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Written by Khusboo Mehta on April 13, 2020 Share on

30 Best Places to Visit in Bali For a Perfect Trip at the Island of Gods

Bali remains the most reminiscent tourist islands in the Indonesian archipelago. A trip to the Bali island does much more than just spark your senses. The undeniable scent of the oil hangs in the air, the monkey nuts by the roadside and the traditional music playing is what makes Bali your quintessential tropical paradise.

Also known as the ‘Island of the Gods,’ the island appeals to every kind of traveller. The island’s natural beauty cannot be undermined with surfers making their way to legendary swells, cyclists enjoying plush landscapes and trekkers giving themselves a go at volcanic peaks leading to breath-taking waterfalls. Bali is also known for its rice terraces and traditional villages, giving travellers a rendezvous they won’t forget. Tourists can easily find some of the best places to visit in Bali, as they journey through the land.

 

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The island’s vibrant art scene cannot also be undermined, making it much more than just a tropical beach destination. The natural talent depicted in the varied paintings, sculptures and music is only a testament to the legacy of the famous Majapahit heritage. The display of such exquisite artistry cannot be questioned and is sure to remain with you long after you’ve left the island.

In addition to the above, the exceptional Balinese spa treatments are said to be a holistic therapy that ultimately rejuvenates and energises your body so as to guarantee an overall sense of wellbeing and deep relaxation. Be fortunate to experience a massage therapy that has been perfected over centuries.

The island also has a deep-rooted and rich spiritual heritage which remains yet another facet to the allure that the island has to offer. The tranquillity of the mornings let the spirituality of the Balinese culture soak in. The sight of the stunning temples and sacred ceremonies remain both pulsing and magnetic in nature.

Find some of the finest places and discover the island’s hidden gems with our list of the top best places to visit in Bali below.

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30 Best Places to Visit in Bali

  • Uluwatu Temple
  • Tanah Lot Temple
  • Pura Taman Ayun Temple
  • Gitgit Waterfall
  • Kuta Beach
  • Tanjung Benoa
  • Jimbaran Bay
  • Seminyak Shopping
  • Nusa Dua Beach
  • The Nusa Islands
  • Mount Batur
  • Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
  • Ubud Royal Palace
  • Bali Swing
  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
  • Ubud art market
  • Besakih Temple
  • Kelingking beach
  • Sekumpul waterfall
  • Tirta Empul temple
  • Waterbom Bali
  • Tukad Cepung waterfall
  • Goa Gajah
  • Campuhan ridge walk
  • Museum Puri Lukisan Ubud
  • Pandawa beach
  • Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple
  • Nungnung waterfall
  • Pura Taman Saraswati

1. Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Uluwatu Temple is one of the most famous temples on the island, with its magnificent clifftop setting overlooking plunging sea cliffs. The temple is known to have the best sunset spots in Bali and also one of the best places to visit in Bali. The temple is believed to be a protector from evil sea spirits, while the monkeys that continue to reside in the forest nearby are said to guard the temple against bad influences.

The temple is filled with breath-taking viewpoints and is famous for the Kecak dance performances that take place on an everyday basis. It is recommended to book early tickets to save yourself a place at the amphitheatre where the Kecak fire dance will take place with a stunning sunset and the ocean as the backdrop.

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2. Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Tanah Lot Temple is an important landmark and must-see icon in Bali. It is an ancient Hindu shrine that is rested in the midst of crashing waves. The temple is composed of a number of smaller shrines together along with restaurants, shops and cultural performances on a regular basis. This has got to be one of the best places to visit in Bali.

Although the main temple remains closed to visitors, the view and offerings that surround it remain highlights to enjoy. Welt kept gardens and resting spots with art shops selling souvenirs line the pathway to the temple. Located approximately 20kms north-west of Kuta, the temple visit is part of a majority of Bali’s cultural tours to this region.

3. Pura Taman Ayun Temple

Pura Taman Ayun Temple, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Taman Ayun Temple also known as the ‘Pura Taman Ayun,’ is a family temple belonging to the Mengwi empire. It has consistently remained one of the most visited temples in Bali. It is located about 18kms north of Denpasar town. The temple is considered to be one of the six royal temples in Bali and is aptly called the ‘Garden Temple in the Water.’

