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Places to visit in Bali

Bali has a vast number of attractions both on the sea and on the sand. There are many temples, caves, waterfalls, museums, markets and loads of history and culture related places where they teach about the Balinese traditions that you can't ever get enough of. Bali doesn't disappoint the adventure lovers as well. It offers a vast array of water sports, muck and wreck diving and also lets you fly along the jungle canopy, just like Tarzan. It is surrounded by ultramarine seas, edged on the city with golden shorelines that are sure to make you leave open-mouthed in awe! The waves make it a surfer's paradise with gorgeous islands sets in the middle of Indonesia. The activities in Bali will amaze you, leaving you wanting more.

In short, there are many places to visit in Bali, if you have ample amount of time. With a month stay in Bali, you can explore only a fraction of this beautiful location. That's how much Bali has in store for you.

Gape at the Tanah Lot Temple

This temple is undoubtedly one of the most astonishing attractions of Bali. This mystical beauty got separated from mainland as time passed by and is now in the mid of a beach. It dates back to the 15th century and is a spectacular backdrop when paired with a sunrise or a sunset. It is the most important temple of the seven temples of Bali in a chain which sits atop a huge rock formation. You get to witness one of the best sunsets here along-side the beach views.<

Explore caves at Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah is an elephant shaped cave temple. It has a dark tunnel passage which ends with a Shiv lingam and Ganesh idol. There are many stone carvings about various demons of the mythological characters that make this place more interesting that it is supposed to be.  

 

Location: Bedulu Village, Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Blahbatuh, Gianyar

Known for:  Intricate carvings and idols

 

How to reach: Go east from Ubud approximate

Enjoy silence at the Nyepi Eve

This doesn't have much to offer because of the silence maintained across the island during the eve. Everyone tends to stay in their homes and hotels because travel is basically forbidden during this phase. However, evenings are filled with parades of giants followed by blessings at the family temples of Bali.

 

Location: Entire island

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Bali Arts Festival

This festival has a beautiful opening parade held at the Denpasar's Puputan Renon Square. In this parade, the entire island's wealth of traditional dance and drama from all the 8 regencies is on display. Throughout the month, you can enjoy live exhibits and performances at local streets of Denpasar.

 

Location: Denpasar

Time: June-July

Explore the Bali Zoo

Located in the Gianyar Regency, Bali Zoo is the place for finding Southeast Asian animals. Animals ranging from tigers, elephants, and rhinoceros to a range of colorful birds, this zoo is filled with life. It is made up of open air enclosures rather than cages that make it the mimic of natural habitat for the species there. Though the day time is perfect to visit this zoo, you can go on a night safari to get a glimpse of the beautiful nocturnal animals here. 

Sanur Village Festival

The silent and serene town of Sanur comes alive during this festival. This one-week long celebration is mainly focused on the Maisonette area but new activities are added each year around various venues at Sanur. There are bazaars, food festivals, fashion shows, expos, tours, culinary challenges, yoga, sports and all things exciting.

 

Location: Sanur.

Time: August.

Take a dip at Sanur

A 20-minute drive from the Denpasar International Airport will land you at Sanur. This town has a beach which among the best beaches of Bali and is perfect for spending the day relaxing or indulging in water sports of all kinds. It curves and forms a half-circle that gives a spectacular view from the top. This beachside town is something you would look forward to after a tiring day.  The beach has a long stretch of shallow waters with colorful jukung fishing

Play with monkeys at Sacred Monkey Forest

Located in Ubud, the Sacred Monkey Forest is a wonder in itself. You can happily spend half a day here surrounded by thick forests, hundreds of monkey and old temples. You can walk along the beautiful forests with playful monkeys around you that will keep you entertained with only food in return. This is one of a kind experience that will make you want to come back for more. This is an 11th century Gunung Kaw Shrine, which is popularly known as the Sacred Monkey F

Enjoy the cuisine at the Lively Legian Beach Festival

This four-day festival organised by the Legian village community is staged with various games, competitions, exhibitions and bazaars all over the place. There are traditional dances, surfing, art installations, bartending flairs, food trucks and fashion shows organised during this event.

