According to allcitycodes, Bali is an island and province in the Asian country of Indonesia. The island has had a turbulent history, the low point being the bloody submission to the Dutch in 1906. Today, the volcanic island is mainly a tourist destination. Especially thanks to the beautiful beaches, Bali is the most important holiday destination within Indonesia. Along the many beaches there are fantastic resorts where you as a tourist can be completely pampered. However, Bali has much more to offer than luxury hotels and beautiful beaches. For those who want to see more of the island, we offer below top 10 sights on Bali.
Bali ‘s Top 10 Things to Do
#1. Gunung Kawi
Near the river Pakrisan in the middle of Bali is the temple complex Gunung Kawi. It is best known for its stunningly beautiful rocks with carved Buddhist structures. This true work of art from the 11th century is located in a beautiful green area, which gives the images in the rocks something magical. Rice fields (sawah) are located at the entrance of the Gunung Kawi.
The place Kuta is known worldwide for its kilometers of sandy beaches. Many accommodations, bars, clubs and restaurants adorn this sought-after seaside resort. The original fishing village has a lot to offer for the “spoiled” tourist. You can practice various water sports on the beach, but massages are also given, for example. The nightlife is vibrant and you can party until the wee hours. On Kuta Square you will find works of art and traditional handicrafts that are offered for sale. Close to Kuta is Bali’s sea temple ‘Tanah Lot’ which is part of a whole series of sea temples.
#3. Gunung Agung and Gunung Batur
This Agung mountain is the most sacred mountain in Bali and also an active volcano. The people of Bali are so convinced of the sacredness of this mountain that they sleep with their heads towards the Gunung Agung. It is therefore seen as the residence of the gods. July to October is the best time to climb this mountain. It is advisable to do this under the supervision of a guide because the mountain is known as heavy, long and dangerous. Next to the Gunung Agung is the volcano Gunung Batur which is located on the beautiful Lake Batur. This volcano can also be climbed and is somewhat easier than the larger mountain Gunung Agung.
In Batubulan it is recommended to visit a workshop where the most beautiful sculptures are made from volcanic rock. For example, you can see Buddhas, small temples, demons and other mythical figures. Many of these gray statues are used in temples. Often these crafts have been passed on from father to son and this goes back far in history. Near Batubulan is the beautiful Bali bird park ‘Taman Burung’. The birds in this park live in a beautiful piece of nature with real rainforest. Copies from all over the world can be admired here.
The name Ubud means medicine and is the place that is seen by the people of Bali as the cultural center of the island. Over the years, the village has been expanded with additions from surrounding villages. In the main street of Ubud ‘Jalan Raya Ubud’ you will find many art shops. Not so strange when you consider that many backpackers and artists used to stay in this place. The shrines Gunung Kawi, Goa Gajah and Pura Dalem Agung Padantegal temple attract many tourists to this place. Also special is the famous Monkey Cave, which is now inhabited by macaque monkeys.
The seaside resort of Sanur is located on a beautiful bay. This place is not very busy and therefore mainly attracts older tourists. A nice tip is to have dinner on the beautiful beach of Sanur. A beautiful location is the orchid garden ‘Bali Orchid Garden’ which is not far from Sanur. The mangrove forests of Sanur are perfect for some excursions on the water.
On the east coast of Bali is the famous tourist town of Cadidasa. The town is home to many luxury holiday resorts, some with thermal baths. The beautiful beach Pasir Putih is ideal for a wide range of water sports such as diving, canoeing, sailing and traditional fishing boat competitions. Divers from all over the world love to visit Candidasa Bay and the breakwaters nearby are a sight to behold. Those who want to sniff some culture should definitely not miss a visit to Tenganan. Many residents still live according to the old rules of aninism. A beautiful 11th century fortress surrounds the residential area of Tenganan. With a walk from Tenganan to Tirtaganga you will pass a very beautiful water palace from 1947.
#8. Goa Lawah
On the south-east side of Bali near Klungkung is the sacred cave Goa Lawah which is known for its thousands of inhabitants, namely the bat. During festivals, many pilgrims come here to attend a ceremony at the sacred temple in this cave. It is possible to visit this special large with a guide.
#9. Goa Gadja
South of Ubud is the Goa Gadja ‘elephant cave’. The special entrance consists of, among other things, a carved monstrous images. A number of statues, including statues from Hindu history, can be found in the cave. Several baths and water-spitting female statues can be seen at the entrance.
#10. Klungkung Palace
The beautiful and majestic Klungkung Palace in the place Semarapura on Bali should not be missed during your visit. This work of art from 1710 is seen as the most important tourist attraction of the island of Bali. Much of the old Bali and its culture can be found in this magical building. The floating pavilion surrounded by some water lilies adds something magical to this special part of Bali.