2010 photo EH Snellen van Vollenhoven .Ubud
Bali Island Information from GOTOBALI
Interesting Places in Bali
Bali is famous for its culture and beautiful natural view. The culture is
so unique and nowhere else to be found in the world.
The view is dominated
by beautiful rice field terraces, coconuts and rain forest as the main occupation
of Balinese is farmer.
The culture and the nature have a strong relation with Hindu, their religion.
Everywhere you go, you may see many Hindu temples. And their life is also
strongly related with and influenced by their religion. This is the reason
why Bali is
called the Island of God, the Island of Thousand Temples, and the Paradise
places in Bali Island:
Village In the Heart of Bali
Ubud - Beauty, natural, exclusive and exotic. That is the characteristic of
the well known artists' colony in the world.
Many people (most students, researchers,
and scientists besides common people) from all over the world
come to this
place to explore its interesting features.
The cultural image of Ubud is paramount to people as home to the best art
museums in te country, like Puri Lukisan, Neka Museum, ARMA (Agung Rai Museum
& Art), etc. Visit the Antonio Blanco museum the Asian Salvadore Dali. Many western artist lives in Ubud for the inspiration.
Ubud is an ideal place to see Balinese dance, Legong, Ramayana,
Baris, Kecak and Sanghyang (the fire dance) are performed nightly in or aroud
the Ubud area.
Ubud gives you opportunity to see real Bali. It is a place for leisurely strolls
through rice terraces, lush forests, breath-taking gorges and deserted swimming
holes, all within walking distance from the center of Ubud. You must visit
Monkey Forest - walk along Monkey Forest Road from Ubud, down into a dense
forest where you will find a bunch of happy monkeys waiting for passing tourists.
You can use Ubud as your base in Bali. It is centraland the cultural heart
Ubud is chosen as the Best City in Asia with indicator of Atmosphere, Ambience, Sites, Friendliness, Lodging,
Restaurant and Shopping. Ubud beat other cities; Bangkok in the second place with 82.2, Hong Kong with 81.3,
Chiang Mai 80.9, Kyoto 80.2, Singapore 79.6, Shanghai 75.9, Jaipur 74.2, Tokyo 72.9 and Hanoi 69.
Where to stay and what to do in Ubud ?
Rumah Suwandi in NyuhKUning Ubud
Bed and Breakfast Ubud
Tours and pick up airport
Nyuh kuning Ubud
Famous in Nyuh Kuning the Monkey Forest Wood . Julia Roberts play in the movie in the
wood and in a villa in Nyuh Kuning.
Monkey Forest Wood
Click picture for trailer : Eat Pray Love
Peliatan is located between Ubud and Mas. It has been known as the center
of traditional music, and dances. The fine art of local woodcarvers started
a new style of wood carving producing such things as fruits, flowers and trees
in their real shapes and colorings.
Tegallalang can be a one-stop-shop place for gifts, to take home. The locals make carved goods, some of which
end up in Ubud, some go straight on sale here.
Rice terraces of Tegallalang.
Goa Gajah Temple
The Elephant cave is carved in to rock face and reached by a flight of steps.
It probably dates back to the 9-12th centuries
and shows elements of both
Hindu and Buddhist. You can enter the cave through the huge mouth
of a demon.
In front of the cave are two bathing pools with spring water gushing from
help by female figures.
A kilometer from Goa Gajah is Yeh Pulu. After a short walk through rice terraces,
you will arrive at an ancient rock carving dating from the 14th century. The
carving depicts various scenes of everyday
life and the figures of elephant-headed
Ganesha indicating a close relationship between the two sites.
Tourists looking for a quiet beach resort can head 10 km west from Singaraja
to Lovina, a long
stretch of beach (with hotels and bungalows). The black
sand beach is safe and a perfect place for the swimming
and snorkeling. Lovina
also offers dolphin viewing. It is the perfect base from which to explore
Known as the "Mother Temple of Bali", the sanctuary of Besakih on
the slopes of Mt. Agung is the biggest
and holiest of all Balinese temples.
Over a thousand years old, steps ascend through split gates to the main courtyard
the Trinity shrines are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings.
Around the three main temples dedicated to the Trinity: Shiva, Brahma and
Vishnu, are 18 separate
sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste
To the Balinese, a visit to the temples sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage.
Each has its own anniversary
celebration or "Odalan". The sight
of the temple against the background of the mountain is impressive and
festivals, colored banners add a touch of gaiety.
The mountain resort of Bedugul, 18 km north of Denpasar, is known for its
excellent golf course.
Located beside Lake Bratan, it is surrounded by forested
hills. A beautiful sight is the "Ulun Danu" temple
which seems to
rise out of the lake. The area offers good-walks. Boats, water skiing, and
are available for hire. The Bali Handara country club has bungalows
for rent and a restaurant.
