On the beautiful beaches of Southern Bali where most tourist end up’ and where the tourism infrastructure is most developed.
Denpasar is a busy city of over 550000 people, yet there are more than one interesting places can be visited: Museum Bali: It presents a comprehensive history of Bali’s social and cultural development from prehistoric times to contemporaries one. Pura Jagatnatha is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Balinese Supreme God. Pasar Badung is Bali’s largest traditional market. Werdi Budaya Art Centre is a large complex presents numerous Bali’s visual arts disciplines.
Sanur is about half an hour drive from Denpasar International Airport, is a nice tourist destination with white sand beach and calm waters is good for swimming, windsurfing and sailing during high tide. Shopping is interesting too. Today the beach front is lined by accommodation.
Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. The things that drive visitors to Kuta are the combination of sun, sea, sand, shopping and various other s-words. Both Balinese and foreigners can be found along its broad sandy beach day after day, surfing and sunbathing. Superb and simple accommodation and restaurant can be found recently as well as night club. Now Kuta, Legian and Seminyak known as shopping paradise too.
Nusa Dua has stunning white sand beach, a complex of luxury hotels, ball rooms and golf course in the mid of a coconut grove and beautiful tropical gardens. The neighboring village Tanjung Benoa is now famous for water sport activities. Its stunning beach is now lined by quality accommodation.
Uluwatu Temple is a beautiful Hindu place of worship for the whole Balinese people stands balance 70 metres (230 ft) up on a dramatic promontory’s edge where rocky precipices drop almost 100 metres to the ocean. The place is inhabited permanently by hundreds of monkeys. It offers beautiful sunset and kechak dance performance is done here. Some most famous beaches are found around here such as Jimbaran, Suluban, Padang-Padang, Dream-Land and Geger beach.
Ubud and the surrounding area.
Tohpati is famous as center of Batik factories, wax-resist dyed cloth an ancient technique of dying the cloth. Batubulan is renowned for stone-carving and noted also for the daily performances of the Barong and keris dance. Taman Burung Bali Bird Park and Bali Zoo Park is worth a visit. Celuk is noted as the center for silver and goldsmiths. Mas is famous for its high quality wood carving here are the most talented Balinese wood carvers are living. Ubud has become renowned as a centre for the arts as most of the famous artists are living here. Art Museum and fine galleries are numerous here. The Palace Puri Saren Agung, Ubud Market and Monkey Forest are places of interest as well.
Gianyar and beyond.
The speciality of this town is ikat or endek weaving that the Balinese use in traditional wear for the temples, recently is also used for hotels and government staff’s uniform. In the mid of the traditional market one can enjoy one of the best babi guling or roast suckling pig.
Tegalalang, Sebatu, Tampaksiring and Bedulu. (offer ancient temples).
At Tegalalang one can admire magnificent rice terraces, among the finest on the island. A winding river valley is carved into steep embankments offer stunning panoramas. Restaurants and souvenir stalls are available here. Sebatu a rustic village welcome you to admire Pura Tirtha Gunung Kawi. A picturesque Hindu temple has a sacred pool fed by spring water. Tampaksiring offers 2 magnificent sites such as Pura Tirtha Empul a Hindu Temple with sacred spring and Gunung Kawi (Royal Memorial), a complex of rock-hewn candi (temple facades) and monk’s cells in scenic river valley overlooking the Pakerisan River. Gua Gajah “elepant cave” is an important site was served as meditation alcoves for monks and hermits. Pura Penataran Sasih once was the state temple of ancient Pejeng kingdom houses “The Famous Moon of Pejeng” is a great 190-cm bronze gong (drum) and dates back to Indonesian Bronze Age, which began in 300BC.
The Region of Bangli has cooler weather than most other part of the island. The two surprising places here are Pura Kehen and the area of Batur. Pura Kehen, a terraced mountain sanctuary and state temple of Bangli. An enormous banyan tree with a hut for kulkul (signal logs) shades the first courtyard. The area of Batur offer magnificent panorama of the tranquil crater lake of Danau Batur and the homonymous Gunur Batur an active volcano of 1,717 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level overlooking Penelokan and Kintamani.On the flank of the volcano, at Toya Bungkah, are hot springs, which the locals use for bathing, regarded to have medicinal qualities. Truyan, across the lake, is a Bali Aga villages (originally Balinese), places where pre Hindu and ancestral rites are still features. Cremation is not practiced here; instead, the dead are left out in the open.
Eastern Bali: Klungkung and Karangasem.
These area offer excursion amongst the temples, rice terraced rustic inland, palace ruins and black-sand beaches. Klungkung hold Taman Gili which includes Bale Kerta Gosa (Pavilion of Peace and Prosperity) was used as Hall of Justice by the ancient kingdom and the Bale Kambang (Floating Pavilion) was used by the royal family as a place to rest and be entertained. Both pavilions have exquisite examples of painting and architecture in the traditional Klungkung style.
Besakih Mother Temple. To get Besakih going north out of Klungkung are astonishing panoramic views from Bukit Jambul. Lies on the steep upper slopes of volcano Gunung Agung, it is the largest and most important temple on Bali. It actually is a great cluster of many temples, including ancestral shrines for Hindu Balinese.
Kusamba has black-sand beach is a fishing village that also engages in the making of salt. By the coast is Pura Goa Lawah (bat cave temple), where its walls literally vibrate with thousands of bats. The ancient Tenganan (Bali Aga) “original Balinese” village retain their old traditions and way of life. Candidasa, is a resort area that has seen drastic development in the past decade. Titagangga is royal pleasure park. This nice retreat has a series of pools fed by natural spring water gushing out from animal statues and fountains. Tulamben and Amed both are fishing villages and best dive sites.
Western and Northern Bali (The Regency of Tabanan & Buleleng).
Tanah Lot Temple. Stands on a huge rock just offshore, set apart from the land by a stone basin, it is perhaps Bali’s most famous and photographed temple. Tanah Lot offers magnificent view especially at sunset.
Mengwi: Pura Taman Ayun is a very beautiful temple founded in the 17 century and surrounded by moat gives the impression of a garden sanctuary in the middle of a pond, explaining the name taman, or garden.
Alas Kedaton (Monkeys Forest). A tropical rain forest inhabited permanently by hundreds of monkeys and giant bats, considered sacred by local.
Jatiluwih. It has the best views of mountain rice terraced on the island. Organic Padi Bali or indigenous rice with long graceful stalks is exclusively grown here. Yeh Panas is hot water spring at the village of Penatahan, where hot water surges from the river bank. Outdoor bathing place is available here.
Bedugul: The trips to the north include Candi Kuning is local market, Lake Beratan and Ulun Danu Temple offer breathtaking panorama at this place. Bedugul lies 1,300 mtres (4,300 ft) above sea level and is the name of both a small town and a mountain-lake resort area.
Gitgit Waterfalls on the route to the north, is fine enough especially at the peak of the rainy season.
Pura Beji is very beautiful temple close to northern coast dedicated to Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice.
Lovina is tourist resort has black sand beach. Waters are calm here and it is nice for snorkel, dive and watch dolphins. At Banjar is the hot spring (Air Panas) that are now a public bathing area with changing rooms and restaurant and a spa. One of the more intriguing features of this area is the Brahma Arama Vihara, a Buddhist ashram founded in 1958.