2018 BALI, INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, BUDGET HOTELS

2018 BALI, INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, BUDGET HOTELS

2018 BALI, INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, BUDGET HOTELS

Bali, Indonesia’s Land of the Deities

 

You have got to be living in a myth if you believe you are living among the Gods. Perhaps, a Norse, Greek, Roman, or any other culture in their oriental counterparts. But if you live in a predominantly Hindu region—such as in Bali in Indonesia—you would be living the idea based solely on your belief.

In fact, for one so deeply polytheistic as Hinduism, the island of Bali is an enduring testament that gods might still likely be involved in human affairs—at least, to those who believed in the faith.

It is, therefore, with inevitability, that Bali is considered the “Land of the Gods” in the South East.

But while some may take this claim as mere empty words or something deeply esoteric among Hindus themselves, the idea is more pronounced even for the non-believers of the same faith. Yet, what better way that it does so than to erect some multitude of temples (called Pura) to depict the many gods that is lore among Hindus.

When you think that a handful of temples would be considered many enough for the audacity of a certain faith to reverberate across the region, Bali has a plethora of temples, counting to 20,000 unique structures as of the last count.

However, not all of these temples share the same stature all the same. Some are regarded “holier” than others which makes them the greater temples of the bunch while the rest, being less so. Take, for example, Pura Besakih which is regarded as the holiest of all temples and the “mother” to them all.

Yet, looking into the religion, these 20,000 temples littles in comparison to its astoundingly 330 million gods and goddesses combined, all of which classified according to their traits.

Although for most people, it cannot be helped but be captivated in the prevailing religion of the land—which is essentially Bali’s own spirit—there are other noteworthy elements that make the island worthy of people’s visit.

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 Pura Bratan or Pura Ulun Danu Beratan – a major Shaivite water temple on Bali, Indonesia

Take, for one, the exuding culture of Balinese which are distinct from their neighboring regions despite sharing the similarity of being one nationality. From the outset, the Bali people are said to show welcoming hospitality which, perhaps, make up for why it has become a tourist-magnet destination for the whole archipelago.

But there are also other telling signs of the Bali’s rich culture that is visible for many to see.

While the infrastructures are already very telling of its distinctness as heavily influenced by the dominating religion, other aspects of Balinese life are also affected. From the unique and otherworldly dance moves and ceremonies in addition to the arts and crafts that are all peculiarly Hindu, the Bali people and their religion are heavily entwined.

Yet, while mesmerizing the experience in Bali is, do not forget the other equally important parts of your visit if you are on the island. By this, I’m specifically referring to the geographic makeup and the vistas that make the island a picturesque place to visit.

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Tirta Gangga Park Water Palace

Bali Tourist Attractions

Bali Island in Indonesia caters to a lot of temples; it is even said that there are more temples than homes in the place. These temples are actually shrines that are quiet and isolated but transforming to a festive place every temple anniversaries and festivals. During these events, there are dance performances, gambling, and cockfighting. All of Bali’s temples are either facing the sea, mountain or the sunrise.

Among all the temples, some of the most famous ones are the following:

Tanah Lot Temple

If you are seeing temples in Bali postcards, more probably that temple is the Tanah Lot. This temple is the most photographed and most visited temple in the island of Bali. Tanah Lot which means ‘Land (in the) Sea’ is the home Pura Tanah – an ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple. This temple has been built in the 16th century by Dang Hyang Nirartha, one of Bali’s religious figure and a Hindu traveler. The historic temple sits on a rock formation that has been restored when it started to crumble in 1980. At present times, the site is the best spot to witness the sunset; however, some finds it hard to appreciate it due to the overpopulation of tourists visiting every day.

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Uluwatu Temple

 

Uluwatu Temple

Situated at the top of a steep cliff that is around 250 feet above sea level, this temple is famous for the said wonderful location. This is where its name, Uluwatu, is derived from; Ulu means top/tip and Watu means stone/rock. Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu is believed to be one of the six key temples of the island’s spiritual pillars. Same with the Tanah Lot, Uluwatu is also being shown in Bali’s postcards and have a good view of sunsets. One of the highlights of the temples are its two entrances which are both a split gates that has carvings of flowers and leaves; in front of the gates are a coupling structure of an elephant head with a human body.

