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Eleven Places You Must See in Bali

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					Bali is possibly one of the most enchanting island on earth. One of more than 13.000 islands in
Indonesia, and Bali is revered as one of the world's most popular and interesting tourist
destination.

Some quick facts: Bali covers an area of 5620 km2, about 140 km from West to East and 80 km
from the South to North. The South part consists of lime stone with beautiful soft white sand
along the beach, while the East, West and North are mostly volcanic layers with black soft sand
beach.

Bali has a tropical climate with the average temperature of about 30 degrees C (80 degrees F) all
year. It has only 2 seasons, dry season started from April to October and wet season from
October to April. It is always nice and cool in the hillside while though hot around the coastal
area but there are still nice breeze all the time. The dry season is always sunny with great view of
sunset and sunrise, while the wet season is not too wet because there is still much sun to enjoy
during the day time.

Here are eleven things one must see if you are in Bali.

   1. Barong Dance – This is approx. 1 hour long religious dance representing the eternal
      fight between the good - Barong and the evil symbolized by a horrible looking witch
      called Rangda. The costumes and set are elaborate and nice. The trick is to get there
      early, so that you get front seats and be close enough to see the facial expressions of the
      dancers

   2. Celuk (Gold & silver smith), Mas (wood carving) and Stone carving villages - You
      would drive past these 3 villages and see the array of shops selling the gold, wood and
      stone. As you get into Celuk, all the gold and silver smith shops flank the roads, you can
      also drop by their factory to take a look at the production process. The same goes for the
      wood carving and stone carving

   3. Mount Batur (Kintamani) – This is the second largest active volcano in Bali. It is 1,717
      meters from sea level, and bears the remains of the black lava from it's eruption in 1917
      and 1927. There is a nice scenic crater lake there. You can do buffet lunch at one of the
      restaurant and admire the breath-taking view as you eat. The buffet lunch cost about S$10
      and has reasonable spread

   4. Trita Empul - Tirta Empul means " bubbling water " and is a holy water temple built in
      960 AD. The temple is beautiful temple and has holy water fountains for different
      purposes of purification and blessing. There were people in the fountains doing their
      purification when I was there. Further inside the temple area, you can see the source of
      the water – a spring where water is bubbling up through the black sand. A total make of
      nature. Legend has it that one of the gods shot an arrow from heaven to look for water,
      and the spot where the water is bubbling up now is the exact spot where the arrow hit
5. Goa Gajah – Means "elephant cave". Found in 11th century, this cave was dug in the
   peaceful riverside valley in a hard sand stone. Entering the inside T-Shape cave, there are
   some niches used by Buddhist Monks for meditation. Among the many historical remains
   found around this cave is the holy Ganesh Statue (a human body with elephant head)
   which is believed as the God of Purification and Evil Controller. The cave can be quite
   claustrophobic for some people but is well worth a quick look inside

6. Sebatu Holy Spring Temple - Is named " Gunung Kawi " in Balinese. It is a very
   beautiful village temple located in a peaceful valley with its holy spring. Somewhat
   similar to Trita Empul, there are large fountains outside the temple area, where villagers
   use to take a bath. However, my driver told me that this place is not as ‘holy' as Trita
   Empul

7. Taman Ayun - Is the largest Royal Family Temple Complex built in 1934 in the village
   of Mengwi, Badung Regency. The area of this temple is surrounded by moat with some
   water lilies and lotuses. The place is still used during prayer sessions and important
   ceremonial events

8. Tanah Lot – One of the most famed temple in Bali. Tanah Lot means " the land of
   ocean" is a fascinating Hindu Temple built on a piece of cliff in Indian Ocean shore. This
   temple is dedicated to the God of Ocean "Baruna" built by a high Hindu Priest name
   Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 16th century. During high tide, the cliff is surrounded by
   water and the temple looks like it is floating. In the bottom part of the cliff there is a fresh
   water holy spring while on the beach cave there are some holy snakes that guard the
   temple. In the South and North part of the temple is absolutely beautiful view and best for
   watching sunset

9. Uluwatu Temple - Also built by the same Hindu Priest who built Tanah Lot, Uluwatu
   temple is also another magnificent temple built perched on a cliff. The whole temple
   stretches across a large area and it is flanked by the fabulous India Ocean. Here, you also
   see large numbers of monkeys, mostly mischievous ones, who snatches food from
   visitors

10. Lake Beratan & Pura Ulun Danu - Beratan is a name of the Lake and Village. There is
    a spectacular floating temple called "Ulun Danu Temple" and is an absolutely interesting
    sight. The weather at the lake is cool, which is a nice break from the mostly hot sun
    during my trip. There were people who hired a traditional paddle boat or speed boat to go
    around the lake, although my driver said there really is nothing much to see around the
    lake
11. Jatiluweh – A place where you see lots of terraced rice paddy fields. The sights are
    breathtaking as you see the green terrace, meandering around you. This place is supposed
    to one of the few in the world that has such nice terraced paddies. Those terraces are
    probably cut decades ago, and now resulting in the fascinating view today

				
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