any Ubud trip is incomplete without a visit to the Puri Saraswati temple, which opens to visitors only once in a while.
Nusa Dua also has some great options for shopping, mostly at walking distances. There is an interesting market called Bali Collection that houses a huge art market, convenience store and a range of other branded stores like the Sogo Department Store. It's a great place to do some last-minute shopping and pick up little trinkets for friends and relatives back home. We had dinner at an outdoor restaurant where a local troupe performed some of the most impressive dance styles such as salsa, Latin, Indonesian, Balinese and flamingo. By the end, we were all tapping our feet on stage!Drown yourself in some exotic art at Ubud
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.