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Balinese Bliss: 9 Picturesque Attractions in Bali

by Sarah Joyce Garcia

People nowadays, with the rise of social media, love to take photos wherever they go and post them in various social media platforms. Who doesn’t want to have that Instagram feed that is visually pleasing and showcases your great adventures all at once? 

Recently, I went to Bali, Indonesia and was able to capture some of the top and worthy Instagrammable places. Whether or not you’re into photography, this is the place to be. There’s no need for expert photography skills, as the locations are effortlessly picturesque and beautiful. 

As a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali Island is famous for its natural beauty such as the white sand beaches, natural lakes and rice terraces. Bali has a lot of places that you must get a sight of. 

Let’s get to know more of this paradise – here’s a rundown of the most picturesque locations that you might want to visit, which will guarantee you amazing pictures and a great adventure!

1. Alas Harum Swing
The Bali Swing is currently getting all the hype. There are a lot of angles to take your famous Bali swing shot. But here is one place that we went to, that you can also try – the Alas Harum Agro Tourism. It’s a picturesque landscape of multi-level rice fields. You can also explore through the dikes between these rice fields. Enjoy the views from the top as you swing into the air while capturing that famous Bali swing shot.

Alas Harum Swing is also a venue to experience the popular “luwak” coffee and try 7 kinds of tea and other coffees. To sit on a terrace with a glass floor and a jungle view is the best way to enjoy your drink.

2. Tirta Empul Temple 
Tirta Empul is a “holy mountain spring” which is a cultural heritage site in Bali. Situated within the temple is a source of water that continuously flows on a number of ponds and pools, directly going in the Tukad Pakerisan River. The Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple has some of the most fascinating views you will ever see.

3. Tirta Gangga
This former royal palace was turned into beautiful open gardens. Tirta Gangga Water Palace Bali boasts of its  pools and fountains and has an atmosphere of authentic royal magnificence. It is surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens, stone carvings and statues. Something not to miss are the famous stepping stones that lead to the 11-tier fountain centre piece. This part of Tirta Gangga is probably the most photographed, more so because of the Balinese statues and fish ponds. Tip: Take a photo while feeding the fishes.

4. Ujung Water Palace
This was also a former palace; a sister site of Tirta Gangga and now known as the Ujung Park or Sukasada Park.  Its design is a fusion of Balinese and European architecture. There are three large ponds connected by long elegant bridges and pathways, all situated in this 10 hectares of land. 
The features of this destination and mountainous backdrop located to its north, and the sea to its south-west, make it a favorite location for artistic photographers.

5. NUSA ISLANDS
Nusa Penida is an island in Bali that’s relatively undeveloped. If you want to have a feel of real island life, this is the place to be. You won’t find flashy beach clubs, organic cafes or trendy restaurants here, but scenic views and photo-worthy spots await you.

5A. KELINGKING BEACH (T-REX)
This instagram famous coastal cliffscape, which does look like a T-rex, is the most photographed spot on the whole island of Nusa Penida. This area cannot be missed, as tourists are always queuing up waiting for their photo opportunity. You can also go down to see the secluded and beautiful beach but just be cautious because it’s steep.

5B. ANGEL’S BILLABONG and BROKEN BEACH
On Nusa Penida Island’s south west cliff edges is a rock formation known as Angel’s Billabong. I was astonished to watch the massive ocean waves crashing over the side of the cliff and just appreciate its beauty. It was breathtaking, I must say. You can can also enjoy a dip in the crystal-clear natural infinity pool with jade, seaweed-covered rocks. But take extra caution in descending and avoid going down when it’s high tide. 
Just a couple of minutes walk around the corner from Angel’s Billabong comes another Instagram famous spot, Broken Beach. It is called Broken Beach due to the curvature that rests on the bay, allowing water to flow in and out from the beach.

5C. CRYSTAL BAY
Crystal Bay is the perfect place to end your island visit. It is one of the best places to watch a sunset from the entire Bali. This beautiful palm-fringed beach has scenic views, and it is enclosed by the nearby hilltops on both ends, which makes it a good spot for snaps. The bay is best known as one of Nusa Penida’s famous snorkeling and dive sites.

6. HANDARA GATE
What makes Handara Gate special? This is the iconic gate with a breathtaking view of green sceneries and hills. It is a popular landmark for tourists in search of Bali’s top Instagrammable locations.

7. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Bali has many beautiful temples but this maybe the most picturesque and most photographed temple in Bali over the years. The temple is located 1200 meters above sea level in Lake Beratan. This iconic spot is surrounded by a reflective surface which makes it look like a floating temple.

8.Puncak Danau Buyan Wanagiri
Swings are a common denominator in every main tourist attraction in Bali, including Wanagiri. Aside from the swing, they also have a bamboo lookout spot, nests and more. What makes it distinct is backdrop view over the tree tops and water.

9. Pura Luhur Lempuyang 
Lempuyang Temple is an ancient Balinese Hindu mountain temple that’s located in the East of Bali. Along the way of hiking to Mount Lempuyang’s summit, there are a number of temples that attract tourists, including the Gateway of Heaven which is the most famous among them all. When you look through the gate, Mount Agung is visible. This popular destination is a very photogenic attraction.
Given all these tourist attractions, now I know why Bali is one of the most frequented destinations in the world. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to visit the place as soon as you can, and I guarantee you of a stay that’s really worth every penny!