Top 5 stunning Bali destinations you have to see to believe

Dec 25 2019, 5:00 am

Bali has everything. From its stunning beaches to its pristine waters and hospitable people, it is a destination on the bucket lists of many.

This tropical paradise has become an ever-desirable location for travellers from all over, and it’s not difficult to see why.

A not so hidden gem in Indonesia, the island of Bali is unlike anywhere else in the world.

It has an essence that you can only truly understand by experiencing it first hand.

With a multitude of activities to choose from, here is our list of the top five can’t-miss destinations to see while you are in Bali.

Ubud Monkey Forest

 

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Mischevious and adorable, the monkeys atΒ Mandala Suci Wenara Wana, more commonly known as the Ubud Monkey Forest, are quite the characters.

The forest serves as a sanctuary and natural habitat for Balinese long-tailed monkeys, with over 700 of them living in it the 12.5-hectare property.

The locals view the sanctuary as a vital economic, educational, spiritual and conservation center within the community.

In addition to the monkeys, you can also see 186 species of trees and take in the unbelievably fresh air as you walk through.

The monkeys are fed three times a day, so bringing food is not necessary — even though many people still do.

It is important to note that the monkeys are still wild animals and unpredictable, so maintaining a safe distance is best when walking through the forest.

Besakih Temple

 

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Pura Agung Besakih, also known as the Mother Temple of Bali or the Besakih Temple, is a large temple complex that holds the most important temple on the island.

It is most adored and noted for its unique location on the southern slopes of Sacred Mount Agung.

The complex is unique because it features more than 80 different individual temples with the main temple called Pura Penataran AgungΒ or the Great Temple of State.

Located 1,000 meters above sea level, the Besakih Temple is a stunning example of the diverse culture of Bali.

Elephant Cave

 

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Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is located near Ubud in Bali.

The outside features a giant head and face — said to resemble that of an elephant — whose open mouth forms a doorway. The structure also features various animal and forest motifs.

Upon entering the cave, visitors will see the fragmented remains of a lingam, which is the symbol for the Hindu god Shiva.

They will also see yoni, its female counterpart. Additionally, there is a statue of Shiva’s son, Ganesh, who possesses four arms and an elephant head.

Sacred and culturally significant, the site itself is also surrounded by beautiful, lush rainforest with constructed walking paths to guide you through the trees.

Since it is a holy site, knees for both men and women should be covered. Sarongs are also available onsite.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

If you are looking for stunning views of the vast rice fields of Bali, look no further than the Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

The landscape is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ubud, providing breathtaking views of the expansive rice fields that have inspired a multitude of Balinese culture and art.

If you are looking for the perfect pic to post on Instagram, visitors can also pose on the Tegalalang Rice Terrace Swing. The swing hangs between two palm trees and overlooks the gorgeous scenery of the stepped rice-paddies.

Jimbaran Beach

 

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For those looking for a more relaxed option outside of the party scene of Kuta and Seminyak, Jimbaran is the ideal place to be.

This alluring beach is perfect for those looking for a blend of authentic Balinese culture with international influence.

What was once a small fishing village has now evolved into one of Bali’s prime locations for seafood restaurants, gorgeous beaches, and unbeatable shopping destinations.