Situated on the south-western tip of the Badung peninsula. The temples at Uluwatu are some of the holiest and most spectacular in Bali. Perched atop steep cliffs overlooking the sea to the south. The interiors of the temples are closed to non-Hindus. Beautiful cliff and ocean view from here.
This is also one of Bali's best surfing spots.
Entrance fees 3000RP per pax inclusive sarong.
There is a nightly Kecak dance performance here every evening at 6pm.
Caution: be careful of the monkeys here, they like to grab your stuff in exchange for food. See my warning tips.
Pura Taman Ayun, Mengwi
This is the temple for the Mengwi kingdom. The temple ground is surrounded by a moat of water. It is located in Mengwi.
Entrance is 3000Rp per person.
The establishment of Pura Taman Ayun is related to the development of Mengwi kingdom in 17th century. A manuscript describing the birth of Mengwi kingdom called " Babad Mengwi " gives a description that the founder of the kingdom I Gusti Ngurah Putu after succeeded in extending his emporium he built Ulun Danu temple on the bank of lake Beratan, than moved his palace from Balahayu to Mengwi and built Taman Ayun temple. The date of construction is expressed on a carved door with chronogram reads " Sad Bhuta Yaksa Dewa " means 1634 AD.
As the common layout of temple in Bali, the area of 250 x 100 square meters is divided into 4 courtyards. On west side is the natural pool by constructing dam across the small river on the southern end of the temple area. The temple has been renovated in 1949 on the gates, split gates, walls and meeting hall, and pavilion called " Bale Bengong" In 1972 all black fiber roofs were renewed, the last in 1976 was built the pavilion tower called " Bale Kulkul " and the roof of meeting hall was changed.
On the east side of the main complex there is a meru dedicated to the god of fertility, which is closely related with rice and irrigation, called : shrine of Ulun Suwi " At one side of the east part is a shrine of the spirit warrior Pasek Buduk from Buduk village, a place around 10 kms from this temple site.
Total number of shrines and pavilions in the complex are 50 units. This shrines are not all dedicated to god or holy spirits but some are as ritual facilities, public hall, and decorations.
GWK Cultural Park
Situated on a hill in Jimbaran, south of Kuta on the road towards Uluwatu, this huge park has 2 really big statues of Wisnu and a Garuda. Actually it is really 2 parts of the same statue. Bali is trying to build one of the worlds' largest statue, which can be seen from even 20miles away. They have built part of it, which is the 22m bust of Hindu deity Wisnu, made from giant slabs of copper and brass, and the head of the Garuda (with part of Wisnu's legs), upon which Wisnu will sit on. The statues already looked magnificant by itself, but I can really imagine how truly great it will be when they finally complete this project.
Adjacent to the Wisnu figure is the Pahrayangan Somaka Giri, a sacred spring from which flows water containing a rich mixture of minerals.
On the grounds there is also nice lookout view and a restaurant DeMiMidi with the same view.
Price is 15000Rp per person, and I think 5000RP for the car.
Puri Saren, Ubud
This is a palace in Ubud. It now belongs to a rich Balinese family who own many 5star hotels in Bali, and entrance is free. It has many nice statues and carvings in the palace grounds, beautiful golden roofs and royal furniture.
Various classical Balinese dances and plays are held nightly at Ubud's Puri Saren throughout the week. The regular dances, all of which take place at 7:30 and cost Rp 20,000.
A trip to the northern side of the Island will bring you to a little fishing village named Lovina.
In this area there are some hot springs and less tourists, so life is a lot more laid back.
the main attraction here is the dolphin watching.
Each morning just before sunrise the dolphins will usually appear frolicking off the coast of Lovina.
On the morning you choose to go somebody will come to your room, or call you, to take you down to the beach,and take you out on a small motorized canoe from which (if you are lucky like I was) you can see some dolphins swimming around your canoe and a spectacular sunrise over Lovina.Related to:
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Take Pictures with Bali`s traditional dress
Do not miss the oportunity to take some pictures of you (and your travelmate(s) ) with Bali traditional dress.It will be in photostudios.Try the offers from Fuji Image Plaza counters.You can choose the dress you want to wear or ask any suggestions from them.Before you pose for your pictures,you can ask them to show some model pictures so you will have any ideas what your pictures will be.The price will be around US$15-20 with 6 professional pic shots in a disc and 4 postcard sized photos.It will be a great treat and souvenir for yourself.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Women's Travel
- Arts and Culture
See the beautiful rice terraces
These rice terraces are cut in to the hill slopes and looks like green steps on a stairs. Rice terraces are found in many locations, but this photo is taken from Pacung (near Lake Beratan), from Pacung Mountain Resort.
The receding man-made terraces, like flights of gigantic stairs, cover the hills and spread over the slopes and plains. When they are first filled with still water they are like mosaics of mirrors that reflect the clouds. Later they are sprinkleed with the dainty blades of the newly planted rice in an all-over I pattern of chartreuse on a ground of brown ooze. This thickens eventually into a tender yellow-green carpet which turns to a rich gold ochre as the grain ripens, finally leaving only dry, cracked mud after the harvest.
