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Why do we go on vacation?

To take a break from the usual daily life banter and just have some time for ourselves and family. Correct?

Choosing Bali is the best decision anyone can ever make for a relaxing vacation. Bali fits everyone’s checklist. You might be going to Bali for your honeymoon or a family vacation, or even on an adventure trip. This destination caters to all kinds of tourists.

But you will have a giant task other than choosing your vacation destination. And that is choosing a perfect stay! Being in Bali, there are loads of beautiful properties. According to your tastes, you can choose anywhere you want to live. Right in the middle of a jungle, on the shores of the tantalizing Indian ocean, or on the tip of mountains – take a pick. 

In this article, we have mentioned the top Bali Beach Villas.

Enjoy your vacation!

1.  Absolute Beachfront Villa Laut

Just like the name, an absolute paradise to stay, just a few minutes walk from the Indian ocean. Set in a small palm grove in the Tabanan area, this place is full of romantic aura with its secluded beach, black sand, pools, and many more. Each room is built with ironwood and is uniquely designed, with delicate Chinese porcelain, charming paintings, chandeliers, designer furniture, and the list is endless. These villas also have attached kitchens and rooms that open to green rice fields and blue ocean.

The best place to just forget about all your worries and just laze around in the infinity pool or the infinite ocean. This is definitely one of the Best Bali villas on the beach

Location: Pantai Pasut, Desa Tibubiu, Tabanan, Kerambitan, 82151

Price per night: Approx INR 25,000 

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (23km)

Amenities: Free Wifi, Parking, Cycling trips, Hiking, Private pool, Connected beach area, Kids play area, Private beach area.golf course

Nearest places to visit: Tanah Lot temple (8km), Taman Ayun temple(15km), Petitenget temple(18km), Batukaru Mt (20km)

2.  The Layar Bali:

One of the most beautiful Bali Beach Villas set amidst private gardens and a serene pool for each of its 23 villas is a luxurious stay at its best! Spaciously built rooms with open-air design give it fell of oneness with nature. Though they are modern these villas are designed to blend into nature. 

Situated on the Petitenget Beach, and with private pools and jacuzzis and not to mention its state of art media rooms and scenic bathrooms, you are bound to be glued to your stay.  

Must Read: 20 Best Beaches in Bali

Location: Jalan Pangkung SariN. 10X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara

Price per night: approx INR 23,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (12km)

Amenities: Spa, swimming pool, full-fledged kitchen, laundry services, BBQ facility, Airport shuttle, Car rentals, Bicycle Rentals, free wifi, etc

Nearest places to visit: Tanah Lot temple(16km), Eco Beach(8km), Tabanan Rice fields(20km), Lake Bratan(50km), Ulun Danu(50km), Petitenget Temple(0.6km), Seminyak and Kerobokan markets(0.5km) and loads of restaurants around. 

3.  Pande Villas:

Near the shores of Mengening Beach is a cozy villa called the Pande Villas. With its open-air lounge, bar, and dining area, this tranquil piece of land is one of the perfect choices to spend the best family vacation. 

Also present in one of the famous tourist hubs of Bali, you will have many options to even go sightseeing and get to know this island more. With its amenities and superior services, Pande has won hearts. Just head to this beautiful Bali villa for an unforgettable stay.

Location: Jl. Pantai Mengening, Cemagi, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung

Price per night: approx INR 13,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(20 km)

Amenities: Free wifi, bicycle rentals, outdoor pool, complimentary babysitting, complimentary area shuttle, BBQ area, free valet parking, laundry facilities, cafes, spa, business center, etc.

Nearest places to visit: Tanah Lot temple(3km), Canggu Market (4km), WaterbomPark(12km), Uluwatu temple(21km), Sacred Monkey forest sanctuary(22km), Sekumpul Waterfalls(50km), Mesceti temple(14km) etc.

4.  Taman Sari:

With its rustic decor and warm colors, this villa is designed to provide maximum comfort and a satisfying stay. Tastefully decorated, and with Bali-inspired architecture, this resort is one of the most preferred places to stay in Bali. 

Being in the heart of the beach city of Seminyak you will be at the center of many of the sightseeing places in this Island of Gods. Relaxing in the middle of the tropical setting and just sitting on the shores sipping a cocktail and seeing life go by is one of the most precious times we are not able to give ourselves in these present adrenaline-driven days.

Location: Jalan Taman Sari No.22A, Kerobokan, Teuku Umar Barat, 80361 

Price per night: Approx INR 10,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(10 km)

Amenities: Private pool, fully equipped kitchen, airport shuttle, free wifi, secure parking, sun deck, terrace, garden, spacious lounge, spa and parlor, car and bicycle rentals, and many more

Nearest places to visit: Batur Mountain and Lake(25km), Kuta beach(3km), Potato head club(1km), Markets (0.5km), Tanah Lot temple(11km), Uluwatu temple(17km), Devil’s tear(30km), Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary(22km) etc

5.  Royal Purnama Art Villas:

Be treated like royalty on your family Bali trip. Balinese word for “Full moon”, this Bali beach villa boasts about some of the best accommodations and services on the entire island. Providing a rural setting along the shores of Sukawati, this is a stay that encourages a healthy lifestyle. 

Every day Yoga sessions and body rejuvenating massages and therapies this is among the best stays you will come across in Bali. offering a range of packages from romantic hideaways to healthy and healing this property also caters to weddings and other intimate family functions. 

PS: Only children above the age of 12 are allowed.

Location: Jl. Pantai Purnama, Sukawati, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582

Price per night: approx INR 18,000

Nearest airport: Bali Denpasar International Airport(25km)

Amenities: Yoga sessions, Airport transfer, Spa, free wifi, unlimited coconut and spring water, private beach, bar, jacuzzi, rooms with minibar, private pool

Nearest places to visit: Goa Gajah(10km), Tegenungan waterfall (5km), Bali museum(10km), Ubud Monkey Forest(12km), Ubud Palace(13km), Ubud Market(13km), Hidden Canyon (5km), 

6.  Kayumanis Private Villa:

Award-winning luxury villa for a memorable vacation with your loved ones. Impeccable accommodations with an ever-attentive crew at your call 24*7, this place is one among the most preferred beach stays in Bali. From the finest of the cuisines to exclusive amenities you have it all.

Ask for what you want and you will have them. This place is committed to your comfort and luxury and making your vacation an unforgettable one. Just forget all your worries for a few days and indulge yourself in every possible way.

Location: JL. Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, 80364

Price Per Night: approx INR 25,000

Nearest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(27km)

Amenities: Libraries, Garden, Picnic area, Pool, Airport transfer, Car and Bike rentals, Laundry, Yoga classes, Spa and Sauna, cooking classes, walking tours, themed dinners, live music, and performances

Nearest Places to Visit: Ubud Monkey Forest(2km), Goa Gajah(5km), Tegenungan Waterfall(9km), Tegalalang Rice Terrace(9km), Bali Museum(18km), Saraswathi Temple(2.3km), Ayung River(0.5km)

7.  Karma Kandara:

With over 46 private villas set upon a small cliff providing an unobstructed view of the tranquil Indian Ocean is one of the best Bali beach villas to stay in. Each of these luxurious villas has a private garden and an infinity-edge pool. 24*7 attentive room service and mouth-watering cuisines. This beach resort is a small piece of heaven on earth with such amenities that you will think twice before venturing out for some sightseeing.

Location: Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Uluwatu, Bali 80362

Price per night: approx INR 23,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (11km)

Amenities: Infinity edge swimming pool, Himalayan Crystal Salt pool, Infrared detox sauna, Bar, Snorkeling, Library, 2 onsite restaurants, Hot Tub, Yoga room, fitness center, full-fledged kitchen, BBQ facility, Laundry, Gift shop, babysitting services, kids club, playground, airport transfer, car park, etc

Nearest places to visit: Uluwatu temple(5km), Garuda Wisnu Kencana(4km), Kuta Market(14km), Tanah Lot temple(25km), Devil’s tear(30km), Taman Tirta Gangga(65km), Mount Batur(70km), Sekumpul Waterfalls(72km), Waterbom Park(13km) etc

Must Read: 20 Best Temples to visit in Bali

8.  Soori Bali:

One of the poshest retreats in Bali. Its only aim is to provide you with all the comforts that you deserve. With calming beachfront villas and infinite edge swimming pools, this paradise has all the amenities that you could probably ask for. Architecture that just blends in so well with nature that it is hard to tell where the hotel ends. 

Fabulously designed rooms with either view of the mountain or the ocean or the pools and gardens, wherever you turn it’s all nature. A Green Globe certified hotel, this is an eco-friendly hotel that recycles and helps in nature restoration as much as possible with initiatives and support programs. Ultimate Spa treatments and romantic candlelight dinner are a perfect combination to spend your day with your “The One”.

