ON THE WAY TO

ON THE WAY TO "BALI"

Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. It is one of the most evocative and popular tourist islands. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The intoxicating fragrance of incense and clove oil hangs in the tropical air. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. Bali is one of the coolest place for the newly-wed couple on their vacation, the beauty of place makes your mind and soul clam and clear. On the way to escape to Bali here are the top most places that you should miss in the way. let us have a look: 

1. ULUWATA TEMPLE

Let's start our way with the one of the most famous temple of Bali "Uluwata Temple" the name In Balinese, "Ulu" means "tip" or "land's end" and "Watu" means rock, a fitting name for the location of the temple on the Bukit Peninsula, along the island's southwestern tip. Presiding over plunging sea cliffs above one of Bali's best surf spots, Uluwatu Temple. A scenic pathway snakes from the entrance to the temple with breathtaking viewpoints along the way. Only Hindu worshippers are allowed to enter the temple, but the beautiful setting and the sunset Kecak dance performances that take place here daily are more than worth the visit.
Distance from Uluwata temple to Bali : 98.2KM (2hour 39 minutes).
Places to visit : Nyang-Nyang Beach, Uluwatu Cliff, Sunset Point Uluwatu Bar, Padang-Padang Beach.
Things to do : Balangan viewpoint, Enjoy a private beach at Thomas Beach, Chill at Bingin Beach
Best time to visit : June to August (9am-6pm).

2. PURA TANAH LOT

The largest and holiest Hindu temple in Bali is Pura Besakish. For the Balinese people, it is one of the most sacred of all the island's sea temples.  Every evening, throngs of tourists from Kuta, Legian, and Sanur find their way through a labyrinth of lanes lined by souvenir sellers to watch the sun setting behind the temple. Although foreigners can't enter any of the temples, you can walk across to the main temple at low tide, and it's fun to wander along the paths taking photos and soaking up the magnificent setting. When visiting any temples in Bali, be sure to dress respectfully, and wear a sarong and sash.
Distance from Pura Tanah lot to Bali : 60.9 km (1hr 42min) 
Places to visit : Pura Luhur Pakendungan, Tanah Lot Natural tour, Batu Bolong.
Things to do : Incredible temples, clifftop restaurants, Many more cafes
Best time to visit : Late January till early April or late September till early November, sunset in between 6 pm to 7 pm, temple from 7 am to 7 pm.

3. MOUNT BATUR

Mount Batur  also known as Gunung Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung. Every day in Bali's predawn darkness, hundreds of visitors begin the trek up the 1,700-meter summit of Mount Batur to watch the sun rise above the lush mosaic of mist-shrouded mountains and the caldera far below. Sturdy hiking shoes are essential, and it's advisable to wear layers, as the temperature can be cool before sunrise.
Distance from Mount Batur to Bali : 95.4 km (2hr 46min)
Places to visit : Lake Batur, pura ulun, danu batur.
Things to do : Sunrise Trekking, hiking, Picnic breakfast with eggs cooked by the steam from the active 
Best time to visit : May and July (start your trekking before 5:30 to not miss the sunrise)

4. TEGALLALANG AND JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES

Tegallalang and jatiluwih rice terraces is one of the best scenario that you can capture "The Bali's beautiful Emerald-Hued Rice Fields". About a 30-minute drive north of Ubud, Tegallalang Rice Terraces are one of the most famous areas to photograph these iconic landscapes and absorb their timeless beauty. Be aware that locals ask for donations along the most popular trail through the rice fields here, and many request fees for entrance and parking along the road. A relaxing way to enjoy the lush landscapes is at one of the many restaurants and cafés overlooking the fields. Both of these locations use the traditional water management cooperative called "subak," a UNESCO-recognized irrigation system that dates to the 9th century.
Distance from Rice Terraces to Bali : 49.9 km(1hr 36min)
Places to visit : Monkey forest, Ayung river, Livadi beach, Toya Bungkah Hot Spring, Grand cafe.
Things to do : Take a drive from ubud, Rice Terrace Cafe, Rice Field Trekkin,CyclingTour ,Farm Expedition ·
Best time to visit :  terraces are open every day between 8.30 AM and 6 PM (try visiting just after it opens, or after 4 PM)

5. Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple. The focal point is the large, rectangular pool, fed by a holy mountain spring, where locals come to pray and soak in the healing waters that gush from a series of sculpted spouts. You must enter the water fully clothed, wearing a sarong and sash, and it's best to explore the temple complex first, as you are not allowed to drip water in the courtyards.
Distance from Tirta Empul temple to Bali : 87 KM (2hr 20 min)
Places to visit : Zen Hideaway, Ayung river, Bali fun world,  Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
Things to do : Take a holy bath, enjoy the peaceful nature over there.
Best time to visit : Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit the temple.

