Travel to Bali Guide is part of Indonesia 2 Week Itinerary article

Bali is the prime tourist destination of Indonesia. And, it’s the first place that comes to many people’s mind when you say ‘Indonesia’. It deserves the title with numerous turquoise beaches, ancient Balinese Hindu temples, green and gold rice fields, and a tranquil vibe emanating from smiling faces of friendly locals. Being the tourist capital of Indonesia, it feels a bit too crowded. Travel to Bali is not just about the beaches and nightlife. There are ancient Balinese Hindu temples, some thousands of years old. UNESCO acclaimed golden terraces of rice, and some excellent off-the-beaten-path destinations in the northwest.

Travel to Bali Map


1 Week Travel to Bali Itinerary for Under Rs. 20,000 ($300)

All the prices are per person unless other wise noted. All prices are listed in Indonesian Rupiah (US$ / INR) format

CategoryCostQuantityTotal
Accommodation (Double)250,000* per night
($19/ 1200 INR)
6 nights750,000^ ($57/ 3,600 INR)
Transportation
(Car Rental)
300,000** per day
($15/ 950 INR)
5 days375,000^^ ($30/ 1,800 INR)
Food (3 meals a day)100,000 per day
($8/ 500 INR)
7 days700,000 ($53/ 3,400 INR)
Attraction Entrance Fees2,000,000 per person
($150/ 10,000 INR)
All the six attractions2,000,000 ($150/ 10,000 INR)
GRAND TOTAL3,825,000 (US$ 300 / 20,000 INR)

Total Cost = 3,825,000 IDR (US$ 300 / 20,000 INR) per person

* Average price of a double occupancy room

^ Total accommodation price divided by two to get per person price

** Average car rental price which can fit a total of four people

^^ Total car rental price divided by four to get per person price (Plus Fuel)

Bali Cost for Solo Budget Traveler

All the prices are per person unless other wise noted. All prices are listed in Indonesian Rupiah (US$ / INR) format

CategoryCostQuantityTotal
Accommodation (Hostel Dorm)100,000 per day
($8/ 500 INR)
6 nights600,000 ($45/ 2,900 INR)
Transportation
(Car Rental)
300,000* per day
($15/ 950 INR)
5 days375,000^ ($30/ 1,800 INR)
Economic Food (3 meals a day)50,000 per day
($4/ 250 INR)
7 days350,000 ($26/ 1,700 INR)
Attraction Entrance Fees2,000,000 per person
($150/ 10,000 INR)
All the six attractions2,000,000 ($150/ 10,000 INR)
GRAND TOTAL3,325,000 (US$ 250 / 16,000 INR)

Total Cost = 3,325,000 IDR (US$ 250 / 16,000 INR) per person

* Average car rental price which can fit a total of four people. Advisable to find other travelers in the hostel and rent a car together.

^ Total car rental price divided by four to get per person price (Plus Fuel)


Bali Little Known Facts

  • Bali is known as the island of a thousand temples. Each city, town, and village in Bali has at least 3 temples (More info at the end)
  • In Balinese, “Pura” means temple
  • The entrance of Balinese Hindu temples are marked by a ‘candi bentar’, split gateway signifying that visitors must enter the temple with an open mindset
  • Bali is the rice-basket of Indonesia. Volcanic soil and rainwater trickling down from mountain slopes into the valley result in highly fertile soil
  • Jatiluwih rice terraces follow 1200-year old traditional water management cooperative called “subak”, a UNESCO-recognized irrigation system
  • In the Subak water management system, irrigation water is brought from rivers or lakes to the terraces via canals. But before entering the fields, the water must pass through a temple

Travel to Bali – 1 Week Itinerary

Bratan Temple, Bali Indonesia Bratan Temple, Bali Indonesia

Day 1: Land in Denpasar and Check-in to your hotel

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar is the main airport in Bali. From India, airfares to Bali are usually cheaper from Kochi, Chennai, and Kolkatta. Pre-book your airport transfer with Bali Airport Taxi or if you plan to rent a self-drive car with Bali 4 Ride then get it delivered to the airport.

Majority of the people prefer to stay at a seaside resort in Kuta. We stayed in Denpasar. I recommend following hotels – Bali Jepun Guest House and Taman Suci Suite & Villas. Both had excellent ambiance, friendly staff, rustic décor, and tasty breakfast. They can be booked from – Booking.com

Day 2: Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, and Kecak Performance

If you don’t plan to rent a car or hire a taxi, then rent a scooter with Bali 4 Ride. Both Uluwatu and Tanah Lot temples can be reached by a scooter from Denpasar and Kuta.

After breakfast, head to 1000-year old Uluwatu Temple (INR 145/US$ 2), the Temple at Land’s End. It is a cliffhanger of a temple sitting 250 feet above the Indian Ocean. It was built 1000-years ago and is dedicated to Siva Rudra, the Balinese Hindu deity of all elements and aspects of life in the universe. The temple is believed to protect Bali from evil sea spirits while the monkeys in the temple protect from evil land spirits.

From Uluwatu temple head in the direction of Tanah Lot temple. On the way stop for lunch at Giridhari Vegan restaurant for mouth watering vegan Indonesian delicacies. The sampler is a must order to taste the different flavors of this beautiful island nation.

Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia Uluwatu Temple, Bali

Get to Tanah Lot Temple (INR 290/US$ 4) slightly before sunset. Pura Tanah Lot is a 400-year old temple dedicated to Balinese sea god Bharat Sagar. Nirartha, founder of the Shaivite priesthood in Bali, inspired local fishermen to build Tanah Lot in the 16th century. Catch a traditional Kecak dance-theater performance at the temple right after the sunset. Before heading to your hotel dine at NU DELHI Indian restaurant.

