Place of Interest
Museum of Bali
Denpasar's only museum was built in 1932. This ethnographical museum
(ethnography being the study of a particular society and culture)
contains many prehistoric and historic instruments and textiles.
One of Bali's
most visited temples, located next to the museum, Puputan Sq. and near
the Four faced Statue in central Denpasar. This temple is especially
worth visiting for the Saraswati, Galungan and Kuningan ceremonies.
Art Centre Werdhi Budaya
Bali's centre for dance and art. This art complex has a large
amphitheatre that stages many of Bali's traditional dances. It is the
centre of activity throughout the Bali Art's Festival held every year,
mid June - mid July.
Indonesia Art Institute
Bali's dance, music and art institute. The STSI amphitheatre stages monthly full moon dance performances.
renovated market that provides for al the locals needs. Beautifully
arranged fruit, flowers for offerings, herbs, spices and all kinds of
local handicrafts stretch out into two main buildings over the Denpasar
River. Jl. Sulawesi is the neighboring street that provides a myriad of
fabrics and textiles.
largest traditional market in Denpasar. It is renowned for its night
stalls selling many varieties of Balinese food and drink.
Located on Jl.
Veteran, this market sells an assortment of beautiful birds and other
animals including the unique Kintamani dog. Please remember it is
illegal to keep certain birds and animals in captivity!
Puputan Badung Square
central park. A statue commemorates a heroic moment in the battle of
1906. It is the location for many of Bali's pageants and processions.
Nyepi and the opening ceremony of The Bali Arts Festival is held around
this square. One of Bali's oldest temples Puri Jaganatha and the Museum
of Bali are on one side of this square.
Catur Muka Statue (Four faced statue)
Standing in the
centre of Denpasar, to one side of the Puputan Square, is a large
granite, statue depicting Brahma as the almighty Creator of the world,
nature and all it's inhabitants.
Puri Satria, Pemecutan Jero Kuta & Puri Kesiman
These palaces have seen better days but all are a good example of traditional Balinese architecture.
perched on a
high cliff on the Southwest tip of Bali, Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali's
older places of worship. Built around the 11th century, by Hindu high
priest Empu Kuturan; it is inhabited by a group of sacred monkeys who
guard the temple. This is one of Bali's best sunset spots.
Beaches on Bukit
peninsula; Uluwatu, Gerger, Goa Suluban, Padang Padang, Nyang Nyang,
Bingin, Dreamland, Nusa Dua, Bali, Kedonganan. Many of the above beaches
are famous surfing spots, some are difficult to access and the waves
are generally for the intermediate to advanced surfer. Beware of corals
and strong currents.
A major tourist
resort on the southern most peninsula of the island. Set on about 450
hectares, this well groomed tourist enclave boasts 3.5 kilometers of
white sand beaches, a number of five star hotels and one of the world's
best golf courses, Bali Golf & Country Club - recently voted to be
amongst the best 5 courses in the world. Convention halls,
amphitheatres, shopping centers & immaculate landscaping make Nusa
Dua an ideal place to stay if you wish to get away from it all.
- bordering Nusa Dua to the north this peninsula offers travelers fine
hotels, water sports and similar environs as Nusa Dua.
The area, just
slightly north of the airport, known as Tuban, has long enticed tourists
to her reasonably priced hotels, well-groomed beaches and organized
nightlife. The Waterbom Park & Spa, go-karts and hotel sports
facilities fulfill daytime pleasures; large shopping centers with many
restaurants, local, international and fast food outlets stay open well
into the night. Tuban is also well known for the horse drawn carts that
can be seen taking visitors around the area.
for sand, surf and shopping, this area is jam-packed with activity 24
hours a day! Kuta is a major hustling & bustling resort town, with
hundreds of hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. Here, small guesthouses
and large hotels jostle for positioning along the beachfront. Beach
sellers endlessly offer their wares to the sun-worshipper; sarongs,
jeweler, shells, massages and manicures; even bows and arrows. Proclaim
an interest in purchasing something and these beach marketers will
crowd round the unsuspecting tourist until a sale is struck. This is
part of the fun of Bali. Nightlife is a major happening in Kuta with a
number of surf bars, cafes and restaurants offering videos, cheap drinks
and even cheaper food. The more upmarket restaurants are ensconced in
Kuta's small narrow (gangs) alleyways. The internationally famous
Poppies and a string of other hidden garden paradi offer the weary
tourist a welcome respite from the haggling streets. Cold beers, exotic
cocktails, delicious food all, at a fraction of the European price. If
action is what is wanted then Kuta is the place to be!
