Places To Visit In Bali

The island of Bali in the eastern part of Indonesia definitely has a unique charm and thrill that has been attracting tourists in large numbers from all over the world. With a rich historical context to a bustling modern life, you will find yourself truly immersed in the culture and vibes of Bali. As a bonus to the deal, because Bali doesn’t treat tourism as a way to boost the economy but as a means to showcase its rich culture to the world, accommodations and places to stay in Bali are relatively very cheap.

Since the growth and popularization of Hinduism in Bali, a lot of the popular festivals like Odalan and activities important to Bali hold a religious context and meaning, but the original pagan roots of Balinese beliefs still show in them. Similar to these festivals that happen almost every single day somewhere in Bali is the busy city life reflecting in the traffic jams you will often find in Bali.

Amongst the important places to visit in Bali are Hindu temples like Tanah Lot, where you will find beautiful architecture amidst scenic natural settings and breathtaking hills and beaches. You will also be able to do a lot of shopping of souvenirs and chic items in Seminyak. In addition, Balinese cuisine, which feels like a blend of south-east Asian and Indian, is surely hard to miss at any of the places to visit in Bali, through street food and elegant restaurants everywhere in Bali.

Your trip to Bali is bound to take you deep into the unique culture of the island of Bali, and will be an extensive exploration of how enriching culture can be to life in general. You will find yourself floating amidst the vibrant feel of Bali, and will leave in awe of your experience in Bali.

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Uluwatu Temple is one of the Bali's nine key directional temples, which is situated on the top of a steep cliff, approximately 70 metres above sea level, facing the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu, as the name describes itself-‘ulu’ means ‘land’s end’ and ‘watu’ means ‘rock’, the temple is locally known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Luhur signifying ‘something of divine origin’.

 

 

History

Mpu Kunturan, a Majapahit monk, is said to have laid the foundation of the divine place and Dhang Hyang Dwijendra aka Danghyang Nirartha was the architect. The temple was constructed to worship Lord Shiva Rudra, as locals believe that Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva amalgamated into one here. It is also believed that a sage named Dnag Hyamg Mirartha from East Java attained moksha at the temple when he disappeared into a strike of lightning in 1999, which also set the temple on fire. The temple was restored after that, to preserve its past and history and it was then open for tourists. The temple is a home for varied bands of monkey, who are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The visitors are advised to keep their belongings safe as the monkeys might snatch them.

 

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The temple has two entrance gates, which have a couple of sculptures in front of them- figures of human bodies with elephant heads- Hindu deity, Lord Ganesha. One-piece winged stone gate leads to the temple’s courtyard, is a heritage of 10th century, winged gates are not a common sight on the island. The temple is made of black coral rock, and is situated at the land’s end to protect it from the evil spirits.

June, July and August are the best months to visit, being the coolest months in Bali. To visit the temple, it is recommended to visit it from 5 to 6 pm to have a scenic view of the sunset and catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing Kecak dance- a Balinese art form that starts at 6. The temple welcomes the worshipers to perform prayers at all hours of the day. Kecak dance is a compilation of the story of Lord Rama’s life during and after the exile. The stage has limited seating area so one must go early to grab a front row seat for a perfect glimpse.

In every six months, according to the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle, the royal family of Jro Kuta from Denpasar organizes a fest to celebrate the anniversary of the temple. The visitors must wear appropriate clothes to the temple and to wear a sarong and a sash is essential.

Uluwatu Beaches are one of the famous attractions for the surfers around the world and has been a tourist destination since early 1970’s. Amateur surfers are recommended to sit by the beach and gaze the beauty of Mother Nature.