Bali Fact: In Balinese, “Pura” means temple and Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea”.

NOTE: To reach the places mentioned below, you will need to rent a self-drive car or a private taxi.

Day 3: Besakih Temple and Ubud

After breakfast and check-out, drive to Besakih Temple (62 km, 2 hours).

Besakih Temple, Bali Indonesia Besakih Temple, Bali

If there is only going to be one temple you are going visit in all of Bali, then make it Besakih Temple. Besakih Temple (INR 170/US$ 2.75) is ‘The Mother Temple’ of all the temples in Bali. There are 23 temples built on six levels. Believed to have been built 2000 years ago, Besakih temple is a pilgrimage for the Balinese Hindus. Tell a local in Kuta or Ubud that you are going to Besakih and notice the smile on their face. In 1963, lava from the erupting Mount Agung passed through the temple complex without harming any of the temples. The walls of the complex were then built from lava rock, hence the black color. I highly recommend hiring a guide otherwise you will miss on the intricate details of the temple.

Bali Fact: The entrance of Balinese Hindu temples is marked by a ‘candi bentar’, split gateway signifying that visitors must enter the temple with an open mindset.

After Besakih temple drive to Ubud (42 km, 1.30 hours). Check in to your hotel. I recommend staying at Duana’s Homestay. It is an eclectic homestay with a green common area, chirping birds, swimming pool, lavish breakfast, and within 5 minutes to downtown Ubud.

Day 4: Exploring Ubud, Goa Gajah Temple, and Saraswati Temple

Ubud is the hipster heart of Bali. It dances to its own music. And, losing yourself to this music is the only way to experience Ubud. That and visiting its boutique shops, rustic cafes, aromatic restaurants, and lively streets. I highly recommend visiting JamBali Cafe for Caribbean vibes, playful Jamaican flavors, and the friendly and charming owner Michelle. The vegan cheesecake at Earth Cafe is delicate and dream-inducing. Right across Earth Cafe is family run Warung Komang restaurant serving delicious vegetarian Gado-Gado, fried rice, and home-distilled Akira, a local alcohol distilled from coconut. Two other good vegan/vegetarian restaurants are Bali Buda Cafe and Veggie Table.

Visit Goa Gajah Cave Temple (INR 75/US$ 1), 6 km from downtown Ubud. Goa Gajah is a 1000-year old ‘Elephant Cave’ with three stone idols each wrapped in red, yellow and black clothes representing Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. The name Goa Gajah has Sanskrit bearing, Gajah being an elephant in Sanskrit. There is an idol of Ganesha inside the cave hence the name Elephant Cave.

Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, walking distance from downtown Ubud, is another beautiful temple worth visiting.

Day 5: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Check-out of your hotel in Ubud and drive to the floating Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple (45 km, 1.30 hours). Built in 1633, Pura Bratan temple is dedicated to Pura Bratan. The temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan. Lake Bratan is one the World’s 20 Most Beautiful Lakes according to Huffington Post. Lake Bratan is also a major source of irrigation water for rest of Bali. A unique feature of the temple is the figures of Buddha meditating in the lotus position on the left of the entrance to the first courtyard. Only Hindu temple in Bali with Buddhist idols.

After visiting Bratan temple, drive to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (22 km, 45 minutes).

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Bali Indonesia Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Bali

Have you ever seen gold grow in the soil? Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (INR 145/US$ 2) to witness the alchemy of nature. 600 Hectares of rice terraces dancing across the valley is a treat both for the eyes as well as the lens. The largest and most picturesque expanse of paddies, Jatiluwih rice terraces follow 1200-year old traditional water management cooperative called “subak”, a UNESCO-recognized irrigation system. In the Subak water management system, irrigation water is brought from rivers or lakes to the terraces via canals. But before entering the fields, the water must pass through a temple. Therefore, you will see a temple at the highest level of these terraces.

I highly recommend spending a night here to truly admire the landscape at different times of the day and witness variant colors the sun lends to these historic rice terraces. Numerous walking trails lead you to the myriad of green and gold. Dasa Vayu Cottage is a good option

Day 6: The Postcard Perfect Beaches of Bali

Drive from Jatiluwih rice terraces to Kuta (55 km, 2 hours). Today is all about the sun, the sand, and the surf. Find an idyllic beach among many postcard perfect beaches with golden sands and turquoise waters. Go snorkeling in the waters around Kuta or get wet and wild with water sports. Night stay in Kuta. Head to one of the world-renowned clubs to experience Bali nightlife.

Day 7: Onto your next destination


Bali Hotels

Hotels in Bali can be booked via – Booking.com


Bali Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants

Not all the restaurants mentioned are 100% vegan or vegetarians but they definitely have good vegan and vegetarian dishes


Indonesia Alcohol Beverages

There are a few local Indonesian alcoholic beverages that you must try. And, Bali is the best place to buy alcohol since it has the widest variety of local alcoholic beverages available. Bintang Supermarkets has the widest collection of alcohol beverages. Circle K stores also have a decent collection. So, what Bali Alcohol Beverages you should try?

  • Arak: coconut palm flower or rice liquor
  • Bali Moon: coffee, pineapple, banana, coconut, and melon flavored liqueur
  • Tuak: Rice wine
  • Hatten and Sababay local wines
  • Anker and Bali Hai beers. Better than widely available Bintang

Bali is known as the island of a thousand temples. And each city, town, and village in Bali have at least 3 temples. One for each of the Hindu Holy Trinity. The temple of Brahma (the Creator) is located in the center of city/town/village. The temple of Vishnu (the Preserver) is located near a water body since water is the preserver of life. The temple of Shiva (the Destroyer) is situated near cremation ground.

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