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Treat your senses to exquisite beauty and serene spirituality at the exotic island destination of Bali. This Indonesian island is one of the best places to visit if you want to unwind, seek spirituality and relax by the pristine beaches all day long. You will not be bored on a holiday to Bali – there are forests, volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs to be explored for nature lovers. Adventure freaks can enjoy water sports; culture-vultures can visit Buddhist temple sites; and party lovers can dance all night in the resort towns of Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua. If you are planning to visit Bali and are clueless about where to start – here are some of the best places to visit on a Bali holiday.
One of the most famous beaches of Bali is the Kuta Beach. Travellers throng this lively beach to soak-in the spectacular views and surfers love to ride the safe swells of the ocean surrounding the beach. It is easy to book surf lessons and rent surf boards here. And, after you are done with sun bathing and surfing, you can head to any one of the numerous beachside restaurants and cafes for savouring lip-smacking local cuisine. You can also stroll up to the neighbouring Legian and Seminyak Beaches to enjoy some more spectacular beach views. You will have a fun-filled time at this beach, which is full of hawkers and shops selling beach essentials to travellers.
Pura Tanah Lot
A visit to the spectacular temple Pura Tanah Lot is an absolute must on a trip to Bali. This iconic temple draws travellers due to its stunning location – it is set atop a rocky islet on seashore. It is one of the largest and most revered temples for the local Balinese population. The way to the temple is lined with small souvenir sellers, while the cliff top is full of restaurants and cafes.
Hike/Climb Mount Batur
A hike/climb up to Mount Batur in Kintamani on the East of Bali is memorable for two reasons – for the stunning views it offers and for the sheer experience of climbing to the summit of an active volcano. Early risers can opt for the sunrise hike, which begins at around 4 am in the morning to reach the top of Mount Batur for the 6 am sunrise. The hike trails are well marked and in good condition. It is an easy hike to the top, making it suitable for most visitors.
For a cultural experience, visit the beautiful town of Ubud in Bali. Ubud is considered to be the hub of traditional crafts and dance. Explore its rainforest, go for photo-ops at its terraced rice paddies and visit ancient Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines here. Don’t forget to explore its ancient rock-cut shrines of Goa Gajah or the Elephant Cave and the Gunung Kawi. You can take a bike tour and learn traditional Thai cooking here.