Location: Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Tabanan, Bali, 82161

Price per Night: approx INR 40,000

Nearest Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (22km)

Amenities: Outdoor pool, BBQfacility, free wifi, Garden, Parking, private pool, rooms with mini bar and coffee machines, fitness center, library, yoga classes, gift shop, Spa, 25ft Infinity pool, bicycles, etc

Nearest places to visit: Tanah Lot temple(6km), Taman Ayun Temple(13km), Petitenget temple(15km),Mount Batukaru(20km), Lake Beratan(30km), Potato beach club(30km),Canggu Club(14km) and many more.

9.  La Joya Biu-Biu:

Just a minute’s walk from Balangan Beach this Bali beach villa this traditionally designed hotel inspired by Indonesian art forms is one of the best suited Bali villas for a family holiday. With sweeping panoramic views of the serene Indian Ocean, this is a hotel that encourages its guests to reconnect themselves with nature through digital detox.

Dining in one of the traditionally built Balinese thatched restaurants in La Joya is one of the best culinary experiences one can have in Bali. It caters to everyone’s tastes and more. Sleeping to the ocean waves and getting up to nature’s music is an experience of a lifetime!

Location: Biu Biu Resort, Jl. Pantai Balangan, Jimbaran, Badung Regency, Bali 80361

Price per night: Approx INR 11,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(17km)

Amenities: Free wifi, laundry, parking, Outdoor infinity pool, airport shuttle, garden, room with minibar, Terrace, jacuzzi /hot tub, spa, yoga, surfing, fitness center, private beach, shuttle services, etc

Nearest places to visit: Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument(4km), Uluwatu Temple(6km), Discovery Shopping Mall(8km), Hard rock cafe(8km), Bali Galleria(9km), and a ton of beaches which are walkable distance from the hotel. 

10.  Mick’s Place:

A place with high ratings in all its categories is none other than Mick’s Place. Just the sight of the rooms can melt your heart. A famous boutique beach resort, it has also gotten itself a mention in the Vogue Magazine of “The 12 Dreamiest Pools in Bali”. This testimony itself is sufficient to tell us what can be expected out of our amazing stay there. 

With 2 decades worth of experience, they have some of the most splendid services. With just 7 bungalows with its own infinity pool, dining huts, and sun decks, it can accommodate only 18 guests at a time. 

Everyone wishes for a dreamy destination wedding. What another place than Mik’s can fulfill this wish any better!

Location: Jl. Pantai Bingin, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Price per night: approx INR 

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(19km)

Amenities: Infinity edge pool, parking, children’s area, airport transfer, yoga room, fitness center, private beach, 

Nearest places to visit: Uluwatu Temple(4km), Waterbom Park(11km), Kuta Beach(12km), Tanah Lot Temple(21km), Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary(36km), Devil’s Tears(35km), Taman Tirta Gangga(65km), Mount Batur( 65km), Sekumpul Waterfalls(70km) etc. 

11.  Sejuk Beach Villa:

A perfect 5 star tropical Bali beach villa set on the shores of Seminyak, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Bali. A luxury Italian hotel that is managed by the Balinese people with utmost humility and warmth. Present in a secluded place on the Canggu beach, away from the clubbing and noise, Sejuk offers you top-notch amenities and services. 

Wake up to mesmerizing rice fields and tantalizing blue ocean and treat yourself to some delicious cuisines prepared by some of the best chefs. The staff will be at your call whenever you need them and will take care of each and every bit of your needs!

Location: Jl. Laksmana Seminyak Beach Kuta, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 8036

Price per night: approx INR 20,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(23km)

Amenities: Private beach, private pool, spa, fitness center, restaurant, outdoor pool, airport transfer, laundry, free wifi, horse riding, snorkeling, sauna, rooms with minibar, grocery delivery, bar, babysitting services, poolside BBQ, bicycle and car rentals, etc 

Nearest places to visit: Tanah Lot temple(4km), Waterbom park(11km), Uluwatu Temple(20km), Devil’s tear(35km), Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary(21km), Sekumpul waterfall(50km), potato head beach club(6km), Kuta Market(11km), Discovery Mall(11km) and many more.

12.  Tirta Nila Beach House:

Located on the peaceful Mendira beach, this luxury Bali beach house is a fully furnished two-storied villa with a fabulous view of the ocean right outside the door. Fitted with top-notch amenities and high-tech architectural designs this villa has a semi-open living space and spacious dining area. A fully equipped kitchen with all the necessary electronic items has been incorporated into this magnificent villa.

Each room is air-conditioned and has a walk-in closet and the villa even has a gazebo where you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful family snack time.

Location: Jalan Mendira, Sengkidu, Kec. Manggis, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80871

Price per night: approx INR 50,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(60km)

Amenities: free wifi, laundry, parking, snorkeling, diving, fishing, fitness area, private pool, balcony, terrace, garden, BBQ area, gazebo, beach lounge, library, outdoor pool, bike and car rentals, Flat TV, CD / DVD player and much more.

Nearest places to visit: Goa Lawah Temple(10km), Tirta Gangga water palace(11km), Lempuyang Temple(15km), Mount Agung(18km), Besakih temple(19km), Dalem pad temple, and many more. 

13.  Villa Tao:

A picture straight out of a brochure is what you get to see and experience when you choose to stay at this Bali Villas. Perched on a small hill along the pristine Balian beach lined with swaying coconut trees it is truly an experience that cannot be explained. The traditional Balinese setting, the antique furniture all adds up to the beauty it already is. 

Catering to all kinds of tourists and events this beachfront villa is a perfect destination for a family and a corporate holiday. This property includes some of the most authentic Traditional houses that are as old as 200 years old (slightly modified for the stay). 

Just worry yourself with to experience next and what other activities you can take part in and leave the rest to these super hosts!

Location: Desa Lalang Linggah, Kabupaten Tabanan, 57000 

Price per night: approx INR 30,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(10km)

Amenities: Free wifi, rooms with CD/DVD players, flat TV, refrigerator, oven, BBQ area, sun terrace, Fishing, Windsurfing, Bicycle renting, airport shuttle, infinity pool, spa, fitness center, transport services, small library, etc

Nearest places to visit: Tanah Lot temple(18km), NirwanaGolfcourse(18km), Rambut Siwi temple(17km), Local market(0.5km), River(0.2km), Hin Wong Bay view point(4km) and many more.

14.  Tanadewa Luxury Villa:

 A perfect fit for all the checkboxes of the place being a luxury beachside villa is the Tanadewa villa along the Jimbaran Bay. This place is a charmer and can captivate anyone’s heart. Starting from its very name, Tanadewa is derived from two words – Tanah meaning Land, and Dewa meaning God. Given Bali is known as the Island of Gods, there are many Islands to Visit in Indonesia for a perfect stay to make your Bali vacation unforgettable.  

Each room has been decorated with the utmost care infusing sophistication and rustic splendor. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and take a dip in your private pool, head for a rejuvenating traditional massage, and have a romantic dinner. What can be more satisfying than spending such days with your loved ones?

Location: Jl. Taman Giri No. 11, Nusa Dua, 80362

Price per night: Approx INR 12,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(8km)

Amenities:  Free Wifi, Hot Tub, Sauna, Currency Exchange, Free Parking, Fitness Centre, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Mini Bar, fitness center, jacuzzi, bar, restaurant, spa, private in house pool, In-room kitchen, golf course, fishing, etc

Nearest places to visit: Tanjung Benoa(3km), Veteran Monument(0.7km), Pasifika Museum(4km), Geger beach(4km), Garuda Wisnu Kencana(5km), BenoaHarour(5km), Serangan Turtle island(7km), WaterbomBali(7km), Discovery Mall(7km), Kuta market(7km) and many more

15.  Villa Stella:

Inspired by colonial architecture and interiors, this Bali beach villa is truly a remarkable place to stay during your much-needed break from your otherwise stressful life. Located on the peaceful Amuk Bay, this humongous place has three spacious bedrooms, a dining room, and a living room decorated with pearly white sofas and matching furniture. 

Fringed with palm trees, the outdoor pool is a perfect place to charge your battery and some peace. The all-time winner is the food and the romantic dinner set up right on the shore with a sumptuous spread and great wine.

All top marks for their hospitality and personal services and there is no need to worry about anything since you are surely in a gorgeous destination where everything will be taken care of for you!

Location: Gg. Ratna, Sengkidu, Kec. Manggis, Candidasa, Bali 80871

Price per night: approx INR 45,000

Nearest airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport(11km)

Amenities: Snorkeling and diving, private beach, outdoor pool, garden, gazebo, private jacuzzi, Spa, personal chef, BBQ area, sundeck, security 

Nearest places to visit: Petitenget temple(0.7km), Tirta Gangga(18km), Tenganan village(18km), Potato beach head club(1km), Kuta center(6km), Petitenget beach(1km)and many more

Final Thoughts:

The above list was just a sneak peek at what Bali has to offer. There are so many more places to indulge yourself in. Surprise your loved ones with a grand gesture and spoil them a bit! It’s high time you pamper yourself too!

