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BALI : THE ISLAND OF GODS AND DEMONS

Words loose their essence in an effort to describe Bali, for the island undisputedly, is the Heaven on Earth! Infact words like beautiful, bountiful, breathtaking and mesmerising seem so understated and dramatised to explain what it means to be in Bali. Call it a journey of a lost soul or a soulful experience; but Bali is pure, pristine, spiritual, untouched and away from the humdrum of the commercial chaos. It is a spiritual awakening! 

What makes Bali so heavenly is its diverse landscape that boasts of magnificent mountains, volcanic hillsides and black sandy beaches, rich Balinese culture; their faith in karma and dharma and their unique architecture that definetely adds character to the place. Surprisingly so, the moment you make exit from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar and enter the city, you’ll notice the island houses some thousands of Hindu temples in every nook and cranny and every Balinese courtyard having a family temple and every property having a Ganesha. Typical Balinese makes offering to their Gods twice a day- early morning and before sunset. Well, thats symbolic of their devotion, peace and prosperity. Also, Balinese believe that everything has a soul - be it a river, a tree or even forces of nature. 

And, if you thought Bali is all about its scenic views, iconic rice paddies, coffee estates, beaches, coral reefs and rich culture alone, well, there you go wrong again! The Gods of the island are way too generous - you'll experience the best foods and yummiest fruits, the most happening nightlife, the world famous Balinese massages and spa, spiritual reawakening and shopping that would tempt you to buy as much as your suitcase can practically store!     


Bali is in total contrast with itself ... if there's Ubud, the cultural center of Bali and home to many artists and writers, then for people longing to spend some time in city there's Kuta - the best tourist resort area which has a great surfing beach. If Ubud offers you chance to indulge in street shopping and experience their rich culture and warm hospitality; at Kuta you can splurge in a shopping mall, have a splashing day at water park and experience the developing side of Bali. But despite the mayhem of the busy city life, Kuta is the place you ought to visit during your trip to Bali. 


MUST VISIT 
UBUD: 

# Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary: 
As the name suggests, it is a beautiful forested area that is basically a monkey sanctuary and has a beautiful Hindu temple complex. Also, there are some 115 species of trees to explore in this sanctuary. 

# Gunung Kawi: 
Experience 11th century architecture and amazingly carved stone temple. 


# Tirta Empul Temple: 
This place is of religious importance for Balinese people. The temple complex also has a holy spring. 

Please Note: At most Balinese temples, both men and women will have to borrow a sarong and women will have to tie their hair. Its part of their culture




































# Goa Gajah/Elephant Cave: This is a must visit place and has amazing rock carvings that date back to 11th century. 






# Puri Saren Palace: 
The palace was the original home of Ubud princes, but now it is a popular venue of traditional Balinese dance. 






# Mount Bhatur: 
Experience the beauty of sunrise during 
early morning hours at Mount Bhatur or enjoy trekking here. This is also believed to be an active volcano site. But the whiff of fresh air and the scenic view will leave you spellbound. 













# Black Sand Beach:
Since Bali is a volcanic island, some of the beaches here are made from black volcanic rocks.








KUTA



# Kuta Beach: This is one of the beautiful ways to experience Bali's sunrise in Kuta.  

# Discovery Shopping Mall/Waterbom Bali:  For some splashing fun that’s away from Kuta beach, hop to the Discovery Shopping Mall and Waterbom Bali, the best and long-running water park on the island. 
Bali Shell Museum: Its another great place like no other in all of Indonesia.  
Besides, you can indulge in a Barong show or can visit a Buddhist temple in the heart of Kuta. Also, the beachside city of Kuta has some lively bars, perhaps you can enjoy some live music at night. 





Eating Out and Nightlife in Ubud and Kuta 

Kuta definitely offers the wilder kind of nightlife with swanky pubs, clubs and chill out spots with DJs spinning some groovy music and lots of sea food to relish and surely, there are options for vegetarians too. You may try Gracie Kelly’s at the Bali Dynasty Resort, which happens to be the only Irish Pub on the island. On the beach street of Jalan Pantai Kuta, there is the Hard Rock Café. For kids who love only KFCs and Pizza Hut may take a walk at the Discovery Mall.  

Ubud, in comparison serves up a more relaxing ambience and traditional atmosphere living up to its character. It may not be as crowded as Kuta, still the nightlife is too active here at Ubud. There are a few cafes, limited seat bars that are open up till 4 am catering to the Ubud night owls. 


Infact there are lots of live music and performances to engage the social gathering scene. You may try Laughing Buddha Bar, Fly Cafe and Cuisine and Bar Luna, etc. Infact as you take a walk down the street from Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary towards the Ubud Palace and further ahead you’ll come across lots of eating and hanging out places. 


And if you wish to impress your loved one or family, book yourself for dinner at Cafe Lotus. Well, what makes the place really special is you can even book to watch dancers and musicians play at the temple followed by a sumptuous dinner. The ambience of lily pond with beautiful water lilies makes it really magical.




Shopper's Paradise 



















Ubud is an arts and crafts haven! As you walk along Jalan Raya Ubud, you’ll come across shops selling almost everything - right from sarongs to apparels to Balinese artworks and paintings and souvenirs and keepsakes to everything. On the Monkey Forest Road too you’ll find stores and boutiques lined up on both sides of the road. If you wish to buy silver jewellery, try “Filthy Gorgeous”. The store is a few steps away from the Lotus Cafe and the boutique has amazing collection and is worth splurging.  



Distance: Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar to Ubud: 38km and airport to Kuta: 5.5km.


Must Do: Indulge in site seeing, surfing, river water rafting, lots of food, massages and of course shopping!

Move Out: You may hire a local taxi, or rent a bike or a bicycle to look around Ubud.  




Stay: 
We recommend a stay at Pertiwi Resort and Spa, Ubud. This stylish resort, surrounded by lush gardens, lies an 11-minute walk from the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a 14-minute walk from Ubud Palace and 6 km from the ancient stone carvings of Goa Gajah.




















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