Unofficially christened as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali tourism has witnessed unprecedented growth in the last few decades. Bali sits in the middle of Indonesia, decked with an abundance of mountains, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches. On your Bali holiday start with Canggu – a village of the coast of Seminyak, home to numerous beaches, hike up Mount Batur to watch a spectacular sunrise and visit the Tanah Lot Temple to witness a majestic sunset
Bali is not your ordinary destination:- it’s more than the beaches, the temples, the food, and its people. Bali may not have a character similar to UNESCO Cities such as Vigan, Melaka, George Town, Hoi An, and Luang Prabang but none the less, Bali has the charm that can entice both the body and soul. There are several reasons that people come to visit Bali.
April and October is the best time to visit Bali. Since this is the dry season, you will be able to explore more places and many more activities will be available for your perusal. The tourist off-season is during the monsoon months of July, August, December, and early January.
If this is your first visit to Bali, you must plan at least 6 nights and 7 days of vacation.
Along with an Indian driver’s license, one would also need an International Driver’s Permit to be able to ride a Two Whiller in Bali.
While Bali may be slightly expensive, Starting at INR 8493, exclusive of visa and airfare, that will let you experience Bali without breaking the bank.
HOW TO REACH BALI
For obvious reasons, the easiest way to travel Bali from India is by air. The Ngurah Rai International Airport in South Bali is well connected to major international airports across the country. The distance between India and Bali is approximately 5829 km with a duration of 9 hours to reach the destination. International airlines that take you to Bali are Emirates, Dragonair, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines. Nonstop flights are available from Mumbai to Bali via Garuda Indonesia airlines. If you are traveling from other major cities, keep in mind that you will only find connecting flights to this tourist destination. However, you can also take a flight from India to Singapore and then head to Bali by air.
Bali is fairly a safe tourist destination, even for solo female travelers. There is little violent crime in Bali. However, as a visitor, be careful while crossing the roads as motorbikers swarm the streets. Swimmers should be mindful as not all the beaches are safe because of riptides. Be cautious against pickpockets and scams. The threat of volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes are always there, but so far, Bali has not faced any outright devastation. It’s still business as usual in this tourist hotspot.
The main languages spoken in Bali are Balinese, Indonesian, and English. Tourists can go about in English at all major tourist places. But in remote parts of the island, locals might not speak and understand English, and an interpreter or translator would be required.
There are a lot of fun and engaging activities for kids traveling to Bali. Some of the popular attractions in Bali for young travelers are Bali Safari and Marine Park, Kemmenuh Butterfly Park, dolphin watching in Lovina, sea walking, slides, and water-based activities at Waterbom Bali among others.
SIGHTSEEING IN BALI
Bali is known for its breezy beaches with the omnipresence of the sweet summer air that constantly caresses your face. However, there is more to Bali than just its beaches. If you are looking for things to do in Bali, there are plenty of sightseeing tour options in store for you. Bali is dotted with ancient temples, quaint villages, and sloping rice terraces. If you are a history enthusiast, visit the Uluwatu Temple perched atop monumental seaside cliffs in South Kuta. This Balinese Hindu sea temple is deemed to be one of Bali’s spiritual pillars. Milky white foam laps against the cliffs where this majestic temple stands tall. ‘Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink’, this is what you will be reminded of as you stand at the edge of this temple overlooking blankets of emerald blue waters. You will be awestruck by Bali’s dense, green forests that are also home to hundreds of playful monkeys. Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest to say hello to the mischievous monkeys of Bali! People visit this spot simply to enjoy the many sounds of nature, the fresh cool air, and of course the company of notorious monkeys. If you are curious about the way of life of the Balinese along with their cultures and customs, visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Take in the crisp village air as you saunter along sloping rice paddies and converse with the locals. These terraced rice fields are one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Bali.
ACTIVITIES IN BALI
This golden island in Indonesia offers you a list of things to do with your family. Bali’s buzzing street markets, thriving wildlife, and thrilling watersports are some of the things to do and explore, to name a few. If you are an adventure enthusiast, Bali does not fall short of things to do to get your adrenalin pumping. Try surfing amidst gentle waves in Kuta Beach. If you are a novice or a beginner, you can always sign up for a surf lesson. Otherwise, relax on the cushiony sands as you sip on a light, cold beverage. Indulge in scuba diving in Amed, a quiet village on the black sand coast in East Bali. If you are longing for an authentic Balinese experience, this is the place to be. Experience a day in the lives of Balinese fishermen as you hop on to a traditional wooden sailboat and embark on a boat ride to reach your diving site.
Would you rather witness the exquisite sunrise from Mount Batur in silence as you ponder over life? This, however, comes at a price. A hike to Mount Batur proves to be extremely rewarding. An adventurous hike in the dark awaits you if you wish to watch the sunrise at the summit. Mount Batur is a volcano and has been every adventure seeker’s and nature- lover’s favorite sunrise spot for years. This adventure sport is hence a classic in all Bali holiday packages.
SHOPPING IN BALI
If you are looking to take back some Balinese souvenirs and essentials, head to the bustling streets of Canggu village laden with boutiques and surf shops from Saturday to Sunday till 5 pm. Look out for the open-air weekend bazaar that comprises Balinese mementos, luxurious leather goods, and quirky jewelry. You can also feast on hot pizzas, rich smoothies, and lip-smacking burgers to fuel yourself up. If you are looking for handmade soaps and jams, head to Kou Bali and Kou cuisine in Ubud that comprises natural soaps and aromatic bath salts. Marvel at the cutesy soaps as small as marshmallows and wrapped like candies! Head to Kou cuisine and to take back home some fresh handmade jam with exotic flavors such as milk caramel or an intriguing combination of pineapple and guava!
NIGHTLIFE IN BALI
Bali’s nightlife is electric with an infectious air of anticipation all around. Party into the wee hours of the night or simply chill as you watch the sunset at quirky beach shacks and bars. Life after dark in Bali is one big party! Head to Kuta, Legian and Seminyak reputed to be the hub of nightlife in Bali with their rooftop bars, rows of nightclubs, and pubs. If you are not a party person and wish to spend a quiet night with your significant other, head to the areas of Nusa Dua, Ubud or Sanur. Nightlife in this tropical paradise is hence one of the major highlights of all Bali honeymoon packages. If you wish to shop till you drop, visit the wealth of night markets in Bali better known as Pasar Malam or Pasar senggol. Markets in Sanur, Kereneng, Gianyar, and Badung satiate your late-night food cravings, selling local food, titbits at some surprisingly low prices. Want to witness a traditional Balinese dance performance after a late dinner? Watch lively dance troupes donning intricately designed costumes narrate a story with their moves. Be it local folktales or ancient Hindu epics, Bali has many stories to tell.