And if you feel like getting out of your stay don’t miss out on these best temples of Bali

Indonesia has the most beautiful and exotic beaches in the world. The reason being that this country is an archipelago of over 17000 islands, surrounded by oceans on all sides.  Righteously known as the Island of Gods, Bali is definitely the most popular island among the 17,000+  islands of Indonesia. The warm climate, cool sea breeze, pristine beaches, mountains, caves, mangroves, world-class surfing, cultural heritage makes Bali a Paradise on Earth. 

We have listed a few of the best beaches in Bali which are classified into categories suiting your interests, such as suitable for couples, nature lovers, and people who love action and entertainment!

Romantic Beaches:

1.  Jimbaran Beach:

Jimbaran bay lies in the southwestern region of Bali and is well known for its beaches. The beach not only has spectacular views but also has a wide variety of water sports like snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving, banana boat rides, and jet skiing. Surfing is the most popular sport in Jimbaran Bay. 

The bay also hosts a wide variety of grilled seafood restaurants and local cuisines attracting a large number of tourists. Jimbaran beach is the perfect place for a candlelight dinner for couples and honeymooners.

 Once the sun sets, several restaurants offer entertainment like traditional dance and bands by the shore. The Jimbaran beach hosts numerous high-end resorts that offer endless massage options as well as the world-famous full body scrub massage. 

2.  Virgin Beach or White Sand Beach:

Pasir Putih Karangasem, as the localities call the Virgin Beach, is a beach with the best white sand in Bali. Hence, it is also known as White Sand Beach.  You can enjoy the beautiful sea in front of you and the forest behind you. You can also go up to the hill on the right of the coast and see a beach with black sand (Bugbug) on the south, Nusa Penida Island, and several small islands around the beach.

One of the Best Beaches in Bali, the White Sand Beach is only half an hour’s walk from Padang Bai. Over a small hill and a short distance through the forest, you reach the beautiful white beach. The light and fine sand on White Sand Beach makes it very pleasant to sit on the beach or tan even without a sun lounger. If you prefer to use a couch, you can rent it from one of the restaurants.

 Whether building sandcastles, splashing in the water, or lying in the sun – the beach is an absolute highlight for every holidaymaker. Since the water is crystal clear one can go snorkeling to discover the underworld wonders. There are also many diving schools in the small bay that assist you in this adventure.

How to Reach: Pantai Pasir Putih or Virgin Beach can be traveled for 20 minutes by driving to the north of Candidasa in East Bali.

Must Read: 15 Best Islands to visit in Indonesia.

3.  Tulamben beach:

The Tulamben beach is one of the Best Beaches in Bali because of its unique and beautiful underwater shipwreck that is now home to coral fishes. The name of Tulamben is derived from the word Batulambih (local Balinese word), which roughly translates as “many stones”. It is a reference to the volcanic eruptions of Mount Agung that have affected this part of Bali. Tulamben Beach is not covered by sand but is entirely covered by fairly large, and smooth stones.

Tulamben Beach is the best place to go diving because it has flat lagoons and easy to reach the coral reefs from the coastal edge.

There are beautiful corals and colorful fishes. Tulamben’s main dive site, the USAT Liberty shipwreck has drawn divers from all over the world to this quiet coastal village in East Bali. You can join a diving trip to visit the spectacular remains of a military cargo ship originally built in World War I, but which was torpedoed by the Japanese during World War II.  As also The Boga, a World War II cargo ship, which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine back in 1942 the shipwreck located off the coast of Tulamben in East Bali, draws tourists and divers alike. 

Tulamben Beach is also ideal for the honeymooners, for the beach offers a peaceful atmosphere, romantic sunrise, and calm seawater with the humongous Mount Agung as the backdrop. As most of the action is underwater, the beach itself has a quiet, laid back vibe that’s suitable for relaxing and sunset viewing.

How to Reach: The beach is about 3 hours drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and it has been appointed as one of the famous tourist destinations in Karangasem Bali.

4. Bingin beach:

Bingin Beach has long been hailed as one of the best Bali beaches. Located in the South of Bali, in the Pecatu Village, this stunning beach provides unrivaled views of the Indian ocean. The thick, pearly white sand is a welcome change.

Bingin is one of the most well-kept secrets in Bali. Tucked away on a limestone cove of South Bali, Bingin has a bohemian, rustic charm. A beautiful beach, clean sand and water, and a surfing hotspot. Known for its great waves from time immemorial, the beach attracts international surfers. Colorful and uniquely designed surfboards can be seen everywhere on this pristine beach. Old surfboards are sometimes used as signboards too.

As far as Bali beaches are concerned, Bingin is a gem. At the base of the Bingin beach cliffs, one can see smaller secluded beaches and beach shacks. The salty sea air is thick with the fragrance of pink frangipani blossoms. Whether there are rains or thunderstorms, whether it be surfing, sunbathing, or just relaxing, one can find tourists all round the year.

How to Reach: Bingin beach  is only 30 minutes from Denpasar Airport

5.  Melasti beach:

Melasti Beach in Uluwatu is a hidden gem of Bali, which beckons a large number of tourists and travelers from all around the globe. This pristine, sandy beach is located right below a high cliff marked by an unspoiled blue sea and is considered one of the best locations to visit in the Ungasan region. 

Called Melasti Beach, because the beach is used for Melasti ( which means ceremony before Nyepi days, people came to the beach for a clean body and soul ). At the north end of the beach, there is a small hill overlooking the sea from where you can have breathtaking views of the ocean by the sandy white beaches along with a natural Jacuzzi that you will find on the beach. Melasti Beach also has a temple situated at the seaside.

Melasti beach consists of 3 parts of the middle, east, and west. The middle part is the most visited because there are many small pools that can be used for swimming and building sandcastles. In the eastern part, there is a cape, made naturally from limestone. The west is the best place to see the sunset. 

The cleanest among Bali beaches is rarely visited.  The scenic landscape, the seasonable waterfall at the end of the beach, limestone cliff, offers you the opportunity of a lifetime to click photographs for posterity. Melasti Beach is the perfect spot to enjoy a chilled day with your friends, and loved ones. 

Must Read: 10 Best Waterfalls in Bali.

6.  Padang-Padang Beach:

Also known as Pantai Labuan Sait, Padang Padang Beach is a famous surf spot on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali. This naturally beautiful Bali beach features a semicircular cove with golden sands surrounded by rocks and cliffs on one side and lush green vegetation on the other side.  It is also a  natural habitat for monkeys and tropical plants. 

One of the lesser-known beaches, Padang Padang Beach is not crowded with tourists which actually makes it a great place for a peaceful getaway. This hidden paradise has its own charms and beauty. The beach is accessible down a flight of stairs through a unique hollow rock entrance. Its water is considerably calm so it is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. You can also swim out to the left of the beach alongside the edge of the cliffs to find a number of small caves that you can enter and walk around inside.

This beach is also a regular spot for International surfing events. If you are an enthusiastic surfer, you can hire a surfboard from one of the local surf life-saving guards. An ideal place for all types of travelers, this beach is slowly gaining popularity after being featured in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. 

Nature’s Pride:

7.  Tanah Lot:

Tanah Lot beach is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Bali due to the stunning scenic beauty, peaceful atmosphere, breathtaking view of the sunset, and a unique Hindu temple set on the big rock and encircled by the seawater. This beach is located in Beraban Village, Kediri District, Tabanan Regency in Bali province.

Tanah Lot or “Land on the sea” is a 500 years old temple. The astounding architecture and intricate rock faces, against the background of the sea, provides photographers ample opportunity to capture the sunset at its glory.

The huge waves make the beach a favorite spot for surfers. There are two surf spots available that give the alternative for surfers to choose the surf spot at Tanjung Galuh or Batu Bolong Temple. Tanah lot beach is one of the best sunset spots in Bali. Make sure that you arrive around 4 PM and walk down toward east along the beach line to choose a correct spot for sunset view.

How to Reach: It takes around 30 minutes from Denpasar and 60 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. 

8.  Green bowl Beach:

Green Bowl Beach is definitely one of the best white sand Bali beaches. The sand is grainy and sparkling white, the water crystal clear and the cool spot with some amazing scenery makes it a paradise on earth. Green Bowl Beach, also known as Pantai Green Bowl, is in South Bali and sits at the base of verdant cliffs next to a small village known as Ungasan.

This 30-meter coastal strip with coarse white sand is located at the bottom of a 75-meter-tall cliff. It takes hundreds of steps to get to this beach, but it’s worth it because once you arrive there, the pristine beauty mesmerizes you. At the base, you’ll come across 2 large limestone caves that house small rock shrines. They also provide shade and shelter for beachgoers and surfers throughout the day.

