Are you ready for your trip to Bali?
I bet not!
You’re here reading this article about what you definitely must do!
Don’t feel embarrassed, I’ll help you plan your first time to Bali.
Bali is full of temples, historical sites, and nature you can only experience in this part of the world.
I’ll list my top eight best things to do in Bali that will be boiled down to “must do” activities that range from culture to nature experiences.
Let’s get started!
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is home to an ancient Hindu sanctuary, which is balanced on top of a boulder among perpetually rumbling waves. The place is also famous for its one-of-a-kind offshore scenery and sunset backgrounds.
You cannot enter the actual sanctuary, but you can enjoy wide-spread views of the sea and island in addition to the cultural immersive offerings.
Uluwatu Temple is balanced on top of a boulder that is about 70 meters above the sea. Just like the Tanah Lot Temple, it has wondrous sunset sceneries that add to its alluringly marvelous location.
When you’re standing there, you can see right over the Indian Ocean, and at night, you can see the daily Kecak dance recitals.
The temple has the traditional Balinese architecture techniques applied to its gateways along with ancient sculptures, which adds to its appeal.
The Besakih Temple is also called “Mother Temple” and is located 1000 meters on the slopes of Mount Agung. This place is absolutely unique since it is located on the slopes and is surrounded by jungle plants, which have become part of the complex of temples. All of this just adds to its allure and makes it unique to Bali.
Besakih is a work of art and this gem is made of at lead 86 temples, which makes it one of the biggest and most sacred places on the whole island. The stairs leading up to the mountains give you views of rice paddies, mountains, rivers, and even a few native animals if you’re lucky. Once at the top you’ll be among the complex of temples that differ in mode, statue, and functions.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terraces gives you breath-taking backdrops of rice paddies which uses a traditional Balinese irrigation system. Here you’ll see the most wonderful terraced rice landscapes that extend before your eyes and through the slopes of the valley into the village below.
Ubhud Monkey Forest
The Ubhud Monkey Forest is also called the Sacred Monkey Forest of Pandangtegal, which houses the grey long-tailed macaques. In the forest, you can watch the monkeys in their natural habitat as they swing in the trees as you hike through the forest full of leafy green nutmeg trees. You can even see ancient temples with statues that guard them.
Inside the forest, you can find Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal, which was made in the 14th century. Another site to check-out is the Pura Prajapati, which is completely devoted to village funerals. Be warned that when you enter the Monkey Forest, not to wear loose jewelry or clothing and keep your phones and cameras safe. If a monkey sees something that interesting him, there’s nothing stopping him from snatching it out of your hands!
Ubud Art Market
The locals call the Ubhud Art Market Pasar Seni Ubud, which is where you can find many locally hand-made silk scarves, shirts, woven bags, baskets, and hats. Among practice things, you can also find statues and other hand-crafted arts. The market, open daily, is located in the center of Ubud across from the royal palace.
Even if you go there without any intention of buying something, looking at the different items on display is an experience in itself. It showcases the art unique to the Bali people and culture.
Kintamani and Mount Batur
The Kintamani volcano is also called Mount Batur and can be the highlight of your trip to Bali. You can easily make a multiple-day trek through Balinese villages (Penelokan, Batur, and Kintamani) to see it. Of course, at any of the village you traverse through, you can stop and take excursions from them. Penelokan is one of the most popular stops. Here, you can hike to see a spectacular view of the crater rim and see panoramic views of the volcano itself!
While Goa Gajah’s name is misleading (meaning Elephant Cave), it’s still not a site to be missed. It’s a site known for its archaeological importance. It dates back the 11th century as a place for meditation in the peacefulness of the isolated jungle.
Now, you can find various carvings on old stones and structures that were heavily influenced by Hinduism. The actual cave is quite small and not very deep but holds three stone idols wrapped in either red, yellow, or black cloth. This is only the cream of the crop in terms of activities. Go to Bali and find more for yourself!
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