There are many places of interest to visit in Bali , known as the Island of the Gods and an earthly paradise that we are sure you will not miss if you visit it one day.
10 BEST Places to Visit in Bali 2020
The Island of Bali with its thousands of temples, its beautiful rice fields, its wild nature in the form of lakes, waterfalls and volcanoes, its beaches, together with the kindness of the people and its healthy and rich gastronomy, will make your days fly by.
During our trip to Indonesia in 26 days on our own we spent 6 days on the island and we are not deceiving you when we confess that we are wanting more, so now we return to spend 40 days there in this villa in Bali that we have rented with Airbnb. Based on our experience we have made a list of what we believe are the luxury bali tour packages . We started!
#1 Luhur Uluwatu Temple
The Luhur Uluwatu temple, located on a cliff 75 meters high in the south of the island, is one of the most beautiful and one of the essential places to visit in Bali . Built in the 10th century to ward off evil spirits, it stands out for its location and for the thousands of tourists who come at sunset to see its spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean.
A little more than two hours by car from Ubud, if you are staying in this town it is recommended, due to traffic and queues, to go well before sunset and also take the opportunity to visit some of the best beaches in Bali That are closer like Balangan, Padang Padang or Bingin, which although not as paradisiacal as the ones we usually see on postcards, are worth a visit.
As advice, we will tell you that you have to be very careful with monkeys, keep small objects well, especially glasses, since as you get lost, it is most likely that one of them will go for them. We tell you from experience.
In case of robbery , there are several locals that give the monkey food for a tip and he lets it go, of course, with a souvenir bite. A good option to get to know the area, if you do not have a car or motorcycle, is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish or this car service with a driver in which you decide the route.
Ubud Located in the central part of the island, it is the perfect place to visit all the points of interest in Bali if you do not make a circular route and prefer to settle your residence only in one place.
There are many things to see in Ubud, with a good mix of the traditional with the modern and that pass through the Monkey Forest, the temples, the market, enjoy the hiking trails through rice fields,.
The traditional houses, the massage and yoga centers, the galleries art, craft centers and of course, spending hours in its charming cafes and restaurants enjoying its delicious cuisine.
A good option to learn about the history and curiosities of Ubud is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish .
#3 Rice terraces
Rice is the main crop in Bali and is present in most of its gastronomy, so rice terraces are present throughout the island. Located on the slopes, they are one of the idyllic postcards of the Island of the Gods , especially when they are in their maximum splendor, full of water and with an intense green.
Around Ubud there are several areas of very beautiful rice fields, although we would opt for the rice fields of Tegallalang, the most beautiful on the island, and those of Jatiluwih surrounded by a great environment, the two best rice fields in Bali .
#4 Pura Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot, located in the south of the island an hour from Ubud and built on a rocky islet in the middle of the sea, is another of the best temples to visit in Bali .
Arriving at sunrise or sunset to watch the sunrise or sunset with the temple in the foreground, the waves crashing on the rocks and the ocean in the background, is one of the best place in Bali.
Dedicated to the god of the sea, this famous Hindu temple, whose interior cannot be visited, you can see it up close when the tide is low by accessing the beach, a unique experience that will complement the sunrise or sunset.
If you have not rented a car, car with driver or motorcycle, a good alternative to learn more about the history of Bali and its temples as book this tour in Spanish that includes Ulun Danu Batur and Taman Ayun temples, Bedugul lakes and Jatiluwih rice fields .
Bali, one of the most essential places to visit in Indonesia , has several volcanoes as it is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area with great volcanic and seismic activity. sunrise or Sunset of the valley and Lake Batur are incredible and you can also see small smoke that comes out of the caldera of the volcano.
The difficulty of the climb, between 2 or 3 hours, is medium level, so if you take it easy, we can say that it is accessible to all travelers. This excursion, which is recommended to be done with a guide, can be booked in most Ubud agencies and is normally done before sunrise, so you have to go with flashlights and warm clothes.
You can book the tour here in advance. Another volcano that is worth visiting is the Batran, with a large caldera that contains several lakes in which one of the most beautiful temples in Bali is located , the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
The last recommended volcano to visit is the Agung, of great importance for the Balinese since they consider it a replica of Mount Meru, sacred by the Hindu religion and very famous these days before a possible eruption, which we hope will remain only in a scare.
