Bali is not called The Island of Gods for nothing. The number of temples on this considerably small island is astonishing: 20,000. Just imagine. Potentially every second corner is a temple. The atmosphere of the island is unspeakable. The island has become one of the most visited places in Asia and still in my opinion it is not outdated. Every time I go there, it opens me something new. Or I just learn to see more. This is ultimate destination regardless your aim (and especially if you have no any!!!): beach and surf, luxury leisure or hiking, soul purification or rafting…
UBUD AND SURROUNDINGS
Though Ubud is located in one hour tip from the ocean, it is my favorite place on Bali. Cozy and beautiful. Ubud is the center of crafting and arts. You will wake up to the charming sound of Gamelan (traditional orcherstra), wander along always decorated streets, drop by craft shops and art galleries and trying not to step onto canang sari – tiny offerings full of flowers, cookies, rice etc. There are plently of rice fields around the village, Monkey Forest is just in the center. One can take traditional wood carving or balinese dance classes. Don’t forget to visit local teather – it is a real pleasure!
TAMPAKSIRING HOLY SPRING WATER TEMPLE
The Balinese belive that the springs rising from the earth is the God’s creation, so the water is believed to purify human body and soul and give it a new holy spirits. The Temple is popular among both locals and tourists.
TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES
Tegalalang is a small valley, one slope of which is rice terraces with coconut trees, another slope is full of tiny cozy cafes. A very nice place to chill and rest. Years ago the entrance was free, but recently a nominal fee or around IDR 10,000 per person was introduced.
Tanah Lot is a Balinese Hindu temple built on the stone seen amidst the ocean. During the high waters the ocean cuts the path to the temple. The temple is very important and besides tourists one can see many pilgrims. It has fascinating view of temple and ocean. To see the sunset here is, in my opinion, is one of Bali’s must do. Before you reach the temple, you will have to pass through local market with crafts and souvenirs, so try to get there a bit earlier before the sunset to find a cozy spot.
PURA ULUN DANU BRATAN TEMPLE
The temple built in 1633 is designed for offering ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu. This is a major Shivaite and water temple on Bali.
GOA GOAJAH ELEPHANT CAVE
The temple was found in 1929, while its first mentioning dates back till XIV century. There are two version of its creation – natural and anthropogenic. The very name of the temple means The Elephant River. The path to the temple lies through the jungle with beautiful paths and at the entrance the head of demon will swallow all your bad thoughts.
PURA BESAKIH TEMPLE
Located in a place regarded as holy since pre-historic times, Besakih is Bali’s ‘mother temple’ – the largest Hindu complex.
KINTAMANI VOLCANO AND LAKE BATUR
Active volcano and amazing view to the lake Batur, surrounded by several ancient villages. Lovely place, can be even little bit chilly.
One of the most famous beaches on Bali, known for its spectacular sunsets and seafood restaurants.