town produces a large part of Bali's ceramics, statues and temple
accessories. The Sadat Temple in the town centre has interesting wall
Mengwi & Pura Taman Ayu
in the 17th century, this royal family garden temple was extensively
renovated in the early 1900's. Surrounded by a moat and lotus lake, the
temple's inner courtyard has an impressive number of Merus - tiered
shrines built for the Bali's ancestors and heroes.
active 1926. The Batur complex has been described as one of the largest
and finest calderas in the world, (caldera being a volcano with a lake
in the centre of the crater). Lake Batur, is a major source of
irrigation water for both south & east Bali. On the western shore is
Toyah Bungkah; surrounded by a stark volcanic landscape is an ideal
spot for fishing and swimming. A hot spring, with supposed curative
powers, is worth a visit. Terunyan village - Located on Northeast shore
of Lake Batur, and only accessible by a 30 minute boat trip, departing
from Kedisan village, located on the southern side of the lake. (The
name of this village is derived from the words Taru & Menyan - the
smell of the fragrant tree of incense growing in this village). One of
Bali's most famous sites, this village's immaculately kept houses,
streets and grass verges are reminiscent of what Bali might have looked
like in days gone by. This Bali Aga village does not perform the ngaben,
or usual cremation ceremony, that Bali is famous for, but uniquely
preserves it's deceased by leaving the bodies, (although covered in
shrouds, the face is left uncovered) under the fragrant & magical,
incense tree. This method of "embalming" is called Mepasah. Trunyan's
temple is the Pancering Jagat Temple (or navel of the world temple) and
houses a 4 meter high statue known as Arca da Tonta. The Barong Brutuk
dance is staged here on the full moon of (Purnama) Sasih Kapat. Masked
dancers whip bystanders & spectators in this totally unique land
picturesque Balinese village, with a population of 750. The Penglipuran
Heroes Monument was built here in commemoration of Cpt. Anak Agung Gde
Mudith and his troops.
traditional pre Majapahit village with different traits and customs than
other villages in Bali. Many unique dances are staged at Pura Penataran
during temple festivals. The Papah "war', various Baris dances and even
the manner in which they bury their deceased is completely different to
that other Balinese villages. Singaraja Bali's chief port in Dutch
colonial times, this town received many influences from the foreign
a number of Chinese Temples and colonial buildings. The Gedong Kertya
Library houses a unique collection of Lontar (palm leaf) scriptures
written in Balinese covering many issues including traditional
literature, medicinal formulas, black magic and many more. There are a
number of old books in English, Dutch and Ancient Javanese (Kawi).
but unused harbor is located along the north coast. Old warehouses, an
ancient jetty and an arched bridge are all that is left of this one time
major seaport. Here a monument has been built in commemoration of
Bali's struggle to defeat the Dutch.
Singa Ambara Raja
A famous town
landmark is the winged-lion statue located on Jl. Veteran, near the
Tourist Office and opposite the office of the Governor of Buleleng,
which symbolizes the heroic spirit of the people of Buleleng.
Pura Agung Jagatnatha
One of Bali's
biggest & newest temples; an outstanding feature is the Padmasana, a
shrine that symbolically represents the three parts of the Balinese
Universe. Deer Island (Pulau Menjangan) - 79 km west of Sinagraja. One
of the most famous marine parks in the world, and part of the West Bali
National Park. Rare and protected Java Deer inhabit this small island,
however visitors usually come for the diving and snorkeling.
a small port where divers and visitors may catch a boat to Deer Island.
76 kms west of Singaraja. Also known as Jayaprana's grave; this site
remembers the sad love story between a prince wishing to marry a country
girl, however the king also wished to marry the girl and so had the
prince killed. On dreaming of the happenings the girl killed herself
rather than marry the wicked king. A panoramic view to the north makes
this a site well worth visiting.
