Bali evokes utopia we all wish to be a part of; it’s one of those soulful places where nature has left no stone unturned to enthrall humans with its beauty. Be it the serene mountains, quaint lakes, lush green rainforests or hot water springs, Bali boasts it all. Known for its mystic temples, pristine beaches, breathtaking green spaces and spookily abandoned places, Bali is a food for traveller’s soul.
Here’s a list of 30 amazing things to do in the paradisaical land of Bali:
1. Marvel at the iconic Bali Temple, Bedugul
Depicted on the Bali currency notes, Bali Temple, also known as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, is breathtakingly beautiful and a major crowd-puller. The temple sits majestically on Bratan Lake and looks like a floating temple when water level in the lake rises.
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
2. Hike at Mount Batur for a beautiful sunrise, Ubud
Let your gaze fall upon the tangerine-coloured early morning sun, rising from the back of the mountains at Mount Batur. It’s a famous sunrise trek in Bali and a hot favourite of many travellers. The lake at the bottom of Mount Batur features a half submerged house; don’t miss out this beautiful view in the evening. Take a local tour guide if possible and carry your camera to capture the stellar beauty of nature.
3. Be enthralled with the beauty of Pura Luhur Ulluwatu
Believed to be one of the spiritual pillars of Bali, Pura Luhur Ulluwatu is famous for the location it is situated in. Perched at a steep cliff, the temple offers magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and its waves kissing the closed shores. You can enjoy the stunning sunset views from the temple, which is 250 feet above the sea.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
4. Indulge in the sunset tour of Tanah Lot Temple
Sitting royally at a beautiful shoreline, Tanah Lot Temple is among the top highlights of Bali and hence a must visit. The astonishing architecture of the temple with waves crashing on the shore and a beautiful sunset in the background makes for a breathtaking view that lingers in on your memory for a lifetime.
5. Befriend the fun loving monkeys, Ubud
Enjoy looking at the fun loving monkeys, whiling away in their characteristic living space. Other than chilling out with monkeys, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the cleared pathways of the Monkey Forest.
6. Indulge in the Bali Safari and Marine Park, Gianyar
It’s an open zoo where you can witness various creatures, brought from different continents, whiling away in their natural habitat. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner with the lions at Tsavo Lion Restaurant
7. Explore the beauty of Ubud while riding a horse, Gianyar
Take a two hours horse riding tour to experience the village culture of Bali. Ride past the beautiful rice fields and Balinese residential areas followed by a traditional Indonesian lunch. You can book any of the four slots of this activity in the day as per your convenience.
8. Enjoy bird watching at Bali Bird Park, Gianyar
Bird watching at Bali Bird and Reptile Park is among the best things to do in Bali. The park has preserved Indonesia’s endangered and most beautiful bird species, making it a good educational tour. It houses a restaurant that offers delicious cuisine and tropical beverages.
Timing: 9 am to 5 pm
9. Experience the elephant safari
Visit the Elephant Safari Park of Desa Taro and enjoy the famous elephant safari while taking in the clean and green views of the natural surroundings. The park features an eatery, an examination research center, a historical center, a little greenhouse and a cabin for overnight visitors.
10. Get the taste of countryside at Kintamani
Take a tour of Kintamani Village to revel in the beauty of Bali’s countryside. You can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the Lake Batur on this tour.
Highlights: Enjoy the views of active volcanoes and traditional dance performances in the morning. You can indulge in a lot of other local experiences on this tour.
11. Take a cycling tour of Carangsari Village, Ubud
A bike tour Carangsari Village is sure to give you a glimpse into the vibrant culture and daily life of Balinese people. It offers scenic views and involves a traditional lunch at a local household.
12. Visit Blanco Renaissance Museum for the love of art, Ubud
Overlooking a lush green valley of Campuhan, this museum is perched atop a hill and exhibits the artwork of a renowned artist named Don Antonio Blanco, who came to settle down in Ubud in 1952. Enjoy delicious cuisines at a cosy café inside the museum.
13. Refresh yourself at Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud
Witnessing the bright green rice terraces and landscapes is a completely refreshing experience. Capture the stunning landscapes in your lens to admire the picturesque beauty of nature for a lifetime. Do take a look at how Balinese agriculturists work in the rice fields.
14. Explore the bustling beach town of Seminyak
Explore the hip side of Bali at Semiyak, known for its glorious beaches and upscale areas. You will find boutique hotels, luxury restaurants, fashion stores, dining spots and a lot of other fancy places to splurge on.