Apart from the pristine sandy shores, Green Bowl Beach is a popular spot for die-hard surfers. At low tide at Green Bowl Beach, you can wander around the caves and further down the coastline to discover other secluded sandy areas and dozens of rock pools.

How to Reach: This hidden beach portrays the vision of a castaway island. From Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu it is approximately a 1 hour to 1.5-hour drive  to Green Bowl Beach 

Must Read: 12 best Indian restaurants in Bali

9.  Pemuteran beach:

Located at the northwestern of Bali island in the sub-district of Gerokgak, in the Buleleng Regency, the calm Pemuteran beach is an ideal location for diving, snorkeling, swimming, and walking. The tranquil atmosphere allows a tourist to enjoy the serene beauty and relax. While peace and tranquility are found on the shores, wonders await below the surface. The Pemuteran area has large areas of shallow reefs and a short boat ride away, you might find seahorses, unique Crabs, Frogfishes, and other sea creatures decorating the seafloor. 

Another fascinating feature is the construction of an enchanting underwater temple garden which combines nature’s beauty with amazing work of art. This temple was constructed to conserve and restore the coral reef, increasing reef fish density by providing fish with a suitable habitat. The project has won many international awards for ecotourism

With its gleaming black volcanic sandy beaches and enchanting sceneries of green hills in the background, Pemuteran is a perfect example of Balinese philosophy on energy “Nyegara Gunung” (The fusion of energy between the mountains and the sea). 

10.  Bias Tugel beach:

Pantai Bias Tugel is referred to as Pantai Kecil, a local Balinese word that loosely translates to ‘the Little Beach’. The word “Bias” means sand, while “Tugel” means cut. 

There are just a few pristine white sand beaches in Bali and Bias Tugel is one of them. Small, tranquil beach, reachable via short trek, with vendors offering food and beer, the bay offers a tranquil scene that is made possible by a long and narrow headland that obscures it from the hubbub of the nearby port. 

The underwater panorama that is still natural and very beautiful is clearly visible because of the clear seawater. Bias Tugel Beach has a small lagoon located on the left side of the beach. Hence, an ideal place for snorkeling and swimming.

Popular tourist attractions near the Bias Tugel Beach include Tirta Gangga, Taman Ujung Water Palace, Candidasa, and Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple. Load your camera because there will be a lot of natural scenery which is a pity if not photographed.

11.  Kelingking beach:

One beach in Bali that has garnered global fame, is the ever-stunning Kelingking Beach. We’ve all seen that iconic bird’s eye view of the emerald green cliff-line soaring into the sky from the turquoise waters below on Instagram.  Well, this Insta-famous spot is located on Nusa Penida, just a 40-minute boat ride from mainland Bali. 

The amazing Kelingking beach cliff (also known as Karang Dawa) is one of the most famous views in all of Bali. The main view is an incredible ‘T-Rex jaw’ shaped rock sticking out over the ocean, with perfect turquoise water splashing around it. The first time you look over the edge of the cliff and see this view, it really is breathtaking! It’s hard to browse Instagram without seeing epic pictures of this natural wonder. Head to Kelingking Beach to get that all-important shot of the best beach in Bali.

After you’re done staring in awe at the Kelingking T-Rex, there’s also a path to go down to the beach at the bottom. The beach at the bottom is pristine and clear. There’s even a couple of caves down there!

To enjoy Kelingking Secret Point Beach from a unique angle, instead of hiking, head to the right along the cliffs. Here you can find multiple epic viewpoints, with arguably a better look at the beach and an awesome spot to capture the sunset. 

12. Gunung Payung Beach:

Gunung Payung Beach is situated in Adat Kutuh Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali. A natural beach with its soft textured white sand and blue-green seawater. On top of the hill surrounding the beach, you will see a sacred temple called Gunung Payung Dang Kahyangan. The location takes its name from this Balinese Hindu temple The temple along with the beach adds to the exoticism surrounding the area. 

Gunung Payung Beach is one of the ‘hidden beaches’ on Bali’s southern coast where you can find stunning seascapes, ruins of the limestone cliffs, small caves in the corner of cliffs, making it the best beach in Bali to bring your family to.

The deep green patches in the clear waters are growing grounds of local seaweed farmers, and upon reaching the base, you’ll discover deep and coarse sand with calm waters great for snorkeling.

How to Reach: From Ngurah Rai Airport, it is a 20-minute drive to the beach and if you are in Nusa Dua, you only need 15 minutes to reach the beach.

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13.  Pandawa Beach:

One of the secret beaches in Bali, Pandawa Beach is located in the south of Kuta. The white sand beach is commonly known as the Kutuh beach. The beach is located behind a high limestone cliff, and from the top of the cliff, you will be able to view the Indian Ocean.

On the cliff of  Pandawa Beach, there are six statues of Panca Pandawa taken from the Mahabharata story. There are six fissures on the cliff. Inside this fissure, there are statues of Five Pandava and his mother, Dewi Kunti. Therefore the beach is called Pandawa Beach. 

Pandawa Beach is also the prime hub for water sports. Adventure enthusiasts can experience surfing, kayaking, or even paragliding and canoeing. Apart from these things, you can always go for a walk on the beach with your loved ones, try out some tempting food, splash and play around in the water, build sandcastles with your children, watch the sun going down. 

Keep the camera busy by taking perfect snapshots to have an amazing flashback to recall of the time well spent on the beach.

How to Reach: Pandawa Beach is an hour’s drive from Bali airport.

14.  Amed Beach:

If you are a keen diver, Amed Beach in Bali should not be overlooked. Amed is a 14-km strip of fishing villages in Karangasem Regency on the east coast of Bali. The picturesque fishing villages and the glimmering ocean on one side and rugged green mountains that reached so high that it looked as if the clouds had formed a halo around its peaks on the other. Makes this black sand beach surreal.  Amed is famous for its lively coral reefs and excellent offshore snorkeling too. 

Amed Beach in Bali is all about ‘doze, dine n’ dive’. Naturally, plenty of diving instructors have set up base here. A recent attraction Freediving which is an extreme sport is included in the line-up of activities around Amed Beach in Bali. Amed Beach in Bali is also suitable for snorkeling as vast reefs span the bay. The island’s eastern shoreline is an underwater playground, hence the Beach attracts a large crowd of divers. 

Amed Beach in Bali was once best known for its traditional salt farming. In the area of  Purwati, filtered seawater is poured into the dugout halves of coconut tree trunks and set to dry under the sun and later salt is extracted in the traditional way.

Jukung, the traditional Balinese wooden boats are available for fishing charters. As you finish your day out in the underwater playgrounds, loosen up with a traditional Balinese massage, delivered by skillful local women.

Amed Beach in Bali offers dramatic sunrises that are not-to-be-missed. There is so much on offer that one should not miss this Bali beach.

15Dreamland Beach:

A beach that everyone dreams of, a perfect place to sunbathe and relax. Yes, it is the Dreamland Beach located in Pecatu Village, District of South Kuta, Badung Regency. One of the best beaches in Bali, hidden by rocks, it surprises everyone with its beautiful white sands and scenery. This beach is very cozy and quiet as it is located behind the cliff. 

It is a perfect place for inexperienced surfers who can enjoy the small waves for surfing. In certain seasons, the waves can get bigger and attract many international surfers. The attractiveness of this beach is its clean and bluish seawater that makes you want to stay longer. You can play with sand, stroll around the coast, or just laze around with a book and relax. Don’t forget to capture these moments on camera. 

How to Reach: To reach this beach, you have to travel for about 45 minutes from Ngurah Rai Airport.

16.  Balangan Beach:

Balangan Beach is one of Bali’s best beaches, featuring a gorgeous half-kilometer stretch of golden sand between vegetated limestone cliffs. Locally referred to as Pantai Balangan, this beach is located in the white stone hill area of Pecatu, south part of Bali in the Uluwatu peninsula.

This beach is one of the great places for surfers as the sea waves are really high. Considered as one of the best surfing points on the Island of God, Balangan beach is very popular with local and foreign surfers alike.

Balangan Beach is very beautiful and a perfect place for relaxation on the white sand,  while enjoying the tropical atmosphere and sea breeze. You can explore the caves and small hidden temples on the rocky headland Don’t miss out to take  Instagrammable photos on the cliffs at Balangan Beach

How to Reach: This beach is just 25 minutes from Denpasar Airport.

17.  Impossible Beach:

Named Impossible since the path leading to the beach is unusual and difficult to traverse. The impossible Beach located in the village of Pecatu, South Kuta District, is one of the most picturesque seashores in Uluwatu. Surrounded by boulders, the mossy cliff sides, coarsely textured white sand, turquoise sea, lovely scenery of the Indian Ocean this picture-perfect beach is a sight for sore eyes.

Further, the powerful and high waves of the Beach attracts surfers from far and wide. In fact, among the Bali beaches,  it is the most in-demand surf spot by the surfers. So, from thrilling surfing adventures to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the amazing cliffs and scenic Indian ocean, a trip to the  Impossible Beach is an ideal destination for every kind of tourist.

