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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Bali?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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By now you must have lost count of the number of times you have heard that Bali packs a lot into it for a small island. Take it seriously, because for a small island it does pack a lot into it. Before you begin fuming with frustration, ‘a lot’ means endless stretches of beaches, a thousand temples and shrine, mountains to explore, villages to stroll by, warungs to eat in, festivals to celebrate, species to discover and of, course the entire underwater world awaiting your exploration, to give you a general gist. Plan well and you can cover most of Bali’s must-see, must-visit and must-experience list. As a rough guide, you can use the itinerary listed below and plan around it if you want:

Day 1

  • After a relaxed breakfast to recover from the long journey and charge up, head to Sanur beach and spend the morning soaking up the sun and building sand castles. Indulge in a bit of kite flying and sailing if you feel up to it. Plan on visiting the incredible Bali Orchid Garden with its carpet of orchids, frangipani and all sorts of other flowers. Do not forget to have a cup of Kopi Luwak, their trademarked rich coffee. Next head over to Jalan Danau Poso in Sanur, where the Prasasti Blanjong temple is situated. An important religious site of Sanur, it has the oldest relic of Bali, a stone pillar with inscribed ancient text from the 10th century. Catch the sunset at any one of the incredible beach bars lining Sanur beach and have a delicious dinner at before retiring for the night.

Day 2

  • Today plan on exploring the delights of Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital. Begin with a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest, which has three fascinating sacred temples and well, monkeys, whom you would do well to steer clear of. Then make a stop at Puru Gunung Kawi, a sacred site, where ancient royal tombs are lined in 2 rows. 2 km south of Tampaksaring, the site is located on the banks of holy Pakerisan River. Within the rocky cliff face, 10 candi (shrines) have been carved into. Standing 7 meter high, these shrines are dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty, his queens and descendants.

  • Stop for a lunch at Murni’s warung. An institution in itself, it was Bali’s first real restaurant and still one of the best destination for real Balinese cuisine. Visit the ARMA Museum and Sika Contemporary Art Gallery for tracing Bali’s brilliant artsy past. Head over to Elephant Safari Park for some pure and utter fun with elephants and best of all the, babies and take a ride on the back of an elephant through the Taro forest. You can stop here for your evening snacks and tea/coffee at the lodge’s Ivory cafe. Indulge in some souvenir shopping at Ubud market.

Drop in at the Puri Saren Agung (Ubud Water Palace) and marvel at the elegance and beauty of Balinese architecture. Do not forget to catch the traditional Balinese dance performances at the palace. After a full day of bone tiring sightseeing, relax over an early dinner at your hotel. Take this chance to chat with the hotel staff or concierge and ask them about religious festivals and ceremonies that are likely to take place during your visit and if you could tag along.

Day 3

  • Take a break from sightseeing and indulge in some heavy duty outdoorsy adventure activities. Ride the waves and follow it up with some underwater exploration. There are plenty of place in Bali that give training classes in scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing. Fuel up at Made’s warung in Kuta or Warung Bonita in Seminyak. If in Kuta, pay your tributes at Pura Luhur Uluwatu, known more for its dramatic location and incredible vistas it lays open your way. Sitting precariously at the edge of a massive cliff jutting out into the Indian Ocean, at a height of 250 feet above the crashing waves below, the temple is located in Pecatu village, Kuta South District of Badung Regency. Bring your day to an end with a dinner at Samudra Seaside Cafe that offers great views of Kuta beach across the road, aside from Indonesian cuisine and watch the fabulous sunset as you dine

Day 4

  • Begin the day by visiting Pura Besakih in Bangli, Bali’s largest and holiest of holy temples, located on the slopes of Mount Agung.  Head over to Pura Luhur Batukaru, one of Bali’s 9 directional temples and soak in the pool of spiritual energy. Put on your trekking shoes and venture forth to Jatiluwih, a village in Penebel, Tabanan regency, known for its magical rice paddy fields unfolding from the foot of the mountain to the coast in a cascade. Known for its traditional agricultural system called subak, you have the splendour of Mount Agung and Batukaru spreading before your eyes. Stop for a meal at one of the warungs along the main road, crowded with locals or you could head over to Warung Nasi Andi Jaya, known for its freshly roasted pork. At Tabanan drop in at the Butterfly park for a delightful, relaxed time. Head over to the beach for a quiet, romantic dinner at Gado Gado at Seminyak beach .

Day 5

  • Plan for visiting the markets today for a spot of souvenir shopping, especially the hand crafted items. Begin with shops in Kuta and Legian where you can pick items from Mas woodcarvings to Kamasan paintings to Gianyar textiles. Right on the Kuta shores, like an eye sore, is the Tuban mall built on the water and filled with stores and brands of all kinds. In the evening visit Teluk Jimbaran or Jimbaran Bay as it is called, south of Kuta and the airport. It is a beautiful place to catch yet another incredible sunset in Bali. You can plan on having your dinner out here at the crescent shaped, white sands of Jimbaran beach, where you can eat at any one of the warungs selling delicious seafood.

After all is said and done, just sit back and set forth on this incredible travel experience that Bali will set your way and let its magic steal upon you when you are least expecting them.

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