A dot of an island in central Indonesia, Bali has a lot to offer to tourists. Activities range from a gastronomic experience, shopping to visiting places of historical importance, temples and pilgrimages, hiking, trekking, a face off with a volcano and just relaxing at the beach. On the way out from the airport, one cannot miss the numerous standalone houses, each one of which has got temples inside.
The Ulun Danu Temple or the floating Hindu temple on the shores of Lake Baratan Bedugul is situated on a plateau area. It’s often said that during monsoon, the lake fills up and the eleven storied temple looks like it is floating on water.
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Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most popular temples and a place which is known for its sunset and Kechak dance under the open sky. Speaking of art and culture, a traditional Balinese dance will always enthrall you as much as the Kechak dance.
Kechak dance is a unique Balinese dance accompanied by a choir of hundreds of men. An old dance form, a way to pay homage to ancestors has now become an interpretation of Indian epic Ramayana. It’s not only song and dance but art in the form of intricate Batik printing.
Most stores on the island sell exquisite Batik prints in various fabric forms but a visit to a Batik factory will always be the beginning of a new love story.
If shopping is on agenda, then Ubud art market can’t be far behind. Located in front of Ubud Royal Palace, this is a shopper paradise with art forms, paintings, wooden craft works, bags and again food and raw produce too.
In the afternoon, a call of strong coffee cannot be denied. The best place to be is Alas Harum Ubud, a favourite tourist destination for tasting a vast range of coffee including the famous Luwak Coffee. In case there is a need for adrenaline rush, then enjoy the various forms of swing, sky-walking, flying fox and others.
One of the most famous routes for trekking is Mount Batur. A volcanic mountain on a bed of black lava with Lake Batur beside it, this is the best place for sunrise and sunset from Ubud.
No Bali tour activity is complete without a dossier of the beaches. It’s difficult to pick any particular beach, as each one has distinct characteristics. There is Sanur Beach, one of the first beaches to get popular with tourists.
Angel’s Billabong in Nusa Penida is another popular place and if fear can be overcome, this is an exciting place to swim too. A hidden gem, this estuary has got yellowish green coral and a blue ocean in the front.
Another natural wonder is Devil’s Tears in Nusa Lembongan. Locals here, make strange sounds to call the waves from the ocean. The waves crash inside a cave and then come back like water from a jet spring forming a mist of water in air. This is again one of the most picturesque sunset points in this island.
It’s tough to shorten the list of preferences within 10 for a beautiful island like Bali. Bali has got it all covered in terms of tourist attractions.