This beach is close to other famous surf points such as Uluwatu Beach, Suluban Beach, Bingin Beach, Padang – Padang Beach, Dreamland Beach, and Balangan Beach. One of the famous temples, Uluwatu Temple, is 5 minutes away from the beach. You can even enjoy a traditional Balinese dance performance called Kecak performance at the close by clifftop stage. 

So what are you waiting for? Take your camera and capture the amazing sunsets from the cliffside, the coarse sand, huge waves, if a surfer then a photo in action, a remembrance for a lifetime. The nearest airport from Impossible Beach is Denpasar Airport

18.  Karma Beach:

If one wants to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and wants to avoid crowded beaches, and wants to experience a perfect laid-back leisurely time in a secluded beach, then  Karma Beach or the extraordinarily posh beach is a good choice when you visit Bali. The beach lies extensively at the bottom of a cliff where you can simply relax by day and enjoy the social parties in the evening conducted by the famous Karma group.

One of the best Bali beaches famous for night parties and socializing, tourists from all over the world gather here to experience the two different faces of beach life. Earlier the beach was known as Nammos Beach Club and now it is part of Karma Kandara Resort.

Sunbathing, leisurely walk, beach fun games, swimming, etc are the main activities done here. Also, there is a cable car ride offered by the resort at an additional charge. There is a bamboo decking with a kitchen where traditional wood-fired pizza along with just-caught seafood is prepared.  There is a bar too that serves you with some awesome drinks that you can sip while you enjoy the pristine beach.

19.  Legian Beach:

Legian beach is located in Legian Village, South Kuta District, Badung Regency in Bali.  Set between 2 of Bali’s most famous beaches, Legian is a mix of the surfing scenes of Kuta and the partying crowd of Seminyak. It’s a great recreational place where you can swim in clear waters and go for leisurely walks along streets lined with boutiques and restaurants. Legian Beach is blessed with a spectacular sunset that creates a romantic atmosphere 

The most popular stretch of Legian Beach is at the bottom of Jalan Padma and is sometimes called Padma Beach

Surfing and swimming are among the best things to do at Legian Beach. Every evening at about 5 PM you can join a game of beach football and beach volleyball that is played. On weekends the beachfront is packed with tourists and you can enjoy jamming sessions on the beach along with some raving parties!

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20.  Lovina beach:

Lovina Beach in Bali is the collective name for a stretch of smaller resort beaches that are known for their coral reefs, black sand beaches, and happening nightlife. 

One of the major attractions at Lovina Beach is water sports. Be it jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boating, or surfing, these activities can be performed by children too since no prior training is required.

Apart from water sports, there are underwater sports activities, like scuba diving and snorkeling. There are even places that offer sea bottom walking tours, where you can walk and swim among various sea creatures such as fish, turtles, and stingrays. Lovina beach is one of the best beaches in Bali where snorkeling is quite popular. 

 The black sand beach in the laid back coastal town of North Bali is also known for the frequent sighting of dolphins. An early morning Dolphin tour is not to be missed.

Apart from the nightlife, Lovina Beach is quite popular among tourists because of the fact that most of the luxury resorts are located here. Lovina Beach is one of the best beaches in Bali that offers to teach cooking of local cuisines, which makes you aware of the culture and heritage of that place.

Indulging in water activities, taking a romantic stroll, watching a beautiful sunset, visiting the famous seafood restaurants nearby, making the most of the dolphin tours, whatever activity suits you best do capture the fun moments together to reminiscence later.

How to Reach: Lovina Beach is not very far from Kuta, only around 90 kilometers away, and can easily be reached via a 2-hour car journey.

Final Thoughts:

Beaches are serene destinations that have the magical ability to get us calm, composed, and relaxed. Whatever the mood you may be in, the tranquil blues of the ocean always takes away our gloomy blues. So, when you are in the process of choosing the best beach destination, why not choose the best, that is Bali!

Not only does the place have beaches, but innumerable mesmerizing temples and historic places. Here is all you need to know about the Top things to see in Bali.

Bon Voyage! 

The Island of Gods! This nickname itself tells a lot about this godly province, Bali. 

One of the leading tourist hubs in the world, Bali is the perfect package of all that is touristy. It has everything from divine temples to naughty nightlife areas. In the predominantly Muslim country of Indonesia, Bali is a tiny exception of a Hindu Island. They follow a slightly different form of Hinduism called Balinese Hinduism which is a concoction of local beliefs and Hinduism followed in the rest of the world. Balinese are very superstitious and strongly believe in the celestial presence. This has led them to build innumerable Puras (Hindu Temples) all over their province. There is even a rule that commands all the regions of Bali to maintain a minimum of 3 temples each. 

Like this, there are innumerable temples built in Bali and each of them is more beautiful than the other. The exceptional craftsmanship of the Balinese people can be seen in every temple, and each and every corner of its premises. Even the temple’s location, direction, sculpture, and architecture are based on pre-ordained rules. 

Below mentioned are a few of the hundreds of temples in Bali. Visiting Bali temples should definitely be on every tourist itinerary, whether it is a honeymoon trip, or a trip with their family or friends, or maybe even a solo trip, one should definitely visit these sanctums to experience its virtue and beauty firsthand. 

Below are some of the most iconic Bali temples which you should not miss on your trip to Bali. We have categorized them based on the popularity and the region they belong to.

1.  Besakih Temple – The Mother of all Balinese Temples!

The spiritual journey in Bali cannot start with any other temple than The Besakih Temple. This temple has been given the highest status among all the temples in Bali. Dating back 2000 years ago, this temple has about 23 independent complexes. 

Besakih Temple is situated at the height of 1000 meters above sea level, on the slopes of the main volcanic mountain The Agung. This spiritual place has three separate shrines for the Trinity of the Hindu Religion.

  • Pura Penataran Agung: Situated in the center of the Besakih Temple, having white banners is the shrine dedicated to the destroyer – Lord Shiva
  • Pura Kiduling Kreteg: Next to it, on the right side with red banners is the sanctum of Lord Brahma, the creator, and lastly
  • Pura Batu Madeg: The temple of the protector – Lord Vishnu having a black banner

As many as 70 festivals are celebrated in this temple. And every shrine has its own annual day celebration. The main shire of the temple is the Pura Penataran Agung. The epicenter of the main sanctuary is a Lotus Throne (The Padmasana) making it the religious focal point of this famous temple in Bali.

Location: Besakih, Rendang, Karangasem

Entry Fee: approx INR 320 for adults and INR 160 for children

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm 

2.  Pura Luhur Uluwatu:

Bali’s postcard temple! 

Perched 70 meters above the crashing waves, at the tip of the rock on the southernmost tip of Bali this panoramic temple is the abode of Lord Shiva. People visit this temple in thousands not only for its religious importance but also for the stunning scenic beauty. 

Though there is a slight difference in who built this temple, scriptures say that this temple was built in the 9th century. The name of the temple literally means its location – “on the edge of a rock or cliff”. This Bali Hindu temple is part of both the Sad Kahyangan and the Kahyangan Jagat. This temple is considered to be a direct gateway to heaven.

Another major attraction of this temple is the Traditional Dance Drama performance which happens during sunset time. The Kecak Performance is a beautiful depiction of Ramayan performed by a group of 50 male dancers chanting hymns. 

Last but not the least, beware of the monkeys. Some even believe that these monkeys are the incarnations of the guardians of the Uluwatu temple which in turn guards from the Southwest. 

Location: Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency

Entry Fee: approx INR 150 for adults, INR INR 75 for kids, and INR 500 for Kecak

Timings: 7 am to 7 pm (Kecak Performance at 6 pm)

3.  Pura Luhur Andakasa:

Guarding against the south is Pura Andakasa which is said to be built in the 11th century. The origin of the name has a very interesting history and interpretation. The word is supposed to be derived from the term”andadhuwana” which translates to “Egg of the Universe”.  This has been the earliest documentation of the discovery of the shape of our planet being Round in shape. 

This is a temple where Lord Brahma is worshipped. However, it is a less trodden path for the temple visitors. But, this plays a very vital role in Balinese people’s lives. This is the holy place where the priests and the guardians of other Bali temples come to seek blessings from God.

Location: Antiga, Manggis, Pikat, Karangasem, Kabupaten Klungkung

Entry Fee: approx INR 100

Timings: approx 8 am to 6 pm

4.  Pura Ulun Danu Bratan:

One among the holy water temples(Pura Tirta) of Bali, this temple is located in Lake Bratan among the mountains of Bedugul. The Shivite shrine is dedicated to offering obeisances to goddess Dewi Batari Ulun Danu, the presiding deity of the lakes and rivers of Bali. 

