A list of 200++ ‘Best Places in Bali’ you must visit !
Tanah Lot is one of the most beautiful and important temples in Bali. It means “Sea Temple of the Earth”. The temple is uniquely placed upon a rock formation that stands away from the coast, which makes it appear to be floating on the water during high tide. As one of the most popular places of interest in Bali, Tanah Lot temple without a doubt serves up a sweet sunset.
Tanah Lot Temple by @ilyablind
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, and spectacular views from warungs and restaurants perched on the cliff.
Uluwatu Temple by @alexandra_carson
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.
Taman Ayun Temple – Image by Adventurous Bali
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. The temple is bordered by wide canals which irrigate the fields around the site. The temple is dedicated to the ancestor of the Mengwi.
Ulun Danu Temple
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.
Gunung Kawi Temple at Tampaksiring – Image by Adventurous Bali
Dating from the 11th 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 stunning. The structures are carved into the sides of a steep river valley, and the river crossed by twisting trees and vines.
Gunung Kawi Temple at Sebatu
Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu is located at Sebatu Village about 20 minutes drive from Ubud. It is not to be confused with a more frequented, congested Gunung Kawi in Tampaksiring. Built in the 11th century, this is a worship place of Hindu origins for the god of water Vishnu.
Goa Gajah – Image by Adventurous Bali
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, even though 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.
Goa Garba Temple – Image by Adventurous Bali
Goa Garba is located in Pejeng village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 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 estimated to have been built in the 12th century during the reign of King Jaya Pangus.
Goa Lawah Temple
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. The cave is believed to be home to an enormous snake, Naga Basuki. The ceiling full of thousands of noisy, long-nose fruit bats.
Taman Kemuda Saraswati Temple – Image by Adventurous Bali
This picturesque temple located right in the heart of Ubud honors Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, literature and art. Pura Taman Kemuda Saraswati is is set within a beautiful water garden with thousands of lotus flowers, so bring your camera.
This complex of rock carvings is close to Goa Gajah but far less well known. The carvings date from the fourteenth century, and are set in a very attractive rice field. You can reach Yeh Pulu on foot through the rice fields from Goa Gajah. In addition to the carvings, there is a holy well here, and the attendant priest will be happy to bless you with holy water.
PARKS AND GARDENS
Taman Ujung / Tirta Gangga / Kerta Gosha / Bedugul Botanical Garden
Taman Ujung, Karangasem
Taman Ujung is the water palace built by the King of Karangasem. 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.
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.
Kerta Gosha, Klungkung
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.
Balangan / Suluban / Padang-Padang / Blue Point / Uluwatu / Virgin Beach / Sanur / Nusa Dua / Jimbaran / Kuta / Seminyak / Dream Land / Tanjung Benoa / Bowl Beach / Melasti Tanah Lot / Tegal Wangi/ Tulamben / Amed / Perancak / Delod Berawah
One of Bali’s most scenic and popular beaches, Balangan Beach, or as locals call it Pantai Balangan, is a beautiful 3.1 mile (.5 km) golden stretch of sand.
Virgin Beach, Perasi Karangasem
One of East Bali’s new discoveries, Pasir Putih – the imaginatively named White Sand Beach is one place you really need to spend a day or two. No hotels, no shops, a couple of quiet hawkers who will leave you alone if you require and a line of warungs selling delicious seafood and more. It is the place for relaxation and enjoyment.
Suluban Beach – Image by Nicole Cooper
Suluban Beach offers a surfers paradise just offshore from this utopian cave. While there watching the tide roll in and surfers paddle out, a Balinese local came to place her offerings with the incense filling the cave. If you’re not a surfer don’t expect to swim, instead we chose to sit, pause and appreciate the view.
Sekumpul / Nungnung / Banyumala / Kanto Lampo / Tanah barak Munduk / Tukad Cepung / Goa Rangreng / Tibumana /Aling-Aling / Tegenungan / Campuhan Gitgit / Gitgit / Titi Gonggang Bukit Jati / Dusun Kuning /
Nungnung Waterfall – Image by Adventurous Bali
Tukad Cepung Waterfall – Image by Adventurous Bali
Tanah Barak Waterfall, Munduk
One of the most fabulous waterfalls on the island that is located in the village of Munduk, north Bali. The path down to the waterfall is densely planted with clove and coffee trees as well as Avocado, Taro, Banana and Durian trees. A spot that is little visited, despite being perhaps the most impressive accessible falls on the whole island.
