The best places to visit in Bali include must-visit cultural treasures and some of the most notable landmarks and landscapes that you can see around this magical island. there are numerous temples, spots of natural beauty, and historical sites dotted across Bali's eight regencies, which were former kingdoms. Bali's scenic vistas, historical sights, and a lot more included in this blog will help you to plan your itinerary.
Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most iconic temples in the island, set on top of a rock and bounded by the waves of the open sea, repeatedly crashing against its base. The temple is quite beautiful in the day with the blue ocean and sky but gets much more dramatic during sunsets with its outline creating one of Bali's picture postcard images. Tanah Lot temple is dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea and is one of the key sea temples in Bali. On the onshore site, you will find many smaller shrines and leisure facilities for visitors like shops, cultural parks where you can see dance performance, restaurants to enjoy meals while relishing the gorgeous views around.
Uluwatu temple is also one of the most significant temples in Bali. This temple stands tall on a cliff edge on the southwestern Bukit peninsula of the island. during the daytime, you can see the scenic seascape from over the temple's walls and cliff borders, and sometimes, you may also spot grey long-tailed macaques that inhabit the surrounding forests. In the late afternoon, see the mesmerizing view of sunsets, or enjoy the open-air amphitheater nearby where you can see Kecak fire dance with sunset and ocean as an exotic background. The sea below the temple is also great for surfing and is world-renowned.
The mother temple of Bali sits of the southwestern slope of Mt. Agung, which is the tallest peak in Bali. Besakih is also Bali's largest temple complex that contains eighteen different sanctuaries, each belonging to different caste groups. These sanctuaries surround a central complex with three main temples dedicated to the Hindu trinity; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. In this temple, at least seventy ceremonies or religious celebrations are held each year, as each shrine has its own anniversary. The best time to visit is in early morning or in the evening when the complex is much quieter.
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The rice terraces in Tegallalang has one of the best views that you can see in Ubud. The village of Tegallalang is right up north from the main Ubud center. Beside the main road of Jalan Raya Tegallalang, you will see many roadside stall, art shops and small restaurants that offers great food with the great view over the deep and lush valley. the Tegallalang rice terraces goes below to the opposite side of the valley. if you want to interact with the locals and farmers, you can go down and follow the trail through the rice fields where you will see lots of farmers working in their field.
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This natural forest sanctuary houses a horde of grey long-tailed macaques. Officially known as Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, it is one of the most popular attraction in Ubud and the site is very well-preserved due to a community-based management program. You can reach the forest with just a few minutes of walk from Ubud's town center. You can not only watch monkeys in their natural community-based management program, you can also take peaceful walks along paved pathways through the leafy nutmeg forest. there are also many ancient temples with eerie guardian statues covered in moss in this forest.
One of the landmarks in central Ubod, this market lies right across the road from the Ubud Royal Palace. This market has multitudes of shop, run by local vendors who sell wide range of items like lightweight shirts, gorgeous silk scarves, handmade baskets, woven bags, hats, and many other local products. the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Payangan, Tegallalang, and Peliatan makes most of the stuff found at this market.
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Kintamani, a mountain village that lies in central Bali is home to Mt. Batur, the second tallest peak of Bali. The village lies in the Karangasem regency in east Bali and is famous as a sightseeing spot due to its vantage points like Penelokan, which aptly means 'scenic stopover.' From Penelokan, you can get great panoramic views of Batur's rugged features of dark lava slopes and black molten rocks. The Mt. Batur is an active volcano and has erupted about 24times since 1800, each time reshaping the surrounding landscape. It is very popular among mountain hikers and also offers great sunrise view from the ridges.
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Bali Safari and Marine Park is the largest animal theme park in Bali. This park house more than 60species that roams within the boundary that is almost a same replica of their natural habitats. Bus safaris in the park takes you through the whole world with animals from different continents. You can also see animal talent shows regularly held in an open stage. There is a different section, dedicated to aquatic animals, with aquariums that holds exotic fish species like piranhas. After bus safari rides, families traveling with children can enjoy together at an adjacent water park and a park filled with a variety of amusement park rides.
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The Jatiluwih rice terraces make up a substantial area of the cool mountain village of the same name in the Tabanan Regency. If you are tired of crowds in the touristy areas, this place can be great escape. This rice terraces cover over 600hectares following the topography of the Batukaru mountain range.
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Goa Gajah is Bali's one of the most important archaeological sites. The complex contains a stone relic-filled courtyard before a temple and the focal attraction of a central meditational cave. The courtyard also contains unusual bathing pools and fountains. Goa Gajah means the Elephant Cave, which can be quite misleading as there are no elephants here. At the southern end of the complex, you will see gorgeous rice fields and small streams leading to the Petanu River. Petanu river is another site with local legends, and here you can also find many interesting stone relics sunk in the water. You can access to Goa Gajah west of Bedulu village and about 6 km east from central Ubud.