When the heat and humidity gets to you, why not escape to Bedugul, Bali's
highland retreat tucked
into the crater of an extinct volcano 1400 metres
above sea level.
Here three lakes provide everything from recreation to the water for springs,
rivers and rice fields below. Lush pine forests seem to create a freshness
in the air.
Bedugul is known for the quality of its fruits , vegetables and
For snorkeling and diving the best place. Every bay is different, some shingle, some rocky and some sandy, with Bali’s best diving
right off the beach. In one bay there’s a Japanese WWII patrol boat just 10m off the shore. Accommodation is
reasonably priced and ranges from basic to good quality, with new places opening every couple of months.
Food is adequate and cheap but don’t expect nightlife, as there isn’t any.
Every bay is lined with double-outrigger fishing boats and the horizon is filled with literally hundreds of triangular
sails as they head off to the fishing grounds morning and afternoon. Amed is a perfect destination for families
and the more mature travelers. Younger people like it too but often overdose on peace and tranquility after a few days.
Small village by the sea .Different hotels and bungalows. Nice location for snorkeling.
The spectacular mountainous region around Kintamani with its deep crater lake
and bubbling hot springs, make this
region a must to visit. Lake Batur is
the largest lake in Bali and the region offers some of the most spectacular
iews to be found anywhere on the island. Lake Batur also provides water for
an underground network of streams and
springs across the southern slopes of
The district is the earliest known kingdom in Bali, dating from the tenth
century. The evenings get cool up here
but it's well worth the stay overnight
to climb the volcano and watch the sunrise.
Many cheap losmens are available
Tanah Lot Temple
One of Bali's most important sea temples, Tanah Lot is built a top a huge
rock which is surrounded by the sea. Built by one of the last priests to come
to Bali from Java in the 16th century, its rituals include the paying of homage
to the guardian spirits of the sea.
Poisonous sea snakes found at the base of the rocky island are believed to
guard the temple from evil spirits and intruder. The best time to see Tanah
Lot is in the late afternoon when the temple is in silhouette.
Sunrice tour and Tanah Lot
The capital city of Bali, Denpasar has many community temples called "Pura".
One is the Museum called Pura Jagatnatha which is dedicated to the Supreme
God, Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. The statue of a turtle and two dragons (prevalent
in all temples) signify the foundation of the world.
The Museum offers a fine variety of prehistoric and modern art, whereas its
architectural design resembles that of a palace. The government supervised
"Sanggraha Kriya Asta" has a wide variety of handicraft and works
of art. The "Werdi Budaya" presents a yearly art festival between
June and July, with performances, exhibitions, art contest and so on. There is also a bird market in Denpasar and you can find shopping malls.
South Bali on Bukit Badung. This cliff top temple, dedicated to the spirits
of the sea, has spectacular views and is popular for viewing sunsets. The
famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural marvel situated on headland
at the western tip to the plateau. According to local tradition, the first
Uluwatu temple was built in the 11th century, In the 16th century, it was
rebuilt into its current state. The temple has some of the most exquisite
architecture in Bali. The carvings made in the unusually hard coral stone
have withstood time well.
Sangeh is the famous Monkey Forest, set in heart of the only primary forest
in southern Bali. This forest consists entirely of pala (nutmeg) tree. The
monkeys living here are considered sacred and hence used to make barong.
Goa Lawah Temple
Goa Lawah is the bat cave. This cave is crammed with thousands of bats which
are unseen but certainly not unheard during the day. The cave is part of a
temple that is said to lead all the way to Besakih but it's unlikely that
anyone would be interested in investigating.
Kerta Gosa was used a venue for the administration of justice by kings and
priests during pre-colonial times.
It is surrounded by a moat and is decorated
with beautiful paintings on its ceilings, which depict tortures in hell
bliss in heaven.
The Bale Kembang (Floating Pavilion) stands behind the Kerta Gosa. Its painted
depict the legend of the hero Sutasoma and his sacrifices, and of
Pan and Men Brayut, known as the
couple who had too many offspring.
West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park is situated in two regencies: Jembrana and Buleleng.
The entrance on the Jembrana
side of the park is at Melaya on the Denpasar
- Gilimanuk road. Visit this place if you are looking
for pristine tropical
nature. The park is the last natural habitat of the endangered Jalak Putih,
fewer than fifty are
believed to be left in the wild, where they are threatened
by poaching. The park also home to banteng and deer-like Menjangan.
Park contains a broad rang of natural environments, from magrove coastal forests
to savana and
rainforest shelters.To enter Bali National Park one must go to the park office in Cekik.
is available in basic huts but you must bring your own bedding and untensils.
