Bali as we all know is a lively island or rather an archipelago situated in Indonesia which is full of lush green jungles, beautiful beaches, scenic rice terrace fields, attractive local markets and rich temples. Bali has got really popular among the tourists since the 90s.
Currently it is one amongst the top honeymoon destinations for Indians but still it has something in store for everyone, be it bachelors, couples or families.
To get there, you need to take a flight to Denpasar which you can get via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta. Indians are lucky to have free visa on arrival in Bali so do not hesitate to make random plans for Bali. Ours' was a 3 day vacation in Bali since we had combined Bali with Singapore but I would suggest a minimum of 4 days to explore all the major attractions.
Our day 1 was spent in the local tour of Tanah Lot temple, coffee gardens and the Kuta beach. We landed in Bali at around 9 in the morning and took a pre booked local taxi from the airport directly to Tanah Lot since traffic increases on the roads towards evening and I felt we could click clearer pictures in the daylight although Tanah Lot is famous for the sunset view. The roads in Bali are quite congested so always take ample time in buffer whenever you are heading somewhere especially airport. For budget travellers, I would suggest hiring a bike and if you are not a driving fan, you can use the GO-JEK app to book a drop on a two wheeler. Taxis are not so cheap in Bali but you may use the BLUEBIRD app to book a taxi anyways or even local taxis since they agree to take you at cheaper rates. Another tip would be to prefer cash in Bali as Bali is not so card friendly everywhere.
Where to exchange currency is a valid concern in Bali because although money exchangers sit at every alternate door but they cannot be always trusted. They will tempt you with such lucrative offers that will be too good to be true and may end up absconding with your money. I would suggest exchanging currency at the airport itself as they provide quite competitive rates but you can get still better rates if you can head to some trusted money exchangers like PT Central Kuta, PT Dirgahayu Valuta Prima or PT Bali Maspintjinra. Do not opt to exchange currency at the resorts since they give very low rates. Though USDs are accepted in Bali but it is always better to carry the local currency to avoid the change issues.
The Tanah Lot temple area is a good one to understand the Balinese culture, their traditions, music, customs and festivals. We clicked a few pictures here and there and then headed back towards our resort stopping by at one of the coffee garden on the way where they explained how they prepare the various kinds of tea and coffee, Luwak being their most important and costliest one which is even exported to other Asian countries. You can try the sampler and the purchase the ones you like. After that we reached our resort, the Risata Bali Resort which was at a walking distance from the Kuta beach. The Kuta area is full of restaurants, massage and tattoo parlours and shops for tourist shopping. For indian food, I'll recommend Kailash Parbat to the tourists since the food and service was appreciable. After lunch and few hours of rest (since we took an early flight), we walked to the beach to experience the marvellous sunset. The evening spent their was simply priceless. You are bound to fall in love with surroundings so calm and the water, so very booming. You can opt to go the Rock bar, Jimabaran for a perfect sunset view and it will totally be worth for sure. For dinner we headed to Queen's of India which had decent food and stayed overnight at our resort. If you are a party lover, you can head to Legian street which has an amazing nightlife. Kuta is quite a crowded region and if you want to skip spending time there, I would suggest you to directly head to Ubud from the airport. Ubud has everything that a nature lover would want to explore- rice terrace fields, temples, monkey forest, local art markets and the most scenic vistas. Do not miss the Campuhan Ridge walk if you go to Ubud, it is a beautiful low-key trek amidst the captivating landscapes. Kayon is the most popular luxury resort in Ubud that can be chosen for a near perfect stay. Alternatively for a budget stay, you have options like Ubud Village Hotel and Anumana Hotel and many others.