Again a very scenic day as I proceeded to the Marine Park and had a view of the exotic Marine Life and the stuff they have made over there. Now I had plans to move towards Ubud, Ubud is like a foreigner buddy to Munnar. But has some distinctiveness and a bit of difference than Munnar. Its not true to compare any two destinations as each one has their own flavor and essence to offer. I started quickly with the Monkey Forest, Saraswati Temple, Ubud Palace, Campuhan Walk and did not went much but loved the greens all around and ended with the Owlhouse art. I spent a really good time here but also I felt I missed alot due to too many things I added onto one day at Ubud, but this place deserves a good 2 or 1 Night stay to enjoy its essence.
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The coolest, most relaxed place you would visit. A peaceful town of malang is known for its slow pace & birds. Has the largest bird market in east java. This will be our transit stop for Mt.Bromo. Here we visit the local village & markets, Do Parasailing (on own cost) Visit local village houses & hike upto the sunset point
106 Kms from Ubud
The true Nature & cultural capitol of East Java, Considered to have the best landscapes with mountains, forests & beaches. Very few places can boost of such sight. Here we will be welcomed to a completely different experience. It is said that the traditional dances of Banyuwangi will mesmarise you. We will try & get you a glimpse of the same Reach Banyuwangi in the morning, Take rest for the day with local sigh seeing, Move to Kawah ijen by evening for a visual spectacles of rising flames & the volcano.
251 Kms from Ubud
As we were walking along the road, I could hear a stereo playing bollywood songs from the 90s with heavy beats. I stopped for a second to make sure I was actually listening to a Hindi song and not hallucinating. So, I crossed the road and made my way to this small food stall/shop. I really wanted to see who listens to Bollywood in the middle of a small town in Java. It turns out, the stall is run by a very sweet middle aged Indonesian lady. I introduced myself and she was very excited and happy to know that I was from India. She told me that she loves Bollywood and her favourite actors are Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgan. She had tons of Bollywood video CDs. She also cooked us some amazing Nasi Goreng which is Fried Chicken Rice. As we finished the meal, I went to see her TV and the video which was playing was SRK's Phir Bhi Dil hai Hindustani. I told the other travellers what that song meant and we all had a smile about it. While I was leaving, I asked her if I could take a picture of her and she obliged. She also danced, showed us some bollywood moves and I joined her and we had a bollywood dance party for 5 minutes. It was such a great day and I wish I could see her again sometime in the future.