They say that uttering the word ‘Bali’ three times in front a mirror causes tickets to the island paradise to magically appear on your hand. Actually, nobody says that, but now that we have your attention – You shouldn’t really rely on made-up stuff to check off Bali from your bucket list. The Indonesian island is one of the most budget-friendly travel destinations from India, and you don’t even need a visa. With its pristine, lively beaches, expansive rice fields, ancient temples and dense tropical rain forests, Bali has plenty to offer. And the fact that its temperature remains pleasant for most of the year only adds to its charm. If you do visit this island, do not miss out on these things to do in Bali. ALSO READ: Best honeymoon package to Bali under Rs 1 lakh
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Go hiking up Mt Batur
Hiking at Mount Batur
Away from the beautiful beaches of Bali stand its volcanoes, as if guarding over the island. And a trek to the top of the Mount Batur, an active volcano covered in clouds, is not to be missed. From the summit, you get stunning views of the Lake Batur crater lake and the peaks around you. If you plan on visiting what is the most active volcano in Indonesia, the best time to do it is at sunrise or sunset. Several tour companies organize short trips that last around 8 hours, including a guided trek to the summit and experiencing the volcanic activity along the way. Also Read - Mandira Bedi Looks Smouldering Hot in Bikini as She Flaunts Her Washboard Abs During Bali Vacay
Watch a Kecak version of the Ramayana
A traditional Kecak dance
Dance is an important element of Balinese festivals and religious celebrations. You may find small performances at villages, but there are plenty of staged performances at the temples of Bali, complete with colorful costumes. The Kecak dance that tells the legendary story of the Ramayana is a nice change from the Ram Leela that you usually find in India. You can catch performances of this dance with the sunset as the background near the island-like temple of Pura Tanah Lot. Another place to catch a sunset performance of Kecak is at the Uluwatu Temple, located on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Also Read - No Sex if Not Married: The Law That Could Affect Tourism in Bali
Drink a cup of Kopi Luwak
Cup of Kopi Luwak
Coffee lovers should definitely not miss out on the famous Kopi Luwak of Bali. This is the most expensive coffee in the world, growing in the jungles of Bali. What cements Kopi Luwak as a unique drink is not its price tag, but how it is actually made. You see, this coffee is actually made from the seeds of coffee berries extracted from the feces of a jungle cat called the Asian palm civet. The concept is strange, but it should not stop you from having a nice hot cup of Kopi Luwak. You can get tasting sessions of various flavors like Bali Cocoa, Rosella Tea and Gensing Coffee in Ubud’s volcanic highlands.
Go scuba diving
Scuba diving at Liberty wreck
Bali is, first and foremost, a beach holiday destination, which is why you would naturally be heading to its white sandy beaches to soak up the sun and enjoy the ocean view. But there are plenty of dive sites along the Bali coastline, most of them located around the southern, eastern and northeastern points of the island. One of the most famous dive spots in Bali, even the world, is the wreck of the USAT Liberty, a World War II era ship. The shipwreck is now a living reef, with corals, sea grasses and plenty of marine life living off of it. Bali has several dive operators with options to go diving for first-timers as well as certified divers.
Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest
Temple at Ubud Monkey Forest
The Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, more popularly (and conveniently) called the Ubud Monkey Forest, is a wildlife conservation center and an important part of the village of Patdangtegal. Oh, and there are hundreds of monkeys too, hence the name. This is one of the popular popular attractions in Ubud, and it is a community-preserved zone with plenty of grey long-tailed macaques calling the place home. Combine this with a visit to the Ubud Royal Palace and a shopping spree at the Ubud Art Market.
Drink from Goa Gajah’s Fountain of youth
Goa Gajah’s Fountain of Youth
The Goa Gajah or Elephant Temple, built in the 9th century, is an incredibly beautiful complex with plenty of temple ruins to explore. Opt for a guide to take a tour around the temple and tell you about the vivid history behind this place. Despite its name, there are no elephants here to see. The temple was actually a school centuries ago, and it was called an Elephant temple because elephants are seen as a symbol of education in the region. Oh, and there is a fountain of youth here. You will find six statues of women with water pouring from their bellies. The water is entirely safe to drink, but a quick disclaimer: you don’t actually become immortal.
Explore the Kuta BeachWalk in the day and night
Kuta BeachWalk at night
If you are on a beach island, visiting the mall should not be on your list of things to do. But the Kuta BeachWalk is an exception. It is a rare open-air mall spread across a huge space, complete with plenty of shops, restaurants and viewing decks to catch the famous Kuta sunset. Once the sun sets, the Kuta BeachWalk has plenty of clubbing and dining options too. You can go for high-end hotels nearby or enjoy the evening with locals and tourists at the several clubs within the BeachWalk. And the parties do not stop until the early morning hours. NOW READ: These 12 photos of Bipasha Basus resort stay in Bali will make you want to pack your bags right away!
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