10 Must-Visit Places In Bali

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Beautiful beaches, forested volcanic mountains, pristine jungles, and flowering rice paddies are but a few of the amazing things to look forward to while in Bali. This Indonesian island also known as the home of God is home to exotic temples and religious sites and exudes peace and serenity. Bali captivates with its rice terraced landscapes, lovely arts and crafts, dramatic and colorful parties, its luxurious beach resorts, tranquil seascapes, and the electrifying nightlife. There is a lot to do in Bali, enjoy the beaches, take a spiritual trip through yoga and meditation in this land of gods, visit the numerous historical sites and buildings that have stood the tests of time or tour the conical ranges of mountains covered in lush forests. Check out the must-visit places in Bali, for an exotic Indonesian holiday.

1. Uluwatu Temple

The Uluwatu Temple is situated just outside Kuta on the southern part of Bali facing the wide Indian Ocean. It is a must visit while here. Its cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau 250 feet (76.2 meters) above the waves of the Indian Ocean gives you a beautiful view of the sunset while here and this is often combined with the chance to watch the sacred Kecak fire dance which is performed daily at the adjacent cliff-top stage. There is an ancient, leaf-carpeted forest where hundreds of monkeys dwell, although that is right in front of the temple.

The best time to visit is during the evening in order to enjoy the sunset over the Jimbaran Bay. You can also plan to visit earlier in the day for a chance to explore the temple. Visitors are required to wear a sarong and a sash as well as appropriate clothing for the temple visit.

Uluwatu Temple

Address: Kuta, Bali

Opening hours: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Price: 3 - 5 USD

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2. Tanah Lot Temple

Posted by Tanah Lot Temple on Friday, 19 June 2015

Looking to find inner peace through meditation? Then this iconic pilgrimage site, built on a dramatic rock formation in the sea, is just the place to be. Tanah Lot means ‘Land in the Sea’. The main deity of this historic temple is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, who is the sea god or sea power and it is believed to be guarded by venomous sea snakes from evil spirits and intruders. Tanah Lot is located in Tabanan, about 20 km (12 mi) away from Ngurah Rai Airport, in Denpasar, and 300 meters (894 feet) offshore and has a photogenic surrounding so you can snap away. The ideal time to visit this iconic temple is during Odalan, a ritual that takes place every 210 days. On this holy day, you get to see rows of beautifully dressed Balinese women carrying offerings on their head to pray at the temple of Tanah Lot. A view of the sun slowly disappearing beyond the horizon into the ocean is an incredible sight to treasure all your life.

Tana lot Temple

Address: Jl. Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82121, Indonesia

Opening hours: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Price: 4 - 6 USD

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3. Sekumpul Waterfall

Waterfall moments in Bali.

Posted by Beautiful Destinations on Friday, 23 December 2016

Hearing the water roar from hundreds of miles away may create a beautiful mental picture but what will blow your mind away is your first glance of the magnificent Sekumpul waterfall. But just like gold, this stunning waterfall is tucked in the dense forest of North Bali, and it may take hours since the road is incredibly narrow, steep, and has a thousand corners. However, along the way, you will be rewarded with a picture-perfect spot at the Sekumpul viewpoint. Standing 80 meters (292.5 feet) tall and surrounded by beautiful greenery, Sekumpul waterfall is a beautiful spot to visit any time of the year.

Sekumpul Waterfall

Address: Sekumpul, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

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4. Ubud Art Market

Ubud market
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jorge Láscar used under CC BY 2.0

Locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’, the Ubud market place is located opposite the Royal Ubud Palace and opens daily. If you are thinking of bringing souvenirs back home, then your best bet is this beautiful market, where you will be overwhelmed by choice from beautiful silk scarves, statues, lightweight shirts, kites, baskets, and other exquisite handcrafted goods. While some items such as the beach clothes and shirts with the words ‘Bali’ inscribed on them can be found in other art markets in Bali, the Ubud Art Market curios offers unique items such as the Moroccan-style oil lamps, quilt-stitched batik camisoles and brass Buddha statuettes making it not only local but a universal and international market.

Ubud Art Market

Address: Jl. Raya Ubud No.35, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening hours: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Bali Tour Guide

Dori Januhari

Dori Januhari

I am a legal and licensed tourist guide from Indonesia. I have been guiding for 20 years. I live in Jakarta, Indonesia, but I have traveled to many places in the country. My guiding areas are Java, Bali, and Lombok Island. I obtained my license from the Indonesia Tourism Ministry. On days when there is no tour, I work as an English and German private teacher, teaching mathematics and science physics. I'll be happy to guide and ready to show you the magnificent places in Indonesia.

