Top 10 Places To Visit In Bali, Indonesia

It’s been said that Bali is one of the most magical places in the whole world. While in Bali, you can find countless historical sites and temples. Places with great natural beauty are plentiful. Furthermore, the culture in Bali is both varied and rich in history. In fact, because of the countless places to visit in Bali, it’s easy to get confused on which ones to visit, especially if time is not on your side. Worry not! If you want advice on the best tourist attractions that are considered by seasoned travelers as “must-visits”, then you have come to the right spot as this article is going to cover the top 10 places to visit in Bali.

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Where To Go In Bali

Besakih Temple

Besakih Templeflickr/y.becart

This famous temple is located in the eastern part of Bali. Besakih temple is also known locally as the “Mother Temple”. This temple sits on a mountain top of Mount Agung, towering over 1,000 feet above ground. One of the main reasons why you should visit Besakih Temple is that it’s the largest among the Balinese Temples. You can find 18 structures within the temple grounds, each housing different caste. Furthermore, you can find 3 main temples dedicated to Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Templeflickr/Chang'r

Found in Tabanan, Tanah Lot temple is among the most iconic of all the temples in Bali. It sets itself to one of the most enchanting places for a temple. Imagine this, Tanah Lot is a sea temple, sitting on a giant rock overlooking the sea, with the waves endlessly crashing on its base. Tanah Lot is one of the most important sea temples in Bali as it was built to pay homage to the guardian spirits of the sea. Also, Tanah Lot temple is where you can find one of the most beautiful sunset scenery in the world.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Templeflickr/Aleksandr Zykov

Uluwatu Temple is another famous and among the most important sea temples in Bali. It’s located at Ulluwatu, around the southwestern parts of the Bali Peninsula. As the this temple perches over a cliff that overlooks the sea, it offers one of the most stunning sunset views in all of Bali. While at Uluwatu, you may want to visit the amphitheater nearby, especially during the night as kecak fire dances are often performed.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terracesflickr/Aleksandr Zykov

Vast expending rice terraces are one of the famous attributes of Ubud. However, if you want the best vantage points for these terraces, then the place to be is at the Tegallalang Rice terraces. This specific rice terrace is found just north of the main Ubud center. Also, along the road of Tegallalang, you will find lots of roadside art shops and stalls selling from everyday items to curious novelties. Also, you can find plenty of small restaurants that serve tasty dishes with a great view as part of the overall experience.

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forestflickr/Fabio Achilli

Located at the fringes of the main Ubud Center, you will find one of the most astonishing wildlife sights. What you will find is the Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana. The main inhabitants are the Macaque with their gracious gray fur and long tails. The place is also known as a site for many scientific researches, as well as a place of great cultural and spiritual significance. There are also temples found in the area, which are often sanctified by the local villagers.

Ubud Art Market

Ubud Art Marketflickr/Walter Lim

The Ubud Art market is naturally found in the Ubud area. If you are fond of shopping, then this is the place to be. Furthermore, the art market is very near to the Puri Saren Royal Palace, so its like hitting two birds with one stone. The best items to shop in Ubud Market are the handcrafted goods like kites, statues, hats, baskets, hand-made woven bags, lightweight shirts and silk scarves to name a few.

Kintamani

Kintamaniflickr/Eric Pesik

Found in Northwestern Bali, Kintamani is one of the best places to visit if you like scenery watching, nature hiking and other outdoor activities. Within Kintamani, you will find Mount Batur, together with its Caldera Lake. For many tourists visiting Penelokan, this volcano is among the most visited tourist spots. In fact, Penelokan roughly translates to “scenic stopover”. Mount Batur is still active, and it has erupted 24 times since the 1800’s.

Bali Safari And Marine Park

Bali Safari & Marine Parkflickr/Walter Lim

This is a great place to visit when traveling with the kids. In fact, if you love marine life and wildlife, then it’s a must-visit while in Bali. The theme park has over 60 species of wildlife, all kept within their enclosure that mimics their natural habitat. The theme park also offers a tour known as “Around The World”. You will also find the various animal talent shows very entertaining. The theme park also has an aquarium that houses countless exotic fishes found from around the world.

Bali Elephant Safari Park

Bali Elephant Safari Parkflickr/Annie Mole

Think of horseback riding, except you are riding on an elephant. This is what you are able to experience when you visit Bali Elephant Safari Park. The park is located at North Ubud, specifically in the village of Taro. Tourist will be given the opportunity not only to get up-close and personal with elephants, but they will also be able to go on jungle and/or village expeditions while riding on the back of these gentle giants.

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajahflickr/bartlinssen1968

Found in Gianyar, Goa Gajah is also known as the “Elephant Cave”. It’s a very special site as it’s an archeological site that dates back to pre-historic times. To visit the place, you must travel a mere 6 kilometers out from Central Ubud, until you arrive at a place known as Bedulu Village. Also, you will have to take a less-than-a-hour descend to the site in which you will be able to explore fountains, bathing pools, mediation cave, rock-wall carvings and relic-filled courtyard.

There are countless things to do and places to visit in Bali as the place is gifted with many natural treasures and rich culture. If you have limited time, but want to visit the best spots in Bali, then you can start with Beaskih Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwata Temple, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Art Market, Kintamani, Bali Safari And Marine Park, Bali Elephant Safari Park and Goa Gajah.