Minimalist Guide to Places in Bali

This page is intended for the minimalist among you. It lists the places of interest with a one line executive summary of what it has to offer. Print this page, take it with you, and once you are there, glance it quickly to determine where you should go next. Let us know if this is useful.

* Batubulan: Daily barong dance performance, fine stone carvings, furniture, terracotta pots.
* Mount Batukau: off the beaten path, virgin rainforests, mossy shade of Pura Luhur temple, serenity.
* Bedugul: highland retreat by the lake, crater, watersports, quality fruits and vegetables.
* Besakih Temple: Mother Temple on Mount Agung, huge complex of shrines, majestic.
* Candi Dasa: quiet newest resort area, snorkeling, diving, beach.
* Celuk: silver and gold jewelry.
* Denpasar: rebuilt ancient city, art center, museum, government offices.
* Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave): 8th century archaelogical mystery, Buddhist inscriptions and carvings, elephant head at entrance.
* Goa Lawah (Bat Cave): One-thousand year old Shiva temple, millions of fruit bats cover the ceiling.
* Jimbaran: Southwest Bali, fisherman village, beach, sunset, offshore reefs.
* Kintamani: Mountainous, spectacular view by Lake Batur, sunrise at peak of Mount Batur.
* Klungkung: Old Palaces, Kertha Gosa Hall of Justice (painted ceiling a la Sistine Chapel).
* Kuta: surfing, beaches, sunsets, night life, shops of Legian.
* Lovina: North near Singaraja, still waters, dolphin watch.
* Negara: West Bali, water buffalo races (Jul - Oct).
* Nusa Dua : luxurious resorts, diving and surfing, beaches, golf course, shops
* Nusa Lembongan: Bali's sister island, coral and sand beaches, crystal clear water, surfing.
* Sangeh: Monkey Forest, tall nutmeg trees, aggressive monkeys.
* Sanur: First resort of Bali, beaches, black and white magic.
* Singaraja: North Bali, main port during colonial time, quiet, culturally distinctive.
* Tabanan: mountains, rice field terraces, black sand beaches, rain forests.
* Tampaksiring: wood carving, Tirta Empul temple and sacred spring water, Sukarno's Palace.
* Tanah Lot: Dramatic ocean front temple, spectacular sunset, snake filled cave.
* Tenganan: East Bali, village of Bali Aga, wonderful fabrics (Gringsing double-ikat).
* Tirta Gangga: East Bali, water palace bathing place.
* Trunyan: Lake Batur village, accessible only by boat, Bali Aga, the dead by a sacred tree.
* Ubud: Haven for the arts, paintings, lush rice fields, museums, galleries, dances.
* Uluwatu: Spectacular temple on a cliff, real challenging surf below.

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