Visitors enjoy walking along the temple grounds and sightseeing many historical and cultural highlights of the Balinese heritage. In 2012, UNESCO awarded the temple as part of the ‘World Cultural Tourism Site’ and hence it is one of the best places to visit in Bali.

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4. Gitgit Waterfall

Gitgit Waterfall, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Gitgit Waterfall is one of Bali’s most visited waterfalls and most often serves as the highlight of varied trekking adventures and sightseeing stopovers on the island. It provides a comparatively easy trek with pathways above small gorges and multiple streams and has accounted for being the best places to visit in Bali.

It is located about 80kms from Kuta and 10kms from North Bali’s main town of Singaraja. Once you reach the viewpoint of the waterfall, you will witness a 40-meter-high cascade that pours into a pool below.

If you’re daring, you can also enjoy a dip into the pool or you could just simply take in the beauty of the place. The Gitgit waterfall flows all year and the water remains clear throughout seasons.

 

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5. Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach, Best Places to Visit in Bali

Kuta Beach is one of Bali’s world-famous beaches, known to be one of the liveliest spots on the island. The beach offers in-numerable activities that range from adventure sports to shopping and is rightly called a food lover’s paradise. Considered to be the most best places to visit in Bali, you are sure to have a fulfilled day, especially if you love surfing and you want to soak up the scene.

The beach has countless cafes and restaurants and amazing juices that are served directly to your sun loungers, thus being blessings on sultry days. The beach is located in the Southwest part of the island and offers astonishing white sand beaches with beautiful sunset sceneries you won’t want to miss.

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6. Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa, Best Places to Visit in Bali

Tanjung Benoa is regarded as Bali’s water sports haven and is one of the best places to visit in Bali. During the day, the water buzzes with the roaring sounds of motorised water sports and during the night, the area is packed with luxurious resorts for those visitors who would like to stay.

You can enjoy jet-skiing, banana boat rides, parasailing, kitesurfing with equipment provided by operators along the coast or you could just enjoy leisure activities like swimming / sunbathing and soak in the vibe of the place.

Either way, despite the action of watercraft that surround this area, the Tanjung beach also has a serene seascape with a beauty that cannot be defined.

7. Jimbaran Bay

Jimbaran Bay, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Jimbaran Bay serves Bali’s most authentic seafood dishes and is famous for its candlelit outdoor restaurants, wherein tourists enjoy dinner while soaking in the sands on their feet. It’s a great place to visit the local markets and just experience a relaxed day by the beach. There are local stores and large fresh seafood markets on the beach wherein you can get fresh produce as well.

Though the probability of finding restaurants may not be as easy, the place offers some delicious local and international cuisine. The beauty of the place remains the food, the people and the local community making it one of the best places to visit in Bali.

8. Seminyak Shopping

Seminyak Shopping, Best Places to Visit in Bali

Bali has been recognised for its flamboyant designers and Seminyak shopping is just the right place to start. You will find the finest clothes and Balinese designer wear along the streets of Seminyak.

Be it surf and swimwear, designer wear, furniture, cutlery, jewellery; the streets have them all. Seminyak shopping can also be done at two main shopping malls – ‘Seminyak Square’ and ‘Seminyak Village,’ but our suggestion would be to embrace the smaller shops along with the local markets.

If you’re someone who can bargain, head towards the ‘Seminyak Flea Market’ where you’ll find some of the best deals. Additionally, Seminyak is also home to some of Bali’s best restaurants and art galleries.

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9. Nusa Dua Beach

Nusa Dua Beach, Best Places to Visit in Bali

If you’re tired of the island’s urban buses and are yearning for a change, the Nusa Beach is your answer. This beach is a gated resort area on its own private peninsula and is a great place to relax on a sun lounger with a cool drink in hand, soak your feet in white sands and just simply watch the gentle waves and the plush shores.

