Bali – The Island of the Gods
Bali is one of the most popular island vacation destinations in the Indonesian archipelago. Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Surrounded by azure seas and edged with golden beaches it is heaven for surfer’s paradise. It is home to an ancient culture that’s known for its warm hospitality as well. Bali is dominated by the dramatic volcanoes of the central mountains and hillside temples such as Pura Luhur Batukau (one of the island’s estimated 10,000 temples), whilst the tallest peak, Gunung Agung, is the island’s spiritual center.
The people of Bali are known for their warmth and friendliness. Surfers, beach lovers, and nature aficionados will be in heaven. There are thousands of temples to explore, dramatic volcanic landscapes, and pristine beaches. This is an island to captivate all your senses.
General Information Bali Facts & Figures
- Location: Indonesia
- Area: 5,632.86 square kilometers.
- Districts: The Province of Bali is divided into 9 districts (8 regencies and 1 municipality)
- Population: Population of Bali is 3,156,392.
- Language: Balinese, Indonesian and English.
- Religion: More than 80% of population is Hindu in Bali.
- Places to Visit: Kuta Beach, Ubud and Sanur.
- Lakes in Bali: Lake Beratan, Lake Buyan, Lake Tamblingan and Lake Batur.
- Major Festivals in Bali: Galungan, Nyepi, Saraswati and Arts Festival are some of the major festivals.
- Best time to visit Bali: May to September.
Best Bali Places of Interest and Attractions
Bali is popularly known for its natural beauty, culture and history. From mountain villages and paddy fields to temples and beaches – the essence of Bali is captured in these must-visit attractions.
Ubud Monkey Forest
This place is a temple, a lush forest and the natural habitat of hundreds of monkeys. Tourists are drawn to this spot for the charm, fresh, cool air and the company of playful monkeys throughout the visit.
Tanah Lot Temple
Perched on an offshore rock, Tanah Lot Temple is a religious and cultural landmark. Cherished for its natural beauty, it has an idyllic backdrop of ocean, and a spectacular place especially during the sunset.
This is one of neighborhood where you can find traditional shops to high-end designer boutiques. This neighborhood is lined with vibrant bars and restaurants that stay open until late.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
This country side Balinese territory is known for its naturally carved rice terraces. This offers tourist a chance to enjoy nature and a valuable glimpse of local culture and unchanged way of life. Besides that the tourists can explore the village and meet residents.
Besakih Temple Hindu Temple
Besakih Temple, is Bali’s one of the largest, temple that is perched on the island’s highest mountain, Mount Agung. The complex comprises 86 temples that are more than 1,000 years old. Every year, the temple hosts more than 70 religious ceremonies that are attended by Hindu devotees from all over the island.
Tanjung Benoa is one of the most renowned destinations for watersports in Bali. One can enjoy banana boating, sea walking, fly boarding and scuba diving. The area is also packed with luxurious resorts for those who’d like to stay the night.
Best Season for Visiting Bali:
The best time for visiting Bali is in the dry season from April to September. This is a perfect time to experience blue skies and sunshine. During these months it is less crowded as well. The months of October to March is the best time in terms of grabbing discounts and offers. However Bali sees rainfall during these months. Your movement may be restricted because of rainfall. So whatever your plans are and purpose makes it to Bali during the summer dry months.
Bali’s nightlife is popular worldwide. It is definitely a party place. Its tourism thrives on its spectacular night life. It is impossible to think Bali without its bars and clubs where you can party. Kuta, Legian and Seminyak reign supreme as the epicenter of nightlife in Bali with its rows of bars, pubs and nightclubs.
Popular Food of Bali
Bali food is influenced by Indian, Portuguese, and Chinese flavors. People in Bali eat both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Beef is famous on the island. You will find it in soups and other preparations. The seafood is amazing and so fresh. You should try it too. Meat is often served with a variety of vegetables. Pork, shrimp, and beef are savored a lot. Balinese people also like fried noodles. Check out the list below
Sate Lilit– Marinated, skewered and grilled meats. It is served with spicy sauce, veggies, and coconut milk.
Nasi Ayam and Nasi Campur-Chicken rice with veggies and sambal
Nasi Goreng– This is a simple Indonesian fried rice delicacy.
Gado-Gado-It is a traditional Balinese dish, is pretty much like salad. It is eaten lukewarm or cold, accompanied with rice mixed with steamed vegetables and peanut sauce.
Tahu and Tempe– A vegetarian food in Bali, Tahu (tofu) and Tempe (fermented soy cake), comes in various preparations some as savory snacks, and some as accompaniments and even main course dishes.
Tuna Sambal Matah – Fresh tuna is covered with basa gede (Bumbu Bali) and seared in a hot pan.
Bebek And Ayam Betutu -Betutu is an iconic Balinese favorite, consisting of a duck stuffed with traditional spices. It is a rich and juicy, succulent feast with all meat easily separated from bones.
Bubur Sumsum – It’s a sweet dish that it is often eaten as a dessert, but also serves as a breakfast or snack option too.
The Bali cuisine offers a myriad of options. Bali has various food assortments and varieties for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The delightful Balinese cuisine is a wholesome assortment of indulgences not to be missed out.
Bali the famed Island of the Gods, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. It is packed with world-class surfing and diving venues, and a number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions. Bali has something for everyone to offer irrespective of age class and interest. If you haven’t been to Bali before make your maiden travel trip with Mission Nepal Holidays. We are certain that your journey will be one of the fascinating and memorable journeys like nowhere else in the world.