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Top 10 Things to Do in Bali – Exotic Explorations

You could escape into a world of bliss, luxury and vibrant colours in iconic Bali. Here is a list of places that a traveller must not miss when in this Island of the Gods.

1

Tanah Lot Temple

This temple may well be one of Bali's most iconic. It is a sea temple, set atop a colossal rock surrounded by the vast ocean. You could visit Tanah Lot on an evening when the waves crash against the rock to a rhythm and witness a spectacular sunset from the sacred grounds of the temple. The beauty and wonder of such sunsets will allow you to understand why devotees chose this particular spot to pay reverence to sea spirits.

2

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu temple is yet another sacred place that beckons visitors to linger over picturesque views of sunsets. This sea temple is perched on a cliff edge in the Bukit peninsula. If you visit Uluwatu at sunset, you will be treated to glimpses of 'sunset Kecak fire dances' at the nearby amphitheatre.

3

Ubud Monkey Forest

If you are staying at an Ubud Hotel during your vacation, don't miss out on the chance to visit the Ubud Monkey Forest. The forest provides a safe place of residence for grey long-tailed macaques. As you stroll around the monkey forest you will see the monkey's frolicking atop nutmeg trees. The sacred and ancient temples of the Monkey Forest are covered in years of dense vegetation and you will feel like you are entering the world of Mowgli and his wolves.

4

Ubud Art Market

Guests who stay at resorts or hotels in and around Ubud such as Alila Ubud invariably visit the Ubud Art Market. Locals call it the 'Pasar Seni Ubud' and it is open daily for visitors. At the art market, you can browse through exotic wild silk scarves, woven bags, ethnic hats, shirts and many more handicrafts.

5

Besakih Temple

Locals call Besakih Temple the 'mother temple'. It is located in Mount Agung at approximately 1000 metres. Besakih Temple is Bali's largest temple and comprises 18 sanctuaries that belong to various groups (castes). The three main temples are dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu.

6

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces are a precious gift to those with an eye for beauty that mélanges with nature. You will be able to take as many pictures of the green or gold beauty of the endless rice fields in Tegallalang. According to Balinese history, the ancient subak cooperative irrigation system which the farmers use to this day was passed down to farmers by an ancient holy man.

7

Kintamani and Mount Batur

Mount Batur is a still active volcano located in Kintamani. Visitors like to stop by this mountain to take pictures of the volcanic mountain and the Caldera Lake. Each time Mount Batur erupts in a glory of red, orange and grey, it reshapes the surrounding environment. Since 1800 Mount Batur has erupted 24 times.

8

Bali Safari and Marine Park

This is Bali's largest animal and theme park. The animals are allowed to roam free in a habitat that closely resembles their natural habitat. You can board a bus safari around the park and visit the nearby aquariums as well.

9

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces present dramatic views that are in a class of their own. The panoramic views of these rice terraces are a wonderful phenomenon that a discerning traveller should not miss. After feasting your eyes and soothing your soul amidst the spectacular beauty you will feel replenished.

10

Goa Gajah

Elephant Cave otherwise known as Goa Gajah is a site of momentous historical and archaeological value. This place is located just six kilometres away from central Ubud. In ancient times, Goa Gajah was a place of spiritual value where hermits meditated and led frugal lives. You will be transported into a time bygone when you witness the intricate rock carvings and relics of Goa Gajah.