Nusa Dua offers you pristine sands and the serenity you may seek. The Nusa Dua beach is also home to some of Bali’s best luxury beach resorts. Visitors enjoy strolling for long distances along the beautiful shoreline, swimming, sunbathing, parasailing and much more making it one of the best places to visit in Bali.

When the beach tires you and you’re looking for a change, don’t forget to try out a pampering massage at a posh resort spa or you could also stop by ‘Bali Collection,’ an open-air shopping mall on the island.

10. The Nusa Islands

The Nusa Islands, Best Places to Visit in Bali

If you’re looking for a few days to lay back and enjoy Bali at a much slower pace, the Nusa Island is just the right place for you. Among the best places to visit in Bali, the Nusa Islands consists of three islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida.

The most popular of the three islands in the Nusa Lembongan island. Be it surfing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking; you name it and you’ve got it. Nusa Ceningan is the neighbouring island and lies over a bridge, just above Nusa Lembongan and is famous for its ‘Blue Lagoon’.

Nusa Penida remains the largest of the trio and is one of the most popular diving spots on the island with a chance to see manta rays, turtles and much more.

Also Read: 10 Best Things to Do in Nusa Islands in Bali

11. Mount Batur

Mount Batur, Best Places to Visit in Bali

Every day during the predawn hours of the morning, hundreds of visitors begin the trek up the 1700 Mount Batur summit to watch the stunning sunrise over the mountains and enjoy the caldera view found below. Mount Batur peak is also home to the sacred active volcano called the ‘Kintamani Volcano’ and visitors trek to view the volcano that has long graced the list of the top attractions on the island.

The upward hike is comparatively easy and takes about two to three hours. Some of the guide treks also include picnics along the way with eggs cooked with the steam of the active volcano. The views are exceptional and stretch all through the Mount Batur Caldera – offering tourists undoubtedly their best places to visit in Bali.

12. Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Tegallalang rice terraces, Best Places to Visit in Bali
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Bali has countless beautiful rice terraces amongst which are the Tegallalang or Jatiluwih rice terraces, the best places to visit in Bali.

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are about a 30-minute drive north of Ubud and are known for their picture-perfect landscapes and their timeless beauty. A relaxing way to enjoy the rice terraces includes dining at one of the cafés or restaurants along the way overlooking the lush landscapes.

The Jatiluwih rice terraces are about a 90-minute drive from Ubud and are relatively less crowded than the Tegallalang terraces. You will find only a few visitors here thus making it easier to explore the place at your own pace.

13. Ubud Royal Palace

Ubud Royal Palace, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Ubud Royal Palace, also known as, the ‘Puri Saren Agung’ is one of the most prominent landmarks in Ubud and also one of the best places to visit in Bali. The palace continues to stage meetings, host international events and also serves multiple sources of art, dance and literature. It is best known among tourists who love Balinese arts and enjoy traditional dance performances.

The palace also has charming garden settings and the front section of the palace remains open to the general public. The palace continues to host the famous gamelan percussive orchestras and tickets to these performances need to be availed prior to the event.

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14. Bali Swing

Bali Swing, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Bali Swing is the latest tourism activity that has been widely promoted in Bali and has easily become one of the best places to visit in Bali. Tourists can swing away and soar high above the splendid scenic beauty that lies below. This is a swing experience unlike any other and is a once in a lifetime activity totally worth trying.

The Bali swing is located about 20 minutes from Ubud and 1.5 hours away from Kuta. The swing has varied ranges from 10m, 15m, 20m and 78m above the ground.

The Bali swing activity has several packages for visitors to choose from and all of them include an adrenaline rush like never before.

15. Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest, Best Places to Visit in Bali

The Ubud Monkey forest is also called the ‘Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary,’ and is regarded as one of the best places to visit in Ubud. If you’re an animal lover then this is a must-visit place in Bali. The Ubud Monkey Forest is located about 10 minutes south of the Ubud town center.

A large part of the attraction includes the jungle setting wherein monkeys roam freely within the setting. The forest also consists of rare plants, pathways with giant thick trees and a number of ancient temples, almost giving you a mystical feel.