53 km west of
Singaraja. A large temple on both sides of the road part is perched on
craggy rock looking out to sea, the other part climbs into the hills,
both parts house monkeys that are keen on eating almost anything in
sight! Balinese women sell fruit to tourists and it seems that grapes
are their favorite.
50 km west of Singaraja. A Government-run fish breeding project. Turtles, shrimp & prawns are included in the program
Banjar Tegah Hot springs
18km west of
Singaraja. These slightly sulphuric hot springs are well worth visiting.
Set slightly back in the hills, dragon fountains fume hot water into
the tiered bathing pools. A number of souvenir shops and a restaurant
cater to tourists. A number of local visitors and schools visit at
weekends and holidays.
Banjar Tegah Buddhist Monastery
ali's largest Buddhist monastery set in beautiful valley scenery.
10 km west of
Singaraja. Buleleng's main tourist area. Black sand beaches fringed with
palm trees open onto a calm sea where travelers can view dolphins,
snorkel, dive, sail, fish and swim. A resort area with a full range of
capital, see start of Buleleng Province for more info. Banyuning - 1 km
east of Singaraja. A village known for pottery and ceramics.
1 km south of Singaraja. Famous for gold and silver works of a unique style.
11 km south of Singaraja. An impressive waterfall cascades into a small lagoon in a plantation of coffee and clove trees.
South west of
Singaraja - Bali's ecological village. This scenic village, located in
the mountains, is an ideal place to stay and escape from the heat. Foggy
afternoons, fields of blue hydrangeas and numerous waterfalls make it
an ideal place to go hiking.
line the road, many are made on the premises however a few are also
carved elsewhere. Many types of Balinese dances including trance dances
are performed here for tourists.
Gaduh Temple houses the ancient, folkloric, stone head of Kebo Iwa, a Balinese hero of the Majapahit era.
This village houses the Museum of Archaeology, which exhibits pre-Hindu
artifacts, stone carvings and old Chinese porcelain and the Samuan Tiga
Temple, which stages an eleven day ceremony during the 10th full moon
according to the Balinese Calendar.
This village specializes in gold and silver works, producing all kinds of jewellery and ornaments.
Cave (Goa Gajah)
An 11th century Buddhist meditations cave with a statue of Ganesh in
the interior and other elaborate carvings.
A candi complex
dating from the 11th century, in which the candis have been carved
directly out of the rock. The surrounding area is very picturesque. Not
as dramatic as the other nearby candis and caves are Garba Cave and
Candi Krobokan, two 12th century monuments, worth visiting if just to
get off the beaten track.
Mas A village renowned for producing Bali's sacred masks.
Home to the
temple of Penataran Sasih or Temple of the Moon. It contains the famous
bronze Moon Drum, said to be over 2000 years old. It is the largest,
single cast, bronze drum in the world. Good examples of 13th and 14th
century stone carvings can be found at the nearby Pusering Jagat and
Kebo Edan temples.
A market town
selling all of Bali's souvenirs in one location. It is also a market for
the local Balinese looking to buy ceremonial articles.
Shops abound on
either side of the road. Slightly north rice terraces abound and, at
nearby Petulu, see white Herons return to nest as the sun goes down.
Since the 10th
century Tirta Empul has been one of Bali's holiest places. Balinese come
to bathe in the ancient pools as the waters are said to have curative
Now the cultural
and artistic centre of Bali and a blossoming tourist destination.
Bali's four art museums namely, ARMA, Neka, Puri Lukisan and Rudana are
all located here. The surrounding hamlets are all worth visiting. Ubud
has many traditional dance and music performances and a number of
workshops and courses are available. Accommodation ranging from five
star luxury boutique hotels right through to guesthouses abound.
Yeh Pulu Close to the Elephant Cave are some 14th century bathing pools with interesting carvings.
A small town on
set along the main road between Denpasar & Gilimanuk. Negara itself
does not have many tourist sites although it is famous for the bull
races, held every year in October. Domesticated water buffalo races and
horse races attract a number of tourist as well as many Balinese. Jegog -
the giant bamboo gamelan (orchestra) - is typical of Jembrana and is
seldom heard outside the regency.
