Bali, Indonesia is one of those places that brings to mind the picture of cerulean waters, thatched roof huts on the beach, jangling gamelan music, and the whir of moped engines. Aside from the jungle-like environment, Bali is a place of spirituality and serenity. That is why Flyavel recommends Bali to all those who want a little bit of fun in the sun, outdoor excursions, and spa time wrapped up into one perfect destination. If you’re considering Bali, here are places to add to your itinerary:
Tegallalang & Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Photographers and tourists alike head to the photogenic rice terraces of Tegallalang and Jatiluwih, especially in the morning, when the sunrise hits the fields. The timelessness of these places is what makes them such a treat to visit. Around the area, you will also find some cafes, so you can walk the paths, grab some Indonesian coffee, and enjoy the tranquility for a time.
Either you can look upon the stunning beauty of Mount Batur from a distance or you can climb this mountain overnight and watch the sun rise from the peak. Though getting to the top of the mountain doesn’t take long, maybe a few hours, the work you put in to see the red glow of the sun peeking through silky, lavender clouds is worth it. Near Mount Batur is also the famous Pura Ulun Danu Batur.
Ubud Monkey Forest
One of the most famous attractions in Bali would be the sacred monkey forest. Not only is the location perfect for cooling down, but the monkeys are downright adorable. If you offer the monkeys bananas, they might ride on your shoulder for a bit. Of course, if having monkeys jump all over you isn’t your style, don’t bring any food with you for the walk through the forest and you’ll be ignored. Nearby is also the temple Pura Beji and the 14th century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal.
No trip to Bali is complete without seeing the astounding architecture of the Ubud Palace. Built in the 1800s, the palace has been painstakingly preserved. Around the palace you can find a Balinese garden, detailed architecture, and even free evening performances. Flyavel encourages art and history lovers to visit the palace around the evening hours so you can experience it for yourself.
Tirta Empul Temple (Pura Tirta Empul)
The temple complex belonging to Pura Tirta Empul is one of an ancient purification ceremony. At this national cultural heritage site, you can visit three courtyards, all of which lead to a center pool, which is said to be fed by a holy spring. Here, you can take a dip, joining the locals in the cleansing ritual. The best way to do so is by having a local guide, so you understand that customs, which includes wearing a sarong. Otherwise, feel free to wander the grounds.
Bali is a land straight from a fantasy novel. The jungle gives way to many marvelous experiences, such as hidden temples, underground beaches, and waters bluer than the finest of turquoise gems. We at Flyavel agree, it’s time to book that flight to Bali and see what all the buzz is about.