 

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The southwest side of the forest has the ‘Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal,’ where hundreds of monkeys swing through the trees. The northwest part of the forest includes the ‘Pura Beji,’ which serves as a beautiful backdrop to watch the monkeys in their natural environment.

16. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of the best Hindu Shaivite temples located in Bali. Surrounded by Lake Bratan and backgrounded by gorgeous mountains, this place offers a surreal sight of nature beauty. The Bedugul mountain behind this temple offers a right amount of vibrance to this place. Built in 1600s, this temple has been dedicated to the water bodies of Bali. In a land of temples, it is easy to skip this temple as your itinerary might have an endless number of options. Yet, visiting Pura Ulun Danu Bratan should definitely be a must visit places in Bali. Visiting this temple during the festive season will help you grasp the full charm of what Bali temples are all about. Visit the souvenir shops and hike in the the walking path. Try not to miss Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple in your Bali itinerary. 

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
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17. Ubud Art Market

Ubud by itself is a place filled with the aura of art and culture. Ubud Art Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali. If you are a shopaholic, there is no better place in Bali to satiate you. If you are a fan of art works, then you will enjoy the Ubud day of Bali to the fullest. You will hit on handcrafted baskets, hand loomed dresses, lightweight shirts, hand made statues, hand woven bags and whatever else you wanted handmade. This places is located to Ubud palace and definitely not a boring spot indeed. Try not to miss this place in your Bali itinerary. 

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18. Besakih temple

Located in the village of Besakih, this temple is referred to as the mother temple of Bali. Bali is widely known for its culture bound places and Besakih temple is one among them. This Hindu shrine temple has the most mesmerising scenery making it a yet another reason to visit this temple. Since this temple is located in Mount Agung at a height of 1000 metres, this place has the most pleasant climate. This is the largest Hindu temple complex in whole of Bali which has at least 86 temples in it. This is one of the best places to visit in Bali. Include Besakih temple in Bali tour packages for a complete peace making experience. 

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19. Kelingking beach

Located amidst Nusa Penida, this is of the best places to to go in Bali. Kelingking beach has a stretch of white sands which simply compliments the turquoise blue waters. The 400 metres cliff makes the game even more interesting. The cold climate here truly makes this pick of your a worthwhile decision. Visiting this island anytime near April to September is the most ideal time. Your hiking experience will be the best here. And if you are on your honeymoon, witnessing the sunset here is one of the best sightseeing in Bali. Click amazing pictures along and fall in love with the activities here. 

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20. Sekumpul waterfall

Sekumpul waterfall is one of the best places to visit in bali. It would be an absolute visual treat to your eyes. With greenery all around you and misty clouds dominating the environment, this waterfall is all that you need to visit. Amidst the thick green forests, this 80 metre waterfall is truly gorgeous. With the force of wind and water battling each other, you will come to a conclusion that this is an incredible waterfalls you have never seen before this. And if you love Bali after this trip, it is probably because you have seen the mother nature expressed at its best here. Hike your way through this and you will find your adrenaline insanely enjoying the nature. Try not to miss visiting this beautiful place in Bali. 

Sekumpul waterfall
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21. Tirta Empul Temple

Tirta Empul temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple which is absolutely holy in all sense. Built in 960 AD, this temple has come down the lane through history with a still maintaining the holy aura. If you are a first time visitor, it is highly important for you to take up a guided tour. This temple is one of the largest and holiest water temples you will ever find in Bali. This temple located in central Bali has a spring which generates fresh water. This Hindu temple is highly revered for the blessed water which is used up by the individuals for purification rituals. Follow a conventional dress pattern and if you are taking part in rituals make sure to follow the guidelines. This temple is a very famous Bali tourist attraction for you to include in your Bali itinerary. 

Tirta Empul Temple
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22. Waterbom Bali

If you are visiting Bali anytime in summer, this place is definitely a must visit. Sprawled over 3.8 kilometres, this is one of best tourist places in Bali. This premier waterpark has all kinds of water activities to engage the adventure loving cells in you. A dozen of mild to exciting water activities are truly meant to all age groups. Soak in clean waters all day or choose to ride in the steepest slide at waterbom Bali. There are both single as well as family activities to engage you right from the day break. With good activities and cool activities, your day just feels like a complete package. Try not to miss visiting this place in your Bali itinerary. 