 

Location: Legian

Time: August<

Lose yourself in the beauty of Kintamani

A trip to Kintamani includes all things amazing. From trekking that requires you to climb up Mount Batur which is actually a volcano to the spectacular views, Kintamani is worth it all. Lake Batur surrounds the mountain Batur which allows you to indulge in leisure activities like boating and cycling. It is a depiction of Nirvana on Earth and will leave you spell-bound with its beautiful scenic views. You would not want to leave the place once you climb up there. &

Marvel at the Galungan and Kuningan

There are seemingly endless rows of elaborately decorated bamboo poles along the streets of Bali. The Penampahan Galungan or the Galungan Ever comes twice a year because the Balinese tend to use a 210-day calendar system. It offers one of the best street scenes ever.

 

Location: Entire Island

Time: Depending on the loca

Take a stroll along the shoreline of Kuta Beach

Kuta is one of the most prominent beaches in Bali. Originally a fishing village, later when discovered by surfers became the best surfing hub of today. It is located towards the western side of Bali and has tourists of all kinds visiting this place. Be it families, couples or backpackers, every one of them breathe a sigh of relief when they reach Kuta because of its serenity. It has one of the cleanest beach front which is as wide as 5 kilometers. You can take a p

Track down a hidden waterfall in Sukawati

The Sekumpul waterfall located in the calm, lush valley is one of the sacred spots of Bali. There is a secluded path along which you have to keep walking until the waterfalls surprise you with the sound of the water crashing against the rocks. You can totally take a swim in one of the pools beneath the cataract and cool yourself after a long hike.

 

Location: Sekumpul, Sa

Have fun at the Bali Spirit Festival

Likeminded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels in Bali are gathered during this festival. There is a huge range of health and wellbeing workshops with numerous food stalls and fun zones related to yoga.

 

Location: Ubud

Time: March

Explore the architecture of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Built in 1663, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a water temple surrounded by many temples around it. This is located on the shores of the panoramic Lake Bratan amidst mountains. There are 11 stories revolving around the temple and the architecture of this beautiful temple is truly astonishing. There is sheer beauty in its magnificent structure and the water around it adds to this surreal experience. The Balinese architecture of this temple is something you don't want to m

Fly a kite at the Bali Kite Festival

Towards the north of Sanur, in the eastern coast of Padanggalak is where the Kite festival is held every year. The Balinese have a habit of going really big with their kites and the skies end up covered with a colourful aura of flying giants accompanied by the winds. This is truly a beauty to witness.

 

Location: Sanur.

Time: June- August

Let go of all your worries at the Ultra Beach Bali

With DJs and performers coming from all over the world, Ultra Beach Bali is a total beach shack party. They have worldwide music enthusiasts and partygoers with live music and shows. This annual fest happens at the Potato Head Beach Club.

 

Location: Seminyak

Time: September

Sunset Kecak Dance at Uluwatu

Bali's eccentric cultural heritage and its picturesque backdrops can be witnessed during this beautiful evening tour. Allow your vehicle to pick you up from the hotel and sit back as you enjoy the marvels of the Balinese countryside with breathtaking visuals. Once you reach the ancient temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu, take a stop there and enter the temple. The most special thing about this temple is that it is built on a cliff with intricate architecture coupled wit

Puri Saren Palace

This is one of the most beautiful royal palaces in Ubud. This grand architectural visual treat not only offers you stunning views but also some traditional dance performances. The dance performances are regarded as he best in the island and are known to portray various traditional forms of the island. Make sure you reach there at 7pm and grab a seat before anyone else does and get a nice view of the dance. There is usually a lot of crowd here and hence it is advis

Let yourselves loose at the Nusa Dua Fiesta

An entire week of fun, frolic, art exhibitions, cultural performances and sporting events is what this festival has to offer you. Held at the luxury beach resort on Bali's southeast coast, this fiesta happens once a year and welcomes the general public to it.

 

Location: Nusa Dua.

Time: October or November.

