Top Tourist Attractions in Bali
Bali is a heaven for tourists. It is adviced that you don’t club a Bali trip with any other visits in Indonesia if you only have a countful of days in your hands. Each and every tourist attractions in Bali are to be explored, enjoyed and experienced to the maximum. A visit you definitely are not going to forget in your life, trust me!
Listed down are the top 10 tourist attractions in Bali.
1. Tanah Lot Temple
Don’t you fancy visiting a temple on top of a rock, that too in a sea, with waves always hitting the base of the rock? This temple, is one of the most iconic temples in Bali which attracts a good number of tourists. Pay homage to the guarian spirits of the sea at this beautiful place while you enjoy the breathtaking view! There is a causeway to the rock temple which might not be accessible during high tides which happen very infrequently. This is a gem of a place you have to visit at least once in your life.
Image: Tanah Lot Temple
What to do:
Kuningan – The holiday prior to the anniversary date of the temple, the heirloom pilgrimage happens. Tanah Lot’s piodalan happens every wednesday after each Kuningan on Balis calendar (which is on 210 days- The Pawukon calendar). You are adviced to dress respectfully as it is a cultural place and the locals pay high respect to it.
Piodalan coming up in near future:
We advice you to visit the place accordingly if you want to witness the Piodalan.
Take care of the waves and pay attention to warning signs.
Operational hours: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Address: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia
2. Besakih Temple
Sitting on the slopes of Mount Agung, Besakih Temple is also known as Mother Temple. This temple is the largest temple you will find in Bali. Besakih is an complex with 86 temples with Balinese architecture and the view from this plac eis simply amazing. Beautiful rice paddies, streams, mountains, hills.. you will find everything scenic here.
Image: Besakih Temple
Pura Penataran Agung is the largest temple in the complex, and it has seven areas representing seven layers of the universe. For photographic enthusiasts, and architecture students and enthusiasts, this is a must visit place, if they are intersted in Balinese architecture and temples. Each temple in the complex is unique and beautiful. best time to visit is during the monsoons as the rain helps the place elevate its beauty.
Operational hours: 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM – but it is open 24 hours as it is a place of worship
3. Uluwatu Temple
It is believed that Bali has got six key spiritual temples; and Uluwatu Temple is one of them. It is well known for its spectacular location – at around 70 meters above the sea level. Visit this place in late evening to witness a magnificent sunset – which is one of the key attractions of this temple, apart from paying homage to gods, enjoying the architecture and sculptures.
Image: Uluwatu Temple view from bottom of the cliff
Located in the shores of Indian Ocean, this temple premise has got a small forest right near the entrance and has many monkeys living inside and it is believed that these monkeys guard the temple from the bad. As per Balinese Hindus’ beliefs, Lord Brahma, Siva and Vishnu becomee one here.
Visit this place for its spectacular view.
Operational hours: 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM – though it is open 24 hours for worship.
Address: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
4. Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Nature enthusiast? This place is for you. Erm, just like any other tourist attractions in Bali 😉 A vast area with rice paddy cultivation which exercises terrace farming, giving us a spectacular view is indeed a place to visit.. Isn’t it? There are high roadside locations where you can click some real awesome pics of the terrace farming, while enjoying the breeze. You can also find some souvenir sellers; as usual, bargain 😉
Image: Tegallalang Rice Terraces
There is a village nearby – Pakudui, which is worth a visit too, and is located after a right turn up from the paddy fields.
Location: North of Ubud
How to reach: Usually a 30 minutes drive from north of Ubud. Move east from the main Ubud
art market, towards the large statue junction and head north further.
5. Ubud Monkey Forest
A forest with countless number of grey long tailed macaques, this forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey forest of Padangtegal is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali.The forest is pretty near Ubud town center and has a lot of resorts, hotels etc nearby.
Image: Monkeys from Ubud Monkey Forest
What to see: Deep inside the forest, you can see Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal of 14th century, and also Pura Prajapati. Also there is an ancient bathing temple inside the forest known as Pura Beji. There are many banyan trees with their roots hanging down which is popular amongst the photography enthusiast crowd visiting this place. The monkeys living here are well preserved by the wildlife authorities and they are seen in abundance.
Entry fee: IDR 40,000 (adults), IDR 30,000 (kids)
Operational hours: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM (Monday to Sunday)
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 (0)361 971 304
How to reach: Enter Jalan Hanoman from Ubud main road, continue till you see a right turn which leads you to the sanctuary.
