Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Asia famous for its raw and exotic natural beauty and culture. From stunning beaches to ancient culture, vast natural beauty and endless opportunity for adventure. It’s no wonder Bali is one of the top destinations in the world. Bali may be known for its beautiful beaches but the interior has its own appeal too. It has the most beautiful and luxurious resort in the world. Hence, Bali is heaven for couples seeking a romantic atmosphere and amazing scenery for an intimate holiday.
Apart from picturesque places, there are a lot of adventure and water activities to explore in Bali. There can be many wonderful reasons to visit Bali.So, make sure to buy the best luggage sets that suit your needs as you explore these must-visit places in Bali:
- Ubud Town: The town of Ubud lies in the uplands of Bali and is known as a center for traditional Balinese crafts, dance, and culture. Home to one of Bali’s Royal families, the surrounding rainforest and terraced rice paddies are peppered with Hindu temples, shrines, and some of Bali’s most famous landscapes.
- Rice terraces Ubud: the Tegalalang rice terraces are one of the most famous tourist destinations in Bali, situated in Tegalalang village just north of Ubud. The village is one of the 3 most beautiful terraced landscapes in the region, with the other two being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan. Although Tegalalang is rapidly becoming a bit touristy, this ancient valley is definitely worth a visit as it still has an unmistakable timelessness about it.
Note: It is recommended to go before sunrise to catch the best light and avoid the crowds plus the afternoon heat.
- Diamond Beach Nusa Penida: Located just a quick 30-40 minute ferry from Sanur, Nusa Penida is famous for its stunning landscapes, towering cliffs and beautiful beaches such as this one. The island itself is still mostly undeveloped and many say it reminds them of what Bali looked like over 30 years ago.
Until only recently Diamond Beach has been totally inaccessible. Now the beach is finally open to visitors via a crafty set of stairs that’s been carved into the cliffs. The walk up and down only takes a few minutes and provides stunning views the entire way.
Note: Rough waters filled with rocks and coral make this beach less than ideal for swimming.
- Gili Trawangan: Gili Trawangan is the largest and most famous of the three Gili Islands due to its well-established infrastructure that preceded the neighboring Gili Air and Gil Meno Islands. For first-timers to the Gili Islands, it’s a great first ‘landing point’, where you can enjoy most of the action and explore the quieter islands next door if you wish to.
Gili T has the best range of facilities among the three Gili Islands, with a larger land size and a good mixture of hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. The main coast near the harbor gets you closer to the ‘castaway’ lifestyle, while the secluded western shore offers peace and tranquillity for honeymooners and couples. The most popular way to reach the Gili Islands from mainland Bali is via the boat port at Pandang Bai. Trip time is roughly 1.5 hours, schedule and price vary by season and company.
- La Plancha: La Plancha is a beachfront restaurant and bar nestled on the shore of the famous Seminyak’s surf break & best sunset point. La Plancha opened its doors in 2010 and was the original (and the first) Chiringuito styled restaurant and bar in Seminyak. The brightly colored vintage inspired structure, brightly colored beanbags combined with the traditional Balinese umbrellas are the integration of Spanish and Balinese cultures.
- Ulun Danu Beratan Temple: This temple is both a picturesque landmark and a significant temple complex located on Lake Beratan in central Bali. The smooth reflective surface of the lake surrounding most of the temple creates a unique floating impression while the mountain range encircling the lake provides a beautifully picturesque backdrop.
- Sekumpul Waterfall: It is the tallest and arguably the most beautiful waterfall in Bali. Stand at the base and watch as water pours down from 80m above hitting the rocks below with so much force that the entire surrounding area is covered in mist. The drive from Kuta takes roughly 2.5 hours and the roads to get there are mountainous so hiring a driver is recommended. Arrive early morning shortly after the sunrise and have this natural beauty all to yourself.
- Tirta Empul Temple: Tirta Empul is a temple complex and holy mountain spring in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. The site is the legendary setting of a traditional tale about good versus evil and is also a national cultural heritage site. Built-in circa 960 AD Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring,’ is actually the name of a water source that’s located within the temple. The spring feeds various purification baths, pools and fish ponds surrounding the outer perimeter flowing into the Tukad Pakerisan River.
Inside the central courtyard visitors first, approach a rectangular purification bath where a total of 13 elaborately sculpted spouts line its edge from west to east. After saying prayers at an altar-like shrine, they proceed to enter the crystal-clear, cold mountain water. Hands pressed together, they bow under the gushing water of the first spout, carrying on to the 11th. The water from the last 2 of the 13 spouts is reserved for purification purposes in funerary rites only.
As with any temple visit in Bali, it’s always important to dress respectfully. The simple Balinese temple visitor dress code is a traditional sarong around the lower body plus a sash around the waist. Experience Balinese Hindu culture and bathe in the holy springs of Tirta Empul Temple.
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