Tegenungan Waterfall, Gianyar
Bali is home to countless waterfalls with beautiful scenery and a calming atmosphere. One of the island’s most beautiful, yet relatively unexplored, waterfalls is Tegenungan waterfall in Kemenuh village, Sukawati.
HOLY SPRING WATER
Tirta Empul / Sudamala / Sebatu / Banjar Hot Spring / Toya Devasya Hot Spring / Air Sanih
Tirta Empul, Holy Spring Water Bathing Pool – Image by Adventurous Bali
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. The complex dates to 960, but the present buildings are largely modern reconstructions.
Twin Lakes View at Munduk / Tamblingan / Batur/ Beratan
Twin Lakes view from Munduk Village – Image by Adventurous Bali
Tamblingan Lake view from Munduk Village – Image by Adventurous Bali
Tamblingan Lake is a beautiful lake located on the north slope of Mount Mortar, Munduk, Buleleng, 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.
TRADITIONAL BALIAGA VILLAGE
Tenganan Pegringsingan / Penglipuran / Batubulan
Tenganan Pegringsingan, Karangasem – Image by Adventurous Bali
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.
Kintamani / Pinggan / Bukit Asah
Bukit Asah, Karangasem – Image by Adventurous Bali
This place is just so gorgeous that many of those lucky enough to have visited this place normally couldn’t described Bukit Asah Bugbug in words. The green, slanty hill with the breathtaking views of the ocean, cliff walls, and crashing waves on the bottom is a favorite spot for locals to go camping or romantic picnic for two.
Jatiluwih / Ceking Tegallalang / Pupuan / Belimbing / Pengastulan
Jatiluwih, Tabanan – Image by Adventurous Bali
Set in the heart of the Tabanan Regency in Bali, the Jatiluwih rice fields have been named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape. The vast expanses of terraced, green rice paddies are stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where its foot meets the sea. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name – Truly Marvellous.
Ceking, Tegallalang – Image by Adventurous Bali
The rice terrace in Ubud is 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 to enjoy fresh young coconut.
TRADITIONAL ART MARKETS
Ubud Art Market / Badung Traditional Market / Sukawati Art Market
Ubud Traditional Art Market – Image by Adventurous Bali
Located in the center of Ubud. There are many local artists displaying their work and loads of merchandise for sale. You can find both traditional and modern crafting, like mats, clothes and paintings. Shop for keepsakes and gifts after 10 am when the market transforms to art and handicraft market.
Monkey Forest Ubud / Bali Safari and Marine Park / Sangeh Monkey Forest / Bali Bird Park / Elephant Safari Park / Butterfly Park / Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Monkey Forest, Ubud – Image by Adventurous Bali
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 at the Monkey Forest sanctuary. See Mamas and their newborns, up close and personal, take as many pictures as you like, even feed the monkeys bananas!
Bali Safari and Marine Park, Gianyar
Bali Bird Park, Gianyar
Bali Elephant Safari Park, Taro
Ubud Palace / Puri Karangasem
Puri Saren Ubud Palace -Image by Adventurous Bali
This was the palace of the kings of Ubud until the 1940s, and it’s still inhabited by the last king’s descendants. You can wander around most of the large compound exploring the many traditional and not excessively ornate buildings. Ubud Palace is also Ubud’s best setting for dance performances every night.
Blanco Renaissance Museum / Neka Museum / Puri Lukisan Museum / Bali Museum / Pejeng Archaeology Museum
Blance The Renaissance Museum – Image by Adventurous Bali
Blanco, arguably the most famous and successful artist to ever live in Bali, built his magnificent studio on top of a mountain overlooking the Campuan River. This flamboyant building, a unique blend of Balinese architecture imbued with the spirit of his native Spain, houses an interesting collection of works drawn from different periods of his long career. In the garden you can take pictures of the exotic birds flying around.
Bunut bolong is located in Manggisari village in Jembrana, west Bali, some 86 km frm Denpasar city or 11 km to the north from the main Denpasar – Gilimanuk road. Bunut bolong means ‘a tree with a hole’ and is a sacred tree with a big hole in its base, so big that even a truck can go through it!
Tukad Unda, Klungkung
This man made waterfall turn out to be quite an attractive venue for couples. Located 25 km from Ubud, at Banjar Lebah in Klungkung, Tukad Unda Waterfall, which is actually a cascading dam, is famous for pre -wedding photo shots.