Bali is undoubtedly one of the best beach holiday destinations in Asia. A large number of travellers visit Bali with beaches, watersports and other seaside attractions at the top of their minds. However, there’s much more to this scenic destination than just beaches. The list of great places and things to do in Bali is endless and if you would like to venture off the crowded beaches of Bali, here is what you can do.
Discover the beautiful rice terraces of Jatiluwih
Located in central Bali and on the foothills of Batukaru mountain range, these rice terraces are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are truly worth a visit. There are tracking routes and no matter which trail you pick you will remain surrounded in the shades of green as far as you can see. The Jatiluwih rice terraces are spread in over 600 hectares and are completely unspoilt by tourists that makes it just you and nature when your visit here. The terraces are best explored on at least a day trip spending a few hours hiking around different parts of the terraces and traversing across the flowing streams and rivers.
Witness traditional Kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple
Spiritually significant to the Balinese people, the Kecak dance performance adapts the famous Hindu epic of Ramayana and is staged against the gorgeous sunset across the Indian Ocean. The sights and sounds of the performance – rhythmic chants of around thirty bare-chested men clad in sarongs with the sunset in the backdrop – are simply mesmerising and trance-inducing. The beautifully designed Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a 10th century temple and has a fascinating location atop a seventy metre steep cliff with stunning views of the Indian ocean sunset and waves lapping against the cliff base. A variety of day tours are available and a guided tour is recommended to explore this place which is one of Bali’s hidden treasures.
Take a long walk through the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud
There is no other place quite like the Monkey Forest in Ubud that is a nature reserve and temple complex. Home to some 600 grey-haired Long-Tail Macaques this hilly and very dense rain forest offers exciting time to wildlife lovers with amazing hiking opportunities. Spare a day during your holiday to Bali to visit the forest and you will have a great time exploring this incredible place. Caution is recommended while visiting the forest as the monkeys are wild and can bite if provoked.
Explore a fine collection of unique art at Ubud Art Market
Locally referred to as “Pasar Seni Ubud”, Ubud Art Market is a perfect place to buy some local artwork and souvenirs. The market is situated right in the heart of Ubud; and shopping lovers can have a perfect time here strolling around and shopping from a wide variety of batik cloth, wooden carvings, handwoven bags, hats, kites and other hand-crafted goods.
Treat your eyes to the famous Ogoh Ogoh Statues in Mengwi
Ogoh Ogoh Bali Museum in Mengwi is one of the major historical spots in Bali. Ogoh-Ogoh statues are huge and visually realistic statues built for Nyepi day (Balinese New Year). They usually take the form of demonic mythological beings. On Nyepi eve, the statues are paraded around town on bamboo pads and are then burned so as to purify the environment from evil spirit.