Bali, Indonesia has to be one of the most stunningly beautiful places on earth, and is the perfect extended vacation for anyone like myself looking to log off from business and re-connect with themselves and nature. If you’ve felt in need of some spiritual rejuvenation and are planning an extended Bali vacation, here are some places to see and things to do on your trip to Bali.
Tanah Lot Temple
This iconic temple sits perched on a natural rock bridge outcropping surrounded by clear blue ocean and lush indigenous vegetation. The peacefully tranquil setting provides the perfect place for meditation and contemplation. Just make sure to schedule your visit according to the tide charts, because at certain times of the day the temple is inaccessible due to the ocean rising up to cover the causeways. Also check out their calendar of events so that you can witness one of their spectacular pilgrimages that are set around the temple’s anniversary dates.
Located at cliff’s edge southwest of Bukit peninsula, Uluwatu Temple provides mesmerizing sunset views along with kecak fire dances in the nearby open amphitheater. Surrounding the temple are monkey forests for those looking to explore as they submerse themselves in nature.
The largest temple in Bali, this temple is known as ‘Mother Temple” and sits 1,000m up on Mount Agung. The three main temples of Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu are encompassed by eighteen sanctuaries belonging to various caste groups. The intricate design and detailing in these temples along with their gardens and thoughtfully laid out grounds will provide you with a sense of harmony as you wander the facility reconnecting your spirit with mother earth.
Bebek Tepi Sawah
When you need a break from your site-seeing, meditating, and exploring, feed your soul aas well as your belly at this famous open air restaurant located in Kuta. It provides views of the busy beach side streets along with a cozy atmosphere. Bebek Tepi Sawah is one of the most famous restaurants in Bali and offers a selection of local cuisines.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
These fabulously laid out rice patties are a “must see now” destination. Purposely designed terraces line the hillsides creating vast agricultural patterns across the landscape that resemble a work of art. As you traverse the road to Tegallalang you will find small restaurants, art galleries and curio shops lining the road. Make sure to bring your camera, because these are some sights you will want to bring home with you.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Probably the best known of all of Bali’s monkey forests, Ubud Monkey is both a scientific research location and a cultural and spiritual haven for local villagers. Home to the grey long-tailed macaque, these forests contain beautiful statues and temples that are tucked back deep within the forest; so be prepared for a bit of a hike.
Whether your method of getting centered again is yoga, meditation, exploration, or simply relaxation, Bali has the perfect budget-friendly location and atmosphere to enhance your self-awareness experience.