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I was curious to go to Bali, also known as the island of Gods, since I read the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Finally after a year, we made the plan to go there in children’s summer vacation.
I’m sharing my experience of Bali, the places we visited, what to do, where to go and the things one can shop for:
There is no direct flight to Bali from New Delhi. There has to be one stoppage. Suppose if you choose Malaysia Airlines, your stoppage will be at Kuala Lumpur.
Time taken from IGIA (Indira Gandhi National Airport) to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) – 5 hrs. 15 mins.
Stoppage at KLIA- 2 hrs.
Time taken from KLIA to Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali- 3 hrs.
Total time taken- Approximate 10.5 hours
Visa is on arrival. You have to pay visa fee at Bali Airport.
Bali’s local time is 2.5 hours ahead of IST (Indian Standard Time)
Bali’s currency is Rupiah. 1 INR= 166.77 Rp. (Indonesian Rupiah)
Weather- Bali’s weather stays pleasant through out the year. Temperature varies from 20 degree to 30 degree Celsius.
Main places to visit: Kuta, Seminyak, Uluwatu, Denpasar, Ubud, Kintamani & Nusa Dua
Main attractions: Goa Gajah (Elephant caves), temple & Kecuk dance in Uluwatu. According to me these two are a must visit.
Brief description of the places:
Kuta- It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants and bars, and many renowned surfers who visit from Australia. It is located near Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.
Seminyak- Seminyak is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is quieter during the day. Seminyak is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali.
Bukit- The famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu, a number of Bali’s very best beaches including Balangan, and the top surfing spots on the island.
The Kecuk dance is performed by the local people, everyday from 6 to 7 PM, and I’ll say it is a must watch.
Denpasar- Denpasar is a bustling, multi-cultural city and although it can seem a little intimidating the first time you visit. Denpasar is bristling with temples, palaces and museums and its occupants are outstandingly friendly. You will be off the beaten tourist track here, so bring lots of time for a chat with the locals and a decent map of town. You can see many of the main sights comfortably on foot.
This is also a notable shopping city with options to please even the most jaded of world shoppers.
Ubud- Located in Central Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.
Kintamani- The area of north-eastern Bali at the Mount Batur caldera, and which encompasses Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur and Kintamani villages, is known widely as just Kintamani. Kintamani, Batur and Penelokan villages sit on the rim of the huge Batur caldera about 1,500m above sea level, and offer dramatic views of the active volcano Mount Batur and serene Lake Batur. Toyo Bungkah village is down at the lake edge.
Nusa Dua- Nusa Dua is a peninsula in South Bali, well known as an enclave of high-end hotels.
Other attractions are Monkey Forest, Bali Zoo, different cruises operated by Bali Hai & many temples.
Water sports- As everybody must have assumed, due to it’s beautiful beaches there are plenty of water sports which are adventurous too. Like- fish fly, jet skiing, paragliding, banana boat & ocean walking.
One can take bicycles, cars & motorbikes on rent and roam around freely.
What to buy-Bali’s handicrafts and artifacts are famous worldwide. In addition to those you can buy hats, beach dresses, cane furniture & hand bags. Plus their incense sticks are really nice; I’ve got many of them. Anyone can do a good bargain, while shopping in Bali.
Indian Restaurant Queen’s Tandoor- This is an amazing restaurant, which serves & delivers Indian food. They have four outlets; in Kuta, Nusa Dua, Ubud and South Kuta. For more details you can visit
There are beaches everywhere in the above-mentioned places and all the beaches are beautiful with clear water & sand.
We stayed in Kuta and I found it very lovely and full of energy.
The Balinese people are very warm & soft spoken. You’ll never feel that you are out of India, the whole feel of Bali reminds us of our own country, except the food, we had to search a lot for vegetarian food. 90% of the people are Hindus. They all talk about Lord Rama & Sita. You can see many statues of Lord Ganesha while travelling from one place to another.
When you’ll be walking on the road, they will ask you, “Indian? Shahrukh Khan? Kooch-kooch hota hai”. They all know Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan and Shahrukh.
I hope this is enough from my side. Still one can explore much more than that. Now add your travelling experience into it and make it an unforgettable journey.
Thanks & take care
Medhavi 🙂

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