Bali is known for its abundant attractions including sparkling beach resorts, archaeological remains and scenic beauty. Many ways available to take visitors to those well known places to enjoy the beauty of Bali from the mountains to the coastline. Here is the list of beautiful places in Bali you should visit..
Uluwatu temple is precariously located at the point of sheer cliff on the island’s southern peninsula. It is one of the oldest and most important temple in Bali, one of the six original sad kahyangan (territorial) temple on the island. More recently Uluwatu has also become famous for its challenging surf break (experience surfers only), and spectacular views from warungs and restaurants perched on the cliff. Read More..
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is a simply designed, but dramatically located temple on the Tabanan coast. Built on a promontory only accessible at low tide, this temple is, like Uluwatu, a sad kahyangan temple, one of the most important in Bali. Take a scarf and dress accordingly. It is said that the temple is guarded by poisonous snakes. Sunset is the best time to visit when the golden and red sky frames the temple and the waves crash into rocks. Read More..
Tirta Empul Temple and Holy Spring Water
One of the holiest temples in Bali built around hot springs that still bubble in the central courtyard. The Balinese come here to bathe and purify themselves physically and spiritually, and during Galungan, the sacred barong masks are bathed here. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are largely modern reconstructions. Read More..
Gunung Kawi Temple in Tampaksiring
Dating from the eleventh century, this is presumed to be the burial complex of King Anak Wungsu and his many wives. Reached by climbing down 371 steps, the location at the bottom of a steep valley lined with paddy fields, is quite stunning. The structures are carved into the sides of a steep river valley, and the river crossed by twisting trees and vines. You must take off your shoes before entering into the central pura complex. Read More..
Taman Ayun Temple
Taman Ayun literally translates as Beautiful Garden and is regarded as one of the most attractive temples in Bali. It was built in 1634 by the King of Mengwi, I Gusti Agung Putu. The temple is bordered by wide canals which irrigate the fields around the site. The temple is dedicated to the ancestor of the Mengwi Dynasty and other important Gods. Taman Ayun Temple is regarded as the “mother temple” for Mengwi Kingdom. Read More..
Ulun Danu Temple in Bedugul
After Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu Temple at Beratan is perhaps the most photographed temple on the island and is certainly one of the iconic images of Bali. The temple sits on the western shore of Lake Bratan and it can give the illusion of actually floating on the water. Built in 1633, the temple is devoted to Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu, goddess of the lake. A beautiful temple in a truly stunning setting. Read More..
Goa Gajah Temple in Bedulu
Goa Gajah overlooking the Petanu River, site of intriguing archaeological mystery. The man-made cave here date from the eight century and feature Buddhist inscriptions and carvings, eventhough Buddhist are known to never have lived in Bali. Above the entrance to the cave is a giant head, with floppy ears, though by many to be an elephant, of which there is no record in Bali.This is a special place, especially if you can avoid the crowds. Read More..
Goa Lawah in Klungkung
Goa Lawah’s famous bat cave,10 km east of Klungkung, is a Shivaite temple founded around on thousand years ago. The cave is believed to lead all the way to Gunung Agung, but there’s a couple of serious deterrents. Firstly, the cave is believed to be home to an enormous snake, Naga Basuki. And secondly, the ceiling and thousands of noisy, long-nose fruit bats.This is a very strange place, but definitely worth a visit. Read More..
Tirta Gangga in Karangasem
This is the site of a beautiful water palace, built by the last king of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut, in 1947. Much of it was destroyed by 1963 eruption, but the famous bathing pool remain intact. This is a place of great peace, and an excellent stopover when you are touring East Bali. There’s a losmen in the palace grounds, and a restaurant too. Read More..
Taman Ujung in Karangasem
Taman Ujung is the water palace built by the King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Djelantik, who holds Anak Agung Agung Ketut Karangasem Anglurah. This palace is a privately owned by Karangasem Royal. It was built in 1909 on the initiative of Anak Agung Anglurah. The architect was a Dutch van Den Hentz and a Chinese Loto Ang. This development also involves the undagi (Balinese architect). This palace is actually the development from Dirah Pool which has been built in 1901. The construction was completed in 1921. Read More..
Built in 1686 by Ida I Dewa Agung Jambe, the ruling sovereign of the Klungkung Kingdom, the Gili Garden Kerta Gosa is one of the most attractive cultural heritage sites in Bali today. Kerta Gosa is an open-air building (bale) which was formally part of the Semarapura Palace compound. Located in the heart of Klungkung regency, next to the main market, Kerta Gosa has been restored and maintained by the government. Read More..
Goa Garba is located in Banjar Sawa Gunung, Pejeng Kelod village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali. It is situated 400 meters above sea level, lies under the Pengukur-Ukuran Temple, above the Pakerisan River. On this site there is a hermitage carved out of the cliff, which was believed to be the meditation place of Mahapatih Kebo Iwa. It is a natural site that exudes calm. Even to this day, Goa Garba is frequented as a place of meditation. It is estimated to have been built in the 12th century during the reign of King Jaya Pangus. Read More..
This complex of rock carvings is close to Goa Gajah but far less well known. The carvings date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. You can reach Yeh Pulu on foot through the rice fields from Goa Gajah, but you will definitely need a guide for the 45 minute walk as there is no path to speak of. In addition to the carvings, there is a holy well here, and the attendant priest will be happy to bless you with the well water. Temple dress code applies. This is a much underrated and under-visited site, and is highly recommended.