The temple of Pura Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring at Tampaksiring.
Over 1000 years old, the temple
and its two bathing places have been used
by the people for good health and prosperity because of the spring water's
curative powers. Regular ceremonies are held for purification. Specialties
of the area are bone and ivory carvings,
and seashell ornaments.
Driving northeast from Denpasar, stone figures on the roadside mark the village
of Batubulan. Divinities and demons
are carved from sandstone for ornaments
of houses and temples. Workshops can be visited to watch artists at work.
Batubulan also is famous for Barong Dance which is performed daily here. The
dance symbolizes the never-ending battle
between good and evil. The Pura Puseh
Batubulan, a beautiful temple, is also worth visiting while in Batubulan.
Celuk is center for Balinese goldsmiths and silversmiths. More 40 jewelry
workshops are located along the road from
Batubulan to Celuk. The jewelries
are exported worldwide.
Celuk and Mas and Ubud Tour
Sukawati is famous for its art market (Pasar Seni) and dalangs (puppeteers).
Set in a two-floor building, the market
sells everything from statues to dance
Mas is famous for woodcarving. Mas offers a myriad of wooden items. The main
road of the town is lined with
dozens of workshop.
Once a lonely village on the road from Denpasar toward the Bukit Peninsula,
now a thriving tourist resort, popular mainly among the young. It is a beach
for surfing although
currents make it less suitable for swimming. Coast guards,
however, are on constant duty during the day.
Kuta faces toward the west offering
Accommodation ranges from international hotels to home stays. The village
abounds with restaurants, shops,
discotheques and other tourist facilities.
It is easier to find regular performances of Balinese music and
dance in Kuta,
staged specially for tourists, than anywhere else in Bali. Some performances
are staged nightly.
The village is ideal for meeting and mixing with other
people, locals as well as visitors from abroad.
This little island off Bali's west coast is known for its beautiful coral
reefs found nearby and the
wealth of tropical fish inhabiting the waters around
it. The island itself including Terima Bay, are by themselves
worth a visit
because of the beautiful sceneries they offer.
Nusa Lembongan Island
Nusa Lembongan, a small island between Bali and Nusa Penida in the Badung
is the perfect location for a holiday hideaway with few visitors and pristine
Overlooking Sanghiang Bay with its clear sapphire-blue waters,
the Nusa Lembongan Resort offers
a panoramic view of eastern Bali and the
of Mount Agung.
The Nusa Dua tourist resort is part of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali.
Some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels are found here. The resort
is known for its clean white beaches and clear waters. The surf is gentle
along the northern side of the peninsula, bigger along the south. The most
convenient form of transportation to and from Nusa Dua is by taxi.
Baai Blue Lagoon a small village with a lot of restaurants and also accomodations.
Very good food and not expensive.
Different hotels , bungalows and backpackers
When you need transport from the airport or from Ubud to Padangbaai then you can
Munduk & Tamblingan in the highlands of Bali
Sanur beach has long been a popular recreation site for people from Denpasar.
The palm-lined beach curves
from the Bali Beach Hotel toward the south, facing
the Indian Ocean towards
the east. Sanur offers many good hotels, restaurants,
shops and other tourist facilities.
It is only a short distance from Denpasar.
Public transportation to and from the city are easily available
into the night. Offshore reefs protect the beach against the waves to
it popular for wind surfing, boating and other water sports.
Where to stay in Sanur ?
Jambu Inn bungalows
Very nice and quit area for walking and close from Munduk in Gesing there is the biggest tree from Bali.
About 800 meters above the sea level. Munduk lies on a steep road, that runs past Lake Tamblingan, to Mayong, and
connects with the north-south road to Seririt. Munduk is a quiet village, but one that can be used
as a point from which to explore the area.
Visit the waterfall.
Tabanan is a great part of Bali, with a long coastline,
sweeping rice-fields and cool highlands. It also has some parks that
might like to check out while exploring the area.
Bali’s best know inhabitant is the Bali Aga, the islands oldest aboriginal wholived here long before
the Majapanhit invasion in the 14th century.
Legends has it, that the village was established on the spot, where an ancient “Taru Menyan” tree stood – hence
the town’s name. It is said that in
ancient times the lake goddess Dewi Danu was lured down from heaven by the lovely scent of this tree.
Trunyan provides evidence of how Bali’s earliest people used to live.
From the village Kedisan by the lake in Kintamani a small motorized boat takes us to the cemetery.
Trunyan village is located at the foot of Mount Abang.It is one of Bali’s oldest villages and presumably belongs to the first or
second migrants to Bali.
Special Daytour Kintamani Lake Batur and Terunyan
DISCOVER BALI WITH DAYTOURS:
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