Although Bali is the congregation of all things old and new and has the most mesmerizing sunsets, it is an overcrowded city with tourists all over and evenings are all about traffic jams. But all said, you cant take the charm away from the streets of this city. For someone who loves solitude and beaches, I had kept only 2.5 days traveling around Ubud and Bali which I reckon isn’t fair. It deserves more.
But if you are someone who is looking to dive and visit islands and stare at the most magnificent sunsets, then you have to leave this hustle bustle city sooner than you want to.
I had hired a car cum tourist driver who charged me Rs 3500 per day for 10 hours, there are people who can take you around for far cheaper. The ideal thing to do in Bali is to negotiate shamelessly. I totally recommend my tour guide Budi, he took me to every possible place he could however off route they may be.
Five things I totally recommend:
-Bali Marine Safari Park and The Agung Bali Show
Have you ever been in a closed theater and witnessed a theatrical live performance with Parakeets, six elephants, tiger and some beautiful art work on a stage at the same time? If yes, then I envy you. If not, then please remember this is the most magical performance I have ever seen in my life and I totally recommend it. It’s a beautiful story with live music. The performance was enthralling.
It is part of the Marine Safari ticket and you should not miss it at all. The safari is nice but this takes the cake. And be rest assured you will see every animal you have seen in your animal book but the best is the Tiger show and African Safari.
The entire tour takes up nearly four hours of your day.
Cost: There are three types of entry ticket , I opted for the one that costs Rs 4500/- per pax totally worth it.
-Canyon of Sukawati
Beji Guwang Hidden canyon is located in the village of Sukawati which is little far from Denpasar city but an experience you shouldn’t miss. I was looking for offbeat things to do in Bali and came across this canyon. It’s a rocky canyon with fountain hidden underneath the village. I didn’t see any Indian tourist around this place; in fact I was the only one hiking around the canyon that day. It is famous with thrill junkies and in case you are someone looking for safety ropes or easy climbs then this place isn’t for you. It’s all about climbing around slippery rocks and jumping into water and witnessing nature’s beauty. You must take a local tour guide else it can be a risky affair. My local tour guide was very nice and he helped carry most of my stuff (Do not travel with any baggage). It’s a two hour trail and it pushes you to go further than you can imagine you can ever do. There was this moment when I decided to give up but he motivated me to finish the trail and I am grateful to him. I sincerely didn’t know I could finish that trail and climb a slippery mountain to come back to my car. May be you will learn something new about yourself too, isn’t that’s why we travel?
–Sunset dinner by Jimbaran
As waves come crawling on your feet and array of colours fill the sky, you can’t help but feel so calm and peaceful just to be there. After a long day’s travel it’s the perfect way to wind up your Bali tour as you eat the best sea food and stare at the ocean and flights taking off next to you. It’s the bliss part of travelling and makes you ponder over things you want to do.
My personal favorite is Temple of Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge) which is located in Ubud. Although one can easily miss the entrance, this temple is centuries old and has a beautiful entrance. With pond on both sides and lotuses around it, it truly signifies what the Goddess stands for.
Tirta Empul Temple is also one of the most revered ones and you should carry your own sarong to take a dip in the holy water. It’s an experience you will cherish, quite unlike Indian temples, hence totally recommend it.
-Uluwatu and Tanha Lot
These are ideal spots to witness sunsets and hordes of tourists gather around in the evening, so I suggest try and reach before the roads jam up. Stay back after the sunset and listen to the waves crashing on the shore and see the bats fly home. Also do not give a miss to Suluban beach underneath Uluwatu and you can find people trying to surf.
Apart from these there are places which one should visit if time permits:
Cycling around Tegallang Rice fields
Take a Volkswagon or heritage car and tour around (available on Viator)
The abandoned Planes in South Kuta
Lunch by Mount Batur
- None of the pictures have been edited to represent how truly beautiful the place is. Would love your feedback and let me know if I missed something great, which I should do in my next trip!