Imagine sinking your feet in the warm golden sands, strolling on the beach, with waves caressing your feet. With a thirst quencher in one hand and lip-smacking food on the other, this setting seems straight out of heaven. The slowly setting sun appears anxious to meet the vast ocean on the horizon. This glimpse is worth a million! The silence gushes into the heart, just as the waves on the shore. No rush, no work, no traffic; only you, the beach and the perfect sunset painted like a daydream. What if this is not a dream anymore? This is Bali for you!
Rated as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali is an abode to heavenly beaches. With stunning beaches that showcase mind-blowing sunsets, scuba diving experiences of your life and the various traditional Balinese culture activities; Bali is the place you want to visit. It takes you away from the hustle bustle of the city life and gives you a glimpse of Nirvana. The luxurious beach resorts and scintillating nightlife is sure to entice you. There are temples with intricate carvings at every nook and corner. Not known to a large group of people in the past, Bali has been a secret escapade to those who were aware of the wonders of this place. However, thanks to tourism, this beautiful place has gained its due recognition around the world.
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Population: 4.2 million
Time Zone: UTC+08:00
Area: 5,780 km
Official Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Capital’s calling code: 00 + 62 + 361
Being one of the 33 provinces of the Republic of Indonesia, Bali is located at 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator with the Java Sea to the North and the Indian Ocean to the South. It covers an area of 5,636 square km and is divided into three areas of water; North Bali, East Bali, and West Bali. North Bali covers the coastline of Buleleng. While East Bali runs along the coastline of Karangasem, Klungkung, and Gianyar; West Bali runs along the coastline of Badung Tabanan and Jembrana.
Austronesian people, who migrated originally from Southeast Asia and Oceania through Maritime Southeast Asia, inhabited Bali in around 2000 BC. Both culturally and linguistically, Balinese are closely related to the people of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from this time have been reportedly found near the village of Cekik in the west side of Bali.
As of the latest census, Bali has a population of 4.2 million people and is the home for most of Indonesia's minority. 83.5% of Bali's population adheres to Balinese Hinduism, followed by 13.4% Muslim, Christianity at 2.5% and Buddhism at 0.5%.
The life in Bali is related to Tri Hita Karana or a tripartite concept, which symbolizes a spiritual relationship between human and God, and their environment. With its dramatic dances, bright and happening ceremonies and arts and crafts' Bali are sure to charm you with its Balinese culture. Life in Bali is considered communal, under the organization of villages. Temple ceremonies, marriages, cremations, festivals, farming or any of the creative art-related things are presided over by the local community institution called the "Banjar." A Banjar consists of an average of 50 to 150 family members, owning a meeting venue called the Bale Banjar, used for regular gatherings, local orchestras, and drama groups.
The local people here speak Bahasa Indonesia.
One INR equals to 206 IDR, which means the trip will not cost a lot for Indians on a comparative scale.
Cost and Money
There are ATMs and Banks in all the popular tourist destinations, and most of the establishments accept cards unless you go street shopping. For each night, the accommodation costs between INR 6500 to 2,00,000, depending on the location you choose.
Often regarded to as the Island of Gods, what makes Bali different from many other places is warm and welcoming nature of the people here. The hospitality in Bali is something you will remember the rest of your life because they treat you with such warmth that you feel like its home. From basic home-stays, 5-Star beach resorts to luxurious private villas, Bali has everything you are looking out for, along with an exceptional service. But Bali is something more than all these. It has a unique, warm and happy vibe, which is difficult to describe in words. It is for these qualities that people across the globe flock Bali. Bali offers one of the best cuisines in the world along-side pristine beaches and luxurious resorts. Balinese and Indonesian are widely spoken in this area with English and Chinese being next most spoken languages, owing to the rapidly increasing tourism here. Renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms like painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handicrafts and other performing arts; Balinese culture is a home for notable performances. Bali is a part of the Coral Triangle that makes it an area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. With around 500 reef-building coral species, Bali is the perfect host to scuba diving that will leave you breathless, quite literally!
