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based on 12 nights & selected experiences
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This itinerary provides the perfect combination of culture and exploration
Explore the dense jungles and waterfalls or lesser visited Munduk
Meet with a traditional elder and learn about the heritage of Bali's unique culture.
Explore the abundant rice paddies and sprawling villages surrounding Ubud.
Bali’s climate is warm and humid, temperatures averaging between 21°C and 31°C. Short bursts of rain occur from November until April, making the velvet green landscape come alive. April to October is the dry season, although in hilly Ubud, you rarely feel too hot.
Festival periods can get busier. In Ubud, however, you never feel the crowds. This is the advantage Ubud has over the south coast area that can get packed to bursting around August, Christmas and New Year.
Bali’s appeal lies in its diverse nature. Offering visitors golden beaches or dramatic volcanoes, jungle trekking or blissful spa retreats, Bali’s is a snapshot of Indonesia in one island. This itinerary focuses on the history and culture of Bali and will appeal to those looking to delve a little deeper into the heritage of this paradise island.
Your holiday to Bali starts in the central highlands in Ubud. A compact town nestled in the shadows of Mount Agung, Ubud is famed for showcasing the heart and soul of Bali. As diverse as the island itself, Ubud offers visitors authenticity, adventure, culture and of course luxury. During your time in Ubud we have included a traditional experience that will see you meet with a local Brahman (priest) known as Gusde and his family. A descendant of the holy priests who brought Hinduism to Bali in the 9th century you will be welcomed into his family home where you will have the opportunity to learn about and try for yourself some of Bali’s cultural traditions including the art of wood-carving. Later, you will assist the family in preparing a traditional local meal using some of Bali’s exotic fruits and spices. Invigorated by your home-cooked meal, the afternoon will see you receive a purifying Balinese blessing and destiny reading using ancient Balinese techniques. Throughout the tour you will have the opportunity to walk around the local village, meet the inhabitants and witness the daily rituals of Balinese life. The rest of your time in Ubud is at leisure. You might like to explore central Ubud’s many markets or hire a bicycle and cycle around the surrounding villages and rice paddies. With options galore, we can help you plan out your perfect Ubud adventure.
Your next destination within Bali is the east coast and the town of Manggis. Offering dense jungles, black sand beaches and dramatic views over the bustling Lombok Strait, Manggis and the east coast epitomise getting off the beaten track. Local life reigns supreme here and traditions, ceremonies and culture can be witnessed daily in the village itself. Spend your time relaxing in your accommodation or trekking to neighbouring waterfalls. Hire bikes and explore local villages or hire a car and independently explore Bali’s undiscovered east coast. We have included a heritage tour during your time here allowing you to get under the skin of this lesser-visited region. Visit Klungkung Palace, an expertly maintained example of traditional Balinese architecture before travelling through the beautiful uninterrupted rice paddies of the east coast to Candidasa beach in time for a refreshing drink and traditional lunch overlooking the ocean. Continue to the village of Tenganan, the old home of the Bali Aga, considered to be one of the original inhabitants of Bali. Explore this traditional village unchanged for hundreds of years and learn about Bali’s ancient culture direct from the inhabitants. Your final stop will be the Balinese Hindu temple at Goa Lawah, known locally as the Bat Cave, time your visit correctly and at sunset you can see hundreds of bats exit the cave ready for their night time hunting.
On to Munduk, a lesser known region in the Bulelang district of northern Bali. Not often on the tourist trail and barely touched by the modern desires of tourism, Munduk’s appeal lies in its authenticity. Located high in the jungle at an altitude of 700 metres overlooking the twin lakes of Danau Tamblingan and Danau Buyan, Munduk offers a totally different perspective to southern Bali. Here you can spend your days hiring bikes and exploring the surrounding scenery or pack your hiking shoes and enjoy one of the areas varied walking and trekking trails. Meet local people and learn about their way of life at your leisure or simply spend your days trekking to waterfalls and exploring coffee plantations, revelling in the relative quiet and utterly sensational jungle landscape.
Visit some of Bali's most impressive holy temples and stunning UNESCO recognised rice terraces on this journey to Taman Ayun temple complex, Candi Kuning, Ulun Danu Temple and the rice terraces at Jatiluwih.
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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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