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10 Favourite Places in Bali - Capture the Essence of Beautiful and Spiritual Bali

Bali is a beautiful and spiritual destination for many travellers and is part of the Indonesian archipelago. This tranquil island has stretches of lush paddy fields, breath-taking coral beaches, and temples for you to explore and immerse in a variety of experiences.

1

Visit Pura Tanha Lot

It is one of Bali's most iconic and sacred Hindu temples, it is located around 20 km northwest of Kuta and is built on a rocky atoll capturing spectacular sea views. Foreigners are not allowed inside the temples, but you are allowed to walk across the main temple during low-tide to witness the many shrines.

2

Monkey Forest

Ubud is a tourist hotspot in Bali and just a ten-minute walk from the town will lead you to this sacred monkey sanctuary. You will find many troupes of long-tailed grey macaques living in a jungle setting resembling their natural habitat. The paved trails will lead you through a dense forest, filled with large banyan trees and ancient statues of monkeys, highlighting the religious importance of these animals to the native Balinese.

3

Seminyak

This popular beach town in Bali is known for its long clean sandy beaches and vibrant night-life. The town has great shopping options; you will find many authentic Balinese design boutiques dotted along its streets. Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort is a luxurious hotel located close to the shopping hub and the beach, making it an ideal Seminyak beach resort to experience the best of this lively town.

4

Nusa Islands

It is a group of three beautiful islands located 20 km offshore from Sanur. Here you can indulge in diving, water sports or lounge amidst her crystal clear beaches in a laid back atmosphere. Furthermore, the island has many attractions to offer, such as a bird sanctuary, rock formations and an opportunity to explore Indonesian marine life.

5

Tirta Empul Temple

Dated to 960 AD the temple is located in the heart of lush tropical forests of Bali and a national cultural heritage site. The temple is divided into three courtyards and a pool, where most of the religious rituals are held. Foreigners can partake in the rituals with locals allowing it is duly performed as per local custom.

6

Rice field in Bali

Lush acres of paddy fields are a common sight in Bali. Tegallalang and Jatiluwih are famous for their rice terraces and a 30-minute ride from Ubud will take you to witness this gorgeous spectacle.

7

Mount Batur

An hour away from Ubud, Mount Batur is a 1700 meter climb to her summit. Trekking should be done early hours of the morning to witness a magnificent sun-rise above lush tropical forests overlooking Lake Batur. A definite highlight when in Bali.

8

Kuta Beach

This lovely stretch of coastline is famous for tourists and the perfect spot for a novice to try their hand at surfing. Surfing lessons and gear can be easily booked and rented from beachside vendors.

9

Sidemen Valley

A 90-minute ride northeast of Ubud will bring you to this enchanting valley of small villages built among rice terraces. There are retreats such as yoga, meditation, and activities such as rafting and hiking around this area as well.

10

Sekumpul Waterfall

Located 99 km from Ubud, Sekumpul waterfall is considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in Bali and is a collection of seven waterfalls. Hike to the waterfall and cool off in its pristine waters.