Nusa Dua

While Bali itself is a timeless beauty, Nusa Dua occupies a major chunk of Bali. Located on the eastern shoreline, Nusa Dua is the home for the most developed area of Bali. It houses many temple, museum and a lot many attractions that make it an ideal place to visit. It is an enclave of top world-class hotels, shopping complexes and luxurious stays. The main attractions of this place being:

Pandawa Beach: 

This beach

Know the history of Bali in the Bali museum

The Bali provincial state museum is one of the oldest museums in Bali and has a display of over 10,000 items in the place. There is an amazing array of prehistoric artifacts and works of art and weaponry that will stun you. The museum is built in a traditional Balinese architecture and has royal pavilions with beautiful carvings. There are galleries filled with ceramics bearing ancient inscriptions including tools and bronze pieces. The northern royal pavilion is

Witness the Perang Pandan

One of the highlights of the village of Tenganan Pegringsingan is the Perang Pandan festival. Well-known for its heritage 'double ikat' weave textiles, this village hosts a festival every year. This festival is held in honour of Hindu god, Indra, which plays a host to duels between male villagers. They hold rattan shields in one hand and a tied packet of thorny pandan leaves in the other. There is a lot of blood-shed but the contestants interestingly seem to have

Go on adventurous ATV Rides

These rides offer a perfect escape from the usual Bali surroundings. They take you to unfrequented sites in Bali and gives you a glimpse of the beautiful lush greens and villages on these ATVs.

 

Location: Bali Quad Discovery, Denpasar

For: Group of friends and couples

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Get a spa done

Balinese massage is one of the best things that can ever happen to you at Bali. This is a guilty worth luxury that includes oil and involves Swedish style strokes. There is mandi lulur that incorporates a body scrub and hydrating yoghurt body mask in addition to the message. They also offer cream baths and fish spas.

 

Location: Ubud and Seminyak

Go on Day Cruises

Take a half or a full-day sea voyage to Bali's neighbouring islands to explore more of Bali. There are Catamarans, sailing boats and cruises that take you on a fun-filled ride around the waters of Nusa Lembongan Islands and there are castaway cruises that take you to a 'secret' bay in Nusa Penida. This will create a remarkable memory for the couples as it takes them on a romantic sunset cruise paired with picture-perfect dinner around the bay waters of Benoa.

Flyboarding and Water Jetpacks experience

The jet propulsion mechanism helps you fly in the air above 10 to 15 meters from the water’s surface. While the jet nozzles are attached to a special pair of boots in the bottom that will release water at a high speed throwing you up in the air. This is one of the best experiences you can have at Bali. 

 

Location: Benoa Flyboard, Flyboard Bali, Bali Jetpacks a

Visit the Waterbom Bali

Bali's premier water park, Waterbom is one of the best water parks you will come across. They have over 17 exciting rides, slides and water games that will attract people of all ages. The grounds packed with leisure facilities and lush gardens will make you feel relaxed.

 

Location: Waterbom

For: Everyone

Cycle your way along the lush green villages

Discover Bali's countryside and rural Balinese villages by going on a tour around the city on a bicycle. You can freely rent bicycles from any area around in Bali and indulge yourself in this guilty pleasure. There are loads of volcanic scenes, ancient temples, plantations and local farming sites that will treat your eyes.

 

Location: Bali Bike Park, Mount Batur and Kinta

Surfing at Bali

Surfing is almost like breathing, in Bali. The tourism of this place has emerged because of surfing and people from all over the world come here especially to surf their ways into the beach waves. It an all-time favourite sport with a great collection of surf sports around the southern coasts and the Bukit Peninsula.

 

Location: The best place to surf is in Nusa Dua

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Do Kite Surfing

One of the extreme water sports gaining popularity in Bali is the Kite Surfing or Kiteboarding. You will be having a private instructor who will teach you how to do it and take you across the magnificent waves. This is one of the surreal experiences which will take this game to a different level. You learn how to master body dragging, upwind movement, speed control and the perfect way to ride the waves.

 

Go on serene Sea Walks

If you have issues with going underwater diving, then this is the thing for you. The sea walks have a helmet equipped that will pump oxygen and help you take a breath, while you can keep your prescription glasses intact and have a walk on the seabed without any hassle. These sea walks are the perfect way to enjoy the seabed without having to actually dive in. They are a beautiful experience.

 

Go Canyon Tubing amidst the nature

Imagine having a natural waterslide. Bali will make this possible for you along a river Siap up in the Payangan in the north of Ubud. You can indulge yourself in this waterslide that has inflatable tubes accompanying you in a natural path showing all the beauties of Bali as you steer your way through the fresh waters. There are well-trained guides who will help you make this 40-kilometre drift, a successful one.