Bali Tourism offers you nothing short of an adventurous vacation. From Nature Walks with beautiful views, horseback rides, dives, surfs including bungee jumping and river rafting, Bali Tourism is a thrilling experience of its kind. With Bali Tourism Guide available at all the famous and renowned tourist locations, tourism in Bali is well appreciated by tourists all over the country for its highly organized and exciting places. With scuba diving and river rafting on board, tourism in Bali has become the hub for watersport lovers across the world. One of the most famous attractions of Bali has to be the Devdan Dance Show that offers a scintillating 90 mins magic on the stage with contemporary dance performances. Not only scuba diving and river rafting, but Bali also have canyoning which is one of the most exciting watersports, sure to satisfy your adrenaline rush. Apart from these, there some zoos and bird parks because of its abundant wildlife that portrays a wide variety of animals and birds ranging from white tigers to some of the rarest bird species in the world. The white beaches of Bali, which are often regarded to as one of the favorite locations for family holidays, have a variety of watersports. You can indulge in sunbathing, Banana boat-ride and parasailing on these beautiful beaches. One of the most well-known beaches is the Kuta beach which offers an array of hotels, restaurants, cafes, and shops along its stretch. The evenings are mostly enjoyed at the Jimbaran beach with barbeque nights followed by a fantastic stay. Sanur beach is also one of the famous beaches with a lot of hotels and restaurants on the sea-front, whereas the Nusa Dua is the hub for most of the private beaches and grand deluxe hotels.
Nusa Dua is a home for surfers across the world because of the captivating waves at the Nusa Lembongan near Nusa Penida. Towards the south-western coast of Nusa Dua are the Manta point and Malibu point that offer a glimpse of the sharks. With the best diving spots located at the Menjangan because of its flat reef, anchor wreck, eel garden and some caves to explore; it is sure to send you home with a memorable experience. One of the best attractions of Bali is its many Hindu Temples. The most famous among these have to be the nine directional temples which are the largest and the most prominent ones here. While most of the coastline is blessed with luring beach-side, there are some mangrove forests areas along the south-east coast. There are certain parts of the Bukit Peninsula with high cliffs that drop straight into the rumbling waves of the Indian Ocean. Away from the coast, there are sizeable fertile rice paddies that are a sight in itself. Bali also has a few volcanoes among which Mount Agung is the biggest one, which is currently in news as it is spewing ash. However, there is Mount Batur that occasionally produces large bangs and plumes of ashes from within. Bali is the host of several hot springs that offer a wellness experience. The most famous one being Air Banjar near Lovina followed by Toya Bungkah on the shores of Lake Batur.
You cannot return from Bali without indulging in the nerve relaxing spa. The Balinese massage is an incredible value for money and health. These mineral springs, spas, make use of the famous lulur body scrub which is made with traditional herbs and spices. With Ubud and Seminyak offering one of the best yoga and well-being centers of Bali, they play host in helping Bali to provide the most exceptional yoga services.
Ayung river by Ubud is the home for world-class adrenaline pumping white water river rafting. It also offers bungee jumping from a high cliff down to the river, touching the water. Bali water rafting ride and the Ayung river rafting rides are one of the exciting activities that Bali has to offer. Ubud and Uluwatu have some fantastic cycling paths that will help you experience nature in its pure forms. Bali also offers paragliding at Nusa Dua, mountain cycling in Ubud hills, jungle trekking and hiking in the rice fields.
The Kecak dance is one of the most staged dramatic performance organized in the open air by Pura Tanah Lot. This dance form tells the story of the famous epic, Ramayana, where Sita is abducted by Ravana.
The Padang restaurants offer the best cuisines in the place, with budget-conscious choices for the visitors. They offer rich; authentic Indonesian cuisine served with steamed rice. The most famous food item is the rendang sapi that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Regardless of growing tourism in Bali, it has not lost its intrinsic charm, and the Bali culture, referred to as Balinese, remains one of the best cultures the world has witnessed.