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Magnificent Bali: A destination that cannot be missed!

Beautiful, enchanting, breath-taking & scintillating are some the adjectives which come to my mind when I think about Bali. Commonly referred as Island of the Gods, Bali is known for its diverse landscape of hills and mountains, volcanoes, beautiful coastline of its beaches, deeply rooted culture and some eclectic shopping. In short Bali is surely the hidden gem of South East Asia.

Travel Period: April-October. Rest of the year it rains in Bali 
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
No. of days required: Min 6-7days
Culture: Bali has a mix culture of Balinese, Hindu and Buddhist  

Bali is a very popular honeymoon destination; however it is suitable for families having young kids too. Swimmers, surfers, divers and adventure seekers will have the time of their life while they keep hopping from one beach to another. While for those who don’t really get excited with water should not get disappointed either. The place has so much to offer that you may feel the need of one more vacation in Bali soon. 

TIP: Bali can be explored as a standalone destination and/or can also be clubbed with Singapore or Malaysia, if you have more days in hand 

Benoa Beach Water Sports:
 Since you are on an island, I recommend starting your tour by exploring water sport activities. This beach is known for its aquatic adventure and for its wide range of water sports. Here you can do Scuba Diving (which was one of my favourite), banana boat ride, parasailing, fly fish, Jet Ski, donut boat etc. Remember you don't have to be a swimmer for trying all these. 

 TIP: Spend half a day here and proceed for sightseeing. Do not forget to carry an extra pair of dress and footwear 

Uluwatu temple: In the evening, visit the Uluwatu temple built on top of the cliff, where you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset. Don't miss the Kecak and Fire Dance here, which is its USP. The story is inspired from Ramayana where Hanumana sets fire to the kingdom of Lanka. Click some snaps with these well dressed characters. 
White Water Rafting: This was my 'The Most Amazing' experience, purely because I did rafting for the first time. You will get to see the spectacular view of the Ayung River and its surrounding areas. One need not be a swimmer for rafting. It is completely safe and can be enjoyed by kids, youths and older people. The river is bumpy at certain places and the splash of water all over your body is simply breathtaking. A must visit activity in Bali.
Pic credit: bali-river-rafting.com

TIP: White water rafting is a half day activity which might make you tired. It is advisable to not keep anything during this activity except for dinner and spa in the evening 

Bali Safari and Marine Park: Having housed more than 60 species of animals from various continents, Bali safari is one of the famous tourist attractions of Bali. The safari and marine park is a full day activity and is certainly most interesting for wild life enthusiasts and families with kids. Watching these animals in their natural habitat, while you enjoy the safari bus ride will surely be one of the most memorable experience of Bali. Watch the Elephant talent show, get yourself pictured with the cute baby orangutan and spend time with the colorful aquatic animals in the marine park. Above all experience the African themed Lion restaurant which is located close to Lion exhibition area while you relish on some delicious cuisine.  
pic credit: Tripcanvas

Cruise by Bounty: As the sun goes down, just set off on a relaxing cruise around the harbour. Experience the nice cool breeze on the upper deck and spend some memorable moments with your spouse or family. The cruise also has some eclectic entertainment lined up for the guest’s right from dramas, dance, and disco etc.followed by a sumptuous dinner. Definitely a must visit to unwind after a hectic day 

Balinese SPA: Your Bali trip might seem incomplete without experiencing the Balinese Spa. The Bali massage is a blissful experience to get you pampered on a foreign land. The divine and relaxing massage by the professional masseurs will make you feel like in heaven. Tourists can choose from a range of spa services right from contemporary method of wellness to the traditional holistic method of healing. Depending upon your budget and time you one choose the type massage. Honeymooners should go in for couple massage package.  

Kintamani Tour. Kintamani is a village situated on the edge of the Mt. Batur caldera. One of the famous tourist attractions of Bali, Kintamani offers spectacular views of the Mt. Batur and Batur Lake. The Mt. Batur trek is a mid night trek which takes you on the summit giving breathtaking views of sunrise. Since Kintamani is a full day tour, you can spend time in the nearby areas like hot springs, Luwak coffee farm, Ulan Dhanu temple, organic farm tour, kayaking and canoeing, Tegalalang rice terrace or may be just cycle around the village. With so many things to do Kintamani should definitely feature in your Bali bucket list.   
Pic credit: Thrillophilia

Ubud: A beautiful town of Bali, Ubud is one of the top tourist attractions. The city is surrounded by picturesque rice paddies, rain forest, small villages, ancient temples, rivers, traditional handicrafts etc. along with great stay options and great food. Away from the hustle bustle of the busy life of Kuta and Seminyank, Ubud makes a perfect place to stay where you can unwind and relax. With a host of activities to do Ubud can become an individual holiday in itself. Below is the list of activities Ubud is known for: 
- Sacred Monkey Forest 
- Bali Bird and reptile park 
- Tegallalang rice paddies 
- Tanah lot temple 
- Campuhan Ridge Walk 
- Pura Taman Saraswati temple 
- Ubud Art Market 
- Amed beach 


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