Bali has a bit of everything. On one hand you have beautiful beaches, on the other hand you have majestic mountains and beautiful temples! Here’s an account of
- The beaches we visited (other than Sanur, our base camp): Dreamland, Padang Padang, Uluwatu, Seminyak, Kuta.
- Temples: Tanha Lot, Pura Besakih, Uluwatu, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Travelling inside Bali
Overall roads in Bali are really good, though narrow. So it’s best traveled in a hired bike/scooter. You can hire a car also if you want.
To drive in Bali, you ideally should have an international driving license. We did not get time to get one, so we hired a scooter anyway and went round in it.
However, it’s risky. If the police catches you, you can be in trouble. (One day, while travelling in a hired cab, we found Police stopping tourists and checking their licenses)
1. Kuta & Seminyak
The first day we were in Bali, we headed straight to Kuta beach and stayed there for the night. Kuta & Seminyak is connected, a distance of around 2-3 kms. Whereas Kuta is a place for backpackers, with many inexpensive places to stay, crowded and full of shops, Seminyak is more of a upscale beach, with more resorts.
Around evening we walked to Seminyak beach and had dinner there. It was a cosy place on the beach. We had Nasi Goreng, a must have delicacy if you are in Bali!
2. Padang & Dreamland beach
These 2 beaches we covered from Sanur, on our way to Uluwatu. Uluwatu is a temple in the southernmost corner of Bali. Another must go place in Bali.
Padang beach is inside a cove, the approach to which has a small stretch which is a narrow and steep hilly descent. Not that difficult, but you should avoid if you have leg/knee issues.
1. Tanha Lot
In the south western part of Bali is Tanha Lot. From the parking the temple itself is a short walk through scores of small stores. If you like shopping, this is a great place for you! Check the tide timings before you go, as during high tide, you cannot go the temple.
2. Pura Besakih
This is largest and most important temple in Bali, in the slopes of Mount Agung. You have to wear a sarong (traditional balinese wear, worn round your legs), to go here. You can rent one near the temple, or just carry any long cloth and wear it around your jeans/pants.
They will not let you enter the temple unless you hire a local guide (which kind of pissed me off!). And they don’t come cheap either! But anyways, if you have come that far, you wouldn’t want to go back. So you just go with the flow.
Another must visit in Bali, this place is known for awesome sunset views! Also, right after sunset, hurry into the temple for a traditional Balinese dance program they have everyday.
4. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
Situated beside a lake, this is yet, another beautiful place in Bali. The day we went was awfully cloudy so could not make much of the surroundings. But in a sunny day this place can be quite a sight!