Every year, Bali plays host to a slew of holidaymakers who visit the destination for seaside fun and frolic. While the place is renowned for its white beaches and tropical ambiance, an avid explorer would tell you that there is definitely much more to Bali than the sun, sand and the surf. From therapeutic hot springs to amazing nightlife and interesting cultural heritage, an array of delightful attractions awaits you at this legendary destination. Here are five reasons that prove Bali is more than just a beach getaway.
Want to see an active volcano? A holiday in Bali offers you a chance to see not just one but three impressive volcanoes. Batur and Agung are a couple of popular ones. Agung is the highest point on the archipelago and is surrounded by lush green forests and waterfalls. The volcano last erupted in 1963.
Black Sand Beaches
While nothing comes close to the pristine beauty of Bali’s gleaming white beaches, the island boasts some striking black sandy beaches too. Probably the most popular one is Amed beach. Owing to its gorgeous location amidst mountains and lush green forests, the beach is often empty and makes for a wonderful escape from the chaotic way of city life. Stunning scenery aside, the beach is a haven for divers and snorkelers alike.
A mix of Hindu, Buddhist and Balinese customs, culture in Bali has long been a lure for tourists. Visit a Bali village and you’ll be awed by its lifestyle and traditional practices. Many of these villages offer cultural performances to tourists. You can enjoy dances, drama, puppet shows and more.
How about spending a day exploring stunning waterfalls on the island? Just imagine camping by a gushing waterfall surrounded by lush green forests. The experience will definitely be surreal. Although, there are plenty of waterfalls here, some of the not to be missed ones include Gitgit, Singsing and Munduk. Gitgit Waterfalls offers opportunities of swimming and canyoning too.
Whether you love architecture or want to explore your spiritual side, visiting a temple in Bali is a mesmeric experience indeed. Besakih is perhaps the biggest and most popular temple on the island, known for its exquisite architecture and gorgeous location amidst scenic rice paddy fields, hills, and streams. Tanah Lot, and Uluwatu Temple are a couple of other fascinating temples here.