Bali has the first rank of tourist destination both from domestic and international. One of the reasons for it is that because of the beautiful landscapes and rich culture of Balinese, which is different from other islands in Indonesia. As the first tourist destination, Bali has so many places that you should visit outside their Balinese traditional music instruments and other cultures. Most of them come from nature, history, and even Balinese cultures.
1. Kuta Beach
Kuta beach has beautiful scenery of the sunset with white sand along the shore. That makes tourist loves to visit this beach again and again. Moreover, it has a great wave that perfect for surfing. So, if you bring your children to swim there you should be aware of the wave. Kuta beach is located around the south of Denpasar, in the Kuta regions. If you depart from Ngurah Rai Airport, it needs about 15 minutes to reach the beach without traffic. Since the road around the beach also comes crowded from traffic, you should be prepared enough to get there on time. On the holiday season, Kuta beach is always crowded with tourism visits. They come to enjoy the scenery of the beach not only during the sunset but also during the daylight.
2. Pandawa Beach
Pandawa beach is a famous beach in Bali after Kuta beach. It is located not far from the Kuta beach in around the south of Kuta regions in Badung district. On the way to get the beach, you will find beautiful hills that mindblowing your eyes. Pandawa beach is hidden with two giant cliffs that make this beach has unique scenery. On the one side of the cliff, there is the Pandawa sculpture complete with the five persons of Pandawa and the goddess of Kunti.
3. Kelingking Beach
Kelingking beach is located in Nusa Penida island in the Klungkung district. It is a bit far from Denpasar as the capital city of Bali. Once you reach the Sanur port from the city, you should take the boat to get to this beautiful beach. Kelingking beach has turquoise blue water that amazingly great to see. The beach is sounded by the headlands that have a form like the little finger and cliffs. You should be careful while getting down the beach. Commonly, the tourist has a favorite spot to get their photo from the upside the beach with the scenery of a little finger island and the sea.
4. Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tanah Lot is a Hinduism temple located in the middle of the sea at the Baraban village, Tabanan district. The temple builds right at the giant reef so that it has beautiful scenery when the sunset comes down. Balinese still using the Pura Tanah Lot for their prayer complete with their Balinese traditional clothes to wear. There even some events such as Sarasvati day, Pagerwesi day, or other Hinduism ceremonial big days in Bali.
5. Pura Uluwatu
Pura Uluwatu is a Hinduism temple located at the hill of the Hindia ocean at the Pecatu village, Kuta, Badung district. This temple is so popular from time to time and is always crowded with a tourist visit. Moreover, there is a Kecak fire dance that you can watch while waiting for the sunset down. Pura Uluwatu is a historical place for Hinduism in Bali. This place is built around 1550 as the hidden place for Balinese holy priests. They are using the temple to pray to their highest god that they call the Dang Hyang Nirartha.
6. Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud monkey forest is a preservation forest protected by the Indonesian government. It is located in Monkey forest street, Ubud, Gianyar district. Just like the names, this place is full of a monkey with a long tail as the native animals in Bali. The trees around the forest are so high just like a typical rain forest in Indonesia. Inside the Ubud monkey forest, there also a Pura which Balinese always use the temple for prayers.
Tegalalang is a ricefield with a terracing irrigation system located in Tegalalang street, Ubud, Gianyar district. It has beautiful scenery with the terracing field that brings a harmonizing view to watch and so closer to the story of some folktales from Bali. Tegalalang is popular in tourism visits for both domestic and international tourists. The place has cool weather, which is different from Denpasar or other districts in Bali.
8. Penglipuran Village
Penglipuran village is located in the Penglipuran street, Bangli district. This village has a special village that represents the original Balinese houses. The villagers also still using the traditional Balinese house, common Balinese name for people, and Balinese origin culture there. Penglipuran village claims to the cleanest village in Bali so that the village is clear from waste. That makes this place so popular with the pureness of Balinese culture that kept by the villagers from time to time.
9. Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Garuda Wisnu Kencana is the most iconic sculpture in Bali with the highest sculpture monument in Indonesia. The place was built for the cultural park located in Uluwatu street, Ungasan, South of Kuta, Badung. This place is open daily from 10 am up to 6 pm. Garuda Wisnu Kencana represents the god of Wisnu which in Hinduism calls the God of preservation. Balinese commonly calls the god by Stithi names which on the statue he rides a Garuda bird.
There are some glances about the most popular tourist destination in Bali that you should know. Most of them have beautifully mindblowing both for your body and mind. You could ask the Tourist Desk in the venue of APSAR 2023 to find your destination! Please enjoy your stay on Bali island!