Bali

Bali Panorama

 

Bali is known as the Land of the Gods. Hinduism is alive in everyday life and one encounters ceremonies and offers to the Gods at every turn. The countryside of mountains, terraced rice paddies and forests is covered with temples of every size.

Famous for the white sandy beaches in the touristic south, the centre of Bali is dominated by volcanoes, led by the Mount Agung, the Great Mountain, and magnificent lakes in green valleys.

Traditional arts and crafts include wild ritual dances, gamelan music, wood carvings and paintings. 

Sanur BeachTravelling on Bali

...is not entirely barrier free. In Hinduism, levels and stairs are an important part of the philosophy surrounding a temple. But it is always possible to discover some, if not all, sides of a location. We provide assistance to explore as far as you wish to, using portable ramps, 'secret' sideways, and the help of competent personnel ready to assist.

You can combine visiting Bali with a trip to Yogyakarta and/or Sulawesi, or focus only on exploring Bali.

Have a look at our Bali tour to all the great destinations, or discuss other variations with us. 

Where to Go

There is much to do and see on Bali - our list is far from exhaustive. Find an overview below, with background through the links. For each destination, accessibility information is available here

 

 

The Uluwatu temple lies at the very tip of Nusa Dua, the peninsula in the south of Bali.

Just recently ramps and slopes have been added to the area, making it possible now to catch great views of the temple on the cliff and the roaring Indian Ocean beneath it. 

Indian Ocean
Tanah Lot

Famous Tanah Lot sits on an offshore rock in the ocean, offering spectacular views, especially, but not only, at sunsets.

Pura Taman Ayun

Pura Taman Ayun, the ‘temple of the beautiful garden’ features traditional architecture with Chinese inspiration.

Goa Lawah

Goa Lawah temple with thousands of bats is allegedly connected to Besakih, mother temple in the mountains, by a tunnel. 

Village Tenganan

The village Tenganan of the indigenous Bali Aga people follows strict rules for life to maintain their bodily and spiritual integrity.

Taman Ujung

Taman Ujung is a beautiful old palace, surrounded by pools and integrated with the natural landscape of ocean and mountains.

Pura Luhur Lempuyang

Pura Lempuyang Luhur, one of Bali’s most important temples, spectacularly set into the slopes of Lempuyang mountain.

Tirta Empul.

The water temple Tirta Empul is built at a holy spring. Its ancient bathing pool is still well used. Big koi fish swim around.

Pura Besakih

Besakihthe ‘Mother temple’, is the most important, largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali, built on sacred Mount Agung.

Paradise on Earth

Buddhist Monastery

 

Bali’s biggest Buddhist temple and monastery, Brahmavihara Arama Budha Banjar, is located in the hills above Lovina in northern Bali.

The north of Bali has a lot of Buddhist influence, going back to the 6th century when Buddhist monks started to settle on the island.

The terraced complex includes meditation rooms, libraries and numerous corners filled with gold Buddha statues. Its architecture and design mixes Buddhist elements with Balinese ornamentation.

Kintamani

Kintamani is a spot on the western edge of the huge Mount Batur caldera, overseeing active volcano Mount Batur and its large lake.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Ulun Danu Beratan temple is beautifully located at the shores of Lake Beratan in central Bali, 1200 meter above sea-level.

Sangeh Monkey Forest

The Sangeh Monkey Forest with its giant nutmeg trees surrounding a mysterious temple is inhabited by several clans of monkeys.

Jatiluwih

The Jatiluwih valleys and hills are covered with rice terraces cultivated with the traditional Subak system, an UNESCO world heritage site.