The country of Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands, and out of the 6000 inhabited islands, there is Bali. Bali is the most popular island visited in Indonesia. We spent two weeks in Bali and during this time we saw some beautiful attractions. We explored both the North and the South of Bali. Here is our 2-Day Travel guide to the North of Bali, Indonesia that shows you the stunning diversity of this beautiful island. Waterfalls, volcanoes, beautiful beaches, architecture, culture and delicious food.
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Day one Northern Route (Ubud) Bali, Indonesia
Indonesia has 127 active volcanoes with a few in Bali. Mount Batur is one of the active volcanoes on the island of Bali. You can take a drive to Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant where you can enjoy a beautiful scenic view of both Mount Batur Volcano and Mount Agung Volcano while enjoying a nice buffet lunch.
If you feel more adventurous, you can walk up early morning and take a hike up Mount Batur to enjoy the sunrise over the Mount Agung and Mount Agang volcanoes. The hike will take about 2 hours and is worth it. It can be difficult for some people, take it slow and enjoy the beauty that’s surrounding you.
2. Gunung Kawi Sebatu
Gunung Kawi Sebatu is one of the most unique Hindu temples in Bali. In Bali, most of the people follow the Balinese Hinduism religion. This religion is also called Agama Hindu Dharma. You pay a 30,000 IDR entrance fee. They give you a free sarong, that you wrap around your waist before you enter the temple. This is for both men and women. You can walk around most parts of the temple. This temple has a pool of holy spring water. This is where many believers come to purify themselves. The cleansing process starts on the left side and finishes on the right side. Believers will clean themselves at each station.
➳ Tip: It’s important to respect other cultures and religions. Tourists have been sent to jail or fined in Bali for disrespecting temples.
3. Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation
This includes a small tour where they explain the processes they use to make Bali coffee. The tour ended at the beautiful balcony that overlooks the coffee plantations and rice terraces. Enjoy some Bali coffee here from the cafe. They have a tasting set of 12 different types of coffee. After you enjoyed your hot beverage, you can stop at the small shop. Here you can buy some coffee, tea and other souvenirs.
Important Note: While you travel in Bali you will see many signs for Luwak Coffee. We recommend that you don’t support this because it’s abusive to the animals.
4. Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan waterfall is a very popular waterfall in Bali. As you arrive, you start with a viewpoint where you can take beautiful photos of the waterfall from above. There is a small cafe, where you can enjoy a jaw-dropping view of the waterfall or if you feel a bit more adventurous, you can take the steps down to admire the waterfall from up close. You are allowed to swim in the plunge pool, so pack your swimsuit. Visiting hours to the waterfall is from 06:30 to 18:30. If you want to avoid the heat and an influx of visitors, we recommend visiting from 06:30 to 09:00.
➳Tip: walking down to the waterfall is a tough walk so take some water and rest often.
5. Tegallalang Rice Terrace
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most visited attractions in Ubud. It’s the biggest rice padding field in Bali. While exploring the different levels of the padding fields, you can enjoy the big swing and the picture taking spots for an extra cost. Busses of visitors start rolling in after 10 am so the best time to visit will be before 10 am to avoid crowds. Tegalalang Rice Terrace opens at 08:00 and closes at 18:00.
❥Also read: 1 Day Guide to Nusa Penida island, Indonesia
Day two Northeast Route (Munduk) Bali, Indonesia
1. Hidden Hills Wanagiri
This is the most beautiful mountain range in the Munduk region. It offers a beautiful view of Twin Lake. Along the road, you will see many places to take pictures such as bridges, Bali swings and nests. Overlooking the Wanagiri hills is free, but if you would like to make use of the specially crafted photo platforms, you will pay between 40,000 IDR to 60,000 IDR per person.
2. Bali Handara Gate
The Bali Hamdara Gate is located on the main road up the Munduk region and is an extremely popular tourist attraction in Indonesia. Believe it or not, these gates are the entrance to a golf course that is located in the mountains of Bali. These gates are built in a traditional Hindu gate style that traditionally symbolises the entrance of the outer world into the temple. The Bali Handara Gate isn’t as popular as Penataran Lempuyang Gate, but it’s a close second and good if you want to avoid crowds
➳ Tip: The Bali Handara Gate can still get busy. The best will be to get here as early as possible to beat the heat and the crowd. You will have to pay a 50,000 IDR entrance fee per person and then you have 5 minutes per person to take pictures. We recommend if you do go there during midday or in the afternoon take sunscreen, water and an umbrella to stay safe from the sun.
3. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
The Ulun Danu Beratan Temple is built in the Tambingana Lake. It’s also referred to as the floating temple. The water level around the temples changes, depending on the rainfall in the region. The entrance fee is 50,000 IDR per person.
4. Leke Leke Waterfall
Leke Leke waterfall is one of the easiest waterfalls to get to in Bali. It’s 30,000 IDR entrance fee per person. As soon as you enter there’s a restaurant where you can eat or drink something. The walk down to the waterfall is long but very easy. This waterfall isn’t very busy and worth a visit.
5. Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is built on a rock formation just off the island of Bali. This Hindu temple can only be accessed during low tide. Right in front of the temple, you will find a black sand beach. The unique colour of this black sand beach is due to the Volcanic rock on the island. You can see many of these black sand beaches in Bali. This is a beautiful place during the day and a magical place during sunset. The entrance fee is 60,000 IDR per person.
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