First time to Bali? Then we have short-listed these five must-visit destinations in Bali just for you!
1. Uluwatu Temple or Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Perched on the tip of the steepest limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, this 11th century Hindu temple and its surrounding ground promises astonishing panoramic view of natural beauty only Bali can. Immerse yourself into the magical sunset whilst enjoying traditional Tari Kecak dance is a truly unique Balinese experience. The tropical sanctuary where the pura is located is also home to roaming wild monkeys who are always on the look-out to score some free snacks from tourists.
Ubud, also known as the spiritual heart center of Bali, is renowned for its concentration of arts & culture, temples, palaces, breathtaking ricefields, rivers, mind & body institutions and unrivalled natural beauty. Monkey forest sanctuary is also located here, next to majestic Tegallalang ricefields with Goa Gajah just down the road. Since featured extensively in Eat, Pray, Love, it is true that you haven’t really been to Bali unless you’ve experienced Ubud!
3. Tanah Lot
Located on the southwestern coast of Bali, this magnificent Hindu temple perched on a rock few meters from the shore is one of the most instagrammable destinations in Bali. Whilst it hustles and bustles all day long, revellers who visit here at sunset will be rewarded with a magical experience of the golden glow over the temple. Don’t forget to sip fresh coconut juice and pick-up some great souvenirs from the countless shops on the way out.
4. Mount Batur, Kintamani
Bali is known as the island of volcanoes and Mount Batur in Kintamani is one of the most visited on the northeastern part of Bali. Enjoying lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants on the foothills whilst admiring expansive landscape next to lake Batur is truly an unforgettable experience. Better still, if you are an adventurer at heart, then hiking up Mount Batur for sunrise is a “not-to-be-missed” adventure. At just over 1,700m, this volcano can be conquered in just under 90minutes for those with low to moderate fitness levels. And the view from the top at sunrise is more than worth your trouble, pounding heart rate & sweat, it’s just exquisite!
5. Bali Beaches
Beyond the well-known Kuta and Sanur beaches, Bali has countless “lesser-known-but-so-much-better” beaches all along its coastline. Whether you love surfing or a quiet beach where you can have the place all to yourself, Bali has it all. Beaches on the southend of the island such as in Nusa Dua up to Uluwatu has some of the most pristine white sand and tranquil settings. Surfers flock beaches along Canggu and its adjacent neighborhood. Think about doing a day of beach-hopping and don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a beach that’s not even listed on your Google map.
Where to Stay in Bali for Sightseeing
Finding out where you’re going to stay is one of the first steps to take when planning a holiday in Bali. But rest assured, whether you prefer staying at one of our private villas or independent boutique hotels in Bali, we have you covered on Nakula.com!
So whether you want to stay in a 4 bedroom villa in Jimbaran or a 3 bedroom villa in Canggu, in an apartment in Legian or at a beachfront resort, make sure you get to all of the above-listed destinations before you leave Bali. You will absolutely love Bali!