 

Luxury Hotels and Villas to stay in Uluwatu

  1. Bulgari Resort Bali- Luxurious Villa with a private sundeck and plunge pool.

Address: Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Bali, 80364, Indonesia.
Phone: +62 361 8471000
Website: bulgarihotels.com

  1. Alila Villas Uluwatu- Modern Balinese-style villa with an elevated outdoor pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Address: Jl. Belimbing Sari, Tambiyak, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan Pecatu Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364, Indonesia.
Phone: +62 361 8482166
Website: alilahotels.com

  1. The Edge Bali- Located on Bali's Uluwatu cliff tops, the eight private villas overlooks the magnificent Indian Ocean.

Address: Jalan Pura Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8470700
Website: theedgebali.com

  1. Six Senses Uluwatu- With an infinity style pool, the outdoor decks have an uninterrupted ocean view.

Address: Jl. Goa Lempeh, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 2090300
Website: sixsenses.com

  1. The Ungasan Clifftop Resort- The resort comprises of seven private villas, with its private pools. Address: Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia.
    Phone: +62 811 9421 110
    Website: theungasan.com
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Uluwatu temple is a heritage of the 10th century and the six main temples in Bali Island, dedicated to the supreme God of Indonesian Hinduism, Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. It is located at the clifftop winged with a stone gate with two entrances to the temple area, one in the north and other in the south. Uluwatu temple is located in the Uluwatu area, which is in the southwest of Bali and is a Balinese temple. The gates are made with flowers and leave carvings with a couple of sculptures carved on the gates. In one of the courtyards of Uluwatu Temple is a Brahmin statue facing towards the Indian Ocean, representing Dhang Hyang Dwijendra. The main attraction is the mesmerizing scenery of plateau which lies 230 meters above the ocean and is located at a majestic cliff. 

 

Why it is famous?  

The Uluwatu temple is visited and most seen in the clear weather with a tremendously clear view of the blue ocean on the Indian Ocean horizon. With beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, this place attracts surfers from around the globe. Travelers can soak under the sun on the cliff top and flowing waters into the valley. You can meet the local people and tourists in the resort, on the beach, or in the club or public cafes. The beautiful landscape and hot spots and a variety of sightseeing attractions will completely startle you and you can take a look at the picturesque view while walking around. Beaches of this place are sublime and mainly for snorkeling and surfing that draw social attention. Experience this temple by understanding the culture and history of Indonesia, to indulge in the true spirit of this place and breath-taking aspect of Bali.

Fresh climate with Mountainous scenery is enough for changing your mood and enjoying the weekend. Bedugul area’s people chose Bali to spend their weekends and there’s another attraction floating temple that is known as Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. The photographers love this place for the enchanting view and we must say nature hypnotize visitor by her beauty.

The lake is clear, tranquil and the temple situated in the middle of the lake, this makes this place more adorable. There have sanctified temples of- Brahma, Vishnu, and lord shiva. This temple not only looks beautiful but also has a significant and we should know about this to memorize it forever. 

 

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In the 17th century, Ulun Danu Bratan temple (local name is Pura Ulun Danu Beratan) was built to mix with Hindu and Buddhist culture. This temple is dedicated to the Brahma, Vishnu Lord shiva, and Dewi Danu who is the goddess of the lake. Besides the main temple, there are four other temples- Dalem Purwa temple, Lingga Petak temple, Pucak Mangu temple, and Terate Bang temple.

The main temple has three monasteries with different height. The tallest one which has 11 layers is Vishnu, 7 layer is Brahma and the last three-layer are Shiva.

 

Between the world’s 20 beautiful lakes, Lake Bratan is one of them. The depth of this lake is around 48m and spread this around 12 km. tourists also come here to see the beauty of the lake.   

Tegallalang Rice Terrace is an agricultural icon known to be a popular tourist spot in Bali on the cliffs of Tegalalang Village. With Bali’s beaches, mountains, steaming volcanoes this is a most traveled destination by global travelers. It is situated in the north of Ubud Bali, Gianyar regency, Bali Indonesia. The village is covered by good temperature and is located at 600 meters above the sea level. The stunning and awe-inspiring sight of the beautiful emerald-green rice paddies extends like an eternity, worked, and taken care of by local farmers of this village. Another important thing hard to miss is the Bali Sign, which is perfect for a picture shot. The traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system is given by a holy man Rai Markandeya. You will find magnificent wooden artwork and carvings lined up at the village road. Walkthrough the dazzling view and trip to Pakudui village.

