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Bali Places of Interest
places of interest around Bali Island.
Ayun which means " a beautiful park " is the largest Royal
Family Temple Complex built in 1934 in the village of Mengwi, Badung
Regency. The area of this temple is surrounded by moat with some water
lilies and lotuses. The park is set in such beautiful way consist of
many kinds of flowers, fruit trees and palm. It's so separate structures
make it one of the most beautiful and elegant temple in Bali.
Uluwatu which means " the top of stone " is one of the most
spectacular temple along the coast line built by a high Hindu Priest
name Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 16th century. This beautiful temple
is built on top of a stiff limestone cliff about 90 meters above the
Indian Ocean. This place is great to visit for having fun with the monkeys
living around and watching sunset.
Mountain / Lake / Village
is the name of the volcano, lake and the village located in Kintamani
District. This place has the most breathtaking view of mountain surrounded
by its crater lake and the remains of the black lava from it's eruption
in 1917 and 1927. This 1717 meters high volcano is very worthful to
climb. It takes only 2 hours to get to the top and you will see a spectacular
view of Bali with its surrounding ocean and sunrise.
The Art Center named " TAMAN WERDI BUDAYA " is a very special
place set in a very beautiful city garden with typical Balinese Design
and Architecture. It really represents the greatness of Balinese Art
where the Cultural Balinese Show Competition is held for a month every
year to develop and maintain the art, the culture and tradition of Bali.
Bali Museum is an ethnographic museum built in 1932 in Denpasar City.
It has a unique architecture because it is a combination of temple and
palace structure. This museum consist of 3 separate different building
containing a splendid collections of Balinese Art - Neolithic Stone
implements and many other remains from ancient time.
Gajah means " elephant cave " dug in the peaceful riverside
valley in a hard sand stone. This cave was found in 11th century but
estimated from the 10th. Entering the inside T-Shape cave, there are
some niches used by Buddhist Monks for meditation. There are many historical
remains found around this cave and the most special thing people can
find inside is the holy Ganesh Statue (a human body with elephant head)
which is believed as the God of Purification and Evil Controller. Besides,
there is a holy " Lingga " represents the Hindu Trinity. Outside
the cave area, some Hindu shrine were built with holy water fountains.
Holy Spring Temple
Sebatu Holy Spring Temple named " Gunung Kawi " is a very
beautiful village temple located in a peaceful valley with its holy
spring. Outside the temple area, there are some fountains used by the
villagers to take a bath. Besides, there is a big pond containing many
kind of fresh water fishes, lotuses, water lilies and a statue of "
Saraswati " the goddess of knowledge put in the middle of the pond.
Tirta Empul means " bubbling water " is a definitely holy
water temple built in 960 AD. It is really an old beautiful temple with
some holy water fountains for different purposes of purification and
blessing. High up in the hill is the president palace built in 1957.
When you come inside the temple area and look into the spring, you can
see the water bubbling up through the black sand along to the water
fountains. It is absolutely a different view.
Lot means " the land of ocean " is a wonderful Hindu Temple
built on a piece of cliff in Indian Ocean shore. This temple is dedicated
to the God of Ocean " Baruna " built by a high Hindu Priest
name Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 16th century. In high tide, the cliff
is surrounded by water that the temple is like floating. In the bottom
part of the cliff there is a fresh water holy spring while on the beach
cave there are some holy snakes that guard the temple. In the South
and North part of the temple is absolutely beautiful view and best for
Alas Kedaton means " Jungle of Kingdom " but, probably a monkey
kingdom because the place is very popular for its tame monkeys living
around. There is also a 300 years old Hindu Temple in the middle of
the monkey forest. And high up on the trees, big fruit bats are resting
during the day. It is a big fun to visit this place because of the monkeys.
is a name of the Lake and Village. This place is very famous for its
beautiful park setting consisting of many kinds of flowers and trees.
Its spectacular floating temple called " Ulun Danu Temple "
is absolutely unforgettable to take a picture. It is so nice and cool
and beautiful as well. People can hire a traditional paddle boat or
speed boat to go around the lake.
Kerta Gosa is a traditional religious court hall built in 1622 in Klungkung.
This hall is absolutely unique and different from any other building
in Bali. Its ceiling is fully decorated with typical Kamasan Painting
Style representing cause and effect between life in the world and after
death. Next the Kerta Gosa court hall, there is a beautiful floating
pavilion surrounded by water full of water lilies and lotuses. Its ceiling
is also fully decorated with Kamasan motif. A beautiful and special
museum is also built on this complex. The museum contains many old remains
from stone age, bronze age and many old traditional artifacts. This
place is located in the heart of Semarapura City across the great city
Goa Lawah means " Bat Cave " is located in a rocky cliff.
