BALI, Indonesia Travel Guide: Places to visit
BALI, Indonesia Travel Guide
We stayed in Bali for 6 days and 5 nights last February 2016. Learned more about Balinese culture, discover some historical places and taste their famous local food. Had a lots of fun and adventure! 🙂
Places to visit:
Pura Ulun Bratan Temple
Pura Ulun Bratan Temple is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul, known as Bali Temple on the water as it appears like floating on the water whenever the water level in Bedugul Lake Bratan is rising. Entrance fee is around (for adult) Php 190.00 / IDR 50,000 / $ 4.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is also known as Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, it is a nature reserve and Hindu Temple complex in Ubud, Bali. Before you enter, you need to remove all jewelleries on your body since most of the monkeys here are like those shimmering things ☺ . You can buy peanuts (I think haha) so they can go near with you, feed them and jump into your shoulder (but be careful haha). Entrance fee is around (for adult) Php 150.00 / IDR 40,000 / $ 3.
Honestly, I’m really scared that time haha! I don’t have the guts to go near nor jump it into my shoulder haha! That’s why this is the only photo I’ve taken.
There’s an area at Ubud Monkey Forest where you can take photo with a Bat (which it has a fee and you can get the picture), and again I’m a afraid of them but luckily I took a good photo of it! 🙂
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah lot means “Land in the Sea” because it appears that the small island is floating in the sea. According to the legend, Tanah Lot (at the base of rocky island) is protected by the holy sea snakes from evil spirits and intruders. During our visit, the weather was really hot. Entrance fee is around (for adult) Php 225.00 / IDR 60,000 / $ 4.5
Tanah Lot is a really big place which you can take more selfie or photos (like what I did haha!).
Goa Lawah Temple
Goa Lawah or also known as Bat Cave Temple because of thousand bats inhibited inside the cave. Goa Lawah is considered holy as its temple shrines protects the entrance. Fee is around Php 60.00 / IDR 15,000 / $ 1.5.
We didn’t went to cave since it’s not my dream to become a batwoman!hahhaha joke! Scared of them, and you can hear their sounds as well.
Pura Besakih Temple
Pura Besakih Temple is known as “Bali’s Mother Temple” because it is the largest and holiest temple, sits 1,000 metres high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung. The tour guide taught us how the Balinese Hindu people pray, in 1 day they worship three times as I remember it is during 6am, 12pm and 6pm. Entrance fee is around Php 56.00 / IDR 15,000 / $ 1.15.
Watch Barong and Keris Dance
Barong dance is a traditional dance of Balinese people. The dance represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirit. A Barong (mythological animal) represent as good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster) represent as the evil one. Entrance fee is around Php 300.00 / IDR 80,000 / $ 6.
Celuk Village is a traditional Balinese village in Bali, where various of jewelry (gold and silver), either souvenirs or export commodities are produced in this village includes variation type of rings, necklaces, earings, hairpins, brooch and others.
TIP: It is not allowed to take photo inside the storec( but honestly, it is so glamour inside hehe).
Pura Tirta Empul
Tirta Empul means a “holy water spring” and dedicated to Vishnu (another Hindu God). Balinese people or tourist bathes in the holy water for healing and spiritual merit. Inside of the temple there is a pond with koi fish as well, koi fish here are definitely big. Entrance fee is around Php 115.00 / IDR 30,000 / $ 2.25.
You can feed them as well, so they can go near with you.
Bali Pulina describe as “agro tourism” which aims to introduce Kopi Luwak (Civet Coffee) as well as to educate the local and tourist people about the preparation process. After the education tour hehe, they will give 8 sample beverages, I liked their ginger tea ☺.
Uluwatu Temple and watch Kecak Dance
Uluwatu Temple is one of the main temples in Bali and besides the dramatic view of a temple, you can watch the Kecak Dance every 6pm. Kecak Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic art performance, whereas human vocals use as an instrument while the performance take place. Entrance fee is around Php 380.00 / IDR 100,000 / $ 7.5
Kecak Dance takes 1 hour (as I remember hehe!).
Tenganan is one of several ancient villages in Bali, which is usually called “Bali Aga”. Some say that the word Tenganan was derived from the word “tengah” or “ngatengahang” which means “move to the inner area”.Bali Aga village means a village that still hold the origin traditions and rules of ancient Balinese and the people living in the village are “Bali Aga,” the original Balinese people.
• For those who traveling solo or couple, it is better to take a tour package.
• Before you go to temples, bring some sarong to use when entering it (Balinese tradition), because most of the time you’ll be needed it.
• Women who have period does not allowed to enter a temple, I can’t remember why but as I remember it is because of their beliefs.
• Bali’s population are mostly Hindu people.
P.S. next blog post will be Accomodation and Food trips/Resto in Bali. 🙂