6. Kintamani and Mount Batur
Located in Balis’s highland region, the Kintamani volcano is a popular trekking destination. The Mount Batur also comprises of Batur caldera lake, which is 13-square
kilometered. If interested to explore the place more, take thr road down to the lakeshore, which will lead you to Toya Bangkah, Ulun Danu Batur temple and many hot springs.
Image: A distant view of Kintamani and Mount Batur
You can enjoy one of the best panoramas of Bali here. The mountanous terrain is – just like any other tourist destinations, scenic. And every photographers dream place. If you visit the place on an early morning trek, you can watch the sunrise here fromk the ridges of the volcano.
The hot springs here are known for its mineral content. Lake Batur, the fresh water lake, is one of the main sources for the irrigation in most parts of Bali. Best panoramic views of Bali volcano can be seen between 10:00 AM and 03:00 PM. It is adviced to take oficial guides while trekking up.
Address: Kintamani, Bangli, Bali, Indonesia. The place is roughly around 3 hours drive from Kuta
7. Ubud Art Market
Interested in shopping stuff which has a Balinese cultural touch? Visit this place! You can buy beautiful handcrafted things, toys, souvenirs, clothes, silk scarves, shirts, homemade bags, statues, baskets. Most of the goods you find here are locally meade in a village nearby – Pengosekan.
Image: Flower sellers outside Ubud Art Market
Most of the visitors buy souvenirs at this market as a symbol of remembrance. The hand crafted stuff you find here are examples of Balinese craftsmanship, which has got a high demand amongst the visitors.
There are no fixed price or barcodes for the items you purchase at this market. So, the shopping rule remains the same here too – bargain.
Operational hours: 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Address: Jalan Raya Ubud main road, opposite the Puri Saren Ubud palace, Bali, Indonesia
8. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Yet another place in Bali where you can enjoy the spectacular terrace farming fields, the landscapte and the panorama. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is located in West Bali. This place’s natural panorama is one that competes with that of Mount Batur and the caldera of Kintamani and is one of the major tourist attractions in Bali. Yet another dream-spot for photography enthusiasts.
Image: Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Itinerary planner: Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are located at about 700 meters above sea level, and was one the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidates. If you are planning for a full day tour here, club it with other locations Batukaru Temple and Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, and reach Tanah Lot at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset.
Address: Jatiluwih, Penebel, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. The journey to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces from other main Southern areas like Kuta or Denpasar takes around 2 hours drive.
9. Bali Safari and Marine Park
This is Bali’s largest animal theme park. There are thousands of animal species living inside Bali Safari and Marine Park. All the animals are left freely, without caging and the surroundings are mad ein such a way that they mimic the animals natural habitats. Visitors are taken for the tour inside the Safari in a closed vehicle, and there are often animal talent shows held. There is an aquarium inside, which is home to a lot of exotic fishes. The Theme park was opened in 2007.
Image: A deer inside Bali Safari and Marine Park
If you are visiting Bali Safari and MArine Park, we recommend you to spend a whole day here as it is definitely worth the time and only if you spend a whole day only, it will do justice to your holidays. You may carry an additional pair of dresses, and a swim wear and towel – in case you want to take a dip.
Where to stay inside the Bali Safari and Marine Park:
There is this Mara River Safari Lodge inside the Park, a four star hotel, which offers accommodation. The stay here mimics african wilds.
Operational hours: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (everyday) The Bali Agung show times: Thu – Sun 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Address: Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: +62 (0)361 950 000
10. Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah is an archeological site, a Elephant Cave. A tourist attraction in Bali which is more for history enthusiasts.
Image: An elephant cave inside Goa Gajah
Goa gajah is originally built in the 11th century as a spiritual place for meditation. The roads towards Goa Gajah are filled up with shops selling souvenirs, food, drinks and snacks etc. There are various sculptures which depicts influence of Hinduism and Buddhism in Bali. The south side of the complex is mainly Shivaite (Hindu) while the nothern side is predominantly Buddhist. You can see scenic rice fields and streams in the southern end. The streams eventually are lead to Petanu River. There are caves in which you can meditate. You will also find bathing pools and fountains.
That said, this is mostly for history and architecture enthusiasts.
Opening hours: 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM (all days)
Address: Bedulu Village, Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
How to reach: From ubud, head east for around 3 Kms towards Jalan Raya Goa Gajah