6. BATUBULAN TEMPLE

Batubulan is an art village situated in west gate of Gianyar Regency. The village is built through the art of Barong Dance performances (Barong and Kris Dance). The attractiveness of these tourism objects are all sourced from the diversity and quality of art potential owned by the villagers such as dances, Kerawitan, sculpture and literature. 
Distance from Batubulan temple to Bali : 68 Km (2hr).
Places to visit : Bird scantuary, Animal scantuary, Tegenungan Waterfall, Sanur beach, Ubud art market.
Things to do : Enjoy the flora and fauna around there, enjoy the waterfalls.
Best time to visit : April to October in between 6am to 6pm.

7. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

On a small island along the western shore of Lake Bratan, in the cool highlands of central Bali, the 17th-century Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of Bali's most picturesque temple complexes. Set against the imposing backdrop of Gunung Bratan, the thatched temples reflect on the lake, and when the water levels rise, they seem to float on its surface. An unusual feature is the Buddhist stupa on the left of the entrance to the first courtyard, with figures of Buddha meditating in the lotus position in niches on the square base. The stupa reflects the adoption of Buddhist beliefs by Balinese Hindus.
Distance from Pura Ulun Danu Bratan to Bali : 29Km (1hr)
Places to visit : Lake Bratan, Tampak Siring, Danau Batur, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali Botanic Garden, Bali Treetop Adventure park.
Things to do : It is a best photogenic site, go for trekking on Wanagiri Hill, ziplines, Tarzan swings, suspension bridges.
Best time to visit : April to October.

8. Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua Beach is one of the Bali's best luxury beach resorts, preside over this sweeping stretch of shore, and resort staff work hard to keep the sand clean and clear of trash. Popular things to do include strolling for miles along the shore, swimming, surfing, parasailing, and sunbathing, but you might need to pay a fee or eat at one of the resorts to use their sun loungers. When you tire of the beach, you can sign up for some pampering at a posh resort spa or browse the chic shops at Bali Collection, an open-air shopping mall. A paved promenade skirts the shore for off-sand strolling between the resorts and attractions.
Distance from to Bali : 89.4KM (2hr 20min).
Places to visit : Pandawa Beach, Pantai Mengiat Beach, Pura Geger Temple, Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Museum Pasifika, Bali National Golf Club.
Things to do : Devdan show at Bali Nusa Dua theatre, water blow site, and many more.
Best time to visit : April to June and September.

9. The Nusa Islands

Nusa Lembongan, is one the most popular in 3 islands about 20 kilometers offshore from Sanur and easily accessible by speedboat. The neighboring island, Nusa Ceningan, lies just over a bridge from Nusa Lembongan, with a beautiful blue lagoon. The largest of the island trio, Nusa Penida, is a quick boat ride away. Rock formations, caves, and a bird sanctuary are Nusa Penida's top draws, and diving is one of the most popular things to do here, with the chance to see manta rays, sunfish, and turtles. Don't miss the steep hike down to Kelinking Beach, also known as T-Rex Bay, to bask on your own slice of golden sand backed by soaring sea cliffs it's one of the top beaches in Asia.
Distance from Nusa Islands to Bali : 54 Km (1hr).
Places to visit : Dream Beach, Mushroom Bay, Devil's tears rock out crop, with views of crashing surf erupting over the rocks.
Things to do : enjoy the harvesting of seaweed farming by the shore, Surfing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding
Best time to visit : October to April.

10. Kuta Beach

Kuta beach is crowded and persistent hawkers stalk the beach, but this famous stretch of sand, is one of the most happening places in Bali. You'll have a fun day out here especially if you're a beginner surfer or you just want to soak up the scene. You can book surf lessons and rent surfboards, boogie boards, sun loungers, and umbrellas directly from vendors set up on the sand, and plenty of cafés and restaurants border the beach. Beach vendors are easily dissuaded with a polite "no thank you," but an icy cold coconut sloshing with juice served directly to your sun lounger can be a blessing on a sultry day.
Distance from Kuta beach to bali : 76 KM (2hr).
Neighbour beaches : Legian and Seminyak beach.
Places to visit : Waterbom bali, uluwata temple, bush telegraph pub, DMZ bali, Kuta theatre, Pura petitengent temple, Karma beach.
Things to do : Surfing, go for a Beach walk shopping center, kuta night market, kuta square.
Best time to visit : April to October. 

Author: Aanchal Shah

Bio: Aanchal is a student of Computer Science in Bangalore.Apart from being a technlogy enthusiast, she is passionate about literature and has had amazing experiences working with established organisations.She is thrilled to be a part of TripClap.
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