The water temples of Bali have another important responsibility to fulfill. They are the ones who are in charge of the irrigation system for the whole of rice fields in the villages surrounding that particular temple. Hence, this Bali Hindu temple is one of the foremost worshiped shrines by the farmers. And because of this fact, the Bratan lake is known as the Lake of the Holy Mountain as well. 

The temple’s 11 storied Meru is a sight to behold amidst the foggy lake and green mountain. When the water level tends to rise this temple seems to be afloat on the surface of the lake which is a magical experience indeed.

 Location: Danau Beratan, Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency

Entry Fee: approx INR 300 for adults and INR 150 for children

Timings: 7 am to 7 pm

5.  Pura Ulun Danu Batur:

Guarding against the North is this Bali temple which is dedicated to the goddess of rivers – Dewi Danu. Balinese have a really good system of naming their temples wherein the names itself give away the significance of the shrines. Likewise, the Pura Ulun Danu Batur literally translates to “The Temple of the Source of Lake”. 

This temple is considered to have miraculous powers. Initially, the temple was present at the foothills of the volcanic Batur Mountains. When the volcano erupted in 1917. It destroyed almost the entire Batur village. However, the molten lava stopped right before reaching the temple. And hence, taking this as a sign from God, the people settled around the temple itself. 

However, after a decade when the volcano erupted again in 1926, it led to a catastrophic effect as it killed thousands of people and almost destroyed the whole time as well, except the main shrine with the 11 story Meru. This led to the relocation of the temple and the surrounding village to its current location.

This famous temple of Bali consists of 9 main temples with hundreds of smaller shrines, each dedicated to a major aspect of the life source. 

Location: Jl. Raya Kintamani, Batur Sel, Kec. Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli

Entry Fee: approx INR 280 per person

Timings: 7 am to 5 pm

6.  Pura Pasar Agung:

One of the most visited Hindu pilgrim temples is situated along the slopes of Mount Agung at the height of 1,500 meters above sea level. This is a temple where prayers are offered to Lord Shiva, who is known by the name Sambhu. One among the 9 auspicious directional temples this Bali Hindu temple guards the northeastern region.

Being one of the starting points of the trek along with Mount Agung, this temple is always swamped with hiking enthusiasts. But, during the time of festivals and auspicious days such as the temple’s anniversary, etc, this temple is totally reserved only for pilgrims. 

There are two temple complexes on its premises. Pura Pasar Agung and Pura Melanting. One should always visit Melanting first and then proceed to Pasar Agung.

Location: Selat, Sebudi, Selat, Kabupaten Karangasem

Entry Fee: approx INR 300

Timings: approx 7 am to 7 pm

7.  Pura Lempuyang Luhur:

A highly revered group of temples along the path of the hiking trail of Mount Lempuyang. Residing over the peak of the mountain overlooking Mount Agung is the pack’s highest and the main temple Pura Lempuyang Luhur. It is the protector of the East. This is also a part of the Sad Kahyangan group of significant temples. 

Some of the temples along the trail are;

  • Pura Pasar Agung 
  • Pura Puncak Bisbis 
  •  Pura Telaga Sawangan
  • Pura Telaga Mas
  • Pura Penataran Lempuyang
  • Pura Lempuyang Luhur 
  • Pura Lempuyang Madya etc.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped in the form of Ida Betara Hyang Iswara this is one among the most visited temples in Bali, only next to The Besakih temple. A climb of 2 hours is really a worthwhile effort that pays off when you are amidst the most mesmerizing sceneries you have ever been in. This is a heaven for the photographers and there is usually a long line to get a picture clicked in the middle of the Gates of Heaven atop the summit. 

Location: Desa Lempuyang, Seraya Bar., Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem

Entry Fee: Free (only donations accepted)

Timings: 7 am to 10 pm

8.  Goa Lawah:

Another significant Bali Hindu temple which is one of the Sad Kahyangan is this mysterious cave temple called the Goa Lawah. The very location of this temple is extremely unusual and has a nickname for it which is – The Bat Cave. And this is because the cave is inhabited by colonies of bats. 

This 11th-century temple is where people offer prayers to their ancestor’s wellbeing and perform rituals for the purification post them passing away. Situated on the shores of Goa Lawah beach this temple is divided into three sections as the outer, middle, and inner sanctum. The inner sanctum is the sanctum sanctorum where their prayers are offered to Lord Shiva. There are many smaller shrines on the premises that are adorned with the small sculptures of Naga Basuki, the mythical dragon believed to keep the balance of the cosmos.

This Bali temple is also associated with a belief which states that there is an underground tunnel that connects this temple straight to The Mother of Temples, temple Besaikah. Apart from this, there are other mythical stories associated with this cave temple relating to the Naga Basuki and other beliefs. And this temple guards the Southeastern side. 

Location: Jalan Raya Goa Lawah, Pesinggahan Village, Dawan Subistrict, Klungkung

Entry Fee: approx INR 200

Timings: approx 7 am to 6 pm

9.  Pura Pucak Mangu:

A temple situated on the mountain by the same name, Pura Pucak Mangu is an age-old temple which is said to be existing since the megalithic age. Mount Mangu can be called by different names – Beratan Peak or Pengalengan Peak or Tinggian Peak depending on which village you are addressing it. 

Though being one of the sacred 9 directional temples (Kahyangan Jagat), this temple is seldom visited by the people. Hence peace prevails and the atmosphere is best suited for meditation. Even kings have said to have meditated in this abode.

Dedicated to Lord Shankara which they worship in the form of a lingam, this temple is built in a remote location inside the thick forests of Mount Mangu. The temple complex has two shrines in it, one on each side of Mount Mangu. This Bali Hindu temple can be reached only by trekking for a distance of about 6 to 7km. But trust us, all the toil is worth your effort. Because, when you reach this temple you will see for yourself how mesmerizing the temple is. And not only that the spectacular surroundings with Mount Batur and Mount Abang to the east and mountains of West Bali make your time worthwhile. This temple protects the Northwestern direction. 

Location: Br. Tinggan Pelaga Petang, Pelaga, Petang, Kabupaten Badung

Entry Fee: approx INR 60

Timings: approx 7 am to 6 pm

10.  Pura Luhur Batukaru:

Another one of the divine Mahadev’s temples securing the Western direction is the temple of Luhur Batukaru. Situated on the slopes of the second highest volcano in Bali this Bali Hindu temple is one of the most prominent pilgrim places in the whole of Indonesia. This holy place is the first stop for all the adventure enthusiasts who go on to hike the volcano. 

Originally built in the 11th century this temple was dedicated to the philosophical nature of motion in oneself. But the temple got destroyed due to natural calamities and then was rebuilt in 1959. The main shrine of the temple has a Meru with 7 tiers and the Lord of Mount Batukaru is worshipped here.

This temple is the most crowded during its anniversary celebrations which are observed on every Thursday after the Galungan celebrations according to the Balinese Hindu calendar.

Location: Jl. Penatahan – Wongaya Gede, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan

Entry Fee: approx INR 60

Timings: 24 hours

11.  Goa Gajah:

The name of the temple clearly states what this temple is going to be like. A temple of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed one is one of the most famous temples in Bali. This temple is the best example where you can see how Balinese Hinduism has been influenced by more than just one religion. From the very entrance of this cave temple which in itself is a mammoth structure that shows the impressive craftsmanship of the people, we can see the signs of Buddhist and Hindu influence as well.

As the name might suggest elephants, you will not find any animals in the temple. As mentioned earlier and like the name implies you will find an idol of Lord Ganesh but the worship area is mainly for Lord Shiva. 

It is really magical once you enter this cave temple as you will\find fountains and a vast bathing pool area which was discovered only during the later part of the 20th century. You will also find about 7 lady sculptures holding pots near the bathing area. Studies suggest that this might symbolize the 7 holy rivers of India. And the southern part of this cave opens into lush green rice fields and small streams.

Location: Ubud, Bedulu, Kec. Blahbatuh, Kabupaten Gianyar

Entry Fee: approx INR 80

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

12.  Pura Taman Saraswati:

A temple at the heart of the city of Ubud, right next to the Ubud royal palace is one of the most beautiful temples. Dedicated to goddess Saraswathi, this temple is the embodiment of grace with its foray that consists of a pond filled with pink lotuses and lined with trees. 

The epitome of Balinese architecture, this famous Ubud Temple is a sure shot on any tourist’s itinerary, especially they love getting photographed. People who come to the temple often indulge in a photoshoot session. Make sure you visit this temple around 7 pm as this is when there will be a spectacular cultural show of Balinese Dance performed every day.

Due to the lotus filled pond, people have nicknamed it the Ubud water palace as well. The main sanctum of this temple consists of three empty thrones that symbolize the Holy Trinity of Hinduism – Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. You will also find an idol of Saraswathi.

Location: Jl. Kajeng, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

13. Gunung Kawi Sebatu:

A serene and tranquil sanctum, just 20minutes away from Ubud amidst green hills is this Vishnu temple. This Bali temple is built on a natural spring that also happens to feed a few ponds and streams nearby.