 

Why it is famous?  

The rice terrace is considered to be a highlight of this place, known for souvenir shopping along the roadside. The three major landscapes to witness are Ubud, Pejeng, and Campuhan villages. The rice terrace is well-known for tourists and offers a scenic outlook throughout the rice cliffs situated on the slopes across the valley. The location is cool and breezy and you can enjoy the view from the top and climb down and walk up the hill amidst the magnificent carvings and wooden art. You will notice the carvings of mythical horses, lions, human figures made by the talented craftspeople. Hiking would involve around 30-60 minutes to roam every corner of the area and you can witness the water running in the narrow canals between the valley and through the raw earth. The walkways are narrow, soft, and muddy. 

Explore Bali’s water palace that is surrounded by pools and fountains and discover the royal history at Taman Tirtagangga. The grounds have an exquisitely impressive eleven-tiered fountain that is considered to be the center of attraction surrounding the sculpture gardens. This was a former palace dated back to 1940s that is now transformed into lavish water gardens and highlights the verdant scenery along the countryside. The park has an area of 1.2 hectares extending from east to west with three levels of the building. This complex looks like it has existed for centuries however it was built in 1946 by the royal Karangasem family. Travelers can’t take their eyes off from its shrubs, sculptures, flora & fauna, and magical fountains positioned on the octagonal stepping stones. You can also swim in one of the stone spring water.

Why it is famous?  

Taman Tirtagangga is famous for people who enjoy imaginative and beautiful landscapes where you can relax amidst the verdant scenery and plan a tour of the terraced countryside. There are many old temples and you can also see the fertile rice paddies. Tirta Gangga meaning water from the Ganges has always been a tourist destination and well-known for the 10-meter-high eleven -tiered fountain inside the complex covered with numerous ornate guardian statues and lotus ponds. There are springs under the banyan tree in one of the tallest building, this complex has a maze of pools and fountains that is covered by stone carvings, statues, and beautiful gardens. It is a nice picnic spot especially for kids to play around and for those who fancy and enjoy swimming in the pool. 

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is the most iconic landmark. It is spread over the 240-hectare park complex in the rugged hills Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. It is located at an altitude of 146 meters from the ground level. It has a 150-meter high statue of God Vishnu and the mythical eagle, Garuda. The design is inspired by Hindu mythology and is considered as Indonesia’s tallest statues. It is one of the most traveled places by tourists from around the world. The tantalizing view of the awe-inspiring monument, fascinating heritage, immense sculptures, cultural performances, and legendary tales transpires you to explore this cultural park complex.

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The most fascinating attraction is the large corridor carved with limestone pillars surrounded by Lotus Pond over 4000 square meters of open space. Discover the picturesque island and explore the park with monumental sculptures making it an exotic place. The hall inside accommodates up to 7000 people and is a perfect place for organizing international events, concerts, features high-quality acoustics, and other cultural performances. Travelers can also watch the making of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue and buy souvenirs from the local shops. You can even enjoy free services of hair braiding and nail painting. There is also the Balinese parade scheduled at 5:00 pm daily. Enjoy the delicious and authentic Balinese food at Jendela Bali restaurant inside the Street Theatre Area.

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Goa Gajah Cave- Bali is one of the most significant archaeological sites for Hindus situated in Bali, the outer side of Ubud. The site is also popular as the elephant cave, as it is located near the elephant river. The ancient bathing pools, relics, and the green rice paddies provide the cave with a mystic look. The demonic mouth entrance of Goa Gajah suggests that people are entering into the world of darkness or underworld.  

 

The place is open all seven days in a week with timings from 8:00 A.M to 4:30 P.M. People visiting Goa Gajah should be properly dressed; both for men and women up to knees should be covered. As this place is an active worship site, try not to distract the worshippers who are inside the narrow cave.

