Top 10 Bali Off The Beaten Track

Nobody likes to be in crowded and busy places, especially during travels. Many of us independent travelers would seek out for places that are less touristy and less packed with people. Bali is no exception, where many travelers came in hope to find places where they can escape the crowd. Most tourists end up being disappointed due to the overcrowding of tourists. But fret not, there is still some charm to Bali that is still quite undiscovered. Let us bring you to Bali’s off the beaten tracks, in secret and unique places, and you will find the magic that made Bali famous in the first place.


Kintamani is located in the centre of Bali and not particularly that well known yet in the tourist circles. It has amazing views, including that of the famous Mount Batur. It is filled with villages, old temples, and rice fields, where you can just take a walk and get a sense of life among the locals there. There is also a Bali Elephant Safari Park, where you can get an up close feel with elephants, including feeding, touching and riding them through the jungle. You can also savor the Asian Palm Civets coffee here, which is one of the most expensive coffee in the world.

Mount Batur view at Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur view at Kintamani, Bali


Singaraja is the place to go in Bali if you are interested in learning more about the history and backgrounds of Bali. There’s the Lontar Museum in Singaraja that displays a range of information regarding the Balinese culture. It was established in 1928 and has a library that contains over 3000 manuscripts on lontar leaves, which include poetry and government content. If you are interested to know more on the royals that lived in Bali, then you can get an idea by visiting the living quarters of the late king Anak Agung Putu Djelantik.

Munduk Village

Waterfalls at Munduk, Bali, Indonesia

Waterfalls at Munduk, Bali

Munduk is an area where you can go on treks in the villages, taking dips in waterfalls and traversing rice fields. It is known for the eco-tourism project that was planned to enhance the beauty and nature of this place. This includes the Puri Lumbung Cottages, which is one of the main resorts in this area. Staying here will guarantee tourists a view of the spectacular sunsets and local sceneries, including rice fields and the nearest coastline. This place is also famous for its amazing canyoning experiences.


Lombok, although not exactly in Bali but recently known as “the other” Bali, is a place that is different from the other popular tourist places in Bali. Lombok is filled with activities that will keep tourists on their toes in a good and healthy way. It is also popular for surfing and is also known as a cool surfing village. There are also secluded coves and villages that picture a different image than the one tourists are used to in Bali. Come here soon to discover the magic before it gets onto the tourist trails and no longer be one of the off the beaten path. Check out our Lombok Travel Guide to read more about this alternative to Bali.

Pura Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi, Bali


Mengwi is located near the popular tourists’ area, Ubud. It is surrounded by rice paddies and peaceful ambiances. Mengwi is considered a great spot for families with children and couples as well. It features nice and decent places of accommodations for visitors. Places to visit and explore include temples, a mountain, coffee plantation, waterfall, lakes, vegetables and fruits gardens, and much more. One of the Top 10 Temples to Visit in Bali, Pura Taman Ayun, is located here. There are also lots of activities for families, including massages and horseback riding. Other than Ubud, Mengwi is also located near Munduk; so tourists can always take a short trip to these areas.

Rice fields at Tabanan village, Bali, Indonesia

Rice fields at Tabanan village, Bali


Tabanan is an adventurous place in Bali, as getting there itself is quite a voyage to take through the unpaved roads. The place has the most beautiful scenery of green rice paddies. It is the ultimate place to go if you are looking for some peace and quietness in life. It is a great place for families with kids and it offers comforting accommodations. One such popular place is the Bali Eco Stay. Some places to stay are located close to the animals and the fields. Tabanan is a great place for natural resources, which include rivers and waterfalls.

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island in the east of Bali with crystal blue water and white sandy beaches.

It is a nice and peaceful area that is also home to NusaBay Lembongan (Waka Nusa), a resort that provides traditional huts as rooms to tourists. Nusa Lembongan features a better beach than those found in the popular areas in Bali, largely due to the lack of . The water at the beach is a nice temperature and diving activities are provided on the island as well.


Karangasem is a place that offers something different from the cosmopolitan places of Bali. This countryside area in Bali features only natural beauty at its best. It is filled with amazing green views, cool breezes as well as great volcanic sights. An interesting activity that can be found at Bali Asli, which is a cooking school that offers experiences like no other cooking schools including the chance to live a day as a fisherman or as a local Balinese person.

Cooking class at Bali, Indonesia

Cooking class at Bali

Gili Islands

Gili Islands is a must visit place to those for those who are truly seeking out the unknown and for some adventure. Technically not on Bali island, this trio of islands are easily accessed from Bali by boat. These idyllic islands offer what popular and packed places in Bali do not have – serenity and untainted nature. This includes no vehicles like cars and motorcycles. The Gili Islands is famous for its coral reefs, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Accommodations choices are many in this place, including the choice of staying at the Karma Reef Resort that brings in a bit of luxury onto this island. Read more at Gili Islands Travel Guide to get information on these unique islands.

Beach and sea at Amed, Bali, Indonesia

Beach and sea at Amed, Bali


Amed is not that popular in Bali among tourists, but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an abundance of activities that can be enjoyed. There’s the Mimpi Dive Resort for those, who want to try out this activity. Others include the Amed Dive Center and the Adventure Divers Bali. For snorkelling activities, there’s the Jemeluk bay that offers excellent activities. There’s also a place called Tulamben that visitors claim to be a secret delight. Nearby Amed, there’s the Blue Lagoon Beach and also, the Padang Bai beach. Check out our Amed Travel Guide to know more about this amazing secret place in Bali.

Our Top 10 off the beaten track in Bali will take you to unusual places that will make you feel the soul and heart of Bali. There are so many activities that can be done and so many places yet to discovered when you decide to visit Bali this way.

Photo credits from top: William Cho, Philip Kendall, m4sh.3d,, Isabel Sommerfeld and Aleksandr Zykov

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Author: Nil Hajra

A writer with a mind that travels through time and with time. Having seen some of the most beautiful places in the world, Nil enjoys discovering new places and learning about its people. She believes that there’s nothing better than the knowledge that is learned through the experiences of others and used for one’s betterment in life. She also considers that having an open mind on people and places will help human beings on earth respect and understand each other better.

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