Bali Trip: My 6 Day Travelogue


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A Trip to Bali

According to Wikipedia, Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country’s 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island.

I was looking forward to this holiday just to relax, have fun time and eat to my heart’s content and mainly to experience the pleasure of spa treatment for the first time in my life. I was accompanied by my aunt (mausi). We planned the trip together and during those “planning” days the trip seemed to be exciting and I couldn’t wait to reach there. I took the cheapest airline (Airasia which operates from Malaysia) to reach Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport. But as soon as I checked into the resort (Aston Bali), I became extremely lazy and got spoilt by the traditional Balinese hospitality, luxury and the cosy atmosphere of the resort.

Bali resort Lobby

the resort lobby.

I arrived at 2am on DAY 1 and had a full day to wait for my aunt to arrive from Beijing. The resort had a Spa, Reflexology centre, swimming pool, private beach and many more. My anut’s friend had come from Pune to spend her vacation. We woke up very late the next morning, both had a stomach filling or rather heart filling breakfast at their cafe and just lazed around exploring the resort. The resort offers many activities such as village tour, yoga class, aqua aerobics, ping pong tournament(not the one Farha and Jomol chichi does ) fruit carving demonstration, Balinese dance lesson etc and many water sports.

A view of the beach from the resort.
A view of the beach from the resort.
The swimming pool.
The swimming pool.

DAY 2 started off very early. We had arranged for a guided tour to explore Bali. We went straight to Tohpati a place famous for Batik Art. They showed us different batik paintings and the way they do it. We purchased a lot of paintings, art work and dresses. Next destination was Celuk, to see silver and gold jewelleries being made. My aunt’s friend and I found it quite boring but my aunt had a fantastic time interacting with the blacksmith and goldsmith. After having a quick lunch we headed to Ubud to see the famous Monkey Forest. Ubud market is really a place worth a visit for its intricate wood carving shops and mask makers. The Monkey forest was really a scary place. I could hardly manage to walk along the slippery mud pathway leading to a temple inside the forest. The forest is a home for approximately 340 Balinese long-tailed macaques. Read about them here : http://www.monkeyforestubud.com/

A girl doing batik handloom work in Tohpati.
A girl doing batik handloom work in Tohpati.
 A busy street in Ubud.
A busy street in Ubud.
Ganapati sculpture kept for sale in Ubud.
Ganapati sculpture kept for sale in Ubud.
A street shop in Ubud selling batik paintings and clothes.
A street shop in Ubud selling batik paintings and clothes.

We reached back the resort by evening and went for foot reflexology massage at the resort owned spa.

Inside monkey forest.
Inside monkey forest.

Day 3 – First destination was Batubulan to see barong dance, a traditional Balinese dance form that tells the story of the eternal fight between good (barong) and the evil (Rangda).

Barong dance.
Barong dance.
A scene in the barong-play.
A scene in the barong-play.
Barong, the mythological animal which represents good spirit.
Barong, the mythological animal which represents good spirit.
My aunt’s friend and me with Barong
My aunt’s friend and me with Barong

Next destination was Kintamani to see Mount Batur, the active volcano, where you can witness a huge caldera with the black cone of the active volcano smoldering behind. You can drive all the way down to the old crater passing areas covered by the lava flows to reach Lake Batur. But we chose to move on so that we reach Tanah Lot Temple on time to see sunset.

Mt Batur and Lake Batur.
Mt Batur and Lake Batur.
A closer view.
A closer view.

Tanah Lot Temple is one of the seven sea temples built on a single rock in the sea. You can see many other small temples around Tanah Lot. The sunset at this temple was an awe-inspiring scene.

Tanah Lot Temple. You will have to wade through water to reach the temple.
Tanah Lot Temple. You will have to wade through water to reach the temple.

We did lots of street shopping. You will get wood carvings and paintings at very cheap rates at Tanah lot street shops.

Day 4 was quite a lazy day because we three chose to stay at the resort. We booked for a Spa treatment at the resort’s Spa. That was a heavenly experience with the traditional Balinese massage and body scrub. We chose Mandi Lulur scrub which is a mixture of rice flour, turmeric and sea salts.
By afternoon Aunt and her friend chose to go for deep sea diving and snorkelling while I chose to have a pedicure and manicure done, because I’m hydrophobic .

Day 5 we decided to go to Pura Gunung Kawi a temple dedicated to holy Pakersian River. It occupies two rows of ancient tombs on the banks of the river.

Gunung Kawi.

The entrance to Gunung Kawi.
The entrance to Gunung Kawi.
The temple.
The temple.

Next location was Singapadu to see ordinary Balinese living.

A typical Balinese house.
A typical Balinese house.

On our way back we stopped at Tegalalang to see rice terraces.

Day 6, Aunt’s friend had to leave for Pune. Aunt and I had another 6 days to explore Malaysia before winding up our trip. Our flight was scheduled to leave Bali at 10pm, so we had a full day and did not know what to do. We checked out of our resort and went to Kuta, a place famous for beaches, surfing, tattooing, piercing and hair braiding.
Kuta is the place where 2 Bali Bombings took place in 2002 and 2005. They have constructed a memorial for the Bali Bombing victims.

