Largest archipelago country in the world. Located between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. There are more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia. Out of which 6,000 are inhabited. Indonesia lies along the equator, the climate tends to be even all round the year. The climate of Indonesia is either dry or wet season. One can not witness extreme summer or winter here. Dry season is between May and October and wet season is between November and April. Almost the climate can be generally said to be tropical, accounting to the huge tropical rain forest in most part of the island. The tropical climate and the archipelago geography supports ginormous level of biodiversity.
The culture of Indonesia has been impacted and influenced by the Indian subcontinent, Middle East, Europe, Mainland china and Austronesian peoples. Indonesia culture is believed to be of very high values, 10 items of Indonesia are on the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Wayang puppet theatre, Batik, Kris, Angklung, Pencak silat and 3 genres of traditional Balinese dance. Bali is famous for its spectacular and brilliant rice paddies, beaches, volcanic mountains and lush green forests.
1. Pura Tanah Lot
Famous and sacred temple in Bali. It is a Hindu temple. The breezy climate and the iconic sunset attracts tourists across the world. It is a set of 3 temples, each 100 metres away from one another. During high tide the temple is inaccessible. During low tide one can go across and view the base of the rock and witness the rock being nestled by snakes, called the guardians. Irrespective of caste or religion people pour in to have a look at this beauty.
2. Ubud Monkey Forest
It is the humble and natural abode of 700 grey long- tailed macaques. Covered in dense nutmeg forest, this place is a community- managed location. This forest also has many ancient temples. Popular one include 14th century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal and Pura Prajapati are dedicated for the village funerals.
The dense forest results in a very ancient, mossy and mysterious vibe. Due to the thickness of the forest, the sunlight penetration is very low. Local guides assist and guide during the visit. It is highly recommended to avoid wearing loose clothes, jewels or leave your bag unattended as monkeys tend to snatch them easily.
3. Nusa Dua
Most beaches in Nusa Dua are private, which to the resorts. But there are also few public beaches. There are 5 beaches in Nusa Dua.
- Samuh Beach:- Out of all beaches in Nusa Dua, this beach is most calm and pleasing. It is a white sand beach.
- Nusa Dua Beach:- Locally known as Pantai Mengiat. This beach is swimming friendly and best for snorkeling. The water also perfect for surfing.
- Geger Beach:- It is not an open beach, its a hidden beach with the eye-catching landscape and the wonderful panoramic view of the horizon is worth visiting.
- Pandawa Beach:- You can indulge in jet skiing, banana boating and parasailing. The cliff that faces the ocean are deeply carved and each one of them depicts a hero mentioned in great epic Mahabharata.
- Sawangan Beach:- Also known as Nikko beach and it is a public beach. This beach is known for its famous camel safaris and the glass bottom sea tour.
4. Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Located 600 metres above the sea level and people residing here are mostly indulged in farming. The village is in the North of Ubud, Bali. Stunning cascades of rich and luscious emerald-green rice terrace can not be missed and it reflects a sense of culture and the ethnicity of the village. This rice terrace paradise on earth is also named as a Heritage Site by UNESCO World.
5. Sekumpul Waterfall
The most scenic and striking waterfall in entire Bali is arguably Sekumpul waterfall. Seven narrow cascades of the fall cuddling amid the lush tropical rain forest is truly picturesque. The cool breeze and the view just go hand in hand to amuse. Although it is one of the most visited place in Bali, it is quite not that easy to get to. The track is not a well paved one. Hiring a scooter is highly recommended. Prefer driving through Bratan hills, it is not only the quickest way but also the ride through the hills is enjoyable and pleasing.