 

Explore the under waters by Scuba Diving

Bali is a home for numerous reputable dive centres that are affiliated with PADI and SSI. They offer you expert training to go scuba diving on the island alongside beautiful coral reefs and magnificent views. Tulamben in the east, Padang Bai and Nusa Penida are some of the best places to go scuba diving because of the serene reefs and dramatic drifts along the seabed.

 

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Go for Whitewater Rafting

On the west side of Ayung is an enjoyment that will leave you speechless. There is a rafting session that goes on here that is regarded as one of the best experiences of Bali. Apart from the challenging waves, this ride offers you picturesque views along with lots of wildlife prevailing within the area of rafting that will make you feel awesome. 

 

Location: Jalan Ra

Satisfy your adrenaline with Paintball

In the expansive lands of Ungasan, Bali Paintball Arena has been built which welcomes you with a lot of adrenaline satisfaction in store. The cliff-top arena allows you to have a much better experience of this area with three separate playing fields that have manmade hideouts, bunkers, obstacles and loads of paintball to wreck your opponents.

 

Location: Bali Paintball Ar

Locavore Restaurant

Located on the Jalan Dewi Sita, this small but fully-booked restaurant is one of its kind. They make food with all organic materials and serve fine haute cuisine in a relaxed dining setting.

 

Must eat: Crisp focaccia chips with smoked mackerel mayonnaise, pan-seared barramundi a la meuniere.

Approximate Cost for two: A

Soleil at The Mulia Bali

Holding a place among the latest five-star restaurants, Soleil is pure luxury. With hall designed elegantly by shades of gold, white and beige, and scrumptious meals, this restaurant is pure class.

 

Must eat: All the items in the brunch buffet.

Approximate Cost for two: INR 2500-4500 per person depending on your choice

Swept Away Restaurant

Located amidst one of the most charming river that runs through this part of Ubud, Swept Away restaurant is sure you sweep you off your feet with its ambience. It is the perfect place to visit when you have had a tiring day, and just want to enjoy a calm and peaceful dinner with sheer number of food choices. 

 

Must eat: Asian Seafood Salad, Pulled Chicken in Rice Pa

Cuca Restaurant Bali

With a scenic setting amidst a leafy coconut grove and beautiful gardens, Cuca is a beautiful place to savour your mouths. The chef’s here are extremely passionate about serving you yummy food that will awaken your tastebuds.

 

Must eat: Chef’s tasting menu.

Approximate Cost for two: Approximately INR 500-25

Pearl Restaurant

Setup in an intimate garden, away from all the traffic with light blue fairy lights and hanging lanterns, this place looks like a dream. In addition to this, they serve authentic dishes that will definitely satisfy the foodie within you.

 

Must eat: Chef’s special

Approximate Cost for two: INR 4000-4500 for two pe

Blanco par Mandif at Blanco Renaissance Museum

Delicious local Indonesian food served with a fine French dining establishment and an equally astonishing menu is what this restaurant has to offer you. The best part about this is that they have a very close dinner with 10 diners at a time. Make your bookings before you reach there!

 

Must eat: Pecking Duck, Jajanan Pasar, Lapis Legit

Kayuputi Restaurant

Asian-inspired cuisine complemented by a beautiful pool and amazing seaside views. Is this your idea of a perfect meal? Then, you should definitely visit the Kayaputi Restaurant. They have a large open kitchen where you can witness culinary brigade, preparing your favourite dishes.

 

Must eat: Lobster, Tasmanian salmon, shoyu

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Kubu Restaurant

With scenic riverside news and fine Mediterranean-European dining, Kubu Restaurant Bali is a hud for honeymooners and foodies. It is an open-air restaurant that serves some of the best food available at Bali. It has only 40 seats, so make sure you reserve yours before someone else does.

 

Must eat: Foie gras parfait and Dutch milk fed veal.

Cucina at Cut Catch Cucina

This is the best place to have grilled food. They present you with a fine combination of food with a steakhouse, seafood and grill section within the hotel. It will give you one of the finest dining experiences.

 

Must eat: Grilled meat

Approximate Cost for two: INR 3000-3500 for two people approximately

Night Clubs

The clubbing scene in Bali usually starts around midnight across nightclubs and bars. They offer pumping music, and dance floors. These clubs close late letting you party till you drop or the sun rises! With all the right audio treats, sights, signature tastes, and surroundings, the nightclubs are the perfect places to let yourself loose. They are sure to give you quirky and fun nights.