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23. Tukad Cepung waterfall

Tukad Cepung waterfall absolutely is one of the magical waterfalls you would ever witness. Piercing the cave protection, the sun rays rightly glazen the magic with more beauty. Located just outside Ubud, it takes an untiring 15 minutes walk to reach this waterfall. Located amidst thick green leaves of the forest like trails, you will have the best experience. Visit anytime between April and September for an ideal vacation feel. Make sure to visit during the dawn hours of the day to bring the rays of sunlight magically into your memory. This is one of the best places to see in Bali

Tukad Cepung waterfall
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24. Goa Gajah

Located near Ubud, Goa Gajah also known as the elephant cave is the best Bali tourist places. Built in 9th century, this tourist place has seen various time frames in history. Inside the place is imagery of Buddha and Hindu gods. Made up of rock sculptures, touring this place takes about an hour. If you are someone who loves getting to know the history stories, you will definitely enjoy this place. Take up a guided tour and make sure to visit by early morning hours. 

Goa Gajah
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25. Campuhan Ridge walk

With dramatic hill top views, Campuhan ridge walk is one of the best Bali attractions. This easy nature trek is the most visited hiking trail by the travellers. The trail will lead you to lush green rice field in Ubud. You will have to walk around for 2 KM and you will literally fall in love with the panoramic view of this place. An amalgamation of adventurous trails and stunning views is this place all about. Engage in photography and you will absolutely be sorted to satiate the instagrammer in you. Try not to miss this experience, you will unearth the best scenic view of Bali here. 

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26. Museum Puri Lukisan Ubud

Museum Puri Lukisan Ubud is one of the ancient art museum in Bali. Being the best bali attractions, it lures every traveller visiting Bali. Bearing the marks of ancient Bali, this museum also has modern artworks and wood carvings. It has an eclectic mix of beauty in history. There are about 6 buildings in this museum. The 62 sculpture sets here are truly meant to give you awe inspiring sights. Also, this place is comfortable to visit within a day here. The spacious gardens and lotus pond are known to accentuate the beauty of this place. 

 

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27. Pandawa beach

Located in South Kuta, Pandawa beach is yet another beautiful beach in Bali. This longshore beach is a beautiful stretch of 1 Km. Incomparably exotic, this place is a combination of turquoise blue waters and white sands which happens to be a perfect getaway to you. The charm of this beach is truly undeniable. The unspoilt beach along with luxury villas makes this place very attractive. This awe striking tourist spot is definitely worth visiting. 

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28. Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple

Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple is one of the best temples to visit in a land of temples in Bali. This Hindu temple located in mount Lempuyang is  about 1175 metres above the sea level. Built in 91 AD, this is one of the best temples preserved by the history. A blend of culture and hiking experience is all about this place. This temple is one of the six holiest sanctuaries in the world. This absolutely is one of the best places to visit in Bali. 

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29. Nungnung waterfall

The Nungnung waterfall is one of the very few waterfalls in Bali where the tourists are actually allowed to swim. The water current of the waterfall will surely gush out the ent up adrenaline in your body. Be ready to experience a happy hormone flush if you are planning to visit this waterfall. And to reach this waterfall, you will have to climb about 500 steps which is an absolute thrilling experience. Located in the heart of the island, this waterfall is the largest waterfall in Bali. Try not to miss visiting this waterfall. 

Nungnung waterfall
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30. Pura Taman Saraswati

Pura Taman Saraswati is a Hindu temple located in Bali. Also known as the Ubud water palace, this place is one of the best tourist attractions in Bali. Dedicated to goddess Saraswathi, this place is the best cultural attractions in Bali. The lotus pond is the main attraction here with higher tourist interests. Balinese dance performances start by 7:30 pm. Hence visiting this place as early as dawn hours will help you explore the cultural side of Bali. Do not miss this place in the temple itinerary of Bali.

 

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