There are no travelers in this world who don’t feel inspired by the Island of Bali. This island of Indonesia is one of the greenest islands in the world whose landscape is dominated by beautiful, shiny green rice terraces. This picturesque world provides an ideal background for the uniquely colorful culture of the Balinese people. Some people say that the island has become too touristic, others might even say that it has lost its identity. We don’t share this feeling. We felt intimately connected with everything the island offered to us: the beautiful Hindu temples of Bali, the vivid cultural traditions we encountered in every corner and most of all the friendly people who smiled at us anywhere our motorbike took us.
So, if you are planning your trip and wondering what to do in Bali, this photographic journey around Bali will show you all the things you can do and see in Bali. We will try to bring to you the most beautiful temples in Bali, the most picture perfect rice fields we found, and so that you really feel yourselves on the island, we will show you captures of the colorful, spiritual everyday life of the Balinese people, who we will carry in our heart forever. So just start scrolling down and enjoy the colors of Bali!
Want to learn more about this beautiful island? Read here about the most important cultural traditions in Bali.
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Pura Tanah Lot
The Tanah Lot temple is situated on the coast, and it can be accessed on foot only when the tide is low. It is probably one of the most picturesque temples in Bali, especially at sunset.
Pura Tirta Empul
This temple is built around the sacred spring of Tirta Empul, which provides holy water for the local people. We saw many Balinese take a bath here, which is not surprising, since it is considered to bring good fortune and healthy life.
The Rice Terraces around Tirta Gangga
In the area around Tirta Gangga we had to stop every five minutes to look down from the road and feel enchanted by the intense green of the wonderful rice fields of Bali.
Pura Taman Saraswati
The Lotus Temple, as it is referred to by local people, is one of the most beautiful temples in Bali. It is situated in the town of Ubud, and although the temple itself is gorgeous too, we felt especially amazed by the wonderful lotus pond in front of the temple.
The main temple in Bali, called as the “Mother Temple”. It is an enormous complex of 23 temples in 6 levels. When we visited this temple complex, it was full of local people celebrating the Full Moon, a local tradition in Bali.
Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana
This complicated name is held by the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, one of the most visited temples in Bali. Apart from the beautiful temples in a dense forest, which scene seems to have come out from an Indiana Jones movie, visitors entertain themselves with the Balinese (sometimes extremely annoying) macaques living around the temple complex
The town of Ubud and the surroundings
Ubud is known to be the center of culture and traditions in Bali. It has become quite popular amongst tourists. We simply fell in love with this place, as we found out that we just had to leave behind the main roads and walk amongst the surrounding rice fields and encountered a world of tranquility with a very special atmosphere.
Ubud is also one of the best places to stay at. It’s located at the center of Bali, hence it’s a perfect location to explore the island from. If you look for more practical information, check out this great Ubud travel guide by Emily Luxton Travels.
Pura Gunung Kawi
This place is known as Bali’s “Valley of the Kings” and is located amongst some of the most beautiful rice fields in Bali. The main shrine features Bali’s kings carved into the rock.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
This is another temple in Bali that amazed us by its unbeatable location. It is found on the shores of Lake Bratan and it is dedicated to the goddess of rivers and lakes. A part of the temple complex actually seems to float on the lake, as that part is built on an island just off the shore.
Puri Saren Agung
Although it is hard to distinguish, this is actually the Royal Palace, not another temple. This is the palace where the kings of Bali lived till the middle of the last century.
This sacred site is the “Elephant Cave”, which actually does not feature any elephants. The name comes from the river nearby, which is called the Elephant River. The main feature of the cave is actually the entrance, a mouth with the rock beautifully carved around it.
Yeh Puluh Reliefs
This wonderfully carved cliff that is situated amongst beautiful rice fields. The carving is 25 meter long and shows scenes from both everyday life and mythology.
We hope that you enjoyed this trip around the temples and rice fields in Bali through our pictures and you have appreciate our list of what to do in Bali. Have we left out one of your favorite temples in Bali or some other sights that inspired you? Share it with us and our readers.
Bali, will surely be one of the highlights of your travels in this region. For more inspiration, you can check out these great tips for traveling around Southeast Asia.