Is Bali a popular tourist destination

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BY Santosh Maurya  | dECEMBER 11, 2022

Bali a popular tourist destination

Bali a province of Indonesia also known as the Land of the Gods. , Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity,  surfers’ paradise!, crystalline beaches, world-class diving, diverse nightlife, iconic ricefields, and and gorgeous waterfallsBreathtaking hiking can be found all over the island, as well as on the nearby Lombok and Java islands.

Currency of Bali is IDR(Indonesian ):

1 INR = 189.395637 IDR

1 USD = 15,586.05 IDR

Balinese cuisine is a cuisine tradition of Balinese people from the volcanic island of Bali. Using a variety of spices, blended with the fresh vegetables, meat and fish. Are the Part of Indonesian cuisine, it demonstrates indigenous traditions, as well as influences from other Indonesian regional cuisine, Chinese and Indian

Rice, the primary grain is almost always consumed as a staple accompanied with vegetables, meat and seafood. Pork, chicken, fruit, vegetables and seafood are widely utilized, however just like most Hindus, beef is never or rarely consumed.

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is bali a popular tourist destination

In few words I can say that this place has something for everyone

The majority of Balinese practice a form of Hinduism that is entwined with Buddhist and animistic beliefs. Although the main Hindu gods are worshipped, equal attention is paid to local, agricultural, and ancestral deities.

English is also the common “third” language and the most popular foreign language by far (after Indonesian and Balinese). Due to tourism requirements, a lot of Balinese speak a level of English that allows them to communicate with tourists on a fundamental level.

The best time to visit Bali is between April and October, the island’s dry season. Although the weather is ideal for travellers, the island is also subject to soupy, humid days throughout the year.

So our next and the main question is that why bali is a famous tourist spot?

Well I’m going to tell  you about most famous places that is  visited by tourist

So let’s start with the first Place

Pura Tanah Lot Temple, bali

Situated on a large rock, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali. It has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, to form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali.

Tanah Lot Temple stands for earth (Tanah) and sea (Lot), quite appropriate considering its spectacular setting on top of an impressive rock overlooking the sea.

It is one of seven ocean temples on the coast of Bali that create a sort of spiritual bulwark against bad vibes rolling on the ocean currents.

Once visitors have fought their way through the souvenir vendors to the beach, they will see the magnificent temple perched on a rock just a few meters offshore.

Ubud

Bali a popular tourist destination

It’s a uniquely beautiful place that attracts a lot of ‘new age hippies’, who come to Ubud for a spiritual cleanse. The ‘must see’ sights include the Gates of Heaven, the rice terraces and the Sacred Monkey Forest, which are all reasons that make Ubud worth visiting.

Perched among the terraced rice fields that climb up the foothills of Bali’s central mountains, Ubud is considered the island’s cultural heart. 

Ubud is home to the island’s most important museums, including the Neka Art Museum with its expansive collection of Balinese paintings. There are dance and music performances every day throughout the city as well as numerous art galleries and craft shops to explore.

We recommend visiting Ubud for 3 days.  It’s the perfect place in Bali for arts and crafts, traditional culture, good eats, and tons of opportunities to see rice terraces and nature.

Although Ubud has long been valued as a great place to learn about Balinese culture, tourism in Ubud boomed exponentially after it was featured in the book and movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” Fortunately, it only takes a short walk or bicycle ride to escape from the crowds and commercialism. Ubud is surrounded by gently rolling rice paddies which create a beautiful impression of greenness.

Seminyak

Located on the southwestern coast of Bali, Seminyak is a small town that has been encompassed by the city of Kuta’s expansive growth. Despite its proximity to Kuta, Seminyak is one of the island’s most exclusive vacation destinations.

From its high-end boutiques and five-star restaurants to its luxury hotels and spas, the city attract attracts well-heeled travelers from around the world. Although the surf is too treacherous for most swimmers, Seminyak Beach offers visitors panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and of the professional surfers who flock to this area to ride the big waves too.

Mount Batur

While it’s not the highest point on Bali, Mount Batur is situated on one of the island’s most dramatic landscapes. Dominating the northeastern section of Bali, the 1,717-meter (5,633-foot) peak is a sometimes-active volcano that includes four craters, a lake and several villages.

