Indonesia’s primary tourist attraction, Bali, can turn out to be an ideal vacation spot for tourists. Due to swarming tourists every year, around 80% of the economy of Bali thrives because of its tourism industry. The American restaurant and travel website ‘Tripadvisor’ named Bali as the world’s top travel destination.
What attracts tourists to Bali?
Bali is an abode of highly developed art forms which is known for its traditional as well as modern touch. Also, the Balinese forms of sculpture, paintings, metalwork, and music also work as a cherry on the top.
If you are someone who enjoys the royal disposition of countries, then Bali will make you relive that era. It homes a unified confederation of kingdoms which comprises of ten traditional royal Balinese houses. Each of these houses rules a particular geographic area.
The most exciting aspect of this province is its demographics. Around 83.5% of its population is Hindu, and the rest minorities include Muslims, Christians, and Buddhists. Doesn’t it seem to be a mini-India?
Languages spoke: Indonesian, Balinese, Balinese Malay, and English
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Best Time to Visit
Bali is situated just 8 degrees south of the equator. Hence, it experiences a tropical, warm and humid climate throughout the year. The best likely time to visit Bali is in April, May, June, and September which is just after and before the ‘high’ season. High season is the time during the Easter holidays and Christmas/ New Year vacation. If you choose to visit Bali before and after the high season, then you may experience a lesser humid climate along with cheaper room prices.
You will find at least one terminal (terminal bis) in most of the towns. In order to travel from one part of Bali to the other, it is advisable to go via the terminals. You will also find ‘Ojek’ in Bali which is a motorbike that takes paying passengers. Fares are usually negotiable. But the standard for 5kms is around 30,000Rp. Also, you will find metered taxis which are very common in South Bali and Denpasar.
What are the sightseeing options?
Bali is one of the most evocative spots to visit. The journey in Bali sparks the people leaving them mesmerized to the extent that they would want to continue their stay in Bali. Some of the sightseeing options in Bali are as follows:
Pura Tanah Lot: This is one of the most iconic temples one can find in Bali. Pura which means 'temple' in Balinese is located at the seaside surrounded by crashing waves on the beautifully carved rocks. Built in the 16th century, this is now one of the most sacred temples for the people of Bali. However, foreigners cannot enter the temple, but they can walk across the main temple during low tide.
Kuta Beach: Despite being a crowded beach, it should be on the checklist of people visiting Bali for the first time. You can book surf lessons, rent a surfing board, set up umbrellas on the beach, or enjoy in a cafe sipping some cold coconut juice.
The Sideman Valley: If you want to experience the village life of Bali then take a walk amidst the sleepy villages of the Sideman Valley. You can also go for rafting or yoga retreats and participate in the cultural activities of the place.
Waterbom Bali: This action-filled waterpark is located in the heart of Kuta. Let your kids splash in the pool or enjoy the water rides which have fascinating names like Python, Green Viper, Super Bowl, etc.
Other options for sightseeing in Bali include Uluwatu Temple, Mount Batur, Ubud Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces in Bali, etc.
Food of Bali
Bali provides umpteen choices for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. If visiting Bali is on your bucket list then make sure not to miss the signature dishes of this island. Some of the must-try dishes are:
Sate Lilit- It has marinated, skewered and grilled meat which is served with spicy sauces, veggies, and coconut .