The complex has many smaller temples, two bathing pools, and a fountain as well. People looking for peace come here as the very environment surrounded by mountains and water bodies imbibes a sense of harmony in us. 

Towards the Northern part of the complex, you will see the gateway to the main shrines. 

This Ubud Temple celebrates its temple anniversary during every first full moon of the Balinese calendar, which is also called the Purnama Sasih Kasa.

Location: Sebatu, Tegallalang, Gianyar

Entry Fee: approx INR 200 for adults and INR 100 for kids

Timings: 8 am to 4 pm

14.  Pura Gunung Lebah:

An 8th-century temple, the key to the origin of one of Bali’s most important cities – Ubud. 

Cozily perched on a hill in the Campuhan valley at the confluence of the tributaries of Sungai Cerik river, Gunung Lebah simply translates into – the valley temple. 

The gurgling water, lush greenery, and an age-old temple with beautiful carvings are a sight to behold. Scriptures say that this temple was commissioned by the historic Hindu priest Rsi Markandeya. 

This temple is at its festive best during its anniversary celebrations – The Piodalan.

The temple has 3 courtyards. You can freely visit the first one but the other two are opened only during festivals. From the first courtyard itself, you will be able to see the Padmasana, the main shrine. The complex also has a pavilion where the cultural shows are held. There is also a majestic bell tower which has the temple’s huge bell made of wood. The merus of the temples are of varying numbers. 

Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar

Entry Fee: approx INR 100

Timings: 24*7

15.  Jagatnatha Temple:

The biggest temple in the whole of Bali, this temple is dedicated to the Supreme –  Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa – which is “The divine Oneness” in Balinese language. This temple is unique from the rest of the others. Starting from the name itself, It doesn’t follow the usual nomenclature of naming the temple after the place where it is situated. 

Another one of its uniqueness is that the temple is not managed by an appointed set of people but by regular volunteers.

The main shrine of this Bali temple is made of white coral stone. The temple is studded with mesmerizing sculptures and artifacts that it is hard not to stare at them. It also has the main padmasana and a fish pond. The festival season is when the atmosphere in here is fully charged and always has the record of the highest visitors. 

Location: Jl. Surapati, Dangin Puri, East Denpasar

Entry Fee: approx INR 250

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

16.  Tirta Empul:

Considered to be the most sacred of the water temples of Bali. The name of the temple itself implies the meaning, ”The Holy Spring” and the water here is said to purify you. There is a reason behind all this as well. Legend has it that Lord Indra created this holy spring referred to as “The Amerta” to save his troops, as an antidote to a venomous spring which was created by the evil king Beelzebub Mayadenawa.

Though different sources give different periods of its construction, this temple was built approximately in the 930 ADs. Some people also call it the Tampaksiring temple due to its location. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is worshipped in the name of Lord Narayana. The temple is divided into three courtyards and the center yard (Jaba Tengah) is where the pools are situated. There are 2 pools and 30 showers in this yard.

One of the historical landmarks of Bali, this significant water temple also has the responsibility of overlooking the irrigation system(Subuk System) of the surrounding villages.

Location: Jl. Tampaksiring, Manukaya, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar

Entry Fee: approx INR 300

Timings: 7 am to 5 pm

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17.  Petitenget Temple:

A landmark temple of the bustling resort city of Seminyak. This Bali Hindu temple is said to be built in the 14th century and according to the local myths has a mysterious history. 

If you break down the name of the temple, the meaning goes like this; Peti- coven, and Tenget – haunted. 

There are many stories corroborating this name. The most famous one being that of a creature named “Bhuta Ijo” who was being assigned to guard a magic box made people who came near the box falling ill. This temple was thus built in order to contain him. And to date, they say that there is a coffin buried deep in the temple with his spirits.

Compared to the other temples this Bali temple of Seminyak is smaller. People come here to offer prayers and conduct family rituals. The best time to visit this temple is during its anniversary celebration as that is when everything at this place gets very festive and colorful. The architecture of the temple is simple yet extremely beautiful. Its presence on the shore of the Petitenget beach makes this temple one of the best sunset spots of the region.

Location: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kabupaten Badung

Entry Fee: approx INR 300

Timings: 24*7

18.  Kehen Temple:

An age-old temple of architectural marvel was established approximately in the 13th century. The word Kehen is derived from the Balinese script meaning “the flame”. In the olden days during the coronation ceremony the kings were made to take the oath in front of the God of fire – Hyang Kahen or Hyang Api. And if he was proved unfaithful he would be cursed. 

Even the trees in the premises are considered to be sacred and if even a small branch broke, legend has it that havoc will prevail. As usual, this temple is also divided into three sanctums and the inner sanctum is where the 11 tiered Meru is built along with the sacred padmasana dedicated to the Trinity of the Hindu religion. 

Many festivals are celebrated in this temple in honor of the gods and goddesses of Balinese Hinduism. And this is the time when the temple is decked up and has a harmonious environment.

Location: Jalan Sriwijaya, Cempaga village, Bangli residency,

Entry Fee: approx INR 350 for kids and INR 170 for kids

19.  Yeh Pulu:

Amidst the serene rice fields is this mesmerizing archaeological wonder which stretches for about 25 meters. Said to be carved in the 14th century, this place was only discovered during the late 20th century by the Dutch. 

The name of this place is derived from two words, Yeh – meaning water or spring and Pulu meaning container. The reason for naming this rock-cut carving Yeh Pulu is because of its surroundings, The plush rice fields, and the freshwater spring. There is even a rice barrel (Pulu) in the center of this courtyard. 

This rugged place depicts many Hindu deities including the lord with the elephant head  Lord Ganesha. Present between the rivers Petanu and Pakerisan this ancient abode is just a short travel from the infamous Goa Gajah. 

Location: Jalan Yeh Pulu Blahbatuh, Bedulu, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar

Entry Fee: approx INR 300 for adults and INR 150 for kids

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

20.  Tanah Lot:

The Iconic island temple, off Bali shores, literally means “Land in Sea” was built in the 16th century in dedication to the Sea God – Dewa Baruna. A mythological temple, Tanah Lot is one among the 7 sea temples and is a part of an important ritual called the Melasti Ritual which aims at cleansing the world from sins by symbolically obtaining eternal water(Tirta Amirta). 

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One can reach the temple only during low tides. The temple requires regular tinkering as the ever crashing waves tend to erode the surface and cause structural damages. 

This temple which sits majestically atop a huge coral rock is said to be guarded by venomous snakes, present below its surface which is rooted in the ocean.

The most stunning aspect of this famous temple of Bali is that the sunset here is unmatched! 

Location: Jalan Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan

Entry Fee: approx INR 300 for adults and INR 150 for children

Timings: 7 am to 7 pm

Things To Remember:

  • Attire is considered an important gesture of respect. Knees and shoulders have to be covered at all times with a sarong and sash. If you don’t have one, you will always be able to rent it, outside the temple.
  • Be careful while walking on the temple premises. There might be offerings kept on the ground and it is considered bad luck if you step on it.
  • There are strict rules prohibiting women on their periods and pregnant women from entering the temple.
  • No pointing feet towards the temple nor stand higher than the priest

Final Thoughts:

Religion and culture is an integral part of Balinese Life. And to see what Bali is really about, one should definitely try and understand at least a little bit about what they hold precious the most. Bali is this beautiful scenic place only because of the beliefs it has been nurturing and because of this, they have taken good care of all that surrounds them, from small plants to humongous volcanic mountains.

To conclude, short and sweet, you will be missing out on the essence of Bali if you skip visiting these beautiful Bali Temples. This being said, to experience the magical  Balinese Nature don’t miss out on these best waterfalls of Bali!

There is something magical about the bubbling and sparkly waters gushing from multiple feet high amidst plush foliage! There is no one in the world who would not be able to resist a visit to these unbound natural beauties. The Island of Gods, Bali is not only a destination with amazing beaches and magnificent temples, it also has some of the most gorgeous waterfalls hidden away in its depths. 

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A paradise for solace seekers and nature enthusiasts, these are the liquid gems which will definitely help in your rejuvenation and calming your soul, and get you all refreshed from the daily mundane activities and stress.

Below are a few from the multitude of waterfalls present in Bali.

Best Waterfalls in Bali:-

1.  Sekumpul Waterfall:

Deemed to be the Most Beautiful one among all the Bali waterfalls, the name of this waterfall is a Balinese word for “group” or “collection”. This plunging beauty is named so because this waterfall is made up of a set of seven falls gliding through the thick jungles of a village of the same name – Sekumpul. 

Each of the falls is different in their sizes and are separated by lush green hills of bamboo and coffee cultivation. The highest waterfall among the seven is about 260 feet tall. Known to be one of the most adventurous trekking trails, it offers adventure seekers some good challenges. However the path is such that nobody will mind it, the scenic beauty itself is enough to cheer you up. You will come by small streams on your way. But all the hard work does pay off once you arrive at the waterfalls.

