Even before having been made popular by the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”, Bali has always been one of Asia’s most visited tourist destination. This Indonesian island has something to offer to everyone, whether it’s the golden sand and blue waters you’re looking for, or it is exotic temples and ancient traditions. So the next time you’re browsing Bali packages, make sure you have these top picks on your itinerary.
Climb an active volcano – Bali is home to two famous active volcanoes – Mt. Batur and Mt. Agung. The Kintamani region where Batur is located is one of the most picturesque you will ever see. Leave some time in the pre-dawn hours so that you will reach the peak to watch a breathtaking sunrise.
Ubud – Bali’s cultural hub, Ubud is well known for Balinese arts and handicrafts. Cycling around the lush green paddy fields is one of the best ways to experience Ubud. If you want to buy some traditional Balinese souvenirs, this is the place for you. Bali tour packages usually include Ubud in their itinerary, so be sure to visit.
Uluwatu Temple and the Monkey Forest – The stunning temple at the edge of a cliff in Uluwatu is steeped in history. You can catch a performance of ‘Kecak’ and a fire dance at 5 pm, and then watch a beautiful sunset. The sacred Monkey Forest of Padengtagal is close by, and is a must visit in Bali when you’re in the area.
Tanah Lot – A beautiful temple located on a rocky islet, with the waves crashing against the rocks makes for a pretty picture. Tanah Lot is known for its picture-perfect sunsets, and when you’re watching one from the temple, it’s a surreal experience.
Amed Beach – One of the quieter beaches in Bali, this one is on the Eastern side of the island. A great place to dive or snorkel, the waters here also offer fantastic views of the marine life in the region.
Bali is one of those places where once you visit, there will be something to make you want to come back. So get packing!
Nandini Muralidharan is an engineer-turned-writer, possessive bibliophile and a travel junkie. She loves love collecting random bits of information about any place she visits, and weaving a story out of it. An obsessive photographer, she records any memory of a place from the beautiful Helsingor castle to the “Delizia icecream – keeps you tongue tied” signboard on the highway. Currently, she writes for WeAreHolidays.