Climbing to the top of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise is a popular activity. It’s a relatively easy climb that anyone in reasonable shape can achieve in around two hours. Visitors also come to Mount Batur to see Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of Bali’s nine major Hindu temples.

Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is often referred to as Bali’s ‘mother temple’ – a Located on the slopes of Gunung Agung, Bali’s highest mountain, Pura Besakih is considered the most important of the “kayangan jagat,” the nine directional temples built to protect the island from evil.

The temple was named after the dragon god that believers say lives within the depths of the mountain. At least 70 celebrations take place at Besakih every year, as each shrine has its own anniversary.

Its high location offers spectacular countryside views with rice paddies, hills, mountains, and streams. Exploring the whole site can take a day. Pura Besakih is the only temple open to every devotee from any caste group.

Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest is home to over 700 grey long-tailed macaques. Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, this natural sanctuary has paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest as well as several ancient temples under dense foliage. It’s a popular wildlife reserve in Bali thanks to its community-based management, location and ease of access.

The Ubud Monkey Forest is within a 10-minute walk of most guesthouses and resorts along the main roads of Jalan Hanoman and the namesake Jalan Monkey Forest.

You should also avoid wearing any loose jewellery or clothing, as the monkeys may easily snatch a necklace or bag to find something interesting enough to eat. As with any holy site in Bali, women on their periods shouldn’t enter the temple grounds.

Ubud Art Market

Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital, is home to some of the most spectacular sights of Bali. While you will find souvenir shops almost everywhere on the island, there is no better place to go shopping for clothing, accessories, souvenirs and so much more than at the Ubud Art Market.

The Ubud Art Market is a great place to find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods. Locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud, the market is opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and opens daily.

Most of the goods found at the Ubud Traditional Art Market are made in the neighbouring villages.

The Ubud market also served as a setting for the Hollywood movie Eat Pray Love, which shows a scene with actress Julia Roberts opposite a male character strolling through the stalls which are frequently visited by foreign and local visitors in real life. Naturally, bargaining is essential.

The Ubud Art Market is open from 9am to roughly 6pm. You will see vendors starting to set up their shops and opening up their shops around 9am and around 10am you will start to see the crowds at the market getting busier and busier. We would personally avoid the market in the afternoon as between 1pm and 4pm the buses filled with tourists arrive looking to shop at the market.

Bali Flora and Fauna

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Bali’s most realistic safari experience takes you on a journey to discover the inhabitants of Indonesia, India, and the African Savannah and a home to thousand amazing animals representing more than 100 species, including some of rare and endangered species.

Combining Balinese cultural ambience with African Savannah, Bali Safari and Marine Park features the following exhibits featuring Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, white tiger, leopard, komodo dragon are just some of the fascinating creatures that can be seen at the Bali Safari and Marine Park.

Watch the elephants bathing or even climb for a ride, visit the petting zoo, learn Balinese dance, see almost 40 species of fish, and don’t miss feeding time for the white tigers and piranhas!

As the day draws to a close, get a thrill at Fun Zone, the mini theme park, or cool off at the Water Park before sitting down for the spectacular theater production.

  • Venture into the jungle of Bali Safari and Marine Park and discover animals from the savannah and India
  • Hop on the special Bus for a Safari Journey of 40 hectres of land. At Bali Safari Park, you also can feel the thrilling experience feeding wild animals directly with Feed the Predator activity
  • A dining experience you can’t find anywhere else in Bali where you get to dine while witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat. Tsavo Lion Restaurant is the first African-themed restaurant in Asia that allows you to dine with the majestic pride of a li

Lovina

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The largest resort area on the north coast of Bali, Lovina is best known for the black volcanic sand of its 5-mile beach. Encompassing several small villages, the area is a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving adventures as the northern waters are calmer than those to the south.

Local skippers operating the traditional outriggers known as perahu stand ready to take visitors to the best diving areas. The calm sea is perfect for swimming and dolphin watching too, making the area an ideal vacation destination for families.

Now if you are thinking how much should I budget for a trip to bali?

A reasonable budget for two for a week in Bali is around IDR 17,013,376.

The above cost is based on staying in good, mid-range accommodation and having a few meals out per week, while preparing some yourself. It makes allowances for a couple of sightseeing activities, but doesn’t take into account expensive activities like adventure sports or private tours.

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