Besakih Temple

Located at 1,000 meters high at Mount Agung’s south-western slopes, this temple is more commonly known as the ‘mother temple’. This Besakih is considered to be the holiest and largest temple in the island as it contains at about 86 temples and 18 others. Three of the said temples are dedicated to the trinity of Hindu; Pura Penetaran Agung for Shiva (the destroyer), Pura Kiduling Kreteg for Brahma (the creator), and Pura Batu Madeg for Vishnu (the preserver). A lot of the inner courtyards are reserved for the pilgrims and is not open to the public.

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah which is ‘Elephant Cave’ when translated into English actually doesn’t have any elephants within. There are some theories on the origin of the name such as Gajah came from a stone figure of Lord Ganesh found in a cave and this figure is characterized by the head of an elephant; other studies show that it came from the name of Antakunjarapada which means elephant’s border. Some things to see in the area are a meeting hall, old stone carvings, a pool with five statues of Hindu angels, rice fields, small streams and arts and souvenir shops. Like any other temples, this site was built for prayers and meditation.

Aside from a large number of temples, Bali also embraces the nature and wildlife resources. Remember the movie Eat Pray Love? Yes, the one starring Julia Roberts where her character needed to find her true self. The movie mostly depicts scenes from Bali, specifically in the town of Ubud. After seeing the movie, everyone will surely love the calm feeling of living in the urban area. Here are some of the main attractions in the mentioned town of Ubud:

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tourists visiting this rice terraces always take the opportunity of having a dramatic kind of photo opportunity as it offers a picturesque view of nature while having a cool and breezy surrounding. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces is famous for its rice paddies that involve the subak or the traditional irrigation system of the locals. This spot is also perfect for painters as there are numbers of art cafes nearby. This site is located in the town of Ubud.

Ubud Monkey Forest

Also located at Ubud, this Sacred Monkey Forest is the best known macaque-inhabited forests and is probably one of the main attractions in the town. This site is a sanctuary of a group of grey long-tailed macaques. Visitors can watch the monkeys freely play and swing through canopies, feeding them with bananas is also fine. On this forest, also lies a temple and village funerals.

Ubud Art Market

For good shopping of locally made hand-crafted goods like woven bags, hats, baskets, statues, silk scarves, shirts and more, this market is a perfect choice. Every visitor of the market will surely admire the craftsmanship and artistry of the Balinese. Compare to other markets like Kuta, Ubud Market sells higher quality items. Don’t think of spending huge money here as bargaining is always welcome.

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More attractions in Bali that are outside the town of Ubud are the following:

Mount Batur Volcano

The Mount Batur or the Kintamani volcano is a popular trek in the island especially in the early morning as the sunrise can be observed from the ridges of the Bali. The volcano surrounds the Batur caldera lake and a trip down to the lake shore can be very exciting. Three main villages in the area are Kintamani, Penelokan, and Batur. At Penelokan, you can see the best view of panoramas.

Bali Safari & Marine Parks

For animal lovers and an absolute fun trip for the whole family, this animal theme park is the place to be. This park is a home to more than 60 species, of which all can roam freely on a mimic look of their natural habitats. A safari bus is available in order to witness the wildlife animals such as elephants doing a talent show, baby orangutans, and water animals like baby sharks. Other animals that you can have a close encounter with are tigers, giraffes, hippos, deer, zebras, ostriches, camels, lions, and more.

