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Bali's Two Faces
Article published in travelling BALI Vol. II
Get to know must see attractions and untouched gems and hidden beauties
Every fast developing tourist destination in the world has two faces; The first one, and surely the more popular one, is known from mass tourism places such as Kuta or Seminyak.
Everyone who stayed in Bali once has for sure already experienced at least one of them and experienced the Bali Lifestyle area. But what about Bali’s second face? Has everyone who stayed in Kuta already made a trip to Bali’s northern part to see the National park or have been to Singaraja, Lovina or Candi Dasa?
Sad but true that plenty of tourists coming to the island of the goods only to enjoy it as a low cost island with great opportunities on the food and spa side. The following article is addressed all those people who haven’t heard or have ignored Bali’s second face so far, the wonderful culture, the outstanding fauna and flora and the opportunity taking the inward out in a segregated area. It is addressed to all those who are looking for a chance of great walks, hikes and cycling tours in a cool, fresh area, 1.500 and more meters above the sea level in an outstandingly mountainous area.
It is addressed to all those who look for an opportunity to see wildlife dolphins, buffalo races, deeers or simply great snorkeling areas to explore a fantastic marina wildlife. And finally this article is addressed to all those people who want to cross the Kuta or Seminyak boarder to increase their knowledge and experience the second face of bali, the traditional and original face! We hope you are one of them. In the regency of Karangasem, in the northwestern part of Bali, lie Candi Dasa, a great place to stay overnight and the perfect starting place to explore many cultural highlights which are nestled around this area.
In addition to this, Candi Dasa has extremely charming restaurants, such as “Lotus Seaview Restaurant”, offering a wonderful ocean view, the perfect place for your Dinner. Close to Candi Dasa, nestled in the hills around this area you can find Tenganan village.
The ways and practices of this village maybe sound completely wired to you but isn’t it worth to see a village which only allows inhabitants to marry each other or that it is not allowed for anybody apart from villagers to stay overnight? Taman Ujung Waterpalace, Winner of tripadvisor’s “Travellers’ Choice Award 2013”, Tirta Gangga the former Royal Palace of Karangasem, rated on tripadvisor 4.5/5 and Lempuyang Temple one of Bali’s 9 key directional temples that face a variety of lakes, mountains and oceans are also located close to Candi Dasa and should not be missed during your trip.
Even you have booked your hotel in Bali already, it is worth to take a driver and stay overnight in Candi Dasa, a wonderfull place located on the northeastern coast of Bali. Travelling Bali highly recommends the following tour! satisfaction guaranteed:
- 08.00 am – Hotel Pick up
- 09.30 am – 10.00 am Kerta Gosa – Klungkungs former high royal court
- 10.30 am – 12.00 am Kusamba Salt Making and Fish Market
- 12.10 pm – 13.10 pm – Lunch Stop on the Way to Bat Cave Temple
- 13.15 pm – 13.45 pm Black Sandy Beach Stroll and Bat Cave Temple
- 14.15 pm – 16.30 pm Snorkeling at Padang Bai
- 17.00 pm – Hotel Check in Candi Dasa
- 10.00 am – Check Out
- 10.30 am – 11.30 am Tenganan Traditional Village
- 12.00 am – 13.00 pm Lunch in Candi Dasa
- 14.00 am – 15.00 pm Taman Ujung Waterpalace
- 15.45 pm – 16.45 pm Tirta Gangga
- 17.30 pm – Lempuyang Temple
- Please prepare your own water in case you want to climb about 1.700 stairs and be aware of stealing monkeys! Don’t wear caps, accessories, glasses and so on.
- Another place which is highly recommended for an overnight stay is Lovina. The name of this neat city is derived from lovely Indonesia and speaks already for itself.
- Lovina is very popular for its dolphin watching which usually starts at 6 o’clock in the morning. Already for this reason an overnight stay in Lovina is highly recommended.
- The Northern area is also very popular for its unique hot springs. Banjar Hot Spring for example is operated professionally, provides lockers and changing rooms and it is simply great fun to spend some time in the about 38 degrees warm water, especially if you are travelling with kids. All hot springs have, due to the sulfurous water, a healing character.
- Plenty of wonderful waterfalls such as Gitgit waterfall with its fresh water pool invites you to have a bath and to cool down during your trip.
The following Tour, with an overnight stay away from the hustle bustle in the south, combines as the previous recommendation, great things to see in Bali and especially if you are travelling with kids, the following tour is highly recommended.
- 08.00 am – Pick up from Hotel
- 09.30 am – 10.15 am Taman Ayun
- 11.30 am – 12.30 pm Jatiluwih
- 13.15 pm – 14.00 pm Botanical Garden
- 14.10 pm – 14.20 pm Candikuning Fruit Market
- 14.30 pm – 15.30 pm Lake Bratan
- 16.15 pm – 17.15 pm Gitgit Waterfall
(Bali's most popular Waterfall - Gitgit Waterfall)
- 18.00 pm – Check in Lovina
- Check out 05.30 am
- 06.00 am – 10.00 am Dolphin watching, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach
- 11.00 am – 13.30 pm Banjar Hot Spring with Lunch
- 14.30 pm – 14.45 pm Papuan Rice terrace
- 15.45 pm – 16.30 pm Alas Kedaton
- 17.00 pm – 19.00 pm Tanah Loth dinner and sunset
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