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Jimbaran has a reputation island-wide for its fresh seafood. There are many small food stalls along
the beach serving the morning's catch grilled over fires of coconut husks.NUSA DUA The term
"Nusa Dua" can be used in two ways: either it can refer to the entire peninsula at the southern tip of
Bali , or it can refer to the purpose-built, safe and sterile tourist enclave at the southeast side of this
peninsula. For this article, Nusa Dua covers everything to the east of Uluwatu and south of Benoa.


Denpasar is the capital-city of Bali Province , Denpasar has got some fascination for tourism such as
: remain of ancient building with Balinese architecture. It offers a city-tour where tourism can
experience and learn about various cultural attraction of Denpasar. The tour starts from Bali
Museum , Art center, Traditional Badung Market, and finally Department Store. Bali Museum is The
Bali museum in Denpasar was built in 1931 and it is unique collection of buildings and art. Designed
by architect P.J. Moojen, the exterior walls, courtyards and gates, are designed in the style of a
Denpasar royal palace.
Sanur is a place of remarkable contrasts. This modern and prosperous community is home to many
high class hotels and restaurant. It was also the landing point for the Dutch forces in 1906 on their
way to destroy the royal house of Pamecutan in Denpasar. Sanur beach has long been a popular
recreation site for people from Denpasar. The palm – lined beach curves from The Grand Bali Beach
Hotel toward the south, facing the Indian Ocean towards the east. Sanur offers many good hotels,
restaurant, shop and other tourist facilities. It is only a short distance from Denpasar. Public
transportation to and from the city are easily available until well into the night. Offshore reefs protect
the beach against the waves to make it popular for wind surfing, boating and other water sports.

Batubulan is a must see when arriving to Bali . Batubulan is a town where you will find stone
carvings everywhere. Some of the carvings are made out of cement, while others are made from
river rocks, but all are impressive to view. While viewing these stone carvings take your time and
enjoy the natural and man made beauty of Bali . Taking a stroll along the streets is not only a fun
and healthy way to spend your day, but it will also allow you to get to know the true Bali , and its
people. People from all over the world come to Batubulan to explore the architectural beauty that is
placed around the town for many to see and admire.
Balinese jewelry is unique, and Celuk is the home of much of it. Nearly every family in Celuk is
involved in some aspects of the delicate gold and silver work, which has become very famous over
the years.
There is Batuan style, from the artist village of Batuan , which generally have darker type of images
compared to Ubud paintings. The quality and charm of this Batuan painting style is well recognized
The village of Mas near Ubud is probably the best known for its carvings of female figures, Buddhas,
characters from Hindu epics and the traditional Topeng and Wayang Wong masks.Wood carving,
like stone carving, has traditionally featured largely in temple and palace architecture with little
freestanding 'sculpture' work produced commercially. Immaculately carved demons and mythical
beings decorate pillars, door panels, lintels and window shutters with the aim of protecting the
buildings from evil intruders. Scenes of legendary figures placed within floral decor set a more
pleasant and educational tone.


The Ubud area is around two- to three hundred meters above sea level and surrounded by rice
fields, which makes it noticeably cooler than then other tourist destinations in Bali . Neighbouring
villages are well known for unique bamboo crafts and furniture, wood- and stone carving and many
other crafts.
Ubud is popular in part today because it is the best place in Bali to break out of the tourist mode and
get off the beaten path, although far from undiscovered. Hotels are plentiful; home stays and
Indonesian guesthouses (losmen) are easily available to the foreign tourist. Many tourists simply
base their entire stay in the city and travel to other destinations from Ubud.


Kintamani is one of the prime tourism destinations in Bali . Kintamani is located about one
and half hours drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. With its Batur Mount, Abang
Mount, Lake Batur, Penelokan Sightseeing, Jati Temple, and Batur Temple, this mountain
area is really beautiful, exotic, romantic, tranquility and religious ! As a part of Bangli
Regency, Kintamani has two main tourism area. They are Penelokan sightseeing and
Toyabungkah. Some water sports activities could be done in Kintamani area such as Climbing
and trekking may be other alternatives of yours.