Saraswati Temple in Ubud
This picturesque temple located right in the heart of Ubud honors Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, literature and art. Pura Taman Saraswati is is set within a beautiful water garden with thousands of lotus flowers, so bring your camera.
Ubud Monkey Forest
The shady, green Ubud Monkey Forest is the most popular stop for tourists in the town of Ubud. Hundreds of playful and interactive Macaque monkeys call the sacred forest home and roam freely around the tree canopy and temple complex. Cuddle up with these amazing local monkeys. See Mamas and their newborns, up close and personal, take as many pictures as you like, even feed the monkeys bananas! Read more..
Puri Saren, The Ubud Palace
This was the palace of the kings of Ubud until the 1940s, and some royal descendants live there to this day. Parts of the complex are off limits to the public, but entry to the rest is free. You can wander around most of the large compound exploring the many traditional and not excessively ornate buildings. Take time to appreciate the stone carvings, many by noted local artists like I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. Ubud Palace is also Ubud’s best setting for dance performances every night. Read more..
Jatiluwih, Amazing Rice Terrace
Jatiluwih rice fields have been named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, part of Bali’s Subak System. The vast expanses of terraced, green rice paddies are stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where its foot meets the sea. The fields that make up this area have adopted the traditional Subak irrigation system – a method that has been preserved for centuries and passed down from generation to generation. Read more..
Rice Terrace at Tegallalang Ubud
The rice fields terrace are almost works of art. The fields are various shades of green and are extremely well maintained. The coconut trees still give an extra charm. Be sure to walk through the rice fields to explore close its distinctive architecture. After the tour, relax in one of the many cafes overlooking the rice fields. It may be a good opportunity to experience the famous Balinese coffee Kopi Luwak, regarded as the most expensive coffee in the world. Read more..
Twin Lake of Tamblingan and Buyan Lake
Tamblingan Lake is a beautiful lake located on the north slope of Mount Mortar, Munduk, Bali. This lake is one of the three twin lakes that formed in a large caldera. To the east there is a row of Lake Buyan and Lake Beratan. As Lake Tamblingan lies 1,000 meters above sea level, the climate here is cool. The early morning mist that hangs over the waters strangely enhances its mystical appeal. Read more..
Munduk, a Fabulous Waterfall
One of the most fabulous waterfalls on the island that is located in the village of Munduk, Bali. The path down to the waterfall is densely planted with clove and coffee trees as well as Avocado, Taro, Banana and Durian trees. Munduk lies at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level offering fresh cool mountain air. These falls are impressive and really roar in the wet season. A spot that is little visited, despite being perhaps the most impressive accessible falls on the whole island. Explore the mountain roads and take in the wonderful views. Read more..
Tegenungan Waterfall, at Gianyar
One of the island’s most beautiful, yet relatively unexplored, waterfalls is Tegenungan waterfall in Banjar Tegenunan in Kemenuh village, Sukawati. The 50-meter high waterfall originates from the Petanu River. Nearby, local residents take water from several natural springs for daily consumption and for bathing. Surrounded by rows of coconut trees, with the sound of birds and bees and the flow of the Petanu River, Tegenungan waterfall is a perfect place to escape from a busy city life.
Tenganan Pegringsingan (village)
Tenganan Village is one of the ancient villages with a native Balinese. The walled village is laid out in three parts to suit different functions: dwelling, gardening and rice farming. The houses all sport the same design and are backed off by one central living and trading vein. Tenganan is famous for its Gringsing handmade weaved cloth, which possesses spiritual properties. The village has its own peculiar artistic traditions, the most spectacular of these being the Pandanus leaf duel (Geret Padan) where men fight each other with spiky leaves to the entrancing sounds of native selunding music. This village has a wide area of approximately 1,500 hectares. Houses and customs were retained as the original. This is because society of Tenganan has customary village rules are very powerful, which they call the awig-awig. In addition, the offspring is also maintained by matings between fellow villagers. Walled villages like fortress. Lawangan or village entrance in the four corners. Tenganan Pegringsingan people call the village of spatial concepts as Jaga Satru (guard from an enemy attack). Read more..
Some 20 kilometers north of Denpasar lies the woodcarving centre of Mas, a village of high caste Brahmin families. This village, which has a special place in Balinese history, is home to many excellent woodcarving shop.
Since the 18th century, Kuta has served as the entry point for foreigner visiting southern Bali. In the1830s Kuta was a thriving slave market, attracting a wide variety of International ‘lowlife’ and many would say that nothing has changed. Since its rediscovery by hippies and surfers in 1960s, Kuta and Legian have expanded so rapidly that the district is now one of the busiest tourist areas in the world. Hundreds of hotels, bars, restaurants and shops provide for all tastes and budgets.
Bali’s first beach resort, Sanur is a place of remarkable contrasts. Sanur is a modern and prosperous community, and hosts to many high class hotels and restaurants. But it also famous for its sorcerers. When the Dutch invaded Bali in 1906, it was Sanur that they landed.
Virgin Beach, A White Sandy Beach at Perasi, East Bali
Pantai Pasir Putih or Virgin Beach at Perasi, Karangasem, East Bali is a special beach. Its pristine white sand a stark contrast from the coarse black sand found everywhere else in Eastern Bali. This beautiful beach is a perfect place as your last stop on your tour in East Bali. A string of beach-side warungs, each equipped with its own lounge chairs and umbrellas, stretched across the sand. You can have a romantic swim or relaxing massage on a sunbed by the sand or just an afternoon tea break… or maybe a cold beer! Read more..