Hurry slowly, it is Bali

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3rd May 2014
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Hurry slowly, it is Bali by Sneha Magapu

From lovely beaches to green hills to yoga and vegan dens to water sports to volcanoes that you can trek upto in the midnight, Bali has it all. And the beauty of it is that you can explore it in your own style. We did a budget trip and ended up spending INR 150,000 for a whole week (including air tickets). But you could stretch it to the budget that suits you. Bali is also known for a lot of luxury stays and if you are into that sorta stuff, do go ahead and binge. Actually, we like to stay in more central and low key places so that you get to experience the real life and culture of the place. But we didn't miss the opportunity to spoil ourselves to a massage every now and then. In fact, we booked the hotel only for the first night that we arrived in Bali. We took the rest on the run. In fact, May is a little off season in Bali and most hotels gave us a discount when we asked directly at the reception. Try that technique. It could save you a few bucks! 

There are numerous cafes and restaurants in Bali serving a wide variety of food and drinks. Try and get out of your hotel and eat in one of these places as much as you can. There is live music in a lot of restaurants and we kept jumping till we found a place where people looked happy. There are also a lot of flea markets. I made sure I filled my bags with all the nice stuff that I could find there. 

I call Bali the island with a heart. It has to be hands down the best trip we have made till date! We have promised ourselves that we will go back to Bali again. Promise yourself that you will wake up some day in Bali too :). Borrowing from a banner I saw in one of the Bali beaches. "Hurry slowly, it is Bali".

Beach town like Goa. Night life starts after 11 PM. Be sure to rent a bike. Catch a few basic surfing lessons if you are in the mood.
Photo of Kuta, Kuta, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Republic of Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
One of the uptown beaches in Bali. Great restaurants and hotels. Don't miss the http://www.ptthead.com/ if you are a party person.
Beautiful clifftop beaches. We stayed at a wonderful place called http://www.thetemplelodge.com/. There are some nice white sand beaches nearby like Padang Padang. Also rent a bike.
Photo of Uluwatu, Sanur, Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Uluwatu, Sanur, Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Uluwatu, Sanur, Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
They have a bunch of water sports here. We didn't do diving. So if you plan to do that, suggest doing it a better place.
The city with a heart. Beautiful, green places. Lots of yoga, vegan and organic fad. You can catch the local Bali art and culture if you are into that sorta stuff. This is the Bali you saw in Eat Pray Love.
Photo of Ubud, Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Republic of Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
One of the highlights of our trip. You start from the base in the midnight and hike up the volcano to catch the sunrise. Trek difficulty I would say is Medium since it is climbing all the way for about 3 hours and the terrain is a little bit rocky and it is pitch dark. Remember to wear something warm since it gets cold in the night. Even though we couldn't really catch the sunrise since it was a little cloudy, it was a wonderful experience trekking up to a star-studded clear early morning sky and having breakfast up there.
Photo of Mount Batur, South Batur, Bali, Republic of Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
Photo of Mount Batur, South Batur, Bali, Republic of Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
We took a drive from Ubud to the nearby terrace rice fields. Suggest doing a half day trip. It is beautiful and you are sure to get beautiful pictures.
Photo of Tegalalang, Bali, Republic of Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
We drove to this place from Ubud. Beautiful temple on a cliff with waves washing its feet. A little bit touristy but you are sure to catch some awesome pictures during sunset.
Photo of Tanah Lot Temple, Tabanan Sub-District, Bali, Republic of Indonesia by Sneha Magapu
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