Sprawls uphill of central Bali region, Bangli regency encompasses great natural vista of the island, with scenic roads of rugged hillocks, woody ravines and giant bamboo forest overtaking its trail. In Bangli, it is best to expect a close-to-nature kind of trip, as there are plenty of beautiful rural spots to visit. Apuan waterfall, for example, it is actually a series of waterfalls called Tibumana and Pengibul located near the village of Apuan. The view of this waterfall is just as taken straight from an award-winning nature portrait or painting, and you can dip yourself in the clear water to freshen up your body and mind after a long exhausting walk. One other distinctive destination in Bangli is Panglipuran village. Here you can see how the houses are made identical one another, from condition, shape, size to function, all facing to Gunung Agung on the North-East section of the island.
Also known as Semarapura, Klungkung is a historical town resembles Bali in every of its aspect. For the first stop, you can visit Kerta Gosa. Located inside the Semarapura Palace compound in Semarapura town, Klungkung, the pavilion first functioned as a court of law back in 1945 but it was known to be built around 18th centuries. The ceiling of Kerta Gosa is decorated by painting, telling a story about Bhima Swarga, a Hindu Epic reference from the saga of Mahabharata. Kerta Gosa has been renovated several times and preserved, adding more detail to the already-amusing parts of the pavilions. Klungkung also has a distinctive style of art called ‘Kamasan’ painting. It was made in accordance with the nature of wayang, and it did the imitation of complete wayang shape. That is why the style of Kamasan painting is also called ‘Lukisan Wayang Kamasan’.
Lies on the Eastern path of the island, Karangasem offers yet another side of Bali where nature’s splendid green and solemn blue complement each other, creating a panoramic ambience. Aside from the eye-catching natural beauty and scenic route, Karangasem is also a widely known for its world-class diving spot at Amed. It is a long stretch of coast running from the village of Culik about 14 km eastwards incorporating seven villages. Travelers from around the world visit Amed to experience diving activity. Two of the most popular sites for diving at Amed are Jemeluk Bay and Tulamben. The latter area is already considered a synonym with Amed, it is a unique diving sites where the famous Liberty boat wreck is located. Another exquisite landmark at Karangasem region comes in form of Tirta Gangga; a grandiose water palace filled with lush gardens, pond containing huge koi fish and spring fed pool.
Entering Mengwi feels like warping back to the days where Bali is still an unknown, exotic wonder of destination for the world. In between the sincerity of green paddy fields, you can gaze upon magnificent traditional architecture standing gallantly past the test of time. One of Mengwi’s must-visit spots among others is Pura Taman Ayun. Overtaking a vast landscape of garden and water features, this royal temple built by the king of Mengwi himself is considered as one of the most sacred places of worship on the island. Another area worth-visiting in Mengwi district vicinity is Sangeh. Spread across 6 hectares of land, it is a forest mainly formed from large nutmeg trees that can grow up to 40 meter above the ground. It is a sanctuary for long-tailed macaques, a species of monkey that is commonly found on the island of Bali.
A trip to Gianyar means driving down the scenic road. Lush green grass area on one side and blue ocean on another. Traditional Balinese architecture leaves a fine marks on the structure across the city, such as Balai Pertunjukan Gianyar, a place where traditional art and culture entertainment are occasionally presented. This building is located just across Puri Gianyar, a historical palace functioned as a place to stay for the active district’s Regent. For lunch break, it is recommended to taste the region’s most sought-out culinary type; babi guling (suckling pig). It is definitely one of the best you’ll ever find anywhere on the island. For you who wish to seek for traditional stuffs, Sukawati Art Market can be your destination in Gianyar. This is a place where all kinds of homemade stuffs can be found, from clothes, small statues, to indigenous paintings, all comes in good quality and bargainable prices.
Being a lush countryside, the nature landscape of Tabanan is definitely not to be missed. Jatiluwih, for example, is a beautiful rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain Batukaru to the coastal side. Then, Alas Kedaton is yet another proof of the island’s mystical wonders. This rainforest is home to thousands of long-tailed macaque—a species of monkey, which is considered sacred and well-preserved, although they are allowed to interact freely with tourist and visitors. Last place to ‘get lost’ in Tabanan is, of course, the legendary Tanah Lot beach. Here lies the scenery you often see printed on a postcard or travel website around the globe; an offshore natural rock formation where the internationally acclaimed view of Pura (temple) of Tanah lot resides.
Commonly known as one of the best places to stay during a vacation in Bali, Nusa Dua is a suitable area to rest and relax. The name of ‘Nusa Dua’ actually implies to more than one occasion; it can refer to the entire eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula at the southern tip of Bali, or the purpose-built, safe and rather sterile tourist enclave that rest on the eastern side of this said peninsula (named Bali Tourism Development Corporation or BTDC in English). The beaches of BTDC are some of the nicest to visit, with pristine white-sand; blue ocean and tropical trees to soaked in and relax away from the bustling area of the island center parts. On an edge of this peninsula, lies an area called water blow, which is literally a place where one can view amazing natural attraction of sea water splashing between narrow coral hills.
Lies on the Northern side of Ubud, Tegalalang forms three of the most splendid terraced landscapes in the region, even Indonesia. The vista sprawls down and away across the slopes down to the valley, creating a breathtaking view of vast green layers and shows the timeless authenticity of Balinese nature. But Tegalalang is so much more than those world-recognized rice terraces; this area also has a lot to offer for their visitors. Cekingan the area within Tegalalang which offers the best rice terrace view, located on the upper side of hill. In Tegalalang, lies a quiet village called Pakudui which is known to produce talented sculpture artist. The villagers of Pakudui are adept sculptures, producing many kinds of statue from different varieties of wood, but majority of them make Garuda statue in various size and form, thus the village is also known as ‘Garuda village’.
Tucked in the rural area of Central Bali, Tampaksiring is an area famous for its green scenery, and home to some of the islands most important ancient temples. There are several important temples in Tampaksiring, some already gain recognition as world heritage site from UNESCO. One of them is Pura Mengening. This water temple houses several holy ponds (called ‘tirta’) on its area. A big tree can be immediately spotted on the central court of the temple, right behind ancient ponds which was obviously built more than several decades ago. Moss covering majority stone structures of the temple indicating they have been around since centuries ago. For the next destination Pura Tirta Empul could also be a fine site to go, although it is a bit mainstream and regularly packed with tourists. This vibrant temple is located just beside the Istana Tampaksiring complex, which once used by First President Soekarno as a recreational place.