 

Goa Gajah Cave is famous for the temple of Buddhist relics along with a cave attached. While entering the cave people have to pass by two rows of shops. Sarong is provided at the entrance of the temple which you can wear and walk towards the hill ground. Another significance of Goa Gajah is the beautiful surrounding for which the tourists are attracted the most. To explore the cave, you won’t require much time but, the places around with elegant stone steps, rice paddies are a relief to the eyes. Hence, it is considered a must-visit place in Bali.

Today we are going to present to you Bajra Sandhi, which is the most popular monument in Denpasar, Denpasar is the capital and the most popular city in Bali. And it is a worldwide major tourist destination with two million people in the metropolitan area. 

 

This monument is starting making in 1987 and open 2003. The Bajra sandhi monument is the history of the struggle for Bali. This monument is surrounded by small green ponds and fountains. If you want to do the best thing in Denpasar you should visit the Bajra Sandhi monument.

 

Why it is famous?

Bajra Sandhi's monument is in Denpasar and nowadays it has become a popular tourist attraction. The monument Build to dedicate the struggles of Balis people to combat with Dutch colonial. Bajra Sandhi's monument shape is rectangular which follows the architectural principle of tree mandalas. And the locals called it Poopotan park. 

 

The name of Bajra sandhi is taken from two words bajra and sandhi. Where Bajra means bell and scared belongs to Sandhi. Ir.Ida Bagus Gede Yadnya is the designer of the Bajra Sandhi monument. The monument is located in of Balis government office which is in the Renon area, the heart of Denpasar city. The main building of the monument is called Utama Mandala, Madya Mandala is the inner part which is ringed by the Utama Mandala and Nista Mandela is the outer courtyard which is fenced by the Madya Mandala

 

There are also few facilities are available in this monument. All rooms are attached with air condition you don't need to deal with hot weather. And you can access free Wi-Fi here. This monument also has food courts and clean toilets. 

Welcome to the world of safari, where you will come across the utmost feeling of exhilaration, fun, and adventure altogether. Get the most beautiful experience of your life in this adventurous park. The park is home for thousands of animals, which include more than 100 species, including some wild animals from India and Africa. That turns out to be quite educational as well. The park covers 400000 sq. M of land in Gianyar. The park exhibits the entire natural environment of Indonesia, Africa and India. Their main objective is to conserve the wildlife of Indonesia. Therefore, they are quite active in maintaining the wellbeing of wildlife in Indonesia. Moreover, this amazing Park also brings the intriguing culture of Indonesia, Africa, and India together in a single unit, which is the most wonderful thing to see.

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Tourists visit this place to feel connected with wildlife and nature because this park exhibits a species of different variants. The park includes all kinds of interesting activities that are enjoyed by people of all ages not to mention the enriched environment of Indonesia, Africa, and India, which holds the culture of all the three countries that are nothing but delightful.

Pack your bags and get going to the adventurous trip to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – Bali and explore the best of nature. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – Bali is the house to the monkeys and is spread in 12.5 acres of forest.

 

With more than 186 species of different plants, the sanctuary is also home to the small herd of Timor Rusa Deer. Not only is the place famous for the monkeys, but it also is a place to several ancient temples that speak of the rich heritage of the ancestors of Bali.

 

All You Must Know About the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary- Bali

 

The sacred monkey sanctuary in Bali is a great place that is loved for its natural beauty. It offers a calm and mysterious aura that is untouched by any artificial features.

 

The place is famous for the grey Macau. Also, when planning a visit to the place, do not forget that it is also a religious place of the local community. You just cannot hit the monkeys else you will land up in a problem. Seven hundred forty-nine monkeys are living here.

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The Tirtha Empul Temple is known as one of the most visited Hindu temples in Indonesia. This historical temple is known as the holy spring water temple of the ancient Hindu Balinis.

The Tirtha Empul Temple, located in Indonesia, is located in a village near the hill town of Tampakasaring, some distance from the town of Bali.

One of the main features of this temple is that there is a pond for purifying the soul in the temple premises. Upon entering this historic temple, visitors take a dip in the sacred spring water of the pond to purify their souls. The water of the soul purification pond of this temple comes from the hill behind the temple premises.