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Toni Kenpachi

Hello my name is Toni and I live in Jakarta- Indonesia, I've been working as a Tour Guide since 2008, I have licensed from Jakarta City Government Tourism Office, I choose to be a Tourist guide due to my background education because I graduated from Tourism Academy, I'll be glad to assist your trip in Indonesia especially in Jakarta and surrounding areas also if you would like to do overland tour from Jakarta to Bali I'll be glad to assist your trip too, there will be more interesting places to visit and I'll glad taking you to see those places, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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5. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise view from the top of Mount Batur

Beautiful SuNrise View from the top of Mount Batur Volcano #balirafting #bali #sunrise #beautiful #mountains #hiking #trekking #balitour #balitrekking #waterfalls

Posted by Mount Batur Bali Volcano on Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Located in Batur village is the sacred mount Batur, which is an active volcano and 1717 meters (5633 feet) above sea level. It would take about two hours to get to the top of this mountain and advisable to do it early in the morning. Due to high daytime temperatures, you will get to enjoy the unforgettable sunrise from the top. Hikers will also enjoy climbing this volcano due to the spectacular scenery and views of the crystal clear waters of Lake Batur

Mount Batur

Address: Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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6. Visit the historic Elephant Cave

Elephant cave Temple, Bali, Indonesia,14.01.19

Posted by Samir Kundu on Friday, 25 January 2019

Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, 6 km (3.7 mi) out of central Ubud is the beautiful elephant cave “Goa Gajah” as it is referred to. Although the site’s name translates into ‘Elephant Cave’, there are no pachyderms here and rumor has it that the site was named so since it is close to the Elephant River. The archaeological site dates back to the 11th century when it was built as a spiritual place for meditation. It has a relic-filled courtyard a central meditation cave, bathing pools, and fountains. The entrance looks like a demonic mouth, giving the feeling of entering an underworld as you venture inside a suggestion made more real by the lack of natural light inside the cave. Visitors are required to dress properly with knees covered for both men and women. Sarongs are available on loan at the entrance of the site.

Elephant Cave

Address: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: 1.15 - 2 USD

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7. Watch dolpins at the Lovina Beach

Sharing the sunrise with the dolphins in Lovina Beach??️?????? ~ ~ Amazing photo by @megs_wanderfulllife Let's wander...

Posted by Bali Travel Clubs on Thursday, 5 October 2017

Lovina Beach is a combination of small beaches, known for its black sand beaches, coral reefs, dolphins and a thrilling nightlife scene Although sunrises are the highlights of this beach, the sun sets as you watch the several species of dolphins, a sight to behold, a case of ‘now you see me now you don’t’, as the flippers of the dark-skinned spinner dolphins breach the smooth surface and disappear at a blink of an eye. Visitors have a lot of attractions to visit while here, such as the Banjar Hot Springs and the Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist Monastery.

Lovina Beach

Address: Bali, Indonesia

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8. Blanco Renaissance Museum

Walking into the entrance of The Blanco Renaissance Museum _ ? Captured by @wes.mw _ #blancomuseum #antonioblanco #blancobali #museum #ubud #bali

Posted by The Blanco Renaissance Museum on Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Blanco Renaissance Museum houses a remarkable collection of extravagant romantic-expressive paintings by the late famous artist and Philippine-born maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. It is located five minutes westward of the Main Ubud hub and hard to miss since it sits on a hilltop above the Campuhan. The private residence and lavish studio also act as a bird sanctuary and there are exotic birds in the courtyard and lovely parrots. As you come in, a guide takes you through the facility. The collections are thought-provoking and some will leave you with a cringe and others a smile especially the text in the paintings which do a great job at bringing out Antonio Blanco’s great sense of humor. We would recommend that you plan this as an adults-only tour since he shares the love he had for women’s curves through his paintings.

Blanco Renaissance Museum

Address: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: 3 - 5 USD

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9. Visit the Sacred Mount Kawi

1 gunung kawi temple
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user chensiyuan used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Locally referred to as ‘Pura Gunung Kawi’, Mount Kawi is a temple complex centered around royal tombs which were carved into stone cliffs in the 11th century. The unique archaeological site is a must visit being just 30 minutes from Ubud and located amid scenic rice terraces and palm trees. With over 300 steps to climb, the mount overlooks the sacred Pakerisan River, and the stairs take you through a stone archway that has pillars and each hold clay vases filled with holy water, which you are supposed to sprinkle onto yourself before entering any further. Visitors are required to wear Sarongs but worry not as they are provided at the front gate and one is only required to donate whatever they would like to offer.

Mount Kawi

Address: Banjar Penaka, Tampaksiring, Gianyar, Bali 80552, Indonesia

Opening hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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10. Puri Lukisan Museum

Posted by Museum Puri Lukisan on Friday, 7 February 2014

Museum Puri Lukisan is an old art museum in Bali which specializes in modern traditional Balinese paintings and wood carvings, that you can conveniently access as you leisurely walk around Ubud. The museum has four buildings displaying works from all schools and periods of Balinese art. The East Building has a collection of early works from Ubud and surrounding villages. The North Building displays ink drawings by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and paintings by artists of the Pita Maha school. The West Building showcases detailed art by the 20th-century Balinese painters while the South Building features the museum history and is used for special exhibitions. It is a gem, especially for the history buff and you will also find over 62 sculpture sets in permanent exhibit among the collection at the museum.

Museum Puri Lukisan

Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Opening hours: 12:00 AM - 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Price: 5.32 - 6 USD

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The beautiful Bali awaits you

Besakih Bali Indonesia Pura-Besakih
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user CEphoto, Uwe Aranas used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Not yet convinced if Bali, with its white sand beaches and blue ocean, is where you want to be? How about booking that ticket, and using our guide, and visiting this amazing living postcard vacation, as you unwind and cleanse your soul? And yes, you can thank me later.

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