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Famous Things In Bali, Indonesia - Updated 2020

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Manjiri
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Blessed with sea temples, volcanic mountains, coral reefs, gorgeous beaches, and verdant rice fields, Bali is a mesmerizing Indonesian island which every traveler aims to explore. Surfers visit this island for its legendary swells, hikers to trek up incredible volcanic peaks and explore jaw-dropping waterfalls, and cyclists to bike through lush greenery dotted with traditional hamlets and rice terraces. Magnificent sea temples, rich art scene, outstanding shopping venues, and rejuvenating spa treatments are other prominent factors which draw tourists to Bali. So, if you are heading out to Bali for your coming vacations, learning popular things in this fascinating island can make your travel experience here more enjoyable. Read on to learn about famous things in Bali, Indonesia that you should not miss.

1. Temples (from USD 86)

Ancient temples in Bali are prominent attractions that dot the coastline and highlands. Bali is home to more than 10,000 religious places. You can find magnificent temples in this Indonesian island with exotic backdrops, and they feature beautiful ancient architecture. You can also find incredible sea temples in Bali. Tanah Lot and Uluwatu are some of the marvelous temples which you simply can’t afford to miss. Besakih Temple, Goa Gajah, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Gunung Kawi Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, and Batukaru Temple are some of the mesmerizing temples which you should visit when touring through Bali.

Travel tip by Bali Local Expert - Arakita
Posted on: Nov 27, 2019

I have been to many temples in Bali, and I recommend Taman Ayun Temple near Denpasar if you want to experience the genuine vibe without having to travel too far from the city. From my own experience, this temple has never been so packed with tourists as they prefer other more popular temples such as Tanah Lot and Uluwatu. By itself, it is an architectural gem. And my main reason to keep coming back here is the tranquility of this temple. I like having a picnic with my family in one of their gazebos next to the river. 

Full-day Balinese Culture and Temples Tour of Bali

Duration: 8 hours

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2. Rice terraces (from USD 64)

Bali is also famous for its emerald rice terraces, which every tourist in Bali should visit. Rice paddies here are a crucial part of the heritage of the people. Subak, which is a centuries-old traditional Balinese irrigation system, can be found here. One of the prominent rice terraces here is Jatiluwih, has also been included by UNESCO in its list of world cultural landscapes. Tegallalang features spectacular rice terraces across the valley. Sidemen, Rendang, Pererenan, Papuan, Munduk rice fields, and Soka rice fields are other popular rice terraces in Bali which you should definitely visit.

Travel tip by Bali Local Expert - Arakita
Posted on: Nov 27, 2019

I love Ubud's peaceful vibe. I usually pick a cafe by the rice terraces, order one fresh young coconut, and just sit there with my laptop to work. These rice terraces are owned by locals and are authentic, so you would occasionally see cows and ducks roaming around. Better not forget to bring your camera!

Working by Ubud's rice terraces
Working by Ubud's rice terraces

Ubud Village, Rice Terrace and Jungle Swing with It Nest

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

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3. Ubud Monkey Forest (from USD 56)

Ubud Monkey Forest is a wonderful sanctuary, a tranquil natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys. The forest is in Padangtegal, Ubud in Bali. It is home to about 749 monkeys and the monkeys are divided into six different groups, namely the forest conservation group, Michelin group, in-front-of-the-main-temple group, eastern group, cemeteries group, and central point group. Villagers of Padangtegal regard the Monkey Forest as a crucial spiritual, educational, economic, and conservation center of the village. So, make sure you visit this amazing sanctuary. You can also visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace after visiting it.

Ubud Full-Day Tour with Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces, Coffee

Duration: 8 to 9 hours

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4. Kecak dance

Kecak dance performed at Uluwatu Temple

Kecan dance is a magnificent and traditional dance performed in Bali. It is often performed in the Uluwatu temple. Gaze at the sweeping views of the sunset from the temple area while you watch the performers. It is a fire dance portraying a story of the Ramayana, enacted in a dramatic manner. Kids love watching the character of Hanuman, and you are sure to enjoy watching this amazing dance, which portraits an ancient tale in the form of an appreciable performance.

Kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple

Address: Kecak dance, Uluwatu Temple, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Website: Kecak dance

Opening hours: 6pm - 7pm (daily)

Price: 10 USD

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5. Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach
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Kuta Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali. It gained popularity due to a great number of surfers visiting it and backpackers exploring it while traveling through Southeast Asia. The gentle and small waves and the soft sand make it an ideal beach for people to learn and practice surfing. Besides surfers, yoga enthusiasts, joggers, and groups of visitors playing volleyball and football often throng the beach. So, if you are a beach lover, make sure you visit Kuta Beach during your excursion in Bali.

Kuta Beach

Address: Kuta Beach, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia Kuta 80361, Indonesia

Website: Kuta Beach

Travel tip by Bali Local Expert - Arakita
Posted on: Nov 27, 2019

Definitely go here for the sunset. What's good about Kuta Beach is that it is only a few steps away from malls, restaurants, bars, and stores. In fact, there are bars right at the beach area. Grab yourself a cold beer or a glass of fancy cocktail, pick a beanbag with the best, unobstructed view of the ocean, and just enjoy your afternoon. It doesn't even have to be a full day at the beach either. You can make Kuta Beach a quick stop on your shopping day.

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6. Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art Market
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Ubud Art Market is a famous, local market which sells exquisite artifacts, created by Balinese artists. You can find it across the Ubud Palace. Shop for interesting artsy stuff here. You can find intricate statues, multicolored T-shirts, beautiful rattan bags, accessories, hats, and many other wonderful things to buy for yourself and as souvenirs. So, make it a point to visit Ubud Art Market when vacationing in Bali.

Ubud Art Market

Address: Ubud Art Market, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Website: Ubud Art Market

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7. Mount Batur

Mount Batur

Mount Batur is a magnificent active volcano situated in the northwestern part of Bali. Discover the amazing Lake Batur while there. The trip to the Batur Lake also takes you to Ulun Danu Batur temple, Toya Bungkah, and a number of hot springs. Capture panoramic views of the breathtaking Mount Batur between 10 am to 3 pm. Mount Batur is also famous for climbing and hiking. Enjoy exploring it when holidaying in Bali.

Mount Batur

Address: Mount Batur, South Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Website: Mount Batur

Opening hours: 24/7

Price: 20 USD

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8. Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah, which is also popular as the Elephant Cave, is a historical site. It is situated near Ubud on the island of Bali. Goa Gajah was constructed in the ninth century. Fierce faces, whose purpose is believed to have driven away evil spirits, are carved into the stone. A Ganesh stone statue is also present inside the temple. So, make sure you visit Goa Gajah when in Bali.

Goa Gajah

Address: Goa Gajah, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Website: Goa Gajah

Opening hours: 24/7

Price: 1.15 USD

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9. Rich culture (from USD 58)

Balinese culture is famous worldwide, and it’s known for its unique Indonesian art and culture steeped in an age-old tradition. Balinese culture is popular for its sculpture, dance, and drama. Even in the countryside and rural areas one can find magnificent temples and talented artists. You can perceive the outstanding skills of Balinese artists through their art and craft. You are sure to be impressed with art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarvings, and performing arts. So, appreciate the rich culture of Bali as you tour through this fascinating Indonesian island.

Best Of Bali Tour: Culture Customized

Duration: 10 hours

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10. Silver in Celuk (from USD 42)

Silver in Celuk, Bali is quite popular. Celuk village on an Indonesian island is known for amazing crafts in silver which you can then get at quite affordable prices. You can find beautiful silver articles here. In fact, Celuk village in Ubud is widely popular for its production of exquisite jewelry. Craftsmen create magnificent silver crafts in their shops and home, and the skills have been carried over through generations. So, don’t miss visiting Celuk when in Bali. Buy your choice of silver craft or jewelry from here.

Bali Silver Jewelry Class

Duration: 3 hours

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Experience the true spirit of Bali

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Bali is a mesmerizing Indonesian island which is world famous for its beautiful places, rich culture, history, arts and crafts, gorgeous beaches, and many more things. So, when you visit Bali during your vacation, do check out this list of famous things in Bali, Indonesia.

This article has been endorsed by Bali local expert Arakita Rimbayana (curator)

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Manjiri Kochrekar is a travel blogger from India. She loves exploring and learning various destinations, their history, culture, and peculiarities. Writing is her passion, which means she enjoys...Read more

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