Also included in this temple are Koi Pond, Jeroyan, and Jaba Tengah. All these sights of this temple are one of the most important features to win the heart of every tourist.

Why is Tirtha Empul Temple famous?

Tourists from different countries come to this temple every day to visit the Tirtha Empul Temple in Bali, Indonesia.

At the same time, the main reason why this Hindu temple is one of the most famous temples in Bali is the 30 water drains off the Atma Purification Pond located in the temple premises. This soul purification is worshipped by the visitors by bathing through the water drain of the pond.

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History-

To accomplish the far greater thing, let us swim into the divine pond to get the blessing of Thirumoorthy. The Ancient Hindu temple Taman Ayun of Bali situated in Mengwi village was built in the 17th century by the Gusti Agung Putuking of the Mengwi Empire is the best tourist place to visit I Bali.

Though this temple is built in the year 1634, In the year 1937, there was a major restoration gone inspiring Chinese architecture. It is one of the six royal temples; initially, the outsider was not allowed to visit the temple, now the locals and foreigners are allowed to visit. Taman Ayun temple means ‘Garden Temple in the Water.’

It is the worship place and recreation garden for the Mengwi Empire. Mengwi kings use temples praying for their prosperity. It is devoted to the Hindu god and noble spirits.

Why is it famous?

“Utama mandala” stone has a Meru containing the cascaded roof. A cascaded roof is a place for god during the ceremony. Eleven feet (3.35 m) roof dedicated to gods Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma the destroyer, preservers, and creator respectively; they are called as Thirumoorthy in Hinduism. Jaba is the outer part of the temple.

The guardhouse is where the temples ceremony and cockfights will take place. It has a lily pond, post sprinkling water, nine guardian god’s Pintu Gelung is opened only during the ceremony, and Dalem Bekak Temple, a small temple nearby.

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In one word we can define the Bali ‘The Land Of Gods’-   due to huge religious idols. The culture of Bali influenced by Indian and Chinese culture. Bali not only famous for Holy places but also attract visitors by the clean beautiful waves of seas.

Bali’s most elegant beach with the glamorous resort is – Seminyak Beach. This place is the collection of fashion stores, amazing dinner spots, clubs, boutique shops, and many more. this spot is far away from the Airport but that doesn't mean this place is very calm.

Most of the visitors come here to spend the weekend at the beach. But remember that this place is not for swimming, so before going to jump please talk to the guards.

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Firstly, Seminyak is famous for the beach but also here you can visit the amazing shop, top-class cooks are ready to give you service in restaurants, boutiques, temples, etc takes special attractions. More than that there are nothing special things to do. This beach is perfect to take a break from your busy schedule and gives special time to your family and friends. 

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The Mother Temple of Bali, Besakih Temple is also called “Pura Besakih”. It is a temple complex comprising more than 20 temples. It is believed that this temple was made as past as 10th century. It is situated at up slopes of a mountain called “Agung”. This mountain has an active volcano. In 1995. UNESCO recognized this complex a world heritage site. Each of the temples in the complex has its own festival. I am sure when you will be visiting; you will come across one of the festivals. It is enjoyable.

Why it is famous: - Mainly famous for temples and Balian culture. In this complex, temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, the trilogy from Hinduism are located predominantly. It has 23 separate temples, but the largest and most important being called Pura Penataran Agung.

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, a majestic sight is locally known as Pura Ulun Danu Beratan and is popularly known as the Floating Temple. The temple is built on the shores of Lake Beratan, surrounded by the highlands of Bedugul region. The lake and the mountains adds a dreamy look to the beautiful architecture of the temple. And yes, the place is as pretty as it looks in the picture. The beauty of the place cast a spell and leaves us spellbound to the surreal beauty.

