Sanur beach has always been a popular site for foreigners. Sanur offers many good hotels, restaurants, shops and other tourist facilities. It is not far away from Denpasar’s public transports also available until late into the night!
Offshore reefs protect the beach againts the waves making it popular for windsurfing, boating and other watersports!
On Denpasar’s route, towards the Bukit Peninsula, Kuta is a flourishing tourist resort, mainly popular among the youngs. It is a famous beach for surfing though currents ... More make sometimes swimming difficult. Sunsets are simply wonderful in Kuta and highly romantic!
The village has lots of restaurants, shops, discos and other tourist facilities. It is easier to enjoy regular performances of both Balinese music and dance in Kuta, than anywhere else in Bali! Some performances are staged at night. The area is ideal for meeting people, locals as well, and why not, it’s an occasion to make friends, too!
Nusa Dua is part of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali. Here are some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels of the area!. The resort is notorious for both its clean, white beaches and clear, transparent waters. The motto for tourists is “Get a taxi to flash everywhere on time!”
Stone figures on the roadside enrich and characterize the village of Batubulan: divinities and demons carved from sandstone decorate both houses and temples. Artists can be seen at work in workshops.
Antique and notorious centre of the arts, it is known for its dancing, wood panel carving and paintings.
The village is famous for its silver and gold works of jewelry.
It’s mainly a village of woodcarvers: many of Bali's old masters still live there. Art galleries preserve some of their best works. Tourists are welcomed into the Balinese style houses where carved wooden pillars can be admired and artists at work or instructing apprentices seen!
The centre of Balinese painting, Purl Lukisan the name, has a permanent collection of modern works of Balinese art which traces its origins back to the turn of the century.
The Young artist style popular in Balinese painting was first introduced by the Dutch painter Arie Smith. In the past, other foreign painters inspired Balinese artists to adopt western techniques, though traditional Balinese paintings are still en vogue!
Ubud has many small hotels located on a higher altitude where to enjoy a pleasant climate and a magic atmosphere!
Peliatan is located between Ubud and Mast. It has been known and still is the centre of traditional music, and dances. Local woodcarvers started a new style of wood-carving producing fruits, flowers and trees in their real shapes and colourings.
Goa Gajah, dates back to the 11th century and is thought to have been built as a monastery. Carvings on the wall show a demon head over the entrance, flanked by two statues. The cave contains a statue of Ganesha. Escavations have uncovered a bathing place with six statues of nymphs holding water-spouts.
The temple of Pura Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring at Tampak Siring. The temple and its two bathing places have been used by the people for good health and prosperity because of the spring water's curative powers. Regular ceremonies are held for purification.
The villages of Kintamani and Penelokan offer a good view of the still active Mount Batur and Lake, as well. The caldera of Batur is impressive: 7 miles in diameter and 60 feet deep. From Penelokan, a road leads to Kedisan the lake where boats can be hired to cross over to Trunyan. This ancient village is inhabited by the Bali Aga or Original Balinese who have maintained much of their culture and tradition.
Bangli is Bali's second largest temple with three terraced courtyards where the balustrades are decorated with both carvings and statues. A large Banyan tree with a tower shades the lowest and second courtyard, while the shrines in the third welcome gods and ancestors of the past.
Former seat of the Javanese Hindu Kingdom in Bali from where Balinese royalty draws its blood line, Klungkung was the oldest kingdom on the island and its "Raja" the most exalted. The Kerta Gosa or Royal Court of Justice built in the 1 8th century, is notorious for its ceiling murals, painted in the traditional wayang style, portraying punishment in hell and rewards in heaven, along with other moralities.
Goa Lawah is also famous under the name of bat cave, as the roof is covered with thousands of bats. The entrance is guarded by a temple, once thought founded by a sage nearly nine centuries ago.
Bali’s mother temple, the Sanctuary of Besakih, on the slopes of Mount. Agung, is the biggest and holiest of the whole Balinese temples.
Over a thousand years old steps drive to the main courtyard where the Trinity Shrines are decorated with flower offerings.
Around the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Wisnu, are 18 separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies.
A visit to the temples is a special pilgrimage, of course!
This little island is famous for its beautiful coral reefs found nearby and the wealth of tropical fish.
The island, not to forget Terima Bay, deserves a visit because of its extraordinary and unforgettable landscape!
Denpasar, Bali’s capital city, has many community temples called Pura. One is the Pura Jagatnatha Museum dedicated to Sang Hyang Widi Wasa, the Supreme God.
The statue of a turtle and two dragons, so prevalent in all temples, means the foundation of the world.
The Museum offers a variety of prehistoric and modern art, whereas its architectural design resembles that of a palace. A yearly art festival is organized between June and July, with performances, exhibitions, art contest, etc.
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