Bali is one of the prominent islands in Indonesia since it offers numerous beaches, exquisite landscapes, traditional entertainments and cultural sites. Hundreds of tourists flock to Bali to explore Bali attractions.
If you are planning to visit Bali, it will be better for you to find out the most attractive spots and the things to do in Bali first. And here are some best Bali attractions and the exhilarating things that you can do there.
Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is the most iconic temple in Bali that you mustn’t miss. Perching conspicuously on an offshore huge rocky outcrop, Pura Tanah Lot never fails to draw visitors’ attention. Therefore, people always visit it when they are in Bali.
Although non-Balinese people are not allowed to enter the temple, you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery while taking a walk on the onshore site. You’ll find some smaller shrines, some shops and cultural park there.
You may be thrilled to take a look at Pura Tanah Lot closer. Yes, you can do that by crossing from the onshore site through some smaller rocks forming pathways to the rock base. But it can only be done at low tide. You will find the magnificent rock on which the temple settle. It’s such a great moment that you mustn’t miss.
Uluwatu temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is one of the remarkable temples in Bali. Located on the top of a steep cliff, this temple serves an exquisite view of the Indian Ocean. You can also see a forest lies right in front of the temple in which hundreds of monkeys inhabit.
The best time to visit Uluwatu temple is right before sunset as Kecak dance is usually performed at a stage on the cliff-top at 6 to 7 pm every day. It’s such a great experience that you can’t miss. You’ll watch the dancers performing Kecak dance with the sunset as the background of their stage. You need to pay some amount of money to enjoy their performance. But it won’t make a hole in your pocket.
One thing that you have to keep in mind when visiting Uluwatu temple. Keep your belonging secured. It’ll be better if you put small items like sunglasses or purse in your bag as the monkeys that dwell in the temple like snatching the visitors’ belonging.
Pura Besakih is the holiest temple in Bali. Pura Besakih, also known as Mother Temple located on the south-western slopes of Mount Agung. Comprising 86 temples, it is considered to be the largest temple in Bali.
Perching 1000 meters high on Mount Agung, Pura Besakih offers a marvelous landscape of mountains, rice paddies, hills, and streams. This picturesque landscape is really breathtaking and you will be amazed by it.
Pura Besakih is always overwhelmed by visitors every day especially during the day time since there are numerous temples that are worth exploring in it. Before entering Pura Besakih, you’ll be asked to wear a proper top, a sarong, and a sash which are available for rent.
If you are interested in purchasing them, you’ll find many stalls selling it outside. And if you are on your period, you won’t be allowed to enter the temple.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Take your kids to Ubud Monkey Forest and find them thrilled by the monkeys dwelling in this forest.
Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as Sacred Monkey Forest, is the home of gray long-tailed macaques, a type of monkey that lives in Africa and Asia. It will be great to see monkeys playing and swinging in their natural habitat. You can even touch and feed them. Take pictures of your kids that are feeding the monkeys and let your kids show the pictures off to their friends. They’ll feel pleased.
If it is the first time for you to visit Ubud Monkey Forest, you’ll be guided by locals or the staff of The Wenara Wara. The tour guides may warn you to not wear any loose jewelry as the monkeys will be likely to snatch them from you.
Ubud Monkey Forest is open every day from 8 am to 6 pm. The tickets set you back IDR 40,000 for adults and IDR 30.000,00 for kids.
Ubud Art and Culture
If you are really into artworks, you need to visit this place. This is the house of Balinese art and culture. Even the modern Balinese arts were born here. You can find several local art museums and galleries comprising exotic and stunning artworks here. It’s exactly the right place for those who are enthralled by arts and cultures.
There are many art galleries that you may want to visit, but I highly recommend you to drop into Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) and the Neka Art Museum which are close to Ubud Monkey Forest. It will only take a couple of minutes to get to those art museums if you go there on foot.
Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) and the Neka Art Museum provides a fantastic tour for you. You will be amazed by various kinds of artworks ranging from the traditional to the contemporary ones. You can find various kinds of Keris—ancient daggers that were used to fight and in the traditional ceremony—classical wayang paintings, and a number of photographs.
If you want to purchase several Balinese artworks, make sure that you visit Ubud Art Market. This place is overwhelmed with tourists and stalls selling various kinds of pretty stuff such as beautiful silk scarves, paintings, carvings, homewares, lightweight shirts, sculptures, handmade woven bags, sarongs, jewelry, hand-crafted goods, kites, and many other beautiful artworks.
You can also see how these artworks are made, you can involve in a hands-on learning in an art workshop at a local village. You’ll learn how to make jewelry, masks, and traditional paintings.
Those are some best Bali attractions that you don’t want to miss. Include those 5 spots in your itinerary so that you won’t miss them. You will experience more exhilarating things that you can do there. By visiting the spots containing the most attractive things in Bali, you’ll create such an unforgettable memory that you can share with your family and friends.