With Bali being on the bucket list of most avid travelers, it is bound to be busy throughout the year with tourists. Despite being popular among the masses and crowded throughout the year, Bali is surprisingly cheap and affordable. Bali is especially popular among Indians as the visa is free for all Indian citizens and passport holders. All you need to do is make sure that your visa has a validity of at least six months and you’re good to go. While a luxurious trip to Bali will cost anywhere between INR 75,000 to 1,25,000, depending on your choices and preferences, a budget trip to Bali can start from approximately INR 25,000. Here’s a breakdown of the cost and the things that you can do to minimize your cost.
Like any other trip, the flight fares will account for the bulk of the cost of the trip. Direct flights are available regularly from all major cities of India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata. The fares can be as low as INR 8,000 if you plan your trip in advance. We searched the web for the cheapest flights from different cities of India to Bali-Ngurah Rai International Airport, two months before our travel date and found some accurate figures for you to work with and plan accordingly.
Kolkata to Bali came out to be INR 9,800 approx.
Mumbai to Bali came out to be INR 13,000 approx.
Delhi to Bali came out to be INR 10,400 approx.
Bangalore to Bali came out to be INR 10,600 approx.
Make sure you plan your trip well in advance(at least 2 months before the travel date) in order to save some bucks for yourself which will always come in handy.
Luxurious hotels and resorts aren’t hard to find in Bali, but they all come with a hefty price tag. Finding hotels with all amenities and getting the most out of the dough you pay can be hard. But hey, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of hotels and resorts to help you find the perfect hotel at the perfect price.
Cahaya Ubud Villa
Waking up to the rooster crowing, surrounded by rice fields with the sun rising in the backdrop, sounds like a dream eh? At this property in Cahaya Ubud, it is an everyday thing. Enjoy the beautiful views from your own private villa at a fairly cheap rate. There are only two villas in this property, so you’ll have a more than decent amount of privacy to enjoy with your loved ones. The villa even has an outdoor pool and the view from your room, or the pool, it is sure to leave you craving for more.
Price: INR 2,400 per night
Owned by the famous Fashion TV, which claims itself as fashion and lifestyle experts, the Fashion Hotel Legian surely lives up to its reputation. The hotel has modern designs and amenities, with a rooftop swimming pool and an outdoor lounge to chill and watch the sunset. They even have their own club, the Love F Bar, which doesn’t hurt at all. You’ll be pleased to know that the hotel is priced fairly too. For all you social media lovers who can’t wait to share your trip details with your Instagram fam, you’re gonna love this hotel as it is very Instagrammable. You are sure to get noticed and get some of your followers jealous.
Price: INR 1,750 onwards
Tucked away in the corner of Kuta lies this beauty, which is a wonder on its own. Minimalistically designed, this beauty is a work of art. The little pieces of art present on the walls gives the place its character. You could enjoy a coffee with your friends or family at the cafe which is open for 24 hours. A beach resort wouldn’t be complete without a pool, would it? You can choose to take a dip in the morning or you could choose to simply chill by the poolside after a long day of travel. It’s a fantastic restaurant serving authentic Asian food. Opt to sit in the outdoor area which has a breathtaking view of the place with lush greens all around you. The hotel is located just 10 minutes away from Seminyak and Double Six Beach and just 15 minutes away from the Kuta market.
Price: INR 1,800
'Manyi', which means harvest in the Balinese language is the apt name for this peaceful retreat. Situated amidst the rice fields in Ubud, the Manyi Village perfectly sums up the comfort of modern life and traditional Balinese rural living. The rooms are posh and you won’t miss out on any modern amenities, with breathtaking views of the paddy fields. It even has a swimming pool, which is almost a must-have in all resorts in Bali.
Price: INR 2,800 per night
Food is always an exciting part of traveling, if not the most exciting. Lucky for us, Bali is high on its street food culture. It can be hard for tourists to find the right place to eat authentic Balinese food. Here’s a list of a few dishes and restaurants that you should definitely try when in Bali.
