Of all the Indonesian islands, Bali is one of the most stirring destinations to explore. The senses are awakened by coming here. The air is filled with the seductive scent of clove oil and incense. Petal-strewn offerings burn on crowded sidewalks, and traditional gamelan music jangles over the whir of mopeds as peanuts sizzle at roadside kiosks.
The island is rich in natural beauty and has attractions for every type of traveler, despite the clamor and mayhem of the main tourist destinations. Surfers travel here for the renowned swells, hikers can ascend jungly volcanic peaks to misty waterfalls, and cyclists can ride through verdant regions studded with ancient towns and rice terraces.
1. Pura Tanah Lot
One of Bali’s most recognizable temples is Pura Tanah Lot, located about 20 kilometers northwest of Kuta. A big wow element is its stunning seaside location on a rocky islet surrounded by the pounding surf.
It is one of the most revered sea temples on the island for the Balinese people. Every evening, hordes of visitors from Kuta, Legian, and Sanur navigate a maze of lanes lined with souvenir vendors to see the sunset behind the temple.
It is believed that the priest Nirartha, who begged nearby fishermen to build a temple here after spending the night on the rock outcrop, was the inspiration for Pura Tanah Lot, which was constructed at the start of the 16th century.
2. Mount Batur
Hundreds of tourists start their ascent of Mount Batur’s 1,700 meters every day in the early morning darkness of Bali. When they reach the summit, they observe the sun rising over the luscious patchwork of mountains covered in mist and the caldera far below. This should be at the top of your list if you seek couples-friendly romantic activities in Bali.
This revered active volcano sits in the Kintamani District of Bali’s central highlands, around an hour’s drive from Ubud. It normally takes two to three hours to complete the moderate hike along well-marked routes. A picnic meal with eggs cooked by steam from the active volcano is frequently included in guided treks.
3. Uluwatu Temple
Due to its breathtaking clifftop location, Bali’s Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is one of the island’s most well-known temples. One of Bali’s top surf places is atop the cliffs that plunge into the sea.
An appropriate name for the temple’s location on the Bukit Peninsula, which runs along the island’s southwest tip, is “Ulu Watu,” which in Balinese means “tip” or “land’s end” and “rock.” Similar to Pura Tanah Lot, the greatest time to visit is just before sunset when the sky and sea are bathed in the fading afternoon sun.
4. Ubud Monkey Forest
One of the best things to do in Ubud, Bali, is to visit the Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. It’s also among Bali’s top destinations if you’re an animal enthusiast or photographer. From Ubud’s town center, a ten-minute stroll will get you here.
A big part of the allure is the vivid jungle backdrop where the monkeys walk freely and the amusing army of long-tailed grey macaques who call this place home. Paved paths wind through lush woods of enormous banyan and nutmeg trees, where ancient temples and statues covered in moss protrude through the thick undergrowth and give off an almost supernatural vibe.
5. Ubud Art & Culture
Ubud, which gained notoriety from the book and film Eat, Pray, Love, is also the heart of Balinese art and culture. The nearby royal palaces and temples served as the primary supporters, and this is where the contemporary Balinese art movement began.
Today, several top-notch local museums and galleries honor its traditions and evolution. As many collections are situated in traditional Balinese structures surrounded by tranquil tropical gardens, looking at art here is especially rewarding.
6. Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali
Want to go to the lovely emerald-colored rice fields you see in all the Bali travel guides and Instagram pictures? If you’re a photographer, the Tegallalang or Jatiluwih rice terraces should be at the top of your list of places to visit.
One of the most well-known locations to shoot these classic vistas and take in their timeless beauty is the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, which are about a 30-minute drive north of Ubud.
Be advised that villagers frequently demand admission and parking fees along the road and the most well-known trail through the area’s rice fields. You may unwind while taking in the lovely surroundings at one of the many eateries and cafés that look out over the fields.
7. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
One of Bali’s most beautiful temple complexes is the 17th-century Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. It is located in the chilly highlands of central Bali on a small island near the western edge of Lake Bratan. The thatched temples reflect in the lake and appear to float on the surface as the water levels rise as they are set against the towering backdrop of Gunung Bratan.
The temple complex is devoted to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the sea and lakes, and Lake Bratan serves as one of Bali’s primary irrigation and drinking water supplies.
The Buddhist stupa with statues of Buddha meditating in the lotus posture in niches on the square base is an interesting feature. It is located to the left of the entrance to the first courtyard. The stupa is evidence of Balinese Hindus converting to Buddhism.
8. Seminyak Shopping
The best Balinese design can be seen throughout Seminyak’s bustling streets, famed for its flamboyant designers and fantastic shopping. The trendy stores and bustling market stalls sell various goods, including cutting-edge designer clothing, surf and swimwear, jewelry, furniture, and home goods.
At last, I want to say that Bali is the most beautiful place to visit with or without family; there are many places to visit which are most amazing and beautiful if you are planning to visit bali, so you should visit these places which I have mentioned below.