Did you know Serangan Island is part of Bali Island, located in south of Sanur Beach about 73 hectares area. To can reach this island It took times about 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, and there are just a small bridge which connecting Bali with Serangan Island. But, this bridge just can be crossed when low tide, because when the sea tides the bridge will be closed. But you can also go to this island with drive boats from Sanur, Suwung or Tanjung Benoa. Continue reading
Visiting Bali Butterfly Park has been my best experience when exploring Bali Island. This Butterfly Park is the biggest butterfly park in Asia, located in Wanasari Village, Tabanan, about 30 minutes from Denpasar Town. In this park I can saw many kind of butterfly, start from the familiar butterfly until the rare butterfly. Luckily I visited this park in the morning, because in the morning I can saw many butterfly sucked flower. Continue reading
Sanur Beach is one of the famous beach in Bali. I visited this beach in the morning, because this beach has beauty sunrise views. The calm waves and beauty sunrise made this beach has unique thing. Located in west of Denpasar city I just need times about 30 minutes from Kuta. Continue reading
Gunung Kawi Temples are the temples complex since from 11th Century. Located in Tampaksiring Gianyar near Tirta Empul Temple. Needed times about 1 hours from Denpasar City
Gunung (mount) Kawi name given because this temple has been symbol for mount in Bali Island. There are 3 temple named Gunung Kawi in Bali included Gunung Kawi Temple in Sebatu Village, Gunung Kawi Temple in Keliki Village, and Gunung Kawi Temple in Babitra Village. Continue reading
Batukaru Temple is one of the Sad Khayangan (six directional temples) in Bali, it is believed that the temple protects the island and inhabitants from evil spirits. Batukaru Temple is located on the foot of Batukaru Mountain, Wangaya Gede countryside, Penebel District, Tabanan Regency. This temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Bali, it was built in the 11th century and protects bali from the west side.This beautiful temple is set in a plateu, 1.300 meters above sea level surrounded by tropical rainforest with Batukaru Mountain backdrop.
There are several histories about this temple there are also some ancient negligence in this temple. Like other Balinese temples, Batukaru temple also consists of 3 courtyards. Nista Mandala (the outer courtyard), Madya Mandala (the middle courtyard) and the Utama Mandala (main court). In the outer court of the temple, there is a Meeting Hall or called as Wantilan building in Balinese. This multifunctional building is located on the right side of the entrance gate, visitors may sit and relax at this building. In the main court, lies the most important shrine, it is the 7-tiered Meru. The shrine is dedicated to worship the God of Batukaru, Mahadewa.
The temple is visited regularly by the Balinese Hindu, especially on Balinese Holidays such as Galungan and Kuningan day, people from all over the island come and pray at the temple. The water in Batukaru Temple is believed as a holy water, it is used for ceremonies and offered to God and Its manifests to ensure fertility of the land. The Holy Water is also taken home for families or relatives who did not come to the temple at that time. Batukaru temple is appointed as one of the greatest tourist destination in Bali, the temple is visited by many tourists everyday. The cool and fresh atmosphere with a beautiful Balinese Hindu temple accompanied with the Batukaru mountain backdrop makes this temple as an attractive place to visit.
Puri Lukisan Museum is a painting museum located in Campuhan Street, Ubud, Gianyar Regency. It is situated in the center of Ubud, just about 5 minutes to the west from Puri Saren (Ubud Palace). The museum is designed with Balinese traditional architecture combined with a neat garden which creates a relaxing atmosphere. Puri Lukis Museum was opened by Mr. Moh.Yamin, the Education and Culture Minister of Inonesia in 1956, it is the oldest art museum in Ubud. The museum building is U-shaped, in the center of the museum, there is a fish pond and beautiful lotus flowers. This museum consists of three different buildings and each building displays different types of paintings.
The first building collects paintings from Ubud and the surrounding villages. The paintings include classical Wayang or shadow puppetry paintings, ink drawings by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, as well as paintings by Pita Maha artists. Classical paintings from the 1930’s are also displayed in the first building. The second building features some colorful examples of the young artist style of paintings and also a good selection of modern traditional combination paintings. And the third building displays classical and traditional paintings, this building is also used for special exhibitions.
All of the collections in Puri Lukisan Museum is labelled and in English, therefore foreign visitors can understand each painting well. Tourist facilities are complete in this museum, a cafe and bookshop is also provided here. This museum is opened daily from 09:00am until 17:00pm. The lush garden and quiet situation far away from the crowd makes this museum an ideal place to visit and see the beautiful paintings from great artists. Puri lukisan museum is worth a visit especially for painting and art lovers.
Jimbaran Bay is one of the most visited beaches in Bali. It is located just south of Ngurah Rai International Airport, approximately 10 to 15 minutes drive to reach the bay. Jimbaran itself is a small town in South Kuta, well known as a fishing village and daily market. But this small village started to transform into a popular tourist destination since the 1980’s, now Jimbaran is the home of several world class beach resorts and hotels. Jimbaran Bay is a beautiful white sand beach which is said to be one of the best beaches in Bali. It has a pleasant white sand and calm water which is very safe for swimming, both children and adults can enjoy the beach. Stunning sunset view is also offered in the evening, it is one of the most popular place to see the sunset.
Jimbaran bay is also very popular for its seafood restaurants, the best seafood restaurants in Bali is found in this Bay. There are about 50 different seafood restaurants situated along the bay. The bay consists of 3 different sections, Muaya (southern part), Kedonganan (middle part) and Kelan (northern part) all sections are popular especially in the evenings. Many visitors come and have dinner at one of the seafood restaurants where the tables are set up right on the sand. Visitors can enjoy delicious seafood while viewing the beautiful sunset and when it is dark, the whole area is lit by oil torches.