Location: Sekumpul, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171

Timings: 24*7

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 110

Best period to visit: April to October (the tropical dry season)

How to reach: a two-hour drive from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta

2. Yeh Mampeh Waterfall:

Also called Les Waterfalls, as it is situated in a cute little village named Les. One among the hidden gems in Bali, this is a waterfall which is known only to the adventurous few. The pure white cascading waterfalls is a sight to behold amidst all the foliage. 

One of the tallest Bali waterfalls, it comes tumbling down from a height of about 130 feet. And hence the name means “Flying Water” in Balinese. You could easily spend a whole day at this untouched territory. You can take a leisurely swim in its naturally formed blue swimming pool, explore the nearby caves, and just allow yourself to be lost in the gorgeous and rich nature surrounding the falls.

Location: Buleleng, Les, Tejakula, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81173

Timings: 6:30am to 7pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 120

Best period to visit: December to February (peak rainy season)

How to reach: an hour from Kintamani

3.  NungNung Waterfall:

Hands down, the best waterfall in Bali. This waterfall is nothing but a treat for the eyes! Crashlanding from a height of 165 feet, this charmer is the tallest among all falls on this island. Situated in a small village called NungNung, the path to this waterfall itself is a thriller. 

This fall is present at the bottom of a gorge and you will have to climb down about 500 steps. The steps might seem a bit risky, you will have to be really careful while descending them. However, you are in for a feast at the bottom. The welcoming sight of the gorgeousness of the cascading water amidst the dense green plantations and paddy fields making a serene pool at the foot will surely hypnotize you with its beauty. 

Location: Air Terjun Nungnung, Belok/Sidan, Petang, Badung Regency, Bali

Timings: 9am to 4pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 110

Best period to visit: December to February (peak rainy season)

How to reach: an hour and a half drive from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta; nut just half an hour away from Ubud

4.  Aling-Aling Waterfall:

The one of its kind Bali Waterfalls, this one is especially for the adventure seekers. All of us would have only seen water slides in amusement parks. But in Bali, we can actually experience a natural water slide of a superb 115 feet. 

This is a unique waterfall that comes tumbling down as twins with each at a speed of their own. And the main attraction here is how it has formed a slide in the hills along which you could just slide into the mesmerizing swimming pool. Present in the village of Sambangan, you will have to trek through rice fields and multiple flights of stairs. 

But, you will never be disappointed once you reach your destination which is a guaranteed promise! 

Location: Jl. Raya Desa Sambangan, Sambangan, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161

Timings: 8am to 4pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 650

Best period to visit: April to June (just after monsoon ends)

How to reach: a two-hour drive from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta

5.  Tegenungan Waterfall:

One of the most popular waterfalls in Bali this falls is different from all the previously mentioned ones, in terms of the location. Present in a village of Ubud called the Kemenuh village, between lush green paddy fields and dense jungles, but not situated on a mountain or a hill which is usually the type of spot where you will find such beauties. 

This is also a local hotspot for a quick recess from the boring duties of everyday life. You will always be able to see a few people in this fall happily spending their time with their buddies and loved ones. It is especially dear to the mature photographers who are on the path of making it big in that field. The best time to visit this Bali Waterfall would be during the sunset as the gleaming sun’s rays tend to reflect off the gushing waters.

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Location: Jl. Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Kec. Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581

Timings: 6:30am to 6pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 100

Best period to visit: October to April (wet season)

How to reach: half an hour drive from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta, but just 10 minutes from Ubud

6.  Peguyangan Waterfall:

An unparalleled beauty! Unknown to many of them this hidden treasure is actually tough to find. It is also known as the “Blue Staircase to Heaven”. Present on the side of the cliff right on the beach of the stunning Nusa Penida, it takes a descent of about  500 steps to reach the spot. You will have to take the guidance of a local guide for directions else you are bound to get lost. 

This waterfall is not the thunderous tumble of water from a stupendous height. But, is a blissful and bubbly flow of many cascades. This feature makes this falls one of the best natural Spa where you can relax and get a massage for free. 

The best part of this being the final destination of the water that tumbles down the rocks. They go and join the sea directly and hence this provides one of the best panoramic views in the whole of Bali. To add there is also a temple down the waterfalls.

Location: Nusa Penida, Batukandik, Nusapenida, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80771

Timings: 6am to 7pm

Entry Fee (per person): Free 

Best period to visit: April to October ( as the rainy season is extremely risky)

How to reach: Right on the Southeast coast of the Nusa Penida beach

7.  Gitgit Waterfall:

A 115 feet tall mesmerizing shower of water is another tourist magnet of Bali. Most of the tourists on their way to the Lovina beach make sure to have a pit stop at this scenic spot. A great place to refresh and just plunge into during the peak summers. The nature surrounding this Bali Waterfall is out of the world. Wherever you see you are bound to find only greenery, every inch of the way. 

Given it is one of the most popular destinations, there are even a few adventurous activities like, canoeing, cliff jumping, swinging right across the falls, and much more. Along with this unequivocal beauty, there are also legends associated with it. 

You also have to watch out for your belongings as there are many monkeys as well. One of the famous ones is that is a couple bathing together in this waterfall, they will undergo separation in the near future!

So all the honeymoon couples out there you have been warned!

Location: Jl. Raya Bedugul – Singaraja, Gitgit, Kec. Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161

Timings: 7am to 5pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 120

Best period to visit: November to March

How to reach: a two-hour drive from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta

8.  Tibumana Waterfall:

Another one of Nature’s treasures, this small yet gorgeous cascade of twin falls is like a picture straight out of a romantic movie. Falling straight down a small height of 65 feet it forms a perfect curtain to the hidden caves. These crystal clear waterfalls lie in the Apuan village in the Susut Bangli district of Bali. It also forms one of the most tempting natural swimming pools which is securely guarded by the rocks. 

The best place to splash around and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Mere words are not enough to describe such elegance. One should really not miss visiting this Bali Waterfall.

There is even a belief attached to this fall. Locals are of the opinion that the caves are a secret pathway to the most revered  Balinese Hindu temple, The Besakih temple!

Location: Banjar Bangun Lemah Kawan, Bangli, Bali

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 120

Best period to visit: December to March

How to reach: almost an hours drive from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta

9.  Tukad Cepung:

There cannot be any other waterfall as beautiful as this one. Sourcing from a river, this secret waterfall is the newest addition to the long list of Bali Waterfalls. You have to be in-person to soak in the beauty of this place. The waterfall plunges into the depths on the cliff making it the most photogenic places ever. Extremely suitable for a romantic photoshoot, you should consider yourself lucky if you get to spot the magical rainbow formation across this enchantress. 

A little bit of a struggle to locate, but once you locate this falls, it is really hard to leave it back and move on to the next destination. Though not surrounded by greenery on all sides of the falls, this place has a sprawling cliff top as a spectacular replacement.

However, given that this fall is in the middle of a cliff, one should always be mindful of the water level and it is always advised to have some knowledge of the weather forecast before heading straight here.

Location:  Jalan Tembuku, Dusun Penida Kelod, Tembuku, Bangli regency

Timings: 6am to 5pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 110

Best period to visit: April and October (the chances of flooding is less)

How to reach: an hour and a half drive away from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta

10. Kanto Lampo Waterfall:

A picture-perfect waterfall near the beach city of Seminyak, this is located in a modest village of Beng. When you picture a waterfall, what comes to your mind is exactly what you will see and experience here. Just the right amount of adventure, mystery, and folktales makes this Bali Waterfall even more interesting. 

Apart from being one among the most attractive destinations, this is also believed to be a blessing to the locals. The story has it that this waterfall was born recently post some serious prayers. There is even a cave near this waterfall which is said to have emerged after the prayers and currently it is being used for meditation. This cave is also inhabited by some of the rear species of Bats as well. There is a Hindu temple as well in the premises which have some beautiful carvings on it!

Location: Beng, Gianyar, Bali 80581

Timings: 7 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee (per person): approx INR 100

Best period to visit: April to September (during the dry season as it is difficult to reach during the rainy season)

How to reach: An hours drive away from Canggu, Seminyak, and Kuta

Things to Remember:

  • Wear proper sports shoes and full pants, as the paths are not always straightforward and you might have to hike through thick jungles to get you to the desired waterfalls
  • Keep your things in a waterproof bag. Don’t forget to carry a first aid kit and sufficient drinking water
  • Towels, waterproof lens bag for your camera(if any), bathing suits, and any lotion or prescribed medications if necessary

Final Thought:

It is definitely not possible to visit all the waterfalls in one single vacation. However, these destinations are such that if you spend a holiday dedicated to only the Bali waterfalls you will still feel very refreshed and not at all bored. 

When you have such soothing locations, why think of other places?