I could not walk till there because I sprained my leg while walking on the beach. So we just chose to spend the day sitting at the beach and McDonalds.

Bhima statue at a junction in Denpasar.
Bhima statue at a junction in Denpasar.
  Gitopadhesa (Mahabharata) sculpture in Kuta.
Gitopadhesa (Mahabharata) sculpture in Kuta.

PS: Bali is perfect for a honeymoon getaway. If you are not planning your trip with “him”, the exotic resort will be quite boring and you will definitely start missing ‘him”. I did. I have promised myself to spend a few days with him on this paradise island.

Have you ever been to Bali? Please share your experience.

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58 thoughts on “Bali Trip: My 6 Day Travelogue

  1. :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks: :methinks:
    sighhhhh……. :methinks: :methinks:
    meiko bhi jaaanaaaa hai bali :scream: :scream: :scream: :scream: :scream: :scream: :scream:

      1. chlooooooooo :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1:
        but sirf all girls trip… no boys n no boi fireendddssssssss allowed….. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

        1. ok pakkaaaaa………only girls…will have nice spa treatments too :makeup: :makeup: :makeup: :manicure: :manicure: :manicure: :manicure:

            1. :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1:
              yeaaayyyeyyayyayaya……. we ll post pics of IMBB bali meet next … :jiggy1: :happydance:

  2. wowww Sruthi………this is such a beautiful place.
    I love the culture and art. And the pics have come out superb.
    This must be a nice relaxing trip with the spa and reflexology centers. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    1. That was the highlight Jini..the massages and reflexology centre..and the pics **sigh** I dint knw the beauty of the pics before seeing it on IMBB..they are all taken with sony digi cam :-* :doh: :doh:

  3. very niceeeeeee article shruthi….. :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: u took awesom pics.. thnks for sharing it wid us :puchhi: :puchhi:

  4. Wowwwwwwwwwwww.. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Such an awessome writeup Shruthi….. Seems absolutely amazing place…Want to go there now..for proper honeymoon!! 😛 😛 😛

        1. haww..haan zaroor..but I’ll book the air tickets… I guess you’ve seen “Singh is King” he he he he…. “Jaana tha japan pahunch gaye cheen, samajh lena” :whistle: 😛 😛 😛

            1. iska matlab haan hai na didi 😀 😀 yahoooooooooooo
              kitna mzaaaa aayegaaa…bali chale hum….
              kimi didi….jiju…peeereeyaa…jinal aur mai.. :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1:

              1. Dont blame me if your aeroplane lands you in some alien land full with forests and aadivaasis!! :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

                1. wowwwiiieeeeeeee……….maza aayega…..humare aeroplane mein aap dono bhi honge na Kimi didi :vampire: :vampire: :vampire:
                  hum airport mein sath sath and aeroplane mein bhi sath sath :tongue:

                    1. OMGGGGGGGG noooopurrrrrrrrr :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho:

  5. Wow!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: This seems to be a perfect destination for Vaccations….awesomely Beautiful….. :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: :pompom: Nice Post Shruti…. :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

  6. wowww this place is heaven …… so much of nature and culture to soak up . . . wud b lovely to go there for a nice cozy honeymoon

    1. The trip costed me approx $2300, inclusive of hotel booking and sight seeing. Flight tickets would come around INR 36000 to and fro. :)) Do visit Bali, u will love the place Amel :thumbsup:

  7. Wow, just at looking at the pics i am relaxed and calmed. Wonder how nature comes to cure always. You must have had a great time Sruthi!

  8. its just wwwwwwwwwaaaaaaawwwwwwwww…………..beautiful place………..and Tanah Lot Temple………….i wanna go there……….. :chewnails :chewnails :drool:

  9. Wowwww I :heart: :heart: :heart: Bali … It was my best vacation ever …super duper relaxinggg 🙂 N the best part is that u feel RICH there…. paying in Lakhs :toothygrin:

    1. True..for the first 2 days I got so confused, I used to open my mobile calculator before bargaining :toothygrin:

  10. i loved the temple…would love to wade thru the water….and reach there…………….but doob na jaao…..kitna deep hai????? :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:

  11. baliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

    and the picturess
    badhiya kaam sundari :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

  12. W-O-W!!!!!! I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous of you :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: You get to go to awwwwwllll pwetty pwetty places :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa:

    1. Dont be Bhagya,u also plan a trip to Bali..u’ll love the place :thumbsup: and I’m not in a pretty place rite now..Reached Muscat early morning today,its soooo hottt here :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

  13. WOW!! Awesome pics Shruthi..it looks blissfully relaxing and very rich in culture too 🙂 I’m feeling relaxed just after looking at these pics!

  14. rati will bug sanjeev ji now. :pompom: :pompom: :pompom:
    i knw imbb is gona shut down for ew days now. :stars: :stars:
    someones planning a holidayyyy ?:) ?:) ?:)

  15. :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: wowwwww soooperrr i have no words..!!! :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

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