Lives in Papamoa, New Zealand
Since Sep 2007
25-34 year old female
Love to travel; love experiencing somewhere new, love tasting different food, love visiting the most popular attractions and the most remote - ultimately I love to enjoy life!
Sacred & Religious Sites
Cultural Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, Day Trips
Sacred & Religious Sites
Sacred & Religious Sites
Scenic Walking Areas, Farms, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Ancient Ruins, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Saraswati Temple was built in the 19th century and it is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of Art and Learning. The grounds of this temple offer peace and serenity despite the busy street outside and it is a wonderful place to wander around in and to look at the beautiful buildings and the ponds with their pretty lotus pads. The temple itself has many intricate carvings which honor the Goddess.
The Sidoi hotel is a great budget-friendly accommodation choice, located in the heart of Kuta. The staff here are friendly and helpful and they take the time to remember you and to remember your name. The swimming pool is lovely and private and offers relief after a hot and busy day exploring Bali. The hotel has a restaurant onsite offering simple but cheap food (even by Bali standards).
We found this company to be an excellent choice to arrange our 2 day private tour through Bali with. The response time from when we first emailed the request to when they confirmed their availability was within a couple of hours and we were able to schedule something for the very next day. The tour guide/driver was very friendly, spoke good English and was knowledgeable about all the places we visited. Dwija (or as we knew him, "Mad") was also very flexible and was happy to change things last minute if we so wished and/or weather dependant. For a private driver for 2 full days (at least 8 hours per day) it cost us $125 inclusive of petrol and most parking fees. Entry fees were additional but as these were mainly into temples, only an extra couple of dollars here and there is required. I thoroughly recommend this tour company.
Kuta to me is the heart of Bali. It is a very busy place to be as it is a tourist hub but it's a great place to base yourself and to experience all aspects of Bali; the restaurants, the nightlife, the shopping and the beach. Most places within Kuta are in walking distance or are a cheap taxi fare away. There is also plenty of accommodation to choose from here.
Ubud is located about a 40 minute drive from Kuta. It is a lot quieter than the likes of Kuta and Seminyak and offers you a glimpse of the more rural side of Bali
People have been coming to this temple for over 1000 years to bathe in its holy waters. It is said that the temple was created in around 926 AD by the God known as Indra who is the king of the Gods and ruler of the heavens as well as God of thunder and rain. As Indra was also a symbol of courage and strength, people come to his temple for healing and spiritual merit.
For me, the temple isn't all that much to write home about, it is the setting that captured my heart. The temple is situated on the edge of mighty cliffs that plunge into the depths of the Indian Ocean that then spreads out before you. A beautiful place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset and/or to watch the Kecak Dance that takes place each night nearby.
The Kecak Dance is a fire dance that acts out the famous Hindu story of Ramayana, the immortal tale that teaches the values of ideology, devotion, duty, relationships, karma and dharma. It is best to know this before you go and see the dance for yourself as it is quite complicated and hard to understand the storyline at the time. The haunting chants and the bright whirls of colour along with the beauty of the sun as it sets behind you makes the Kecak Dance well worth your time and your money.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are located about a 70 minute drive from Kuta Beach so you will definitely need to hire a car/driver for this one. The roads to the terraces are steep and windy (they are 700 meters above sea level after all!) But the views on arrival are incredibly rewarding; green and lush for as far as the eye can see. The air feels very still up here and the peace you feel makes the likes of Kuta and Seminyak seem so far away.
This beautiful Hindu temple is situated on the edge of the Beratan Lake and is actually made up of 4 smaller temples; Lingga Petak Temple built for the worship of the Siwa God (the 4 armed God who represents the source of all life), Penataran Pucak Mangu Temple to worship the Wisnu God (the half man, half bird God of life and peace), Terate Bang Temple to worship the Brahma God (the God with 4 arms, 4 heads and 4 faces that is the God of creation) and the Dalem Purwa Temple to worship the Danu Goddess (who in most simple forms is known as the mother Goddess but is also the Goddess of the lake).
Tanah Lot is actually built on a rock formation just offshore into the sea and is thought to be the most photographed temple in Bali. Hindu priests will bless you on arrival and before you are allowed onto the rock formation. The temple itself (situated around the back) is inaccessible to tourists