#6 Pura Besakih, one of the places to visit in Bali
Located at the foot of Mount Agung and closed these days due to a possible eruption of the Agung volcano, it is the most important temple and one of the essential places to visit in Bali . Considered the most sacred temple and recognized as the mother temple of all others, it is a huge complex made up of 22 temples.
Its most outstanding temple is the Penataran Agung, built on 7 levels of terraces that represent the layers of the universe, in which only the followers of this religion can climb its great staircase.It is not necessary to hire a guide to visit it and it is not advisable to buy souvenirs for the children, since we will be giving the parents a reason to keep them there and not at school.
We recommend you travel to the Ball Always in a responsible way and leave only our footprints on the ground.The mother temple is located an hour and a half from Ubud and a good option to learn more about Hinduism and the traditions of the Balinese is to book this tour with a guide in Spanish that includes the Pura Besakih .
Bali, located in Southeast Asia, has its rainy or monsoon season from the end of October to April, although they are not as strong as in other countries, that large amount of water makes it a paradise full of vegetation, rivers and lakes. there are several recommended waterfalls in Bali-
- The Git Git waterfall, the highest on the island, easily accessible and perfect for taking a bath.
- The Sekumpul waterfall, located in the north of Bali and one of the most impressive in Bali, which can only be accessed by motorcycle.
- The Goa Batu waterfall, located near the Git Git and to which to get there you have to walk a good stretch along a path through the jungle, The Aling Aling waterfall, one of the best known on the island where you can jump from its top.
- The NungNung waterfall, with a great waterfall and in which you can bathe in addition to having easy access.
#8 Ulun Danu Temple
The Ulun Danu Temple is one of our favorites and another of the most beautiful places of interest to visit in Bali . The temple stands out for its location, on the shore of Lake Bratan, being dedicated to the goddess of water.
Located at about 1200 meters of altitude, its image reflected in the lake formed in the caldera of a crater, surrounded by mountains of lush vegetation, is one of the most famous on the island of Bali.
The visit to the temple may coincide, as it happened to us, with a large number of Balinese peasants who make a pilgrimage to the temple to make their offering and request water for their crops.
#9 Other Temples of Bali
The island of Bali has more than 10,000 temples and religion is very important to the Balinese, who are Hindus.
With this density of temples or pure, it is important to choose which to visit, in order to know the most important ones.
In addition to the aforementioned, we leave you with this list of those that we believe you cannot miss, according to our order of preference:
- Gunung Kawi : a temple very different from the others in Bali in which the candis dug out of the rock stand out. It also stands out for its environment next to a river surrounded by rice fields.
- Tirta Empul : temple located next to a spring of sacred water in which the Balinese bathe because they consider it to have healing properties.
- Taman Ayun: in this pure you cannot enter although its views from the outside with its pagodas of different heights are spectacular.
- Pura Lempuyang , a temple located more than 1000 meters above the sea on Mount Lempuyang, is one of the most photogenic temples in Bali.
- Tirta Gangga : temple known as the Water Palace , it stands out for its fountain, its statues and its main pool where you can walk over the stones.
- Goa Gajah : temple known as the Elephant Cave stands out for the elephant-shaped carving at the entrance.
- Goa Lawah : surprising temple for its cave full of bats, which they say protects Bali from evil spirits.
#10 Beaches of Bali
The island of Bali with hundreds of kilometers of coastline has many beaches of fine sand and turquoise waters, perhaps not as paradisiacal as those we usually see in travel catalogs, but they are interesting enough to suggest a visit or several.
One of the most famous is Kuta Beach, with many surfers among its waves and a lively nightlife. Another of the best known is Jimbaran Beach, located near Denpasar Airport and much quieter than Kuta.
Nusa Dua, Sanur Beach and Seminyak, are others recommended, in addition to having a more luxurious atmosphere , with expensive hotels and resorts at the foot of its beautiful beaches.
If you have more days, you can go to other less known ones such as Padang beach, famous for its big waves or Tulamben beach, perfect for snorkeling and diving, where you can even see a sunken ship from World War II.