Bali Attractions: What to See in
A trip to
can be filled with culture, nature, art, the
spiritual or, even better, all of the above. Apart from the spectacular beaches
of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak or Ubud’s cultural heart and picturesque terraced
rice fields, the northeastern coastal towns and
are hidden gems awaiting discovery. The west coast is still off the beaten
path, with tapering ranges of mountains covered in lush forests, wet rice
fields and bountiful vegetation.
First timers to
may feel overwhelmed by its multitude of offerings,
and narrowing down the choice of where to go and what to see may prove to be a
difficult task. Bali is just too fascinating, and if you really want to get to
, a week-long itinerary can hardly
cover it all.
Luckily, here’s an
easier way – a shortcut – carved out for you. The selection of Top 10 Things to
Do below is designed to help you get started.
Over a thousand years
is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali" Perched on the slopes of
at a lofty 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all
the Balinese temples.
sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the
three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese,
visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top
setting gives it an almost mystical quality.
2 Tanah Lot
Temple - Tabanan
The royal Taman Ayun
temple was built by one of the last priests to come to
from Java in the 16th century. The temple stands on top of a huge rock,
surrounded by the sea and is one of
most important sea temples. Tanah Lot pays homage to the guardian spirits of
the sea. Poisonous sea snakes found in the caves at the base of the rocky
island are believed to be guardians of the temple, standing vigil against evil
spirits and intruders.
Temple - Uluwatu
Bali's most spectacular
temples located high on a cliff top at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the
waves of the Indian Ocean.
Dedicated to the spirits
of the sea, the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural wonder in
black coral rock, beautifully designed with spectacular views. A popular place
to view the sunset.
Rice Terraces - Ubud
Blessed by its cooler
air and geographic location, Ubud has become famous for its beautiful scenes of
rice paddies involving ‘subak’ (the traditional Balinese irrigation system),
which according to history was taught by a revered holy man from
Markaneya in the eighth century. To explore some of the most splendid terraced
landscapes in Ubud, peddle or trek to some of the villages around Ubud such as
Pejeng, Tegallalang and Campuhan, where you will enjoy the perfect frame of
amazing rice paddies overlooking the hills and river.
Known for its dramatic
landscape of the still-active
volcano and its
crater-lake, the Kintamani village is one of the must-visit destinations on
many travellers’ itinerary. The towering
has erupted about 24 times since 1800, each time reshaping the surrounding
landscapes. On a clear day, get the best view of Batur volcano and the entire
Kintamani area from the opposite end, at the edge of the 8-km wide
Wisnu Kencana -
Prior to its recent
incarnation, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (commonly known as GWK) monument was an
abandoned limestone excavation which was no longer being used by local
residents. Today the GWK can be compared to The Sleeping Buddha in
or the Giant Buddha in
Aside from the beautifully carved limestone
cliff surrounding the monument, GWK also has various facilities from
restaurants to an amphitheatre where occasional performances take place. Please
make sure to visit GWK at dusk to catch its dramatic panorama when the sunset
cuts through the limestone carved wall.
Safari and Marine Park - Gianyar
A fun day out awaits
your discovery at
Safari & Marine
, one of the island’s most visited
animal theme parks. The park shelters more than 60 wildlife species, all of which
roam free as if living in their natural habitats. Enjoy riding on a tram to
visit the animals, watching fascinating elephant talent shows, getting cuddly
with baby orang-utans, petting baby sharks at the aquarium. Families traveling
with children will have a blast together at the water park here.
Safari Park of Desa Taro -
's majestic elephants can be found in the Bali
Elephant Safari Park of Desa Taro, north of Ubud. This park offers visitors a
chance to get up close and personal with the peaceful giants and also go for a
sight-seeing expedition on the backs of these towering peaceful creatures.
Botanical Garden -Denpasar
Housing more than 2000
species of plants,
tourist attraction, research and conservation centre in one. It is set on an
expansive 389 acres of well-manicured gardens, with plants acquired from
arboreta, commercial nurseries, plant breeding programmes and collection
expeditions abroad. The specialized plant collection, including ferns, orchids,
cacti, Begonia, medicinal plants, roses, aquatic plants and ceremonial plants,
is a must-see.
10 Kecak Dance - Denpasar
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