West Bali National Park
This Park is
home to the rare Java Deer, the rarer Bali Starling and many other
animals such as the Boss Javanicus, or wild bull.
surfing, the long left handers are best in the morning before the wind
gets up. The beach itself is not fantastic. Tourist accommodation ranges
from guesthouses to smarter hotels with pools.
western town, this is the ferrying point for people wishing to cross to
Java. The tranquil bay is good for water sports and it is the closest
place to stay if you wish to visit West Bali National Park.
south of Gilimanuk, with prehistoric remains (Circa 1000 BC) The
headquarters of the National Park and visitors centre are located here.
The dam is good
for water sports and the nearby village of Palasari is one of the few
Catholic communities in Bali. The church is quite distinctive.
Large wide beach with views to Java. Very popular at weekends and holidays with the local community.
Baluk Rening Beach
This beach comes alive in August when the annual Jukung races take place. A western facing beach with good sunset views.
A small village
in which Bali's renowned Buffalo racing is performed for tourists. A
reptile park and a riverside temple are other Perancak sites.
Delod Berawah Beach
A popular beach with the occasional bull and horse race.
i One of Bali's
major cliff-top temples and the largest in west Bali. It was built in
the 1500's by the same priest that built both the Uluwatu and Tanah Lot
temples. The sunset from this vantage point is outstanding.
A sacred banyan
grows over the road, or rather the road goes through this very large
tree, up into the foothills of west Bali and towards Pupuan. The
surrounding area is tropical forest and has many impressive trees
The biggest fishing port on Bali, not an actual port but the here seas are at their calmest and there are no dangerous reefs.
Tanah Lot Temple
is located in
coastal side of Beraban countryside, Kediri sub district and Tabanan
Regency. It is situated in 30 Km in west side of Denpasar town and about
11 Km in south side of Tabanan town. The temple is built on the rock
with 3 acre size and reachable in a few minute by walk, because it is
just 20 meters from the coastal lip. This temple is very famous among
tourist destinations in Bali with spectacular view of sunset. At some
nooks of coral reef around Tanah Lot Temple there are holy tame snake in
black and white color where according to the local society believe that
it as a deity property and as the guard of the temple from the bad
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Interest in Bali, Monkey Forest in BaliAlas Kedaton is a small forest
with the width about 6-7ha located in the middle of the rice field in
Tabanan regency, west part of Bali. The total size of this forest,
temple and its supporter facility is about 12 ha. In this forest, there
is a temple called Alas Kedaton Temple and owns the natural environments
that is looked green with its fresh air and create the calm, quite and
holy atmosphere. The monkeys in Alas Kedaton are very tame and free
gallivanting in temple yard, so that the calm atmosphere is sometime
solved by noise voice of the monkey, which are playing around and
scrambling of food. The monkeys who dwell in this forest, there are jump
up and down in temple wall, take a bath in moat or there is also hang
out in few leaves representing impression view. The monkey like as
custodian of temple, which are always ready to greet all visitor who are
paying a visit to this place. Beside monkeys, in Kedaton forest also
can be met the bats and some other animals. At least 24 types of grove
plant have been identified in Alas Kedaton.
at Bedugul Bali
Beratan Lake is a shallow lake with the high caldera about 1231m above
sea level and it is located at Bedugul, the famous tourist destinations
in Bali. This lake have wide 3,8 km2 and also its deepness is up to 22
meters. The water volume in this lake is about 0,049 km3, so Beratan
Lake is the closed lake. Tourist can access the Beratan Lake through the
dock which have been provided or desist around Ulun Danu Beratan
Temple. In this place, the visitor can do various activities like doing
recreation to look around in dock or do the other outdoor activities.
The various water recreation activities can also be conducted here, for
example riding the boat motorize to circle the lake, parasailing,
canoeing with the traditional boat, banana boating, water skiing, and
others. Fishing activities are also available in this places for who one
love fishing in the lake.