The holy spring which bubbles up in the inner courtyard of the Tirta Empul Temple in Tampaksiring
is believed to have magic curative powers, and throngs of people visit the special bathing pools
where clear cool water spouts from mossy walls. Legend has it that the God Indra created the
spring, piercing the ground in search of holy water.
                                             GOA GAJAH

Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave ), is located in a steep valley just outside of Ubud near the town of
Bedulu . Built at least 700 years ago, the cave was rediscovered in the 1920s and fully excavated 30
years later.
                                             TANAH LOT
Tanah Lot is located about 12 kilometers from Tabanan City and 20 kilometers from Denpasar. The
area comprises a wondrous mixture of natural beauty and sheer human effort. Here lies an idyllic
white sand beach with crashing waves, complemented by a small yet majestic temple. This temple,
known as Pura Tanah Lot, juts out to sea on a rocky background. Tanah Lot attracts throngs of both
locals and tourists daily. Most come here longing to catch a glimpse of the romantic Tanah Lot
sunsets--a regular occurrence during the dry season.

Mengwi is famous for the unique Pura Taman Ayun state temple, which was the most important
temple in the Mengwi kingdom before Mengwi was conquered by the neighbouring Badung and
Tabanan in 1891. Mengwi was at that time a large kingdom stretching all the way to East Java .
Taman Ayun was built in 1634 by King I Gusti Agung Anom and restored in 1937. The temple
consist of an "island" surrounded by water channels and a garden complex, the complex of buildings
are made up of about 50 different structures.
Bedugul is the name of both a small city and a mountain-lake resort area, which Balinese have long
used for weekend retreats.When the heat and humidity finally gets to you, the place to escape to is
Bedugul, Bali 's highland retreat, tucked into the crater of an extinct volcano, 1400 meters above sea
level.The mountain resort of Bedugul, 18 Km north of Denpasar, is known for excellent golf course.

  Located besides Lake Bratan , it is surrounded forested hills. A beautiful sight is the “Ulun Danu”
 temple which sems to out of the lake. The area offers good walks. Boats are available for was
 skiing and parasailing. Is done as well.

                                         SINGARAJA & LOVINA

Singaraja _Bali'chiep port in Ducth colonial times,this town received many influence from the foreign
trades.Singaraja has number of Chinese Temples and colonial buldings.Singaraja is the old colonial
capital of Bali . It is the capital city of the regency of Buleleng. It is quite simply - cool. Figuratively
and literally.The Singaraja area is the home of Lovina Beach , of the well-known, but as the new
tourist literature proclaims, hidden treasures of Bali .
  Lovina Beach is actually a collection of villages that are lumped together under the general name
  of Lovina which actually is a village. Other villages in the Lovina area include Kalibukbuk, Anturan,
  and Tukadmungga.
                                                  Gitgit Waterfall
11 km south of Singaraja.An impressive waterfall cascades into small lagoon in a plantation of coffee
and clove tree.
This is the only county in Bali without beaches. Geographically, Bangli is home to the mountain lakes
and water sources that make Bali so fertile. Numerous villages are scattered across a landscape of
rice terraces, lush valleys and forests. This mountainous region is a strikingly different site of Bali
Aga traditional communities.
You can find on the northeastern side of the town, a temple that has survived without any
the state temple of the Bali Kingdom , Pura Kehen occupies the site of an earlier temple, which
dates back to the 9th Century. It owes much of its appeal to its unique ambience, set majestically on
a number of level against the background of a hill forest, large trees shade the shrines and gates of
its courtyards.

Bali 's smallest district Klungkung is located between Gianyar and Karangasem, and includes the
island of Nusa Penida , Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan. Klungkung itself is a bustling town. On
reaching the town centre, you come to Kertha Gosa, the Hall of Justice. Surrounded by a moat, this
is a superb example of Klungkung architecture, best known for its ceiling paintings in the Klungkung
style.Adjoining Kertha Gosa is the palace, with its beautiful Bale Kambang (or Floating Pavilion).
 It also has exquisitely painted ceilings telling stories of the sacrifice of the hero Sutasoma and of
Pan and Men Brayut- the couple who had too many children..

Besakih is a town located part-way up the side of Mount Agung , the tallest volcano in Bali . What
makes Besakih so special, and so awesome, is the Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple which is
actually a multi-level compound where eight districts of Bali have their 'representative' temple. On
Hindu holidays the temple will be flooded by people who bring their offerings. On most other days,
the temple is flooded by tourists hoping to enjoy a clear view of the mountain. Be forewarned,
though, tackling the Pura requires that you are in excellent physical condition -- there's a lot of
climbing involved ... and a lot of walking. The parking area is at the bottom of a steady climbing road,
with about a five hundred meter walk to the base of the temple.

