Plan an amazing trip to Bali
When you think of Bali, images of dancers in shimmering costumes, beautiful scenery, fine sandy beaches, luxuriant forests and Hindu temples all come to mind. That is the charm of this south asian island, steeped in the Hindu religion, with a unique culture and preserved traditions in an idyllic setting.
Located in the Indonesian archipelago, east of Java, Bali is an exotic paradise known as the ‘island of the gods’ or the ‘island of a thousand temples.’ Composed of mountains and volcanoes, Bali delights nature lovers, history buffs, those looking for a cultural break and fans of outdoor and water sports.
Its numerous species of tropical fish make Bali the ideal location for diving and the island is known throughout the world by surfers.
The varied landscape offers the opportunity for walking through tropical forests or along the slopes of volcanoes. The rice plantations in Jatiluwih are among the most beautiful in Asia. Their terraces in subtle shades of green are classed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The town of Ubud with its animated streets, typical atmosphere and its monkey forest is well worth visiting. A number of Hindu sanctuaries, each as splendid as the next, pepper the island. One of the best known, the temple of Uluwatu, can be found at the top of a cliff which offers a magnificent panorama. Ulun Danu Temple, in the middle of Lake Bratan is surrounded by mountains and is also absolutely superb.
On this island which is a celebration of colour, don’t forget to try the rich and flavoursome Indonesian cuisine. You can meet the Balinese at their numerous religious festivals, celebrations, processions and ceremonies in Hindu temples, and you will be charmed by their kindness.
Best time to go to Bali
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