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Exploring the Other Faces of Bali

Just staying in your Bali Ubud hotels will never be enough to enjoy a vacation in Bali. As the island is a place which offers a lot of beautiful destinations to enjoy, you as a tourist should not lock up yourself in your hotel room. You should go out and enjoy the different attractions presented to you!

Beaches in Bali are always good destinations but if you are looking for something different, you can visit the Sacred Monkey Forest.

In Padang Tegal, Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, there is one place which tourists must never forget to visit when in the area. It is the Sacred Monkey Forest, a small nature reserve on the outskirts of Ubud, and is one of the primary attractions in Bali.

As implied by the name, the Sacred Monkey Forest features monkeys, most of which are Balinese long-tailed macaques. There are more than 200 of them around the forest, ready to mingle and tolerate human visitors anytime. Others may even strike different poses for photo ops. However, some of them may be nasty, stealing food and sunglasses from tourists. They can be seen on the pathways, playing or lazing off, or in the branches of almost 115 tree species in the place.

These monkeys attract tourists to the place, but most importantly, they act as guardians to the three important temples which situates inside the forest vicinity. There is the Dalem Agung Temple in the middle, the Permandian Temple in the west, and the Prajapati Temple in the southeast.

The Sacred Monkey Forest is more than a tourist attraction. It also plays a significant role in the history of Hinduism in Bali, Indonesia.

If you are not into forest hiking and monkeys, then you would probably like to come to the Tirtha Empul Temple, which is not just beautiful but mystical as well.

According to legends, there was once a ruthless king in Bali, Indonesia called King Mayadenawa who was punished by God Indra. To seek revenge, he mixed poison on the drinking water of the troops. To cure those who have drank the water, God Indra made a fountain erect from the land and splashed water on the inflicted. They were healed; and it is this story which gave the Temple of Tirtha Empul its famous reputation.

The temple is primarily popular for its pools. People flock in and plunge into it with the belief that the water will cure all their diseases like how it did to the troops in the legend.

Also, the Tirtha Empul Temple is known for the majestic architectural designs it shows. The tiered roofs of its merus are primarily distinct.

Basically, visitors are allowed only in the main courtyard where the bathing pools are located. In the courtyard, as well, the twin shrines and the split gate which are acclaimed for its religious charm and appeal can be found.

Let not your Bali trip become limited to beaches and water activities.

Exploring the Exotic Essence of Bali Holiday

Villas are normally meant for providing a wonderful and enchanting resort to facilitate the idea of rejoicing through a great holiday in the most appreciated fashion. If the desire is to avail an exotic experience of the lifetime then certainly Bali Holiday is one irresistible temptation.

One of the wonderful holiday destinations whose identity stands extremely strong through the exotic image of attractive and naturally beautiful islands is that of Bali. The out of the ordinary and natural beauty embedded landscape of Bali provides very interesting options through fascinating Bali villas. Bali villas are exceptionally renowned for the strong connection and deep involvement that they furnish with the indeterminate stretches of natural elegance completely indulging in the royal essence of nature.

There is a great variety of interesting villa options. One of the attribute which makes Bali Holiday so very fascinating is definitely Bali Villas. These villas are quite very popular owing to their fascinating and glorifying image. Not only this but there are villas for rent in Bali which give you a complete home like experience in the most unusual way and a very distinct approach.

The major attributes of these villas are many and all of them collectively serve an unforgettable experience of an exotic stay. The four bedroom villas designed in the characteristic Balinese style are situated in the calm and extremely serene environments of Umalas, which is basically a peaceful and quiet village located at the outskirts of Seminyak.

The other attraction which the visitors can explore is the charm and fascinating fantasy of extremely striking temple. For that reason the charm of the traditional essence of the nearby villages is also extremely alluring and therefore poses a strong appeal of making a visit to these villages at least once for a magical experience.

The modern and attractive beaches in Legian are the ideal reflection of a splendid amalgamation of nature and modern fantasies. Experience of these beaches is just one of its type and appeals quite high in its glory to the wide range of people visiting Bali.

The charm of Bali villas and Bali rental is so very alluring that it is really an unmatched experience which will be cherished forever once you have explored the delight in it complete essence.

Bali holiday serve the option of wonderfully charming holidays in the form of astonishing choices of an extensive variety of fascinating activities like that of visiting rice fields ,river rafting, golfing, horse riding, , scuba diving, wildlife parks and sanctuaries, nearby islands or the most prominent Bali temples. The additional attraction with respect to the natural beauty is of Bali is that of the mountain volcanoes which are again a great natural fascination to witness in all the ways.

A Lovina Hotel – The Perfect Base For Exploring Bali’s Secret Coast

The island of Bali, Indonesia, situated eight degrees below the equator in the Indian Ocean north of Australia, has been a tropical travel destination for over 40 years. It’s hard to pass by a magazine rack without seeing a travel magazine feature article on this island, with its still very-much-alive indigenous culture and wonderfully friendly people. The Singaraja and Lovina Beach area, in the north of Bali on the shores of the calm Bali Sea, are a great place to experience this, but you’ll never see it unless you make just a little effort.

Why is this?

On your arrival at Ngurah Rai international Airport, while in the taxi on the way to your hotel, you might be forgiven for wondering where you can find the idyllic settings that might have motivated you to come. The fact is that the area within 5 miles or so of the airport is an over-the-top maze of cheap trinket shops and wall-to-wall package tourism. Clearly for the majority of tourists this fits the bill, but I have always wondered what percentage of travelers to Bali actually take the time to explore the island a little bit. The craziness is in the south. Everything changes north of Ubud.

If you had something else in mind, a slower pace, don’t despair. Even if you’ve already booked a hotel in one of the tourist centers in the island’s south end, you certainly can and should take a little trip up to Bali’s north coast. Drivers are easy enough to find, and very reasonably priced by Western standards.

So am I suggesting that you actually pay for a hotel in Lovina or some other idyllic place if you have a room already booked for the duration of your visit, down in the other end of the island? It depends on how much you like the southern tourist scene in places like Kuta.

You could book part of your holiday ahead of time and do a spur of the moment booking when you find accommodations that you like up on the north coast. If you’ve already pre-booked for your entire visit you might also be able to negotiate with your hotel to take a few days out of your initial reservation.

Don’t hesitate over logistics. Take your little road trip if you get the urge. And, if you find yourself as charmed by Lovina Beach as some people do, the roughly US$20-US$50 a day that you can spend on a very good hotel in the area (even beachfront, believe it or not) might just seem worth it to you.

You could take a few days, using a hotel in Lovina or Singaraja as a base from which to explore, and head over to the west Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) on the northwest corner of this amazing island. Very few tourists get up to see this park, but it’s a short trip from Lovina over surprisingly good roads and is a wonderful idea especially if you have children. Be sure and park the car or have your driver wait for you while you take a short hike, to really get a feeling for the natural beauty of Bali.

Another short day trip from the Lovina Beach area is to head up to the volcanic mountains of Bali, for example to the Bedugul or Kintamani areas. These are lush, cooler areas in the center of the island with surprisingly large lakes, waterfalls and really superb views from the edge of the caldera in Kintamani.

If you ask more from your holiday than shopping and partying, getting out into the natural beauty of Indonesia for a few days is something you won’t regret. There are lots of special, relatively unexplored corners of Bali aside from the ‘secret north coast’ around Lovina and Singaraja, these are couple of outstanding places to start.