The 6 must see sights in Bali
Bali is undeniably a popular destination for travellers across the world. The island is full of beautiful natural sights and a prominent cultural influence, meaning a trip there is more of an experience than a holiday. Here are 6 of Bali’s must-see sights to consider when visiting.
Ubud Monkey Forest
It’s arguably the most popular tourist attraction in Bali, and for good reason. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is where you’ll find thousands of monkeys roaming freely, the “sacred” part stemming from the fact that locals do actually see the animals as holy creatures.
There’s a temple in the very heart of the forest where people can go and worship, but it isn’t necessary – strolling through the area is fun enough. Watch out, though; people have frequently reported how monkeys have snatched bags and belongings when they’re not being looked after!
There simply isn’t a way to experience Bali without visiting Kuta Beach at least once. Sure, it’s often full of tourists and locals alike, but that doesn’t detract from its sheer beauty – the turquoise waters crashing upon the white sand is a sight everyone should see once in their lifetime.
One thing the beach is good for is surfing. The waters here provide the perfect conditions to ride the waves, so if you’re feeling adventurous, this is the place to fulfil your urges. That’s not all, though – 1Cover lists Kuta Beach as being perfect for practically everything and everyone.
Climbing Mount Batur isn’t overly difficult – the fittest of travellers can reach the summit in two hours or less – but the view you’re rewarded with seems almost impossible. Reaching a height of over 5,000 feet, the mountain towers above the surrounding landscape making for an impressive view whether you’re looking at it or from it.
You can take a guided tour, which will tell you about the calderas here on Mount Batur as well as the other famed features. But climbing it at your own pace is just as rewarding. It’s undeniably one of Bali’s most incredible natural wonders.
A temple complex sounds good enough, but when it’s set on the slopes of Mount Agong, it becomes something much more incredible. Pura Besakih has several wondrous temples to see and explore, all set upon one of Bali’s biggest mountains, and is known as the “Mother Temple” of the island.
Although several natural disasters – including earthquakes and volcanoes – have affected the complex over the years, the site is still incredibly beautiful. Ruins sit next to still-standing, majestic temples in harmony, and you’re free to explore them to your heart’s content.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Visit Ubud and you’re sure to come across the Instagram-worthy Tegalalang rice terraces, the flourishing site being frequented by travellers from all over. Layers of foliage create a very unique and interesting natural pattern you just have to grab a picture of.
Locals work here throughout the day at the rice terraces, and you can pay to get involved alongside them – whether it’s trying your hand at farming or simply getting a picture, make sure you make the most of your visit. Although it’s pretty to look at, you should really reap the benefits of getting stuck right in.
Arguably the most photographed spot in the entirety of Bali, Tanah Lot is truly a spectacle. Perched on an offshore rock in the Indian Ocean, the temple upon Tanah Lot is one of, if not the most important in the country. Although it’s usually teeming with tourists, it retains its blissful beauty whenever you visit.
If you’re not Balinese you’re not able to enter, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the trip – the sight is good enough. That’s not to mention the possibility to stroll around the surrounding area and explore the street stalls, instalments and the infamous water-sucking golf course.
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