There’s no doubt that Bali is one of the most photogenic islands in the world. Ever since the movie Eat Pray Love was released and it showed this enchanting island in the most picturesque way, tourists have since then been thronging this island in uncountable numbers.
If Indonesia had to mention its most popular and beautiful island, it would be, with no doubt, Bali. It’s a tropical paradise as it attracts travelers of all kinds. Despite the fact that it is filled with tourists, the islands provide you with rich natural beauty.
Whether it is trekking by a volcanic peak or cycling by lush landscapes or enjoying misty waterfalls, or clicking pictures by the beach during sunsets or the rice paddy fields, there is an attraction for everyone. Most importantly, there’s diversity for everyone.
10 Most Instagrammable Places In Bali
If Bali is in your bucket list, in this blog we share with you some of the most Instagrammable places in this island. They are totally worth it!
1. Bamboo Forest at Penglipuran Village, Bangli
Imagine a road that looks like a tunnel covered with bamboo trees on both ends? The roads in Bamboo Forest, as the name suggests, is surrounded by arched trees that makes it look like a tunnel.
And it’s perfect! It is located at a distance of 5 meters from the traditional village of Penglipuran. So when you are visiting here, you could also do sightseeing on this beautiful tunnel-like road.
The bamboo forest area is about 7 hectares and it’s only and only bamboo plants here, no other plants. And if safety is a concern for you, do not worry, the forest is really safe and you won’t have to encounter any wild animals, or snakes or poisonous insects.
It is nice to walk in the shades of the bamboo trees to see them from closer by and to take photos in the middle of the bamboo trees.
FYI Fact: Not many villages in Indonesia have a bamboo forest like Penglipuran village. This bamboo forest is the source of living for the villagers here. They are allowed to cut the trees as long as they will be used for building materials or for handicrafts.
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2. Doors Of Heaven in Pura Lempuyang
One of the most popular destinations for Instagrammers in all of SouthEast Asia has to be this beautiful chain of temples, the entrance of which is popularly known as Doors Of Heaven.
There are a total of 6 temples in the overall complex. The Doors of Heaven is by far one of the most beautiful ones.
Not only would you be in for picture-worthy views but also witness to be in one of the most photographed places on Earth.
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Try experimenting with dramatic effects or play around with the lightings. Lempuyang temple is locally known as Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang which are considered to be the pillars of Bali.
Mythologically speaking, it is the “six places of Gods”.
FYI Fact: As per the beliefs of Balinese, they are considered the pivotal points of the island and they tend to provide for spiritual balance to Bali.
They lie on top of Bisbis hills in Mount Lempuyang which is at an altitude of 1.175 meters from above sea level.
The domain is located on the east (pure) and the color is mostly white which is associated with the domain of Balinese god Iswara.
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3. Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is one of the most exotic islands of the three Nusa islands, which are a conglomeration of cliffs and lagoons.
They provide tourists with picturesque views and natural features. The island became popular for their sanctuary and the endangered species of Bali starlings.
It is covered across an area of 20 sq km. Even though the infrastructure around it has not developed, the natural beauty covers up for the rich and untethered cultural highlights and natural beauty.
To reach here, you need to catch a boat from Nusa Lembongan which is at a distance of approximately 20 minutes.
If you are in for sightseeing some natural beauty, we suggest you do visit Atuh Beach, which is on the southeastern coast of Nusa Penida covered with green hills.
There is another popular beach near it called the Pasih Uug which translates in English for ‘broken beach’ since it was once a large cave that collapsed to become a larger beach.
Things to do: There is a white sand beach nearby called Crystal Bay where one can enjoy diving sites with crystal blue coral reefs and even whale sharks for seasonal highlights.
You could also go for snorkeling. There are local shops in and around it for refreshment purposes and chilling out. The sunset views from here are to die for!
In Nusa Penida, Kelingking beach is famous for their beaches too. The beach offers stunning views of the cliff stones.
Apart from that, it is the most instagrammed spot in the island.
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4. Tegalalang Rice Paddies In Ubud
The Tegalalang rice paddies in Ubud is one place in Bali you cannot miss out on if scenic spots are in your bucket list.
There are a number of chic cafes in and around it to enjoy Ubud’s view.
The budget hotels in and around here will cost you something between 40-50 USD per night for a room.
Imagine enjoying your lunch from here while also enjoying the breathtaking view of the rice paddy fields.
The fields are mostly made in terraced layout, which is traditionally known as subak, a kind of irrigation system.
Locals here who own cultivated lands here very often tend to invite tourists to taste their green coconut drinks.
You could even purchase their handmade woven hats that they make with coconut leaves.
There is a small village called Pakudui nearby, which is a dominion for craftsmen.
From ornamental woodwork to carvings, it’s a treat for handicraft lovers. You could also take up some sculptures made of wood.
If you want to enjoy local talent at its best, we suggest you visit this nearby village too.
How To Get There: It is a 20 minutes drive from North of Ubud. The road is mostly smooth and straight and you could either take a scooter or a car, as per your convenience, even if you are driving alone.
There is a huge parking space near to the paddies where you can drop your vehicle and the fees for the parking would be around 10k IDR.
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5. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls
Banyumala Twin Waterfalls are situated in the northern part of Bali in an area called Munduk.
It is mostly a 45 minutes drive from Munduk village. You have to take a road named Jalan Raya Wanagiri, which is along the coastline of Lake Buyan.
It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bali and one of the best parts of this scenic place is that it is less crowded compared to the other tourist attractions.
It is a simple day drive if you wish to rent a scooty or get a driver.
The jungle is not unsafe, and the pool is perfect to plunge in for a good day’s swim basked by the greenery around it.
It is located amidst the crater rim road of Munduk and the main highway of Denpasar.