                                           TIRTA GANGGA

Tirtagangga royal watergardens are composed mainly by water, gardens and sculptures. It is
situated in the middle of rice fields around the natural springs of Rejasa, approximately 7 km. (5
miles) north of Amlapura, the main town of east Bali , Indonesia . Tirtagangga is a well known
cultural object of Bali . It belongs to the royal family of Karangasem.

To the north east of Amed lies Tulamben whose claim to fame is the wreck of the USS Liberty,
torpedoed off Lombok in WWII and towed to its present site for salvage. Unfortunately the 1963 Mt
Agung eruption broke and scattered the hulk but it's a great snorkeling and diving spot just 30m from
the beach and is home to literally hundreds of species of fish.

                                        Mongkey Forest

 The temples,based on an analysis of the Pura Purana, a holy lontar book,which is a historical of the
temple,the holy monkey Temples were built during the Mid-14th century during the pejeng dynasty
or early Gelgel Dynasty
There are three holy temples in the sacred Monkey Forest:
The Pura Dalem Agung Temple is located in the southwestern portion of the main forest area.This
temple is the most prominent temple in the Monkey Forest.
To the northwest,down a long flight of steps and next to stream,you will find the holy bathing Temple
with a structure of"Three Mandalas".The Utama Mandalain the most northern position is the area of
the God.The Madya Mandala,for disciples of the deities,is located at the center and contains the holy
pool.The Nista Mandala,at southern bridge is the special bathing place for human beeings .
The third temple,the pura Prajapati(the funeral or cremation temple)is located on the western edge
of the main forest,along side a graveyard.


unlike the other temples in bali which always face the south, Or the West ,Or the South- West ,The
temple of Uluwatu is facing to the North-East.That means it has a close link with Rudra,the deity
 who has his seat at the South-West point of the compass
This Temple was built ,most probably, in 976 AD ,when Bali was under the rule of Warmadewa and
hid family.Since it was here that a well known priest Dang Hyang Niratha to Moksha, release from
the cycle of life and death which in balinese language is called Ngaluhur,it is called Pura Luhur,The
place where the holy priest was Ngaluhur.
Very often this place is used by mystics to practise meditation.The temple is located at the top of a
rocky cliff, about 50 meters above sea level.Anytime it can be shaken by the strong waves of the
indian Ocean.


Separated from their fellows accross the lake of Batur,fenced in by the steep rocky hills,the people
of Trunyan village who call themselves Bali Aga,the original natives of Bali , live peacefully with their
own customs and prehistoric traditions. Caste system is not known here, nor is the burying of
corpses or cremation like the other Hindus. They only put the corpses down anywhere on the slopes
of the rocky hills, to disintegrate by natural process.
in one of their secret places they keep a big statue, of about 4 meters high, hidden.The statue is of
Ratu Gede Pancering Jagad, the great Queen of the centerof the World, which is believed to be
the patron guardian of that village
To come to this village visitors should go dowb from penelokanto the village of kedisan on the edge
oh the lake, and leave the rest of the trip to the boatmen who know well how to reach Trunyan in
their motor-Boats.


Pura Luhur Batukaru, as well as Pura Besakih at Mount Agung and Pura Batur Near the lake of
Batur (Kintamani), is one of the principle mountain sanctuaries in Bali. These temples, in relation
with the other sea temples, in relation with the other sea temples of Sad Kahyangan, make up the
six holy temples group. (sad : six). When this temple was built is not clear, but the locals said that it
has been well known ever since the war was waged between Panji Sakti, the king of Buleleng
kingdom, and the family of the king of Tabanan. In its inner court is set two candi shrines, the bigger
is dedicated to Mahadewa deity and the smaller to Panji Sakti. This temple is located in a forest,
where a lot of orchids decorate the mossy trees, and the wild bird song and mongkeys scream fill the
foggy air. Down the slopes of mount Batukaru (this means "the Mountain of coconut shell"), about 8
km from this temple along the road to Tabanan, visitors can find a natural hot-water spring used by
the locals to bath. it is known as Air Panas, the hot-water spring.

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