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LIST OF HOTELS AND RESORTS IN BALI, INDONESIA

 

HARRIS Hotel Seminyak
Jl. Drupadi 99, Seminyak – Bali, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Adi Dharma Hotel Recently Renovated
Jl. Benesari Kuta, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Astagina Resort and Spa
Jl. Werkudara, Legian – Double Six Seminyak Kuta, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Ramada Encore Bali Seminyak Resort
Jl. Dewi Saraswati III, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80117
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Royal Singosari Kuta
Jalan Singosari Kuta – Bali, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Park Regis Kuta Hotel
Jalan Raya Kuta 88, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Puri Dewa Bharata Hotel
11 Nakula Street Seminyak Bali Indonesia, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Puri Gangga Resort Ubud
Br. Sebatu, Desa Sebatu, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 80561
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Primera Hotel Seminyak
Jl. Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura) No. 9A, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Risata Bali Resort & Spa
Jalan Wana Segara, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Sandat Mas Cottages
Jalan. Pantai Suluban, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Jalan Kayu Jati No. 5, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Harmony Hotel Seminyak
Drupadi No. 234, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80235
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Anulekha Resort and Villa
Banjar Silungan, Desa Lodtunduh,Ubud,Gianyar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 80571
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Ashana Hotel Uluwatu
Jalan Raya Labuansait No 10, Suluban, Uluwatu, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Avisara Villa and Guest House
Real Estate Taman Mumbul Jl. Pulau Sari, Dukuh II, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 80363
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Budhiayu Villas Ubud
Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Bali Cultural Center (BCC) Lane no.4, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 80571
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Bali Bule Homestay
Jl. Pantai Padang – Padang, Uluwatu, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, 80364
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Lokha Ubud Resort
Br. Bangkiang Sidem, Desa Keliki, Tegallalang, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Taman Ayu Hotel Seminyak
Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

The Oasis Kuta Hotel
Jl. Bakungsari Kuta, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Watermark Hotel and Spa Bali
Jalan Uluwatu No. 88 Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort & Spa by Prabu
Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Liberta Seminyak Hotel
Jalan Petitenget No. 2 Kerobokan, Kuta, Bali- Indonesia, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Keke Homestay
Jalan Danau Tamblingan 100 Gang Keke 4 Sanur, Denpasar, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, 80228
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel
Jl Hang Tuah, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, 80032
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Villa Puri Royan
Jl. Pantai Sari No. 25, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
BOOK A ROOM HERE

Mesten Tamarind Hotel Nusa Dua
Jalan Celagi Nunggul, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 80363
BOOK A ROOM HERE

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Street performers in Bali, Indonesia

How to Get to Bali, Indonesia

Bali by Plane from Abroad

Bali, Indonesia is served by its airport located at Denpasar (Bali’s capital city), the International Ngurah Rai Airport. Several direct flights to Bali to serve tourists including Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Bangkok, Hongkong, Brunei, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Honolulu, Singapore, Munich, Los Angeles, and much more.

Domestic Plane Transport (within Indonesia)

During our latest trip to Indonesia, we used bus train and boat to visit major provinces and cities. However, I guess for anyone who would visit Bali, you must take a domestic flight. Direct flights to Bali from are available in most major cities in Indonesia. Various airlines such as Air Asia, Wings Air, Sriwijaya Air, Citi Link and Garuda caters to various routes within Indonesia.

From Java to Bali by Boat
If you are from Java you can travel by boat to reach Bali. You need to go to East Java and proceed to Ketapang Port and take PELNI Ferries to reach the Gilimanuk port in Bali. Gilimanuk is the only port that serves the 2 islands. Travel time is approximately 30 to 45 minutes to cross the water. While the ship is relatively safe for travel, most tourists gave it unfavorable reviews especially in terms of sanitation and poor facilities.

From Lombok or Gili island to Bali by Boat

Regular ferries are crossing Padang Bai (Bali) to Lembar (Lombok). Travel time would take -4-6 hours. Tickets are purchased at the port.

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7 Comments:

  1. Bali is on my bucket list. One of these days…

  2. This shots of Bali are stunning. Can’t wait to be able to visit it. Thanks for the great resources.

  3. Bali is no doubt one of the must visit place in Indonesia. Hoping for some sale seats next year.

  4. Sir, is it possible to proceed to Bali from Yogyakarta? I have read your Yogyakarta post and now planning to visit with my sis. If possible we wanted to end our Indonesia tour in Bali. Thanx

  5. Bali is my dream. saw your post that Air Asia is now flying to Bali, hopeful that they will soon have a promo for this destination.

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