The moment we think about pristine beaches; Bali is the name that rings the bell. Many people have this impression that there are mostly beaches and nothing more to do. I happened to have planned my reunion with old friends in Bali for 15 Days and we exactly knew what we are going to do for the entire trip; Backpacking!!! The whole idea was to explore the place like a local, experience the local culture and return home with not only memories but with different perspective. At the end I wish I had planned for more number of days.
Our experiment with food was with, Sea side shacks and few high end restaurants. I would recommend; if you are in Seminyak, visit Potato Head Club and Ku Te Da both offering amazing view and top notch hospitality. Potato Head Club often hosts pool parties and is located right on the beach; whereas Ku Te Da offers more fine dining experience with huge variety of food. You can always find cheap and hygienic local food, Bakso! The food is actually cheap in Bali with average meal for one costing around Rs. 250 to Rs. 350.
Bali is known for its beaches; there are tourist beaches and then there are offbeat beaches that one can enjoy on Bali tour. Padang is undoubtedly the most peaceful, clean and very small of them all. Located in Uluwatu; it is surfers paradise and people looking to have quiet time. Canggu Beach, little north from Seminyak is the next upcoming beach destination. Surrounded by the rice fields and villas located near beach makes it ideal for people looking to spend time away from the city chaos. People come to Canggu for mostly surfing. Another beach that is making wave is Sanur, perfect for surfers and great night life. Seminyak is undoubtedly the capital of nightlife in Bali with great variety of clubs and bars which are opened till 4 in the morning.
Temples are Bali and Indonesia’s great heritage ranging from Hindu to Buddhist temples. One of the best temples that I visited was Pura Besakih located close to Mount Agung. It is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. The view surrounding the temple is simply a travelers delight; with clouds and mountains around. Pura Tirta Temple in Ubud is another temple that is home to nature hot springs, ancient architecture and Indonesia’s President spends his time in the villa located right next to the temple. Uluwatu Temple is another jewel located right on the cliff and the Kecak Dance (Part of Ramanyana) performed when the sun goes down.
There is more to do in Bali and explore which cannot be covered in 4-5 days, and there is something for everybody in Bali.
Highly recommend to plan your Bali trip.