The rugged, mountainous nature of the island, closely furrowed by deep ravines, makes irrigation extremely difficult. The Balinese irrigation system, call the Subak, allows water to be led from the mountains to the various levels of cultivated land by an elaborate system of canals, dams, bamboo pipes, and even long tunnels cix-it t4ough solid rock, to the dikes that permit the sawa to be flooded or drained at will.
Tanah Lot- Temple by the Sea...
I've gotta think of other words rather than beautiful to describe every place in Bali...
Stunning? Sublime? Well, Tanah Lot is certainly a holy and magnificent structure standing highly in the rough waters in Bali...
The winds were strong that day, thus waves were hitting the rocks so hard....
Before entering Tanah Lot there are many stalls selling local crafts and souvenirs..Its worth a look and can be a good bargain if you know how to haggle well... : )
Visit the cool Gitgit Waterfall, north of Lake Bratan, ten kilometers south of Singaraja. This is Bali's tallest waterfall. Not far from the main road, Gitgit is an impressive 40 meter high. A swim here can be very refreshing.
Entrance is 3000Rp per person.
From the entrance to Gitgit waterfall, you must walk about 500m through a paved path. Shops are located all along these path. As it is located at the botttom of a valley, you will be travelling down stairs for some part of the path, which makes the return trip more tiring.
Visit The largest silver Shop In Bali
Well... You Could Pamper Yourself To The Luxurious Spa Or You Could Go To Celuk Village To See The Local Silversmith Making Hand Crafted Silver At UC Silver Company...The largest Silver Factory And Shop In Bali.
Worshipping Your Inner-Goddess
A must thing to do is relax,
and treat yourself right with
a little bit of pampering.
With the prices of massages, facials,
body scrubs being so much lower
than back in the western world,
there should be NO excuse in spending
a little time for your body.
Lets call it worshipping your
While in Seminyak,
I treated myself to a facial
A 1 hour deep cleansing, a face massage
and skin conditioning mask.
All for 105,000 Rp.
Then even better,
I splurged on an Exfoliation Massage
also known as the Mandi Lulur,
A 1 hour body massage,
then my body was painted all in brown
to be rubbed with a Lulur paste,
a quick shower,
and best of all,
I was then covered in yoghurt,
to help restore the PH balance of my skin.
The temptation to lick it off
Then it was time to was it off,
and absorb it all in a tub filled with
fragrances and flowers.
My skin…..was baby soft afterwards
and I was feeling A-O.K.
after 2 hours of body pampering.
All for 219,000 Rp
It’s all good!!!
Body Works has two locations.
They provide various Facial Treatments, Waxing,
Hair Treatments and Massages.
The premises are very clean.
Jalan Raya Seminyak No. 63
Jalan Kuya Jati No. 2
Tel. (0361) 733317Related to:
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Ubud - The artist village
When coming to Bali, Ubud is one of those places that simply anyone visits. It is a nice and lively village with lots of shops, markets, art galleries, etc. There is also a small palace (not too spectacular) and a really nice lotus garden (Don't miss it!). The garden is also great for a drink or for having lunch. Great club sandwiches and superb vegetarian ravioli (and I am not even a vegetarian).
Combine a visit to Ubud with the adjacent Monkey Forest (walking distance). See next tip.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Dancing is really important in Balinese culture. Legong dancing is done by very young girls. And to indicate how important it is: women can still be famous after 50 years, because they were great dancers in their teens (often a carreer of only a few years).
If you do not feel like going to one of the touristy arranged dancing performances, try to find a restaurant that performs dancing during diner.
Restaurant Legong in Sanur was close to our hotel and apart from good food (good value for money) they perform Legong dancing during the diner. They have a different show every night (3 or 4 different shows) which last for 3/4 of an hour or so.
The fact that it is a small scale performance, only adds to the charm.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Go snorkeling at Lembongan
If you are in Bali, go snorkeling. There are some really great snorkeling spots. This was our first snorkeling experience and up till now, it is still the best.
We booked an arranged all-inclusive daytrip to Nusa Lembongan, a small leisure island 20 km. SE of Bali.
This included sailing there and back with a catamaran, swimming and snorkeling off the beach, BBQ, swimming pool, a semi submarine ride and last but not least, snorkeling at the reef from a platform just a few hundred meters from the beach. When we were there you could go to the platform during a morning and an afternoon session. We went the afternoon, to save the best for last, but you can also go during the morning and hope that most people are already tired after the midday BBQ, so that there is enough room to go in the afternoon again.
Bear in mind that snorkeling from the beach is not even close to what you will experience on the reef.
By the way, the place has lockers for your personal belongings.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
- Diving and Snorkeling
Watch the Barong Dance
The Barong - Play represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirit. Barong '(a niythological animal) represents a good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster') represents an evil one.
You can see it in Batubulan (9.30am daily) or many other places in Bali.
Sari Wisata Budaya at Jl By Pass Ngurah Rai, Br. Kajeng Pemogan, only 10mins from Kuta square, has daily shows at 9am.
Price per person RP50000.
Where can I begin? I will keep this brief though: 1. NO hot water in rooms 2128 or 2134 (I had both...more
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