Bedugul Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Eka Karya is the huge tropical garden
located in Bedugul, plateau area in Bali. It is situated in the cool
atmosphere with rain forest and hill surrounds it. This botanical garden
is opened on 1959 and owns 154,5 ha land located Tabanan regency,
northwest part of Bali. It is close to the beautiful lake which is
called Beratan Lake and Ulun Danu Temple. It is completed by more than
1187 plant types and multifarious of floras. In this area, there is
orchid garden with the collection of 320 orchid types from Bali, Java,
Nusa Tenggara Timur, Sulawesi and also Irian Jaya. We can also meet the
rose garden with the collection of various rose from rust colored until
Celuk Village is
the famous village in Bali as a tourist destination cause of the local
residents is very proactive and full of innovation to the gold and
silver crafting. This countryside is located in sub district of
Sukawati, Gianyar Regency and owns the individuality and excellence in
production of gold and silver crafting. Most of them are Balinese
professional, artistic and skillful of design development related to the
silver and gold crafting.
Bali Wood CarvingMas Village is one of villages in Bali fundamentally
identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in artistic of wood
carving. Mas Village is located in Ubud sub district and Gianyar
Regency, east part of Bali. It owns the typical style of wood carving
art by placing forward the distinguish synergy the humanism and
naturalism. The village's popularity as an art village is famous in the
national and world level which is not forgetting from the highness name
of some maestros which has borne and found the spirit (taksu) and soul.
The famous maestro who was borne in this village is Ida Bagus Tilem.
Ubud Traditional Art Market
Art Market where the existence is not far different from other markets
available in the tourism area. This market as a society economics center
of Ubud and it is apposite to the existence of Ubud Empire that is
called Puri Saren. The market is unfolding from west to easterly divided
become two group with different purpose. There are two markets
available at the same area those are one block at the Westside is for a
traditional artistic market and another block located in the east as an
everyday traditional fundamental market requirement. This market is
opened every day about at 08:00 until 18:00, even some from them still
open until nighttime. While the traditional market for the fundamental
requirement is opened everyday at 06:00 - even before that there is
morning market started at 04:00 morning.
Puri Lukisan/Panting Museum
is located about 200 meters from Puri Saren / Ubud Palace and it is
dissociated by dell, climb a piece of wide plain with beautiful view. It
is situated in calm and peaceful area of Ubud Bali so that this place
is an ideal place for who wish to see and enjoy result of art from all
big actor like I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Ida Bagus Nyana, Anak Agung Gde
Sobrat, I Gusti Made Deblog, Rudof Bonnet, Walter Spies and more.
Tirta Empul - Tampak Siring Temple
Temple or Tampak Siring Temple is a holy spring water temple located in
Tampak Siring Village, Gianyar regency and it is about 39 km eastwards
from Denpasar town. It is set in the dale and encircled by the hill. In
the west side of this temple, there is an Indonesian President palace
which has been found by the first president. The name of Tirta Empul is
loaded in a inscription which is kept at Sakenan Temple, Manukaya
village, Sub district of Tampak Siring, about 3 km from Tirta Empul
Temple. In this inscription, the Tirta Empul is named by the Tirta Ri
Air Hampul and then the name has changed into Tirta Hampul and finally
become the Tirta Empul. Tirta Ri air hampul is meaning the water emerge
or the holy pool (Petirthan) which is the water emerge from the land.
Gua Gajah - Elephant Cave
Welcome to Gua
Gajah (Elephant Cave) which is located in west side of Bedulu
countryside, Blah Batuh Sub district and Gianyar Regency. It is about 27
km from Denpasar town. This cave is built at crevasse edge from the
federation of 2 rills that is called Pangkung River , where the
irrigation is mixed with Petanu River flow. The federation area of two
rivers is called Campuhan/Mixture. It owns the magical energy on the
basis of Rwabineda Concept/two different matters on this basic concept
hence Gua Gajah (Elephant Cave) is intentionally built among two rivers.
Interest, Batubulan with Barong DanceBatubulan is an artistic
countryside in west part of Gianyar regency. The identity and image as
an art village, Batubulan has been famous in Indonesia and all over the
world which has been built based on an artistic blessing dance of Barong
(Barong and Keris dance). Barong Dance is daily performed at five
different stages in this countryside, like Puseh Temple Stage, Tegal
Tamu Stage, Denjalan Stage, Sahadewa Stage and Sila Budaya Stage. The
fascination of this Tourism Cultural Object is from variety of quality
artistic potency. Batubulan Village is covering the dance art, artistic
of Kerawitan, artistic of idol and article art.