Known For : Art Class Petulu Rafting in Ayung River
Ubud is a central town in Bali and is completely opposite of what you think of when you hear the word 'Bali'. It is a quaint, little town of artists and is regarded as the arts and craft hub with all the the galleries and artists' workshops in the town and nearby villages. There is a lot of culture and history to be seen in the surroundings. The architecture of the town also adds value to it._
Best Time: April to June and September
Also called the 'Spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali', Seminyak beach offers a more upscale experience than its immediate neighbours Kuta and Legian. With a quiet and laid-back atmosphere, this beach has some of the best fine-dining restaurants in Bali in addition to the luxury resorts and villas, making your stay here absolutely pleasurable.
Famous for the striking beaches and thrilling water sports, Tanjung Benoa is a peninsula located in the Kuta South District of Bali. This stunning site beckons adventure enthusiasts with water activities like diving, banana boating, fly fishing, snorkelling, parasailing, rolling donuts and sea walking. The primary beaches on the eastern side of Tanjung Benoa are accessible to the general public within the stretch of first 3 kms.
Situated at the south-western tip of Bukit in Bali, Uluwatu attracts surfers of all levels from around the world to its exciting shoreline. The waves are composed of five world-class surf breaks, and the hotels and restaurants overlooking the Indian ocean provide a magnificent view. The Pura Luru Uluwatu temple is another important attraction in this area.
Called "Gunung Batur" in the local language, Mount Batur is an active volcano in Indonesia. At 1717 metres (around 5,600 feet) above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of its surroundings - the majestic Lake Batur, nestled amongst black lava from the last explosion in 2000, and adjacent to this all, beautiful mountains.
Located just north of central Bali, Munduk is a famous village in Bali ideal for trekking tours. It was once the holiday destination for Indonesia’s Dutch population because of its cool mountain weather all year round. As it is located at an altitude, it’s actually one of the best locations in all of Bali to catch sunrises and sunsets. Hidden between lush green mountains, lakes, and plenty of flora, it’s no wonder that Munduk Village is much loved by trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Built in 962 AD during the reign of Warmadewa dynasty, Pura Tirta Empul or Holy Water Temple is the legacy of a traditional good versus evil tale. It is home to a holy mountain spring that feeds the Pakerisan river, and is revered for its ritual purification by devotees. Visitors can admire the temple carvings but are forbidden from having the ritual bath.
Amed Beach is located in Karangasem, East Bali. Spread over seven villages, it is the perfect location to relax, rejuvenate and engage in adventurous activities like diving or snorkelling. The magnificent black sand beach boasts of a fantastic shoreline view, underwater playground, coral gardens and also has remnants of a shipwreck.
Located just 15 minutes from the airport in Ungasan, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is a one-stop-shop for all cutural activities of Bali. A 120m-high statue of Lord Vishnu and his mascot Garuda is under construction, believed to become an iconic landmark of the island. Rindik instrument, Barong Keris dance and other traditional performances are held daily here.
Known as Bali's 'Mother Temple', Pura Besakih is a majestic Hindu temple complex perched on the slopes of Mount Agung in Bali. The complex houses 23 separate temples and is believed to be atleast 2000 yearso old. Surrounded by stream and rice paddies, the primary deities of this beautiful temple are Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.
A few kilometres from Ubud, Indonesia, Goa Gajah or the "elephant cave" is a spiritual and cultural attraction filled with Buddhist and Shaivite relics and carvings. A wide-eyed demon-like structure welcomes you at the cave entrance, which further leads to a serene pool inside. The intricate stonework makes this a must-visit for anyone looking for a glimpse into Indonesian architecture and heritage.
Located on a beautiful offshore rock in Tabanan regency, Bali, Tanah Lot or 'Land on the Sea' is a Hindu shrine believed to be about 500 years old. An amalgamation of Balinese and Hindu mythology, the base of the temple is carved with sea snakes and offers a natural source of holy water, providing visitors with an aesthetic and spiritual experience unlike any other.
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