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Tourist Places To Visit In Bali
The island of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago is one of the most diverse travel destinations offering beaches, forests, hills and even volcanoes. This island paradise surely has something for everyone. With deep cultural roots and a colourful history, Bali has countless mesmerizing sites to visit. At the same time, it also is a modern and developed beach island offering the latest amenities and ultimate relaxation.
Here are some of the top tourist places that should be on your Bali vacation checklist.
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot is an iconic point in Indonesia. The temple is built on a rock formation off Bali island and makes for one of the seven temples around the Balinese coast dedicated to the sea. This temple is dedicated to the Balinese Sea God Dewa Baruna. Interestingly the entrance is taken over by the ocean during high tides making these gradually transforming rocks accessible only during the low tides. The myth surrounding this temple is an exotic one, that of venomous sea snakes guarding the temple entrance.
Pura Uluwatu literally translates to the temple on the edge of a cliff. Built on a 70-meter high cliff that projects into the sea, the temple is dedicated to Achintya, or the all in one supreme God of the Balinese sect of Hinduism, in his Rudra avtar. It is also believed that Sage Niratha attained Moksha here. The temple is infested with monkeys who might try to steal your belongings, so better watch out!
Of the two active volcanoes in Bali, Mount Batur erupted as recently as the year 2000. However, of late, treks to the summit of the craters have become popular with travelers planning a sunrise trek to the volcano tops. Enjoy the amazing view from the top after the sheer thrill of walking along the mouth of a fairly active volcano. Some might even enjoy boiling eggs using the heat emitted by the calderas. All in all, this trek is not to be missed if your fitness levels are up to the mark.
Bali Safari and Marine Park
What if you could see majestic tigers roam in the open from just a few feet away? Or what about relishing your lunch with a pride of lions at close vicinity? The Bali Safari and Marine Park is an open zoo with a wide range of fauna. From Chloe, the female orangutan, to the regal white tigers, to a large pride of lions or a herd of deer, here you can witness the wild in all its glory from up, followed by a refreshing break at the Tsavo Lion Restaurant.
Also, see the Bali Agung Dance Drama show which is one of the highlights here. If you’re looking for something more adventurous, opt for the night safari and watch the forest crawl closer from within the safety of a cage caravan. Often wild cats fancy jumping up to the caravan’s roof.
Neka Art Museum
If you are an art aficionado and would like to explore culture, traditions and the Balinese way of life depicted in their art, stop at the Neka Art Museum in Ubud. Established by Suteja Neka, son of the famous woodcarver Wayan Neka, the gallery showcases works of some of the most famous Balinese artists. The museum is constructed in a traditional Balinese style with various compounds. A walk through the gallery will take you from classical paintings to contemporary Indonesian art.