Bali: Exploring the south

Contemporary trends, historic marvels, or religious values Bali is a blend of surprise bombs. Each spot unveils something more marvelous. There are innumerable places in Bali to explore. Forested mountains and volcanoes, scenic beaches and paddy fields, archeological excellence, magical temples,  exotic hotels, and villas, live full pubs, and bars the list is too long.

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Here are the few places in south Bali which must be on everyone’s bucket list.

Goa Gajah

Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave temple is a UNESCO world heritage site, located in Bali in the village of Bedulu, near Ubud. Being a historical, archeological, and sacred site it’s a major tourist attraction. Built on the hillside near the junction of two rivers, surrounded by lush greenery and sublime rainforest, the holy site is foremost for meditation in Bali.

Its origin is still uncertain. Built in the 9th century the temple unveils the fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism with shiva’s symbol, lingam and yoni, the deity of Lord Ganesha, and several carved images of stupas and chattra. Bali’s dry season, between April and October, is the best time to visit this captivating carved marvel.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang is the most impactful photoshoot location in Bali. These emerald rice paddy fields flowing in the breezy cool air carry the magic to charm anyone. This innate scenic beauty is a paradise for painters and nature lovers.

Irrigated with the traditional Balinese system, subak it’s a well-known spot in Bali. Located on the high roadside this place also gives you the joy of zip lines and jungle swings. To enjoy the greenest visit, March to October is the best time.

Mount Batur

Mount Batur an astonishing active volcano located in Bali. The volcano is at the center of two concentric calderas, with the southeast side of the larger caldera containing a caldera lake. The volcano is popular for a sunrise hike.

The hike is about two hours and a bit difficult but the view at the summit makes the struggle worth it. Hundreds of people go for the hike every day to behold themselves above the clouds gazing at the skyline of Bali. A good guide is advisable as it will make your journey less tiring and pretty safe. 

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

If you want to do temple hopping in Bali, then this should be on the top of your list. It’s a major Hindu shiva temple in Bali. Located,  near the Bedugul, on the shores of lake bratan which was formed due to volcanic eruption around 30,000 years ago, it was built in the honor of Devi Danu, goddess of the lake.

It’s a famous tourist spot and recreational site. Walk around the temple and engross the vibes. You can ride the swan paddle boats or can go fishing in the lake and be respectful as it is a holy site.


Seminyak is a beach resort area that gives endless opportunities to its visitor. With admirable beaches, gray sand, and less rush, to exotic clubs and café, the options go on and on. The beach offers exciting adventures such as surfing and scuba diving. Traverse the ocean’s treasure through scuba diving.

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Don’t forget to Visit the Pura petitenget temple, which is one of six important sea temples in Bali. With tremendous nightlife, this place is a complete package in itself.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Just in case, if you’re bored with the modern things in Bali and want to go deep down to the roots of Bali and explore its ethnic beauty then this place is perfect for you. It’s a sanctuary and home to thousands of Balinese long-tailed monkeys, the scientific name Macaca fascicularis.

Located at Padangtegal Ubud, at the bottom of the Jalan monkey forest this place is filled with temples and the temples are an homage to the heart of the Bali people.

You can sights monkeys everywhere here and after monkey exposure, you can visit the information center, play areas, video rooms, café, and shops. But be careful with the monkeys, don’t tease or poke them they’re not a toy to play and they’re considered sacred in Bali.

The place is worth the investment of time and money and as Confucius has said that “wherever you go, go with a full heart”. Explore Bali with your all senses and let your soul dip in the ethnic beauty of this place. 

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