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Top Attractions in Bali - a magical island

The beautiful island of Bali offers a host of captivating attractions for the visitor. Bali is a magical place with varied attractions like cultural attractions and natural features, as listed below.


Tanah Lot Temple

It is often mentioned that Tanah Lot is Bali's most significant temple. The shrine is located atop a massive rock that is encircled by the waves of the sea which constantly crash on its base. This temple is dedicated to the guardian deities of the ocean, and has a legacy stretching back many centuries. Visitors will be able to enjoy a remarkable view of the sunset with the temple in the foreground. Nearby you will find a number of minor shrines as well as facilities for visitors such as shops, restaurants and a cultural centre where you may enjoy traditional dance features.


Besakih Temple

This remarkable temple has the distinction of being the biggest shrine in the island of Bali. This picturesque temple stands on the beautiful slopes of the well-known Mount Agung, and presents an intriguing sight to the visitor. You will find no less than 18 distinct sanctuaries which are allocated to the various caste groupings; these structures encircle the three central temples which are dedicated to the deities Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Besakih is considered to be the most sacred of Bali's temples and presents an alluring sight surrounded by lovely rice fields, mountains, streams, hills and other natural features.


Uluwatu Temple

The intriguing Uluwatu Temple is considered to be one of Bali's most significant seaside temples, located on the edge of a cliff in a scenic setting. This is another place where you can enjoy strikingly beautiful sunsets which will fire the imagination of the visitor. At this temple you will have the opportunity to observe splendid Balinese style architecture, distinctive gateways in the local mould and engrossing sculptures. You will also notice fascinating carvings and religious elements within this captivating shrine. In the environs of the temple you will find an al fresco amphitheatre where distinctive kecak sunset fire dances are regularly performed.


Ubud Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest is, as its name suggests, well known for the grey macaque monkeys who inhabit it. The forest is considered to possess great cultural and spiritual significance by the local people, with a number of holy temples to be found within its expanses. The simian denizens of the forest are something of an attraction, and may be seen dancing and cavorting in the trees of the forest. If you desire to feed them, you may purchase bananas from local ladies who have set up a stall for this purpose. If you wish to experience the above attractions and other things to do in Kuta an appealing accommodation choice would be the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. This quality accommodation offers tasteful rooms and courteous hospitality.


Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The area of Ubud is renowned for its picturesque rolling rice fields. Some of the most charming of these may be found at Tegallalang road where you will see picture-postcard like rural scenes. Here you will find a number of small but charming restaurants which offer wonderful views over the surrounding scenery. You will also find art boutiques and roadside shops that offer a selection of curios and souvenirs. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe the local villagers going about their daily activities and take photographs of the local attractions.