 

History

The history of the temple can be traced back to the rise of Mengwi Kingdom in the 17th century. The temple was built to worship the Hindu Gods- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva; and the goddess of the lake- Dewi Danu. The name of the temple means the power or source of the Lake Beratan. The history of the temple is taken from the archeological artefacts identified in the chronicles of Mengwi. The structure of the temple is a blend of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The temple constituting the three main temples are tiered shrines, the tallest shrine is 11 tiered dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the second is 7 tiered dedicated to Lord Brahma and the shortest 3 tiered is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples were constructed to honour the gods and invoke fertility and prosperity in the region. The temple also bounds four distinct temples- Dalem Purwa Temple, Terate Bang Temple, Lingga Petak Temple and Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple.

Lake Beratan is the second largest lake in Bali and is a source of irrigation to the paddy rice fields. The lake is situated on the foothills of the ‘holy mountains’. Away from the humdrum of the daily life the place gives a sense of calmness and positive vibes.

 

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The best time to visit the temple is between 9 AM to 2 PM as the fog resides over the lake after the noon. To witness the beautiful sunrise one must visit the place during the months of October to April. While visiting the temple one must keep in mind that they are visiting a holy place, so should wear appropriate clothes, a sarong and a sash are necessary for both men and women.

The temple is structured to adore the religious diversity of the nation. There is a magnificent banyan tree and to its opposite stands a Buddhist stupa. Robed Buddha encircles the shrine and on the hills, looms a huge mosque. The inner walls of the Hindu temples are sealed from the non-worshipers but the ceremonies can be seen from the gates of the temple. The place spreads out majestic vibes with religious serenity and nature’s beauty. It is a paradise for the photographers.

Tegallalang rice fields, locally known as subak, lies in the center of Bali and depicts the traditional Balinese irrigation system. The paddy fields are famous for their terraced layout as it offers a scenic view of the rice fields and surrounding green landscape. The unique irrigation system is believed to be passed down by a holy man named- Rsi Markandeya in the 8th century. Tegallalang contributes to 3 most beautiful terraced landscapes in the regions of Ubud, Pejeng and Campuhan. The landscape offers you a cool and breezy vibes in the scorching heat of Bali, moreover it’s an amazing location to click pictures.

To witness the greenery of the fields, the months of March, April, September and October are the most suitable ones as it is the time of harvest. From April to September, the fields have a tint of a yellow color, it is a different of beauty to witness. Dawn is the best time of the day to witness the beauty of agriculture, as the sun rays are not too direct to bake you. It is also a perfect time for photography as the light is evenly spread out on the fields and also there is not much tourists at that time.

On the way to the fields, there are various cafes and restaurants. One of the famous restaurants is Terrace Padi, from where you can overlook the terraces and is next to the ‘Love Bali’ sign. It serves traditional Indonesian and Balinese food with some traditional dishes as well. The location of the restaurant is picturesque and would be a nice stop for a drink and enjoy the tranquil scenery. On the way there are various cafes but inside the rice fields there are none. So you should always carry your own water and snacks along.

There are many tours that include Tegallalang Rice fields as a stop, some of the tours are- KINTAMANI VOLCANO and TEGALLALANG  RICE TERRACE TOUR (Price: $ 50) and UBUD and TEGALLALANG  RICE TERRACE TOUR (Price: $ 50).
Instead of the tours, one can also hire a motorbike as it is not that difficult to navigate.

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Goa Gajah or the Elephant Cave is regarded as a significant Hindu archeological site and has also been listed as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The cave is just 10 minutes away from Ubud and lies near the Elephant River. It is a mysterious cave amidst the paddy fields with ancient bathing pools. Even the entrance to the cave creates an eerie vibe because of its demonic mouth figure, suggesting an entrance to the underworld. Some people also claim that the figure represents Hindu earth god- Bhoma while others say that according to Balinese mythology the figure depicts a child-eating witch- Rangda.

 

History

The relics found on the site of Goa Gajah, traces its history back to 11th century. Javanese poem Desawarnana, first mentioned about Goa Gajah and the Elephant Cave in the year 1365. The place holds great religious significance but some parts of it still remain unexplored, even after the last excavation of 1950. According to some popular theories it is believed that the cave was dug up with hands by Hindu priests but a number of Buddhists believe it to be related to Buddhist architecture and religion.  

