Located in the Indian Ocean, the Indonesian island of Bali is one of the most popular island destinations in the world. The Island of the Gods is one of the 17500 islands of Indonesia and draws nearly 3 million tourists annually from all corners of the globe. Bali is popular for its beautiful sandy beaches, distinctly designed Hindu temples, the lush green countryside, along with some stunning resorts and the most vibrant nightlife. This paradise island has something to offer for every type of tourist, giving them the experience of a lifetime.
Located in south Bali, the city of Denpasar serves as the capital city of the island of Bali. It is also the largest and most populous city on the island. The vibrant multi cultural city is also the gateway to many of the major attractions on the island. The city has a number of temples, museums, and galleries to entertain visitors and locals all round the year. Denpasar is also a great place to try local and international cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants all over town and one should not miss the chance to try some of the local delicacies.
- Bali Zoo
Located on an area of 22 acres of lush greenery, the Bali Zoo is a wildlife conservatory with over 350 species of different reptiles, mammals, and tropical birds. The natural habitat of the zZoo is the perfect environment for the protection of many endangered species that are present in the Zoo. There are animals indigenous to Indonesia like the endangered Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, and the rare sun bear, orangutan, and binturong. The zoo offers a number of treks, safaris, and walks.
- Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran Bay has seen tremendous transformation in the past 4 decades. A small fishing village in the 1980s, the Bay has transformed into a haven of luxury resorts and villas. It is often called the Beverly Hills of Bali. The white sandy beach offers the ideal setting for a swim. The beach and bay area also has a number of restaurants that offer the best of seafood, although the price is not too pocket-friendly. For the ones who are ready to indulge, Jimbaran Bay area also has a number of high-end spas.
- Pemuteran Bay
One of the unspoiled spots of Bali, the Pemuteran Bay is the ideal place for those who are looking for some adventure along with the tranquility of the sea. It is located on the northwest coast of Bali and has the largest area of coral reefs. The aqua marine life makes it a great place for snorkeling and diving. The Bay is a piece of paradise in itself, making it one of the must-see places in Bali.
- Pura Besakih Temple
The Mother Temple of Besakih or Pura Besakih is the largest and holiest temple of Bali. Located on the slopes of the Mount Agung, it is a series of 22 temples and 35 shrines. The Temple complex is located precariously on the slope of a volcanic mountain whose eruptions have destroyed villages and killed many people over the centuries. The survival of the temple is considered a miracle by the Balinese, adding to the faith and power of the Temple. The Temple welcomes devotees from every caste and class and is thus able to attract thousands of visitors every year.
- Tanah Lot Temple
Located on the southwestern coast, the Pura Tanah Lot is one of the seven sea temples around the Bali coast. This grand tourist destination has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. Located amidst the sea on a rocky island, it is one of the most photographed temples in Bali. The tranquility of the area adds to the spirituality of the Temple. The Temple is reached by ascending a rocky staircase where the main priest introduces the Goddess to the visitors.
Located in central Bali, the town of Ubud is the cultural capital of the island. Ubud is located among the lush green paddy fields on the foothills of the Gianyar Regency. It would take a week for those who want to explore Ubud in its entirety, so one should set aside at least 3 -4 days to have some understanding of the place. The historical sites are located out of town and one can join any of the tours that operate regularly from all parts of town. The city also has a number of museums, mostly dedicated to Balinese art.
- Klungkung Palace
The Klungkung Palace is located in Semarapura (also known as Klungkung), about 25 km south east of Ubud, between Denpasar and Padangbai. Built by the Dewa Agung dynasty of Klungkung in 1710, the Palace reflects the heritage of Bali and its exotic architectural style. The Palace was severely damaged during the Dutch conquest of 1908, but a major part has been reconstructed and preserved. Today, on visiting the palace complex, one can see the Court of Justice, the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, and the main gate with inscriptions.
- Komodo Island
Located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, the Komodo Island is famous for its heritage of convicts and the famous Komodo dragon. The island is inhabited by around 2000 people, descendants of convicts who were banished to the island. It is part of the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Komodo Island is popular for its pink beaches. Komodo also has a number of diving sites around the island. The most popular fauna of the Park is the Komodo dragon, named after the Komodo Island.
- Lombok Island
Located hardly 40 km east of the island of Bali is the tropical paradise and incredibly beautiful Lombok Island. With the commercialization of Bali, many people head to Lombok Island to have the experience of what a tropical island actually has to offer, both in terms of aesthetic beauty and culture. Located just off the northwestern tip of Lombok, the 3 Gili Islands are the most popular attractions of Lombok. The Islands have a number of diving sites and are very popular for scuba diving.
- Legian Beach
The Legian Beach is one of the most visited beaches of Bali because of its scenic beauty. The beach area is packed with locals, expats, and tourists almost every weekend and there are many activities to keep the people engaged. Surfing is popular, so are beach volleyball and football. Beach beds are found all across the beach for those who want to relax in the sun or have a tan. Fire pois and jamming musicians hog the limelight in the evenings. There are a number of beach bars and restaurants that have live music and dance floors after sundown.
Kuta in south Bali is the biggest tourist magnet on the island. With its myriad beaches, resorts, hostels, nightlife, and round-the-clock activities, Kuta attracts millions of tourists from all corners of the globe. The variety of activities offered at very competitive prices makes Kuta a favorite destination on the island. Legian Street running parallel to the Beach Road is the most vibrant street in Kuta. If one is looking to party, Kuta is the place to be.
Originally posted 2017-05-18 09:58:52.