Thousands of long nose fruit bats live on this cave and holy phyton
snake as well. A holy high priest, Mpu Kuturan, arrived here around
1007 and built a shrine to worship the God of Siwa. In the front of
this cave is a beautiful soft black sand beach where people make salt
in traditional way.
is a very special Bali Aga Village which is isolated by hills around
beautiful and peaceful valley. The most special things people can find
on this village is a Double Ikat called " Gringsing " which
means " Not Sick ". There are 3 places in the world where
this kind of woven textile can be found. The other two places are in
India and Japan. In Tenganan Village, the gringsing is considered a
holy magic part of the traditional dress used in special ceremony as
an amulet to protect the user from the evil spirit influence. Besides
Gringsing, this village is also popular for its ATA Art and Craft. ATA
is a strong palm grass grown in the hillside around this village.
A human blood sacrifice is held yearly here. When the ceremony called
" Makere-Kere " or " Mageret Pandan " is held, many
old, adulth and young couples of fighters fight by beating each other
with sharp thorny pandanus leaves till the body scratch and bleeding
while the young girls are watching the show wearing gringsing.
is the holiest Hindu Temple among all built by a high priest name Mpu
Markandeya in 11th century. The temple is located in the slope of Mount
Agung and considered to be the mother temple of Hindu in Bali and Beyond.
In Besakih Temple Complex, there are some clans temples centers belongs
to groups of Balinese of the same ancient. The biggest ceremony on this
temple is held every 100 years to purify the entire world or macrocosm.
Here is where The Almighty, The Supreme God, with all his manifestations
as worshipped by all Hindu followers.
The great statue of the God of Protector, Wisnu, on his vehicle, mystical
bird Garuda has been being built on a more than hundreds meters high
tower facing the Indian Ocean. It is located high up in the limestone
hill and it is planned to be the highest and the most beautiful monument
in the world. The idea and works is done by a Balinese Artist name Mr.
Nuartha. Though not finished yet but it is really worthful to visit
because of the beautiful view of its construction and the surrounding.
In the future this place will be the most popular on the island.
and Fire Dance
is also called Monkey Dance, a very popular traditional Balinese Dance
without any music instruments. This dance is performed by a big group
of bear-chessted men wearing black and white cloth around the waist
and sing a chorus of " Chak-Chak-Chak ". The story is derived
from the Graet Ramayana Epic. Then continued by the trance dance, also
called Fire Dance. This dance is definitely interesting because the
trance dancer will step on the fire while dancing. A couple of little
girls will end this show by performing an angel dance for purification.
and Kris Dance
Barong Dance is a religious dance representing the eternal fight between
the good - Barong and the evil symbolized by a horrible looking witch
called Rangda. But those are all holy masks which give peace and prosperityto
all Balinese people. This dance is highly recommended to see because
there are so many things and fun happen during a 1 hour shows including
trance part at the end.
This beautiful soft white sand beach is the best area for doing any
marine sports like parasailing, banana boat ride, jet sky, sailing to
the turtle island by glass bottom boat, snorkeling and other marine
This is the best beach of Bali that makes this island a paradise for
those who like surfing or just swimming, sun bathing, and watching the
great sunset above the Indian Ocean. Kuta also provide many kinds of
fun and adventure like bungy jumping, sling-shot, water slide, sky dive
and many other not to mention a wide range of art shops along the street.
Jimbaran is very well known for its best seafood barbeque and its typical
Jimbaran srase. Tables and chairs for lunch and dinner are set along
the beautiful white sandy beach. People can enjoy great food and spectacular
sunset view. This place is highly recommended to visitors to have dinner
once while in Bali.
Do not miss it !!!
Gitgit is the most spectacular waterfall on the island. The fresh clear
mountain water volumes remains big flowing along the rainforest river
side. The big water falls unbroken from 45 meters highrocky cliff. The
500 meters path to this waterfall is absolutely nice walk with beautiful
views of spices trees, coffee plantation, rice field and rain forest.
People can swim down the natural pool under the fall.
Brahma Wihara Arama is the biggest and the most special Buddhist Monastery
in Bali completed in 1970. There are many features dealiung with Buddhism
in this monastery complex like Uruvella Forest, Body tree, Buddhist
Stupa, and others and there also some special features given from the
government of Thailand and The Great Dalai Lama from Tibet. This place
is located high up in the hill, the people may see the beautiful view
of the ocean, rice field and mountain. It is so nice and peaceful around
Banjar Hot Spring is located in the beautiful and peaceful valley consisting
of some hot water fountains and a lazy pool to released tension and
healing some skin problem. The hot spring is coming out just in the
middle of valley surrounded by rainforest of the hill side.