 

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The temple is regarded as a sacred Hindu site and is also surrounded by various Hindu temples. Goa Gajah is a small cave, once you enter the dark and narrow passage, the cave ends abruptly in an intersection. The right passage leads to the Shivaling; in honor of lord Shiva and the left passage to the figure of Hindu God- Lord Ganesha. Outside the cave lies two square bathing pools, with fountains held by six female figures.

While visiting the cave, it is preferred to wear proper clothes i.e. your body should be covered till knees and a sarong is a must, which are available at the entrance of the cave. To click pictures inside the cave is prohibited because of the minimal space. There is no artificial light in the cave therefore the place is also not properly illumined. Goa Gajah celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary- 'Anggara Kasih Prangbakat' on the Tuesday of 210-day according to the Pawukon calendar.

It doesn’t take much time to complete the tour of the Elephant Caves therefore one can always visit the majestic nearby locations of the place like- the rice paddies, gardens, a small waterfall down the valley, remains of a Buddhist temple and some of the carved ancient stones lies in the river, allowing water to erase the history.

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Bali is an island famous for its tourist attractions, located in the eastern-most part of Indonesia, which is an archipelago that stretches west to east in South-East Asia in the Indian Ocean.
If you are in Bali for a duration of 6 to 7 days then it would be recommended to visit the regions of Kuta, Ubud, Seminyak and Uluwatu. Famous tourist attractions you would not want to miss during your stay in Bali include temples like Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Ulun Danu Bratan and Tirta Empul Temple, beaches like Nusa Dua beach, Kuta beach and places of natural beauty like Mount Batur and the rice terraces of Sideman Valley.
Spending the nights of Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in Kuta or Seminyak will let you immerse yourself in the nightlife of Bali. The temples of Bali are also the happening spots around the cities and villages oftentimes, with religious and cultural festivities like Odalan often taking place around them. Seminyak region is the most happening shopping area in Bali.
Bali has a very active nightlife, which truly kicks off post midnight. You will be able to find lowkey spots that serve as party venues with affordable drinks as well as upscale bars, pubs and night clubs in Bali. Some beaches in Bali are also venues of beach parties at night. The Kuta and Seminyak regions in Bali are most renowned regions for Bali’s nightlife scene.
Bali is known for its cheap accommodation facilities for tourists that offer decent facilities for an enjoyable stay. You can choose to stay at one of the hotels or resorts in Bali, most of which have pool facilities, or even at shared lodging or homestay locations which are super cheap and will offer you the opportunity to taste home-made Balinese food and interact with locals in a more involved manner.
The roads and streets of the cities in Bali are often very busy and packed with frequent traffic jams. Therefore, it is highly advisable to rent a motorcycle to take you around places to visit in Bali in a fast and convenient manner. It is also recommended you hop from one accommodation to another depending on the region in Bali you are visiting during your trip to Bali.
Bali’s increasing popularity amongst international tourists is causing it to emerge as an expensive tourist destination. However, the food and accommodation facilities in Bali are very cheap without a compromise in quality. Therefore, you can adjust your budget and expenses on your Bali trip as per your preferences.
The Balinese food is an exotic and unique blend between South-East Asian cuisine and Indian cuisine. The most popular traditional dishes in Bali include Satay, which is basically grilled meat of whichever kind on sticks. Others include Sambal Matah and Betutu. Rice is a staple in the diet of Balinese people. You will also find a number of local Balinese beers to taste and try. Food is often relatively cheap in Bali as compared to other locations of the world.
Bali is amongst the top honeymoon destinations of the world. Due to the availability of cheap but exotic resorts amidst the natural beauty of Bali, you will be able to stay at some of the most comfortable and luxurious hotels and resorts in Bali to enjoy your honeymoon. Bali also has a number of temples, mostly Hindu, that you might wish to visit seeking holy blessings for the next chapter of your life with your partner. Besides, the natural beauty of the beaches and hills of Bali will let you feel lost in this land of enchanting and soulful beauty, while not feeling completely cut off and isolated from the world at large.