Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Asian region due to her lush natural landscapes and beautiful white sandy beaches. However, if you are not a beach lover, there are still many places to visit in Bali that will pique your interest and make your vacation to this island worthwhile. In Bali, you always have a choice whether to go to the tourist hot spots or to explore parts of the island that is not necessarily popular with visitors but still beautiful nonetheless. Don’t be fooled by the island’s minute size because there is definitely more to Bali than meets the eye.
If you are a history lover with a passion for arts, one of the places to visit in Bali is the region of Ubud. This small town is the hub for all local arts including sculptures, dance, music, handicrafts and architecture. Ubud has been developed tremendously but still maintains its charming traditional villages and relaxed environment. Cultural shows are regularly performed for visitors. You will also get the chance to mingle not only with the friendly locals but also with the majestic Sumatran elephants. This provincial town is also known as a detox centre on the island due to its endless source of medicinal herbs and plants. So you can choose to be pampered at a number of spas available at very reasonable prices.
If you are a nature lover, there are many places to visit in Indonesia but none could probably compare to the lush panorama of Kintamani in Bali. Mount Batur is a famous active volcano located in the region along with Lake Batur, the biggest lake in Bali. The villages in Kintamani such as Kedisan and Sukawana Villages are all unique in their own way. The one similarity they share is the traditional and ancient architecture as these villages have probably been here since any local could remember. Expert travellers may advise you to be out of your hotel room early in the morning to view the sun rising between the slopes of the volcano and enjoy the panoramic view of the paddy fields at its best.
If Hindu temples are on your must-see list, the one temple you may not want to miss is the Pura Tanah Lot (Tanah Lot temple). Made up of rock formation, the location and physical outlook of the temple gives the impression of a mystic and sacred place. The temple itself is surrounded by water and all access is cut off during high tide due to the rocks. Pura Tanah Lot is still visited by the locals during any Balinese celebration. If you are lucky enough to witness these celebrations, you will get to see the locals in traditional costumes performing traditional songs and dance as an offering to the gods.
A trip to Bali is incomplete without visiting the beaches. Legian beach is one of many places to visit in Legian Bali. This particular beach may not be as popular or crowded as the beach in Kuta but you can still enjoy the same activities such as swimming and surfing without anything lacking. Sunset on the beach may also be one of the most memorable things you will ever experience at Legian. Of course, like any other places in Bali, Legian also has its own share of spas and retreats where patrons can rest and relax while being pampered by their trained masseuses.
The island of Bali may be a minuscule dot on the world map, probably even invisible. However, Bali offers a variety of activities and experience for tourists and visitors alike. Many places in different regions of the island are able to fill your days here on the island with endless wonder and a vacation that you will probably never forget.