15. Trek in the rainforests of Bedugul
Indulge in the wildlife expedition through the thick jungles of Bali and understand the ecology of the tropics.
16. Buy Souvenirs from Ubud Art Market
Art and craft lovers would love to pick a few unique art pieces from Ubud Art Market. It’s a huge market with shops featuring beautiful silk scarves, handmade woven bags, lightweight shirts baskets or hats, statues, kites and many other handcrafted goods.
17. Spend a day at Bali Pulino Coffee Plantation
Take a guided tour of Pulino coffee plantation and enjoy learning the coffee making process followed by a coffee tasting session. The freshly brewed coffee with soothing green surroundings will make this tour a memorable experience.
18. Experience the Bali culture at Tirta Gangga
Acquaint yourself with traditional Balinese experience, which gives you the taste of countryside. This tour will take you to the water garden of Tirta Gangga Bali and Ujung garden.
19. Unwind at the pristine beaches of Bali
Bali is known around the world for its magnificently beautiful beaches. So unwind yourself at Bali beaches and make the best of your holiday. Pay a visit to Kuta beach, a famous beach resort destination. You will be welcomed here with lounged chairs and umbrellas. If you wish to avoid the beach crowd, head to Sanur Beach for its quaint atmosphere. Enjoy a stunning sunset and water activities at Lovina Beach, known for its crystal clear waters and good music. Indulge in surfing at Lusa Lembongan. Don’t forget to explore one of the hidden beaches in Bali – Pasir Putih. Other famous beaches include Dream Beach, Green Bowl Beach, Yeh Leh Beach.
20. Get one with nature at Gunung Kawi Temple
Revel in the raw beauty of the oldest and one of the most ancient temples in Bali, which is situated at the bottom of lush green river valley. The beauty of nature and tranquil atmosphere makes this temple a renowned tourist attraction.
21. Revel in the beauty of Besakih Temple
Your trip to Bali is incomplete without visiting this majestic temple. Located at the western slopes of Mount Agung, the temple is built on a terraced slope and has six levels. You will certainly admire the intricate architecture and love to soak the beauty of the surrounding.
22. Pay a visit to Lake Bratan
The beautiful lake of Bratan is popular among tourists, who enjoy an array of activities here including parasailing, water skiing, riding on the motorbike, banana boating, fishing and canoeing with the traditional boat.
23. Stay in one of the themed hotels
Bali offers a lot of unique accommodation options such as Bamboo house Hotel for environmentalists, fishing lovers can go for Bali’s Water Villas, luxury and technology lovers can opt for one of the futuristic hotels.
24. Watch a theatrical tribute to Indonesia
Watch one-of-a-kind performance at the Devdan Show, which exhibits the modern and traditional elements come together to pay a theatrical dance tribute to Indonesia.
25. Go wild in one of Asia’s best water parks
Don’t miss out on the adventure and fun Water Bom has to offer to its visitors. It features easy to extreme slides for people from all age groups. Snake-themed constrictor is a must try.
26. Experience the party culture of Bali
From a floating shack in water to a bamboo swing in a bar, Bali features all kinds of unique bar spaces and party places. There is a pub in Bali where a giant crocodile welcomes you at the entrance.
27. Enjoy ghost hunting at Bali’s abandoned places
Have a thing for a little bit of thrill? Explore some of the abandoned and spooky places which include a defunct amusement park, an abandoned plane wedged between two houses, a desolate temple in the Karangasem regency and an incomplete hotel in Taman Rekreasi Bedugul.
28. Go under the Gala gala underground house
It’s a house hand-dug by a 70 year old man, who took 15 years to dig and shape it. Veering through the underground labyrinths of the house, featuring rooms, kitchen and sitting area, is a fun yet unique experience.
29. Dive down to find the underwater temple
Have you ever offered underwater prayers to god? How about diving deep down the blue seas to find a temple, which was initially constructed for underwater conservation programme?
30. Watch hundreds of dolphins in the deep blue sea
Watch hundreds of dolphins diving up and down in the deep blue seas to get an instant rush of happiness. Go for a morning tour to soak in the first sunrays and shimmering blue waters.
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Ratna Sehgal is an ardent reader, who loves weaving magic with her words. She is a content specialist and strives to be a digital marketing evangelist. Sci-fi gives her escapism and food brings her back to life, which she thinks is a beautiful roller coaster ride. Apart from her work, she aspires to be a nomad and touch people’s life with her experiences.