Although the location is not that easy to find, keep following the faded signboards from Lake Buyan onwards.
The waters of this fall are moderately cool and the depth is at a moderate level too, with the deepest level being 6.5 feet.
There is a trail of bamboo tunnels before reaching the waterfalls and from here on you can hear the sounds of crashing water.
However, keep in mind that the rocks in the water are sharp so do not forget to carry your sandals along.
Accommodation around Banyumala Twin Waterfalls: There are two famous places around the waterfalls if you wish to spend a night or two in it. Here are the two options-
- Lovina: Lovina is a famous tourist destination for beach lovers. Lovina has some beautiful black sand beaches in it. You could enjoy your dinner while the sunsets. The accommodation charges are also pretty low and it is slightly less crowded.
- Bedugul: The accommodation charges are slightly higher as compared to Lovina. It is again a popular tourist destination and there are a range of lakes, temples, and waterfalls in and around Bedugul.
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6. La Brisa, Canggu
One of the latest and most picturesque sunset spots of Canggu has been La Brisa. It is attracting Insta-celebs from across the globe.
There is everything here that you can imagine in a tropical paradise- nautical, boat wood, waves overlooking the beach of the Echo.
To add to that it is a hotspot for food and cocktails and the party goes on all night long.
Need you ask anything more to groove through a Friday night?
Aforementioned, it is situated in the foreshore of Echo beach and the view is simply breathtaking to say the least.
The hospitality of the staff is the icing on the cake.
FYI Fact: The very concept of the beach club is written in the name -La Brisa which means sea breeze wild and enchanting yet pleasantly soothing.
La Brisa Bali built using reclaimed wood from more than 500 old fisherman boats, and expertly hand decorated, La Brisa today is one of the trendiest, yet sustainable eco-friendly venues in the island that radiates true Balinese character and serves up some of the lip-smackingly delicious food and cocktails.
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7. Mount Batur in Kintamani
Imagine hiking over a volcano, that is Mt Batur for you.
Wikipedia describes Mount Batur as “an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia”.
It is a tourist attraction for sunrise lovers.
If you can manage to wake up in the wee hours of the morning for a drive to the mountains and if an adventurous mountain hike is also on the checklist, Mount Batur is the ideal spot for you.
The hiking will be about two hours and it could get quicker if you take lesser breaks in between.
And also keep in mind that you would be trekking over a volcano which is at a steep of 1717 meters and at an altitude of 5633 feet above sea level.
You Definitely Need To Know This: At the base of Mount, Batur is a gigantic crater lake and a splattering of local villages, many of which have existed in the mountain’s shadow for decades.
While Mount Batur is classed as an active volcano, it hasn’t erupted since 2000 unlike Bali’s Mount Agung, which erupts once a while.
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8. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan
This is a floating temple which is situated on the shores of Lake Bratan and going by the pictures of it on Instagram it is the most photographed temple of Bali.
It has multi-roof shrines and the glasses reflect the lakes making it incredibly photogenic.
It is a Hindu temple that has been devoted to the three Hindu gods namely Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma.
There are mountains on all the sides of the lake which gives a dreamy touch to the spot.
Along with its popular relevance and picturesque location, it is also symbolic of the characteristic features of Balinese architecture.
As the pictures suggest, it is also known as the Floating Temple, and the Balinese Goddess of water, Dewi Danu, is also worshipped here.
Things To Know Before Reaching Pura Ulun Danu Bratan: From Seminyak it is a 2.5 hours drive, while if you travel from Ubud it is mostly a 1.5 hours drive. The opening hours here are from 8 am to 6 pm. You can even hire a boar on the lake depending on the timings it is open on.
When you are inside the temple, ensure that you take enough time to walk around and enjoy the beauty of the place but on foot.
You can also do some fishing along the edge of the lake.
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9. Thomas Beach in Uluwatu
Thomas beach is located on the southern tip of Bali. At one point of time there was only access to the beach by going through one of its neighbouring beaches namely, Labuan Sait.
You could paddle by the coast of Thomas Beach to reach here. However now, there are stairs that go down to Thomas Beach, so you do not need to paddle around the coast.
If you drive to Thomas Beach by scooty, there will be two side roads that will lead you here.
But even if both the roads are different, they will take you to the same parking area.
Once you park, you have to walk down steps of about 100 meters, which are moderately steep.
But you can assure you the traveling will be worth it!
Things to know about Thomas Beach: Once a while when the swells begin to roll on from the southern beaches, it is a great time for divers to do some deep-sea diving and snorkeling.
In case you want to rent a surfboard, you can rent one in the nearby local shops for about 50k IDR which you can use for about 2-3 hours.
If the tide remains low, there are some rocky outcrops and small caves that you will notice by the coastline.
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10. Monkey Forest in Ubud
Located within the village of Padangtegal in Ubud, the Monkey Forest is a natural conservation centre and a Hindu temple.
There are around 700 monkeys in this place and about 190 different species of trees which covers an area of 12.5 hectares of forest, while you also get to breathe in the abundance of fresh air.
The area enclosed by the temple walls and the forest area around it is considered sacred. The place is open daily between 8:30 am to 6 pm.
Tickets are only available up to 5:30 pm, after which entry is not allowed. The entry fees for adults is about 80k IDR.
Things To Keep In Mind In Monkey Forest:
- Do not panic when you see the monkeys jump around because they are not confined in this place. If they approach you, do not run either. Just drop some food and walk slowly. And avoid shouting as they tend to frighten them.
- Never look a monkey in their eyes as it is a sign of aggression and it tends to provoke them.
- Do not bring in plastic bags or papers as it creates litter in the forest.
- Take good care of your belongings, especially from the monkeys.
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