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Bali Places of Interest

Recommended places of interest around Bali Island.

Taman Ayun Temple
Taman 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 Temple
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.

Batur Mountain / Lake / Village
Batur 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
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
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.

Goa Gajah
Goa 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.

Sebatu 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
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.

Tanah Lot
Tanah 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 watching sunset.

Alas Kedaton
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.

Beratan 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
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 monument.

Goa Lawah
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.

Tenganan Village
Tenganan 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.

Besakih 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.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana
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.

Kecak and Fire Dance
It 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.

Barong 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.

Tanjung Benoa
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 activities.

Kuta Beach
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 Waterfall
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 Vihara Arama
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 this area.

Banjar Hot Spring
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.

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