6. Kehen Temple
Cycling on from this village paradise, you pass by quieter countryside lanes, a wedding hall (and Balinese locals in their wedding finery if you’re lucky), the typical makeshift gas stations which are essentially just free-standing pumps, and a breathtaking patch of paddy fields at their immaculate best. This trail leads you to Bali’s second largest temple- the Kehen Temple. Ancient and well preserved, the rock cut temple is a peaceful spot to rest your feet and learn about the Balinese religion and festivals.
The cycling tour ends at a gorgeous shack overlooking endless rice paddies, where lunch is a local Balinese meal served hot and fresh. A fitting end to a long day riding through the countryside and getting acquainted to the Balinese way of life.
Approx. INR 3,500, all inclusive.
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Best time to go to Bali
The good thing about Bali is its all-year tropical climate which pretty much makes it accessible any time you go. Read more about what to do with the rest of your time in Bali here.
For the cycling tour, try and avoid the hot summer months and do it in the cooler months of Nov-March, or go all-out and make it a mad adventure in the monsoons! Trust us, the neon green paddies wet with rain are a sight to behold!
A mention of Bali instantly conjures up visions of stunning beaches, idyllic sea-side bars, infinity pools, ancient temples and the hippie capital, Ubud. Instagram’s favourite child and a hot honeymoon destination for many, Bali has become quite the predictable holiday destination. But peel off the Eat, Pray, Love image and it will reveal the hidden layers of beauty, history and culture that exist far North, away from the coast and the throngs of international visitors.
On your trip to Bali, don’t forget to factor in a day to explore the offbeat Bangli region north of Ubud, on a cycle. Think lush paddy fields, narrow country roads, villages stuck in time, coffee farms, rustic meal tables and an endless sea of green.