Bali in Brief
Bali is small island, the area of 5620 square km approximately from south to north 80 km and from east to west 140 km, is only 8 degrees south of the equator. Bali has a tropical climate which is hot all year. The average temperature hovers around 30 C. There are dry and wet seasons, dry season from April to September and wet season from October to March. Bali has two active mountain Mount Batur 1717 m high and Mount Agung 3140 m high it's eruption in 1963. South and north of the central mountains are agricultural lands. West part of Bali has an interesting collection of animal and plant life, especially in the West Bali National Park.
Bali is a province one of 30 provinces in Indonesia. For the governmental administration purpose the island is devided into 9 regencies. Every regency consists of several districts and every district has several administrative village. Bali population with an estimated 3.5 million peoples at the moment, almost 90% is Balinese Hindu relegion. There are is a strong sense of Balinese cultural identity, based on a unique relegion, elaborate ritual, language and caste, there are 4 diferrent caste in Bali, Brahmana, Kesatria, Wesia and Sudra. The Brahmanas have the prefix Ida Bagus (male) and Ida Ayu (female), the Kesatria Anak Agung or Cokorda Agung (male) and Agung Ayu or Cokorda Ayu (female, the Wesia I Gusti Ngurah (male) and I Gusti Ayu (female) and for Sudra the first child is Wayan or Putu, the second child is Made, Kadek or Nengah, the third child is Nyoman or Komang and number fourth is Ketut.
Balinese language is another language entirely with completely different vocabulary and grammar with Indonesian language. Balinese is greatly complicated by it's caste influences, to describe the language in terms of three forms, Low Balinese, is used between friends or family and when speaking to same caste, Polite Balinese, is used for talking to superiors or strangers, High Balinese, is used to indicate respect for the person being addressed.
Highlights interesting places to visit in Bali from Ubud
Middle of Bali
Visit Ubud area would be good for Bali tour, plan to stop to see Barong Dance at Batubulan Village, Bali Birds Park and Reptile Park including the Zoo Park, Ubud Monkey Forest and look around to buy some arts and handcrafts. Attractions near ubud include Tegenungan Waterfall, Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah), Tegallalang rice terraces, the spring water temple (Tirta Empul), drive up to Kintamani to view of Batur Lake and Batur Mount Volcano
, Bali Coffee Plantation and Gunung Kawi (Temple in in the rock) near tampaksiring
South of Bali
Visit the capital of Bali Denpasar City, Traditional market and Bali Museum, shopping mall, the Bukit Peninsula, huge project of GWK Statue, Kecak and fire dance, the cliff top of Uluwatu Temple Sunset
and surfing area. Nusa Dua of the five star hotels, Tanjung Benoa for parasailing or other water sport activities, visit nice beach of Kuta beach, Padang - Padang Beach, Sanur beach and Jimbaran Bay with beautiful beach and fresh seafood dinner when the sun goes down
North of Bali
Interesting to visit Taman Ayun Temple located in Mengwi District the temple also well known with Royal Mengwi Kingdom Temple, the temple has nice landscape and a lot of multitiered shrines (Meru), Bedugul area with Bratan Lake, Candi Kuning fruit and flowers market, Botanical Garden with orchid collection and the view of the Bratan Lake, Ulundanu Temple
well known with temple in the lake, twin lake Tamblingan Lake and Buyan Lake, the tour will visiting the highest Gigit Waterfall
West of Bali
Visit Alas Kedaton Forest with Monkey Colony and Fruit Bat hanging on the tree, Jatiluwih village
the most beautifull rice terraces in Bali, Butterfly Park at Wana Sari Village, Batukaru Temple famous with temple in the forest located on slope of Mount Batukaru, this temple was built in 11 century by Mpu Kuturan Priest, this temple dedicated to the god of Mahadewa and Tanah Lot Temple has nice view of sunset and rock formation
East of Bali
One of the most pleasant Bali private transport tour with Ubud Balinese driver to drive you around the slopes of Mount Agung where is the home of huge mother Besakih Temple, Bukit Jambul Hill with nice view overlooking to rice terraces and south coast of Bali, Sibetan village well known with Salak Fruit plantation, Tirtagangga Royal Pool with nice scenery and rice field around, East Bali tourist resort of Candidasa Beach
, Traditional Tengenan Village, Bat Cave Temple, Bali Safari Park and Old Court Justice in Klungkung Town