If you’ve been following Instagram travel accounts, you’ll realize that almost everyone seems to be heading to Bali! It’s definitely no surprise that the beautiful island attracts hundreds of tourists from around the world, as it’s complete with breathtaking beaches, historic monuments and jaw-dropping sceneries.
Here’s the list of top 10 breathtaking attractions in Bali.
10. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
A perfect photo opportunity, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is known as Bali’s ‘Temple by the Lake’. Bali’s sceneries are quite dramatic and the view from this temple is no exception. Elegantly nestled on the banks of Lake Bratan, this temple was constructed in 1633 and usually used in a ceremonial offering to Dewi Danu; the water, river and lake goddess. Don’t forget your camera before your visit!
9. Sekumpul Waterfall
Located in the northern region of Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall comprises of 7 waterfalls and is known to be the most beautiful on the island. On your hike to these falls, you’ll come across rice terraces, local villages and much more. Take a dip in each of these falls, and don’t forget to bring your camera along! See also world’s most amazing waterfalls.
8. Mount Batur
Hike up the breathtaking Mount Batur and watch the sun peek through the clouds with a view of the mountain silhouettes. Mount Batur is an active volcano in the Kintamani District of Bali. A guided trek up the mountain will also include a scrumptious picnic breakfast with eggs cooked over the volcano’s steam! The striking views at the peak will leave you completely speechless! Hikers are requested to wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes. If you’re staying at a Seminyak hotel in Bali, check whether guided hiking tours to Mount Batur are offered.
7. Uluwatu Temple
The most iconic temple in Bali is the Uluwatu Temple. Definitely featured on these aforementioned travel accounts of Instagram, this temple is the star of Bali. Set on the edge of a majestic cliff, approximately 70 metres over the mesmerizingly blue Indian Ocean, the Uluwatu Temple is definitely one of the most breathtaking attractions that you should visit. The view of the sunset from the temple is said to be simply stunning and comes highly recommended by anyone, especially if you’re staying at an accommodation such as Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Uluwatu temple is located on the Bukit Peninsula and is often referred to as Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
6. Pura Luhur Lempuyang
Pura Luhur Lempuyang is known to be Bali’s oldest, most sacred and largest Hindu temple. Perched at the summit of Mount Lempuyang or also known as Bisbis Hill, you will have to climb approximately 1,700 steps to reach the temple, where you’ll be blessed with a mesmerizing view of the surrounding valleys, a volcano and the ocean.
5. Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is Bali’s offshore temple which allows only Balinese devotees inside its premises. However, tourists are more than welcome to admire its gorgeous surroundings and get a majestic view of the sunset! Restoration of this iconic temple was carried after the constant thrashing of waves threatened to erode the beauty of the temple in 1980. Parts of the rock that the temple sits on are actually made of artificial rock.
4. Jatiluwih or Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Another place that can easily be classified as Bali’s breathtaking attractions, are the rice terraces of Tehallalang or Jatiluwih. Cycle through these pathways or enjoy a stroll as you take in the beauty of these rice crops. A great and recommended way to take in the beauty of these terraces is to enjoy a meal or a coffee from any of the restaurants and cafes located in the area. The rice terraces of Jatiluwih cover an area of over 600 hectares and are comparatively less crowded than Tegallalang.
3. Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah, or more commonly named The Elephant Cave, has been in use since the 8th century as a retreat for Buddhist monks and Shiviite priests. Goa Gajah is significant because the entrance of the cave is marked by the meeting of the Petanu River and Kali Pangkung River, which in Balinese, is meant to be magical and sacred. Despite its name, you, unfortunately, won’t be seeing any wild elephants around! With intricately carved stones, pools and charming courtyards, Goa Gajah offers its visitors plenty of photo opportunities – so get cracking and update your Instagram feed!
2. Nusa Islands
There’s nothing that makes Bali more special, than its dazzling sunny beaches. Walk barefoot along the warm golden shores of these beaches or jump into the refreshingly cool waters of the Indian Ocean! The Nusa Islands comprising of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida are located in close proximity to each other and are well worth a trip! If you’re interested in surfing, diving, snorkelling and kayaking, the first island is the best bet, where you’ll also be able to visit the island top attractions from Mushroom Bay and Dream Beach. Cross the bridge and you’ll find yourself at Nusa Ceningan, complete with a beautiful lagoon! Take a short boat ride to Nusa Penida and visit the dramatic caves, rock formations or go diving to see manta rays, turtles and much more!
1. Tirta Gangga Water Palace
Tirta Gangga Water Palace, formerly used as a royal palace is complete with beautiful water gardens, fish ponds, a wading pool and water fountains that are ideal for exploring. The gardens were constructed and designed in 1948 by the last king of Karangasem.