Night Markets Bali

Locally referred to as 'Pasar Malam' or 'Pasar Senegal,' Bali night markets are to look forward to. They offer an insightful shopping experience with dining at the finest of cuisines of the world. The most popular night markets are in Sanur, Kereneng, Gianyar, and Bandung which mostly play as a host to the traditional stalls which sell the local stuff at low prices.

Beach Clubs

With stunning Indian ocean views and Ibiza inspired party vibes, the Bali beach club is nothing less of a traditional shack setup. It has got all the beach vibes with peppy music, mushy weather, beautiful coastlines and of course, fresh cocktails! What else would you need?

Cabaret Shows

The Bali Beach Shack, District Bali, Sol Beach House Benoa and the Club Cabaret Bali are the most popular locations that host cabaret shows. Fun, glamour and all things nice include the cabaret shows and they are the way to go for some evening entertainment.

Rooftop Bars

Open starlit sky accompanied by a breezy weather, good vibes and cocktails are what the rooftop bars would be offering. If this is your definition of a perfect night, then you have to be there at the rooftop bars.

Bars and Pubs

Though some bars and pubs open in the midnight, there are a few that open in the earlier evening and set the weather for a perfect night. Kuta, Seminyak and Legian are the home to some of the amazing collection of bars and pubs that give life to Bali.

Traditional Dance Performances

From storytelling with live dance troupes and aerial acrobatics to staged traditional dance performances with the backdrop of beautiful temples, they are sure to make your night a memorable one.

Live Music Venues

Live stage performances with great local and international bands will host the perfect night away from the deep bass and dominant digital electronic music.

Theatre Shows

The Kecak fire dance and the Indonesian Archipelago drama are what you need to look out for in order to have a quirky night. These shows are filled with colours and lots of lights that will make your night.

Discovery Shopping Mall

Location: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta

Timing: Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00, Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00

Known For: Second largest shopping hub with multiple brands.

Bargaining: Can bargain at shops on the beachfront

Night Markets

Locally referred to as 'pasar malam' or 'pasar senggol', Bali night markets are to look forward to. They offer an insightful shopping experience with dining at the finest of cuisines of the world. The most popular night markets are in Sanur, Kereneng, Gianyar and Bandung which mostly play as a host to the traditional stalls which sell the local stuff at dead cheap prices.

Celuk Village

Location: Jalan Raya Celuk, Sukawati, Gianyar

Timing: Depends on the day. Usually open everyday.

Known For: Gold and Silversmiths

Bargaining: You can bargain depending on the items.

Ubud Art Market

Location: Jalan Raya Ubud Main Road, opposite the Pure Saren Ubud Palace

Timing: 08:00 - 17:00

Known For: Souvenirs and Memorabilia made by Balinese

Bargaining: You can happily bargain your way and get them for your prices

Tegallang Handicrafts Village

Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalan, North of Ubud.

Timing: 08:00 - 22:00

Known For: Arts and crafts

Bargaining: You can certainly bargain.

Bali Collection

Location: Bali Tourism Development Corporation Complex, Nusa Dua

Timing: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 22:00

Known For: Different brands and outlets in all sizes

Bargaining: Cannot bargain since they are all branded outlets.

Monkey Forest Road

Location: Ubud Monkey Forest, Jalan Wana Wenara, Padangtegal Village, south of the main Ubud centre.

Timing: 8:30-18:00

Known For: Handicrafts, antiques and textiles

Bargaining: You can definitely bargain!

Mal Bali Galeria

Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Simpang Dewa Ruci, Kuta

Timing: 09:00 - 22:00

Known For: Family Mall concept with many tenants, outlets and events.

Bargaining: Can bargain in local shops

Kuta Beachwalk

Location: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta

Timing: Everyday from 10:00-22:00

Known for: International brands and franchises

Bargaining: Since all these are luxury brands, you cannot bargain. 

Sukawati Art Market

Location: Jalan Raya Sukawati, Gianyar

Timing: 08:00 - 19:00

Known For: Traditional Balinese arts and crafts

Bargaining: You can happily bargain.

Kuta Square

Location: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta

Timing: 08:00 - 22:00

Known For: Fashion stores and dining outlets

Bargaining: At some local shops, you can bargain

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