Badung Market is one of South Bali’s most famous stop for everything available under the sun, it’s specialty being the authentic Balinese street food. Lawar and Es Kelapa Muda being the most famous among all the dishes, should not be missed at any cost.
Lawar is basically stir-fried green beans and vegetables, freshly grated coconut, eggs, lime leaves and shallots flavored with Balinese spices. It may also include chicken, depending upon preferences.
Es Kelapa Muda is a refreshing drink made up of coconut water, coconut flesh and syrup.
These food items would make up for a perfect Balinese breakfast.
A walk through the Jimbaran Fish Market is not only a culinary experience but also a cultural experience. Visit the market before dusk to watch local fishermen haul the day’s catch. You could choose any dish made out of freshly caught oysters, fishes, squids, lobsters and also caviars. The chefs will clean them and prepare a wholesome meal for you. And the best part? You can witness the masters at work. You could enjoy your desired meal while relaxing on Kendongan beach.
Take a stroll down Batu Bolong street and it won’t take you long to realize that you’ve hit a food jackpot. The 2-kilometer stretch is filled with amazing restaurants selling delicious authentic Balinese food.
Mama Canggu’s famous Babi Guling, which translates to suckling pig, is renowned all over the world. The delicacy is first stuffed and marinated with a local paste of ginger, garlic, and shallots. Then, some coconut water is poured over the entire pig and is roasted on a pit fire until crispy
The Sindu Market, popular for its cheap and fresh produce and also the amazing dishes available, is a wonderland for all foodies. Located near the Sindhu Beach and Sanur Beach, the area offers an array of street food dishes that will leave you wanting more. Out of all the dishes available, the must-try is the Durian ice cream.
Durian is a tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp, which has a fetid smell and is native to Malaysia. The fruit is banned from airports and other public places due to its foul smell. Sanur beach is one of the few places where you can taste this weird yet unique fruit.
Bali offers a vast range of transport options, such as Bemos, taxis, scooters, cars, etc. However, the taxi drivers of Bali are infamous for duping tourists. It’s best to not travel by taxis and to opt for other options. If you’re compelled to travel in a taxi, be sure to travel only in Blue Bird taxis. The best option to travel internally would be to rent a bike or a scooter as they are widely available at fairly cheap prices. A daily rental won’t cost you more than INR 400 a day. The other, cheaper and more eco-friendly option would be to rent a bicycle, which will not cost you more than INR 150. The roads of Bali are well maintained for most parts so it won’t be a problem to ride here. Just make sure that you have a network connection to let maps assist you.
Bluish-green waters, rocky islets off the shore, with hills on the backdrop and palm trees surrounding the sand, Crystal Bay is almost perfect. It is also quite isolated and not many tourists land up here so if you want peace and some time for yourself in solitude, this is the perfect escape for you.
Arguably the most famous beach in Bali, Kuta is a paradise for all surfers. It is quite developed and you can easily find surfboards and lounge chairs for rent. This beach also offers marvelous views of the blue waters and beautiful sunsets. This beach is perfect for a drink while reading a book or just sunbathing on a lazy afternoon. Kuta also has a plethora of pubs, clubs, and bars where you can drink up and chill at night.
Still astonishingly underdeveloped, this beach is Bali’s best-kept secret. Pasir Putih or White Sands beach is a dominantly fishing village backed by coconut trees and a few beachside stalls that offer massages, juices and lounges. This beach is especially famous for snorkeling the tranquil waters of the ocean. Required equipment is available nearby for rent.
Offering zero surf and minimal nightlife, this beach is perfect for all you travelers, who want serenity and solitude. The beaches are protected by a breakwater, making swimming almost impossible during low tides. Sanur is the ideal beach for exploring the southern peninsula of Bali.
Seminyak is a sophisticated beach, with an array of classy cafes and shops along the beach. This beach is popular among families. This place isn’t ideal for swimming either as the waves are unpredictable. You could take a day off from all the hustle and bustle of traveling and spend a day at Seminyak and enjoy peace and nature. Cafes are spread across the beach and the cocktails are really good and can be enjoyed while watching the glorious sunset.