A TRIP TO BALI
Planning a vacation to somewhere peaceful, beautiful beaches and a touch of nature? Well, if you are someone who loves beaches and tropical places with the sound of ocean and that cool breeze coming from it then you must have thought of visiting Bali at least once. Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is located almost 1.5 miles from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island of Lombok. The island, home to about 4 million people, is approximately 144 kilometres (90 mi.) from east to west and 80 kilometres (50 mi.) north to south. Bali is Indonesia’s most famous island and is known for its delightful cuisine, amazing beaches, abundant culture and tradition and its scenic rice terraces. You could watch the best sunrises and sunsets which are enough for you to not wanting to go back from this place. Bali is for all the kinds of people from the adventurous one to the spiritual ones. You can enjoy the day at the beaches, surfing and diving, a boat ride to have a look at the dolphins, visit some beautiful temples to nourish your souls. You can’t deny fact of it knowing as the “Island of the Gods”.
The best time to visit Bali is from the month of April to September due to less rainfall as you won’t like trip to be ruined by rain, right? You could enjoy the crowds, nightlife and that feel of the island during January, August and December. If you are someone who loves adventure such as scuba diving and snorkelling, May to September are the best months for you due to the best weather conditions. The island gets less crowded from January to April because of heavy rainfall and also accommodation becomes cheaper and prices are reduced too.
There are a lot of places to visit in the island but these are the ones you should definitely visit:
- Mount Batur
If you are looking for some adventure in the “Island of the Gods”, this is one place for you. Mount Batur also known as “Gunung Batur” by the native people, is an active volcano in Indonesia. You can find a lot of tourists everyday visiting the place to get the view of the most beautiful sunrise or sunset you could ever see. There are a lot of trails that go up to the summit of Mount Batur that may lead you to a different part of the mountain but, whatever the part you are standing on, the view of the valley below is breath-taking. You can also find Mount Agung, the larger volcano across the Mount Batur valley, which in fact is the highest point in all of Bali. The distance to the top of Mount Batur and back down is approx. 6 km and could take an hour or two to reach the summit. But once you are back down, you could visit the neighbouring village of ToyaBungkah which is a home to lakeside hot springs where you can relax after the tiring trek.
- Pura Tanah Lot
The Pura Tanah Lot is one of the most iconic temples of Bali which is located on a beautiful offshore rock in Tabanan Regency, Bali. It is almost 20 kilometers to the northwest of Kuta. It is also known as “Land on the Sea” and is a Hindu Shrine which believed that is 500 years old. Visiting the top is only allowed for the priests and the local people but the tourists can roam at the base of the temple and receive the blessings from the smaller shrine. You can also enjoy the Kecak Dance performed every evening after the sunset by the men of Bali for which you would require tickets. This place is for those who want nourish their souls and also for the photographers who would love to capture the sun as it sets. But do remember to be properly dressed while visiting this place by covering your legs and shoulder as it is a respectful place for the locals.
- Kuta Beach
Now moving to for what it is famous for, of course the beaches. The Kuta beach is located just a few minutes away from the Bali Airport is a spot of attraction for a number of visitors due to its amazing sunsets and mesmerising nightlife. It is one of the best places for scuba diving as well as surfing. But if you are one who’s there to relax, you can spend the evening watching the sunset and enjoying the several spa and massage options available there. Due to heavy competition, you could enjoy things at a lower prices and much lower if you are in a group. You could also find local as well as international cuisines on the beachside shacks and cafes.
Love surfing? This is the exact place meant for you. Also meant for you even you don’t surf. UluWatu is short strip of beach which is located on the south-western tip of Bukit. The place is meant for relaxation if you are not a surfer as the waves make it dangerous for someone going to swim in it. The beach is incredibly beautiful and attracts surfers of all the levels around the world due to its tricky waves. If you are not one of the surfers, you got plenty of places where you can relax and enjoy the scenery. You can enjoy a vast variety of food especially seafood. You could get some souvenirs you could take home to remember this beautiful place.
The Besakih Temple is the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali. It is also known as the “Mother Temple” which is la temple complex situated on the slopes of Mount Agung. This complex of temples consists of 23 different temples and is said to be about 2000 years old. The three main temples are dedicated to the trinity of Hindu mythology which are Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva). Just remember to wear appropriate clothes while visiting this majestic Hindu temple covering your legs and shoulders. Hiring a local guide would be helpful as you may get to know a lot about the history and cultures of the place.