Visitors can also go up to the seafood tanks and chose which seafood to eat. All the seafood that are served in the restaurants are fresh. The prices in the restaurants are standard depending on the quantity and type of seafood selected, they are also negotiable. Set menus are also provided in the restaurants for visitors who would like to try different types of seafood combination. The great beach atmosphere and delicious food makes this place as the best place to spend the evening.
Pulaki Temple is a sacred Balinese Hindu shrine located in the northern part of Bali, Pulaki Village, Seririt Sub district, Singaraja City. It would approximately take 3 hours to reach this temple from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The temple is situated on a flat land with stone hill as a back drop and the beautiful blue ocean of north Bali is just in front of the temple. There are groups of monkeys that dwell the hill forest which surrounds the temple, the monkeys usually stay and play around the temple in the day time. Besides seeing the temple and the beautiful view offered by the ocean, visitors also get to see the funny behavior of the wild monkeys in this area.
According to the legend, the Pulaki Temple was built to commemorate the arrival of the Javanese priest Nirartha to Bali in the early 16th centuries. When Nirartha entered the forest of Pulaki, he was welcomed by the monkeys which dwelt the forest. As his respect, he established the Pulaki Temple and the monkeys became its guardian. The black stone of Pulaki Temple was built in 1983, all the shrines and ornaments in this temple is dominated by black color. As a Balinese temple, Pulaki Temple is also divided into 3 courtyards, the outer, middle and inner courtyard. From the middle court, visitors get to see the beautiful Javanese sea with hills on the left and right sides. Climbing up to the main court, lies the main shrine where Balinese Hindu pray and give offerings. In the main court, visitors will see many monkeys hanging out and playing around the shrine waiting for the right time to steal the fruits and cakes from the offering. But all the Balinese people seem to get used to the monkeys and keep performing their prayers with full of concentration.
In the upper part of the temple, there is a narrow path where visitors can go trekking through it. From the path, visitors can see the view of the local corn fields, ocean and hills, the path may get slippery therefore, visitors must be careful when trekking through this path. Pulaki Temple is an interesting tourist attraction where visitors can see lots of interesting view Balinese shrine, nature and the wild monkeys. It would be great to visit this temple when having a vacation in Bali.
Ubud Botanical Garden is another beautiful garden besides Bedugul, although the garden is not as big as Bedugul, it is visited by both domestic and foreign tourists. The garden is located in Tirta Tawar street, Ubud, Gianyar regency. It is about 23 kilometers away from Denpasar City and would approximately take 40 minutes to reach this botanical garden from Denpasar and about 1 hour from Ngurah Rai international Airport. This garden was founded by a German writer Stefen Reisner and Faizah in 2006. The garden lays on a 4 hectare land and offers beautiful green scenery.
In this Botanical garden, visitors get to see various types of collections and cultivations, all the plants in this garden is conserved well and displayed neatly and beautifully around the garden.Various types of plants that can be found in this botanical garden include chocolate plantation, orchid garden, herbal plantation, edible fern, palm plantation, Rafflesia and many other tropical plants. Ubud Botanical garden is situated 400 meters above sea level, therefore the atmosphere in this area is cool. The soil here is very fertile hence , plants in this garden grow and breed well. An interesting attraction provided in this garden is the labyrinth where visitors can explore and experience a great recreation with families and friends. It is also good for children, they can play and have fun while learning about the importance of plants and nature through the facilities that are provided in the garden.
Tourist facilities are complete in this garden, restaurants, toilets, gazebos and Joglo houses are provided. Visitors can relax and enjoy the natural and peaceful atmosphere presented by the garden. This garden is suitable for tourist from all ages, it is also a great place for relaxation and to refresh minds and weary. It would be a great place to visit together with friends and families.
Munduk Waterfall is another attractive waterfall located in Munduk Village, Banjar District, Buleleng Regency. It is about 70 kilometers away from Denpasar City and would approximately take 2-3 hours to reach this waterfall. This village surrounded by hills and is situated between 800-900 meters above sea level, therefore the atmosphere here is very cool and fresh, far out of pollution. The path down to the waterfall is densely planted with clove trees, coffee plantation as well as Avocado, Taro,Banana and some Durian trees.
Munduk Waterfall consists of 2 waterfalls, Munduk waterfall itself and the other one is called the Melanting Waterfall however, the local people call both of the waterfall as Munduk waterfall (Munduk Waterfall 1 and Munduk Waterfall 2). The first waterfall is situated among the coffee plantation and the height is about 15 meters. The ticket to enter the first waterfall is Rp 3.000 and from the ticket counter, visitors must walk along the path for about 250 meters to reach the waterfall area. The second waterfall is located about 1 kilometer north of the first waterfall. This waterfall is slightly higher than the first waterfall. The ticket fee to the second waterfall in Rp 5.000 for adults and Rp 2.000 for children, visitors must walk about 500 meters to reach the waterfall area. Both waterfalls offer great natural and refreshing view.
Besides seeing the view of waterfalls, visitors can also trek around the waterfall area and may discover small waterfalls. Walking down to another hilly village would also be great, the walk may offer visitors great view of coastal line of the northern Bali. Simple restaurants are also provided near the waterfall area. After having a walk and having fun around the waterfall, having a rest while enjoying meals and drinks in the restaurant would be great. Visitors may hear the splashing water from the waterfall as well as birds chirping which creates calm and peaceful atmosphere.